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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.

By Tinna Tanuma

It was a big open space.
Despite the cool day, warm.
The walls raw pine, unfinished,
were a light mellow yellow brown.
There was one window
on the north wall.
The ceiling had a hole
in one corner,
ladder vested in it.
Bushels of apples lined
the back wall, floor to ceiling.
The aroma a reminder of
grandmother's orchard.

The gray concrete floor
was covered with a
light dusting of tan powder
from the dirt road
fifty feet away.
Last of the fall leaves
rounded the corners.
Pungent wood shavings
lay under the road sign.
Most of the light entered
through the wide opening
of the garage door.
Trucks were standing outside
in the drive way.

A young girl, in a cream cotton dress,
vested tightly over her fat tummy,
stood watching her father working. 

He was bent over,
his blond hair falling in his face
while his pipe hung
loosely from his lips.
She liked the cherry
smell of the pipe tobacco.
He was sanding the
wooden sign that
he had just built.

She was asking questions.
"Who is the sign for? Where will it go?"
"Rochester, New,York."
Silence, then,
"Daddy, I want
to be like you, with lots of friends
who visit while you work."

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


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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