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About the Readings & Workshops Program

Since its inception in 1970, Poets & Writers has provided fees to writers who give readings or conduct writing workshops. Each year, our Readings & Workshops program supports hundreds of writers participating in events in large cities and small towns throughout New York and California, as well as in Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Seattle, New Orleans, Tucson, and Washington D.C.

Reports From Our Sponsored Writers and Presenters

    Melissa Sipin, the McCrindle Foundation Readings & Workshops Fellow, reflects on the Intergenerational Workshop Exchange (IWE), a community project where teens and seniors wrote in response to each other, then shared their work at a reading. For the inaugural IWE, teens from St.

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Here is a sample of some of the writers and events we funded this year.

A documentary look at a writing workshop for seniors, which Poets & Writers has funded for ten years. The workshop takes place at the Goddard Riverside Community Center in New York City and some of the writers have participated continuously since 2001.

Supporters

The Readings & Workshops program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Major support for Readings & Workshops in California is provided by The James Irvine Foundation and the Hearst Foundations

Additional support is provided by the Louis & Anne Abrons Foundation, The Cowles Charitable Trust, the Abbey K. Starr Charitable Trust, and Friends of Poets & Writers.

Welcome! As of May 2014, the Readings & Workshops application process moved from paper to the web. This is where you can:

  • Apply for a Readings & Workshops grant
  • View the status of a request
  • Complete your event report

LOG IN for Sponsor or Writer Account

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Don’t know your password? REQUEST A NEW PASSWORD.

SPONSORS: If you are a brand new applicant, REGISTER YOUR ORGANIZATION to begin using our grants management system. If you’ve been funded by us in the past, but have yet to use our online system or cannot remember your password, click REQUEST A NEW PASSWORD, enter your e-mail, and a temporary password will be sent to you.

WRITERS: You will need to access our online system to fill out an event report after your event has occurred. All writers can request a new password, if necessary, to access their account. Click REQUEST A NEW PASSWORD, enter your e-mail, and a temporary password will be sent to you.

A sponsor must apply for a grant on behalf of a writer; writers should not apply for themselves. Before applying, please review the GUIDELINES to make sure your event qualifies for a Readings & Workshops grant.

Need help? CONTACT US.

Readings & Workshops grant recipients are required to credit Poets & Writers and our funders on publicity materials.

Details here

If you’re a writer or an organization interested in learning more about the Readings & Workshops program, please check out our Guidelines and FAQ.

Poets & Writers is committed to making literature available to the widest possible public, including audiences that rarely have access to literary events. Learn more about the special projects we support that bring readings and workshops to prisons, clinics, homeless shelters, settlement homes, and more.

Learn how to host a successful reading or event, step by step, by downloading our helpful Poets & Writers Guide to Presenting Readings and Workshops.

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Credit: Margarita Corporan

Lorraine Currelley from Poets Network & Exchange, one of four R&W-supported groups featured at our 2015 Connecting Cultures Reading.

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Credit: Margarita Corporan

Arhm Choi from Brooklyn Community Pride was one of the readers at our sixth annual Connecting Cultures Reading, celebrating literary diversity.

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<![endif]--><span style="font-size: 11.0pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: 'Calibri','sans-serif'; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;">James "Peach" McClory from Latinos NYC at our sixth annual Connecting Cultures Reading. Readers played to a full house at La Casa Azul Bookstore. </span></p>
Credit: Margarita Corporan

James "Peach" McClory from Latinos NYC at our sixth annual Connecting Cultures Reading. Readers played to a full house at La Casa Azul Bookstore.

<p><span style="font-size: 11.0pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: 'Calibri','sans-serif'; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;">Sahra Vang Nguyen from Kundiman at our sixth annual Connecting Cultures Reading. The event was hosted by La Casa Azul Bookstore in East Harlem. </span></p>
Credit: Margarita Corporan

Sahra Vang Nguyen from Kundiman at our sixth annual Connecting Cultures Reading. The event was hosted by La Casa Azul Bookstore in East Harlem.