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Readings/Workshops Presents
Spring 2012

In This Issue
Applying for Funding
P&W News
Technical Assistance: Finding a Venue
From the Readings & Workshops Blog
Quick Links
Guidelines & Application
Find out how to apply for an R/W grant.

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A blog featuring reports from our sponsored writers and presenters.

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Applying for Funding

Funding Available for Atlanta, California, and New York State
The end of our fiscal year (June 30) is fast approaching. We are especially interested in receiving applications for events in Atlanta. Additionally, if you're a writer or presenter planning an event in one of the California or New York counties listed below, we encourage you to apply! (Sponsors must apply on behalf of writers, but writers can initiate the application process.) Please see our guidelines and application.

California: Alpine, Amador, Colusa, Glenn, Humboldt, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Lassen, Merced, Mono, Plumas, San Benito, Shasta, Siskiyou, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, and Yuba 
New York State: Allegany, Chautauqua, Cortland, Fulton, Livingston, Otsego, Oneida, St. Lawrence, and Wyoming 

Events We Do (and Do Not) Support 
Want to be sure your event is eligible for R/W funding? Here's a list that may clarify our guidelines.

We do support: 
  • Readings in which published authors present their own poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction
  • Original spoken word performances
  • Writing workshops for teens, adults, seniors, and/or families conducted by published writers
We do not support: 
  • In-school events (afterschool events for teens are okay)
  • Children's events
  • Staged dramatic readings
  • Storytelling events featuring non-original or adapted works
  • Artist talks
  • Publishing seminars
Before submitting your application, be sure the event is eligible! Read the guidelines, and don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions.
P&W News

Connecting Cultures in its Third Year
If you're in the New York area, please join us on Thursday, March 15, for Connecting Cultures, our third annual cross-cultural reading. The reading will feature writers who have participated in events funded through our Readings/Workshops program. Participating organizations include: Cave Canem Foundation, Inspired Word NYC, Kundiman, LatinosNYC, and Poeticworks. The reading will be held at Cave Canem Foundation, 20 Jay Street, Suite 310-A from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Call for Entries: California Writers Exchange Contest 
We're now accepting entries for our 2013 California Writers Exchange contest, which will award one poet and one fiction writer from California with an all-expenses-paid trip to New York, where they'll meet with literary professionals and give a public reading. Visit our website for guidelines and an entry form.

Interns Wanted! 
Our California and New York offices regularly seek qualified interns to assist with our Reading/Workshops and Writers Exchange programs. Interns gain an overview of literary and community venues for readings and workshops; become familiar with contemporary writers and literary markets; and gain insight into nonprofit administration. Interns are not paid.

In Los Angeles, we are looking for an intern starting ASAP. In New York City, we are looking for an intern beginning in July. For more information and application instructions, click here.

R/W Supports Veterans Writing Project  
Veterans Writing Project participants. Credit: Howard Charton. 
The Veterans Writing Project in New York provides U.S. veterans with free, professional-quality writing instruction and a means of sharing their writing with their local communities. R/W supported a series of these workshops with writer/teacher David Surface at the Common Ground Montrose Veterans Residence, a transitional residence for formerly homeless vets. In February, ten members of the group presented their work to an attentive audience at the White Plains Public Library. The poems and stories touched on themes of heroism, trauma, loss, renewal, and gratitude. For more information, visit the program's website.

Workshop Leaders Retreat 
In January, we hosted our second annual Workshop Leaders Retreat for writers who lead community writing workshops in the greater Los Angeles area. The half-day retreat took place at 826LA (famous for its Time Travel Mart), where about a dozen writers gathered to share their experiences teaching veterans, LGBT seniors, homeless people, and other underserved populations. Members of the group shared favorite writing prompts, which ranged from persona poems to a list of questions about language itself. Attendees had fun trying them out.

Tip: For a fresh supply of free writing prompts, subscribe to The Time Is Now
Technical Assistance:
Finding a Venue

"Location, location, location" is a mantra that applies to literary programming as well as to real estate. P&W recently launched our Literary Places database, a compilation of places writers can visit to get inspired, conduct research, promote their writing, and discover community. The database includes historical sites, reading venues, literary collections, writing centers, and writers spaces. Sites that have hosted R/W events are marked with a red star.

Fractured Atlas has compiled databases of performance venues in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Listings are searchable by cost, location, function, and more. All event planners need to bring is the wine, cheese, and poetry.
From the Readings & Workshops Blog

Check out "Where Are You? What Are You Doing Here?" by writer Joan Murray, who blogs about bringing her writing to a variety of rural communities in New York State, from a women's retreat to a knitting circle.

Interested in blogging about your own literary event or community? If you've participated in the R/W program as a sponsoring organization or a writer, send post ideas to Nicole Sealey at nsealey@pw.org.  
The Readings/Workshops program is supported, in part, by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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Major support for Readings/Workshops in California is provided by The James Irvine Foundation.
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Additional support is provided by the Louis & Anne Abrons Foundation, the Axe-Houghton Foundation, the A.K. Starr Charitable Trust, and Friends of Poets & Writers.
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