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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.
To apply for funds to support your event, download our application.
If you're a writer or an organization interested in learning more about the Readings/Workshops program, please check out our FAQ.
Learn how to host a successful reading or event, step by step, by downloading our helpful Poets & Writers Guide to Presenting Readings and Workshops.
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.
“Many participants expressed gratitude for a safe environment in which to share personal experiences…. Visitors were interested to find out when writer Ebony Williams would be doing another event…. There is interest in holding a future doll-making workshop on the theme of healing and recovering from trauma.”
Lisa Henry of Salt & Spice in Riverside, California, after a creative nonfiction workshop led by Ebony Williams, during which participants wrote and made ragdolls