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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.

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    Heather Buchanan is the owner of the Aquarius Press, now celebrating its fifteenth year. She, along with longtime partner Randall Horton, created the press's literary division, Willow Books, which develops, publishes, and promotes writers typically underrepresented in the field.

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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.


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.

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.

Find out if your organization's event qualifies for a Readings & Workshops grant.

Already registered? Log in with your e-mail address and password to apply for a grant, view the status of your request, or complete a report.


New applicants, get started by registering your organization here.

Project directors of organizations that have received past P&W support are pre-registered. To retrieve your password, click the password reset link provided below.

Don't know your password? Click here to reset.

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

Read the 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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Support from P&W enabled me to travel  to New Orleans with other writers from Flying House in Chicago to perform at the Rook Cafe.  I connected with new writers in this culturally rich city and made lasting personal and professional relationships.  This expansion of my intimate writing community is essential to my well-being as an emeging and struggling writer.

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