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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.
“Thanks to Poets & Writers, we were able to introduce a first-book poet to an enthusiastic audience. Over half the attendees were newcomers to the Copper Canyon Press community. We are grateful for the funding provided, as it was the foundation for planning the event.”
Victoria Poling of Copper Canyon Press after a reading with poet James Arthur in Seattle