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Join Lynne Lori Sylvan as she teaches you all the improv techniques in her toolkit. This fun supportive class will gently lead you to creating more authentic dialogue, either as a writer or an actor or a person navigating the world. Some of the games will focus on active listening, and others on crystallizing the essence of your idea. You will be amazed at what you can come up with after a relaxed warm-up! This class is for 18 and over as subject matter varies! This is a 4-week class with a free benefit performance on August 31st. Dates are as follows: July 20th August 3rd August 17th August 24th August 31st -- PERFORMANCE Tickets for this session are $215. Please register at https://www.writerscenter.org/calendar/improvsummer/
Due to popular demand, we’ve added a second “no frills” Open Mic event on occasional Sunday mornings from 10 am – 12 noon. Your food or drink contribution to these “Brunch” Open Mics is encouraged. Arrive early to sign up to read for our popular meetings of sharing for any genre, and not necessarily only writing. Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, music, comedy, storytelling, and more are welcome. Open Mic will give you an opportunity to share your words, music or comedy in a nurturing, comfortable space with some great people. Twenty slots to share, first-come, first served. Five minutes each open slot, plus one featured artist each time opening the event. $5 suggested donation. Advance reservation recommended but not required. https://www.writerscenter.org/calendar/openmic721/
Join Amanda Stern, author of the acclaimed memoir, Little Panic, as she introduces students to the tools you need to begin writing a memoir. In the vein of bestselling memoirs about mental illness like Andrew Solomon’s Noonday Demon,, Sarah Hepola’s Blackout, and Daniel Smith’s Monkey Mind, comes a gorgeously immersive, immediately relatable, and brilliantly funny memoir about living life on the razor’s edge of panic. “In this canny, insightful, novelistic memoir, Amanda Stern traces the indelible path her underlying anxiety has traced in a rich but often frustrated life. It’s a book about her emergence into and acceptance of mature identity, but it is also about the danger of love, the maze of social pressure, and the tension between childhood expectations and adult realities. Narrating with real poignance how every experience she’s had has been filtered through her psychic vulnerability, she achieves a symphony of complex fragilities and redeeming strengths.”―Andrew Solomon. Her work has appeared in the New York Times; the New York Times Magazine; the New York Times Book Review; Filmmaker, The Believer, Salon, Blackbook, St. Ann’s Review, Post Road and others. Her personal essays have been included in several anthologies: Love is a Four Letter Word , The Marijuana Chronicles, Women in Clothes, the anthology A Velocity of Being edited by Maria Popova, and her Believer interview with Laurie Anderson was included in Confidence, or the Appearance of Confidence: The Best of the Believer Music Interviews, 2014. Her first novel The Long Haul (Soft Skull Press) was published in 2003. Of her metaphors, the San Francisco Chronicle wrote, “they’re so fresh, they’re almost jarring.” Tickets for this 4-hour intensive course are $124. Please register at https://www.writerscenter.org/calendar/stern/
Hudson Valley Writers Center
This is a six-week class that starts July 8th and ends August 12th. This class is the advanced version of Kirsten Bakis’ popular Year of Your Book class. This course is designed for students who either have a first draft of a novel or a collection of short stories or the who are almost finished with a manuscript and need help with the deep revision process. You do not have to have taken a class at the center before. New students are welcome. Tickets are $320 for this session. Please register at https://www.writerscenter.org/calendar/bakisdeeprevision/ New Students MUST APPLY w/ten page sample send to [masked] for review by instructor.