Have you heard? The Metro North Railroad Platform Project has come to Philipse Manor!

After a number of productive meetings with the MTA over the summer in which we assessed the potential impact of the project on our programming, the Writers’ Center decided to hold weekday classes and workshops (8am – 4pm, Monday through Friday) at an alternative site beginning this month.

Hearing of our dilemma, The Junior League of Westchester-on-Hudson (www.jlwoh.org) stepped in and generously offered the use of its building at 35 South Broadway (Route 9) in Tarrytown for our daytime workshops. This terrific space at the corner of West Elizabeth Street is located upstairs from the Junior League’s "Nearly New" shop, and even has its own parking lot. When you register for one of our winter workshops, we will let you know where your workshop will be held and will provide directions and any other necessary instructions. We offer our heartfelt thanks to The Junior League for its thoughtful generosity and community spirit. This is truly an example of what the League is all about — stepping up to the plate to tackle difficult challenges and build a better community — and we are most grateful.

Evening and weekend classes and our reading series will continue to be held at the Writers’ Center (Philipse Manor Railroad Station). We will continually monitor the situation and make programmatic site changes as needed. Our website — www.writerscenter.org —will be updated constantly so that the reading and writing community of Westchester County and the region will be well-informed as to where our programs will be held during the MTA renovations.

As we planned for our daytime move to Tarrytown, we decided to make January an "On the Road" month for our reading series. On January 22 we host a reading, Immigrant Voices: Writers on Immigration featuring Annecy Baez, Helen Barolini and Josephine Lee at the Larchmont Public Library. Friday, January 25, join us at Westchester Road Runners in White Plains where Ben Cheever reads from his new book Strides: Running through History with an Unlikely Athlete. And on January 24 and 27 you will find us in Peekskill where we have collaborated with the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art on a unique event in which a series of short plays inspired by the exhibit, Size Matters: XXL, with the paintings serving as the backdrop to the performances.

Our winter classes and workshops for adults and youth begin at the end of January. Consider taking your first poetry class, or dust off an old manuscript and take a class on developing your book. Or encourage a child’s creativity by enrolling in one of our writing classes for youth and teens. Keep up with the Writers’ Center on the web: www.writerscenter.org or give us a call (914)332-5953.

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