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“Finding the Flow” – An Intermediate Writers’ Workshop with Hidden River Writers

Do you have a story idea that you’ve been longing to write? Have you begun a project and long for feedback and support? Our intermediate workshop is offered in a six-week format, for writers and aspiring writers who either have some experience with writing (any kind of writing) and/or who are passionate lovers of literature. The workshop is designed to include exploration of the craft of writing, through reading and discussion of published work as well as discussion in traditional workshop method of your original writing. Debra Leigh Scott, Founding Director of Hidden River Arts and Editor-in-Chief of Hidden River Publishing, will facilitate the workshop.

 

Hidden River continues its partnership with Cavanaugh’s in Headhouse Square in Society Hill to offer our workshops in the wonderful Pickwick Room — so named when this pub was The Dickens Inn – owned by a descendant of Charles Dickens himself.

 

What could be more perfect that a writers’ workshop in a private space that resonates with the spirit of Dickens?   The workshop will meet on Wednesday from November 11 through December 16, from 6:45 to 9:00 p.m. in The Pickwick Room, at Cavanaugh’s Headhouse, 421 S. 2nd Street, Phila, PA 19147.

To maintain intimacy and personal attention, the workshop is limited to 12 people.  We welcome writers at all levels of proficiency, from beginners to advanced, in this workshop.

 

Tuition is $225. We accept PayPal, Credit Card and are happy to break down payments into two or three increments. It’s our goal to be all-inclusive and want always to offer a seat to someone eager to join us – so please don’t let the tuition be a stumbling block – just talk to us about possibilities!

 

Please email hiddenriverwriters@gmail.com or call 610-764-0813 to register and save your seat!*

Hidden River also brings a variety of workshops to private groups, schools, homeschool organizations, professional organizations — we can adapt all of our programs to suit your schedule and budget.  Private individual tutoring and writing consultation, developmental assistance and editing help are also offered to writers at all levels of development. (We also can create online individual or group instruction!) Please see our Workshops page for further information about all that is offered.  Also, click here for a great article written about us when we first launched this workshop.

 

*Discounts have always been offered for students, for senior citizens, for adjunct educators and others.  And, of course, we are thrilled to accept donations that would help us to keep our programs running!  Please email us at hiddenriverwriters@gmail.com to inquire.

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Semi-finalists and Finalists for Eludia 2015 Announced

We are running a bit late with our announcements because of the amazing number of high-quality submissions we received for this year’s Eludia Award.  But here are the semi-finalists and finalists – a truly amazing collection of manuscripts and talented writers to whom we owe such gratitude.  Thank you all for sharing your work with Hidden River.  (For those interested in submitting to our 2016 award, please see our guidelines.  We begin accepting manuscripts November 1, 2015.)

Semi-Finalists

Baker, Sara, Athens, GA, Poised for Departure, stories

Brandes, Kate, Riegelsville, PA, Broken Ground, novel

Burris, Dorothy Duncan, Jackson, FL, Mad Cow Disease, stories

Coyle, Caryn, Baltimore, MD, So Cold the Air Smelled Like Nothing

Cullander, Jean, Ridgefield, CT, The Train to Skeleton Coast: A Tale of Murder and the Struggle for Freedom

Fondakowski, Melissa, Brooklyn, NY, Purgatory, novel

Fox, Margaret, Toronto, Ontario, Wheel and Ride, novella

Holsaert, Faith, Durham, NC, JackRocks, novel

Kerr, Carolyn, S. Hamilton, MA, The Bunny Suit and Other Stories, stories

Krautkramer, Kate, Yampa, CO, In This Season, In This Light, novel

LaHines, Carol, NY, NY, The Hush of Empty Spaces, novel

Larkin, Mary, Ph.D., Sarasota, FL, Fall, or Eden Revisted

Mallen, Ann Margaret, West Palm Beach, FL, A Bear and Other Stories

 Maddox, Marjorie, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, What She Was Saying, stories

