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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 Rose Cohen

I was first introduced to the library at the age of ten. I would pass it on my way to school and was itching to go in. One day I gathered up enough courage to do just that. Oh, what a treat. I walked up to the librarian and asked if I could look around. She was a real peach and took me over to the fairytale books and picked out a book by Hans Christian Anderson for me. I sat down and opened the book and the words came alive for me. I read and read, often looking up at the clock on the wall so I would not come home late.

I finally had to go and brought the book back to the librarian and thanked her for her help. I got home a little late and my mother wanted to know where I’d been. At the library! She smiled at me and told me to let her know if I was going there again.

“Oh yes, I will!” And I was delighted to know she approved of my going. I was in heaven and couldn’t wait for school to be over so I could get to the library.

I was allowed to get a library card in the children’s library, which I cherished. On Saturday morning I would return my book as soon as the library opened and take out a new one and read it in the park across the street. I read it as quickly as I could so as to be able to return it and take out another one before the library closed. This was the life; I was in book heaven.

Then came the time when I was allowed to get a card in the adult library. It was a day I will never forget. I stood at the top of the staircase and looked down upon the rows and rows of books in the adult section.

I said to myself, “I am going to read all the books,” and walked over to the “A’s” and took the first book and checked it out. What it was, I can’t remember, but it was the beginning of a beautiful friendship between the library and me. Today, I stand looking at all those books; my plan is to read them all. And I am still in there trying.

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

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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.

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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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