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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

    Leilani Squire's poetry and short shorts have been published in magazines including the Sun, Eclipse, and Gentle Strength Quarterly. She has been a featured poet with the Valley Contemporary Poets, Alex Frankel’s Second Sunday Series, and at Beyond Baroque, and is at work on her first novel. Squire facilitates creative writing workshops for veterans at the Greater Los Angeles Veteran’s Hospital, Wellness Works in Glendale, California, and online for bookscover2cover.

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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.

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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Password:

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.

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.

Download the Guide

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<p>Participant in the 13th Annual Intergenerational Reading: Connecting Generations, featuring teens and seniors participating in P&amp;W funded workshops.</p>
Credit: Margarita Corporan

Participant in the 13th Annual Intergenerational Reading: Connecting Generations, featuring teens and seniors participating in P&W funded workshops.

<p>Participant in the 13th Annual Intergenerational Reading: Connecting Generations, featuring teens and seniors participating in P&amp;W funded workshops.</p>
Credit: Margarita Corporan

Participant in the 13th Annual Intergenerational Reading: Connecting Generations, featuring teens and seniors participating in P&W funded workshops.

<p>Participant in the 13th Annual Intergenerational Reading: Connecting Generations, featuring teens and seniors participating in P&amp;W funded workshops.</p>
Credit: Margarita Corporan

Participant in the 13th Annual Intergenerational Reading: Connecting Generations, featuring teens and seniors participating in P&W funded workshops.

<p>Participant in the 13th Annual Intergenerational Reading: Connecting Generations, featuring teens and seniors participating in P&amp;W funded workshops.</p>
Credit: Margarita Corporan

Participant in the 13th Annual Intergenerational Reading: Connecting Generations, featuring teens and seniors participating in P&W funded workshops.