Martin, Robin, Brooklyn, NY, Out Like a Lion, novel

Ortalda, Claire, Berkeley, CA, Edenvale, novel

Reilly, Lee, Chicago, IL, Blameless, novel

Romo, Cheryl, Roseville, CA, Ruby Hands, novel

Schaum, Melita, Berkeley, CA, Fishing the Plains, stories

Schmidt, Jan, New York, New York, Collateral Regeneration, stories

Sheldon, Ames, Eden Prairie, Minnesotta, New Women, novel

Suhr, Kimberly, Wales, Wisconsin, Nothing to Lose and Other Stories, stories

Stephens, Mariflo, Charlotteville, VA, Keeping Something Warm, stories

Veseley, Donna, Anthony, NM, all I loved, I loved alone, novel

Wisniewski, Linda, Doylestown, PA, Where the Storke Flies, novel

Withey, Alison, Newberg, Oregon, Uncertain Treasures, stories

Yocom, Katy, Lousville, KY, Three Ways to Disappear, novel

Finalists

Baker, Sara, Athens, GA, Poised for Departure, stories

Brandes, Kate, Riegelsville, PA, Broken Ground, novel

Burris, Dorothy Duncan, Jackson, FL, Mad Cow Disease, stories

Coyle, Caryn, Baltimore, MD, So Cold the Air Smelled Like Nothing

Cullander, Jean, Ridgefield, CT, The Train to Skeleton Coast: A Tale of Murder and the Struggle for Freedom

Fondakowski, Melissa, Brooklyn, NY, Purgatory, novel

Kerr, Carolyn, S. Hamilton, MA, The Bunny Suit and Other Stories, stories

LaFontaine, Diane, Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada, Stolen Renaissance, novel

Maddox, Marjorie, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, What She Was Saying, sto

Mallen, Ann Margaret, West Palm Beach, FL, A Bear and Other Stories

Martin, Robin, Brooklyn, NY, Out Like a Lion, novel

Ortalda, Claire, Berkeley, CA, Edenvale, novel

Romo, Cheryl, Roseville, CA, Ruby Hands, novel

Stephens, Mariflo, Charlotteville, VA, Keeping Something Warm, stories

Suhr, Kimberly, Wales, Wisconsin, Nothing to Lose and Other Stories, stories

Wisniewski, Linda, Doylestown, PA, Where the Stork Flies

Again, thanks to all, and congratulations to all who are the semi-finalists and finalists of this competition.  Please be sure to bookmark and follow us here, as we hope to name the winner of the 2015 Eludia Award within the next week.  For those interested in submitting their own work, please see our guidelines for the 2016 Eludia Awards.  Our reading period for the next round begins November 1, 2015.

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Writing From the Chakras: A Writers’ Weekend Retreat

Our experiential workshop, “Writing from the Chakras” is being offered as a writers’ retreat weekend August 28 to August 30, at the St. Raphaela Retreat Center in Haverford, PA.

“Writing From the Chakras” is a unique program which is born from the combination of both areas of our Founder, Debra Leigh Scott’s, expertise: graduate training in comparative world religions and experiential spiritual practices, and graduate training in creative writing and literature.

Debra will lead her workshop participants through the practices necessary for opening the centers of energy in our bodies – the chakras. Using a combination of guided breathwork, yoga, hand mudras, meditation and other experiential practices, participants will free creative energy in a variety of ways, in order to unshackle the deepest and most unique forms of creative expression an artist can discover. No previous experience of any of these practices is necessary.

For more information about this retreat, please write to Debra at hiddenriverwriters@gmail.com.

 

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Literary Readings and Live Music at July 26 Hidden River Live Arts Event

Hidden River Arts will be hosting its Summer Live Arts Event on Sunday, July 26 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Cavanaugh’s Head House Inn,   421 South 2nd Street in Philadelphia. We will be celebrating the wrap-up of our summer writers’ workshop, and our workshop members will be offering some readings of their work.  Readers include Margaret Thorell, Charles Glackin, Aidan Walsh, Michael DeLorme and Dan Corso. We’ll also be having some live music by Coyote Jack Band. This event is free and open to the public. Come, and bring friends!

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“Discovering Your Hidden Voice” – A Popular Hidden River Writers’ Workshop Returns for Fall 2015, Offering a Pay-What-You-Can Option!

Our popular six week intimate, intensive exploration of craft and creativity will be conducted by award-winning writer and playwright,  Debra Leigh Scott, Founding Director of Hidden River Arts and Editor-in-Chief of Hidden River Publishing.  Hidden River continues its partnership with Cavanaugh’s in Headhouse Square in Society Hill to offer our workshops in the wonderful Pickwick Room — so named when this pub was The Dickens Inn – owned by a descendant of Charles Dickens himself.

What could be more perfect that a writers’ workshop in a private space that resonates with the spirit of Dickens?   The workshop will meet on Wednesday from September 30 through November 4, from 6:45 to 9:00 p.m. in The Pickwick Room, at Cavanaugh’s Headhouse, 421 S. 2nd Street, Phila, PA 19147.

To maintain intimacy and personal attention, the workshop is limited to 12 people.  We welcome writers at all levels of proficiency, from beginners to advanced, in this workshop.

Suggested tuition $235. But this season, we are also opening our workshop in a “Pay What You Can” format.  Since Hidden River’s goal has always been to “serve the underserved artist”, we want to be sure that no one is turned away from our workshops for inability to pay tuition.  We will happily work with you to find a way to barter, or adapt the fee, in a spirit of inclusivity.  We accept PayPal, credit card and check payments.   Please email hiddenriverwriters@gmail.com or call 610-764-0813 to register and save your seat!*

Hidden River also brings a variety of workshops to private groups, schools, homeschool organizations, professional organizations — we can adapt all of our programs to suit your schedule and budget.  Private individual tutoring and writing consultation, developmental assistance and editing help are also offered to writers at all levels of development. (We also can create online individual or group instruction!) Please see our Workshops page for further information about all that is offered.  Also, click here for a great article written about us when we first launched this workshop.

*Discounts have always been offered for students, for senior citizens, for adjunct educators and others.  And, of course, we are thrilled to accept donations that would help us to keep our programs running!  Please email us at hiddenriverwriters@gmail.com to inquire.

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Arts and Activism – A Talk at The DaVinci Art Alliance

What is the role of the artist during times of social upheaval and tumult?  Elie Wiesel said “We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” This is even more true, when it comes to the role of the artist in society.  The problems of our society are extensive, and the voices of artists – playwrights, poets, musicians, performers – are essential to raising public awareness and giving voice to the issues, raising the call of dissent.

Founding Director of Hidden River Arts, Debra Leigh Scott,  has been invited to give a presentation at The Davinci Art Alliance at 704 Catherine Street, Philadelphia, PA, on Thursday, May 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. where she will discuss the importance of activism in the arts.

Since its founding way back in  1931, the Da Vinci Art Alliance has been a dynamic organization presenting artists and their work, focus on community-based arts, cultural and educational dialogue for artists, individuals and families.

Da Vinci currently has over 140 members and holds exhibitions of members’ and non-members’ artwork as well as special events, workshops, performances, poetry readings, and lectures, and keeps its members informed on community events, news and opportunities. The mission of the non-profit artists-run organization is to support its members and to further community-based arts, cultural, and educational exchanges.  I am proud to be offering my presentation there, since I’ve been fortunate to work with the many artists of Da Vinci, and admire the work that they do in supporting artists, the life of art, and the community.

Please join us at the Alliance.  For those who are not in Philadelphia, Debra will be developing the program and offering the presentation in an online format – so stay tuned!

 

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“Discovering Your Hidden Voice” – A Popular Hidden River Writers’ Workshop Returns for Summer 2015!

Six weeks of intimate, intensive exploration of craft and creativity will be conducted by award-winning writer and playwright,  Debra Leigh Scott, Founding Director of Hidden River Arts and Editor-in-Chief of Hidden River Publishing.  Hidden River continues its partnership with Cavanaugh’s in Headhouse Square in Society Hill to offer our workshops in the wonderful Pickwick Room — so named when this pub was The Dickens Inn – owned by a descendant of Charles Dickens himself.  What could be more perfect that a writers’ workshop in a private space that resonates with the spirit of Dickens?

 

The workshop will meet on Mondays from June 15 through July 20, from 6:45 to 9:00 p.m. in The Pickwick Room, at Cavanaugh’s Headhouse, 421 S. 2nd Street, Phila, PA 19147.
To maintain intimacy and personal attention, the workshop is limited to 12 people.  We welcome writers at all levels of proficiency, from beginners to advanced, in this workshop.

 

Cost is still only $235. We accept PayPal, credit card and check payments.   Please email hiddenriverwriters@gmail.com or call 610-764-0813 to register.

 

Hidden River also brings a variety of workshops to private groups, schools, homeschool organizations, professional organizations — we can adapt all of our programs to suit your schedule and budget.  Private individual tutoring and writing consultation, developmental assistance and editing help are also offered to writers at all levels of development. (We also can create online individual or group instruction!) Please see our Workshops page for further information about all that is offered.

 

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