New young writers program explores life and work of Washington Irving, legendary Hudson Valley man of letters

The Hudson Valley Writing Project (HVWP) will collaborate with Historic Hudson Valley this summer to offer “Untold Stories, Unheard Voices,” a new summer writing program for teens at the historic home of Washington Irving in Tarrytown, N.Y.

The program invites aspiring young writers to work alongside experienced educators, and draw inspiration from the life and times of the great Hudson Valley author, best known for his short stories, “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”

Set against the backdrop of Irving’s magnificent Sunnyside estate, “Untold Stories, Unheard Voices,” is designed to allow young writers to deepen their understanding of the Hudson Valley’s central place in American literary history.

“Untold Stories, Unheard Voices” will be offered from July 23 – 27, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., for writers aged 12 to 16. Tuition is $295 for the full week of programming, and tuition assistance is available.

Use this link to learn more about “Untold Stories, Unheard Voices” and to register.

About Hudson Valley Writing Project Young Writers Programs
The HVWP offers Young Writers Programs each summer to support children and teenagers in using writing as a tool for intellectual exploration and discovery.

Designed and led by the region’s finest teachers and writers, the programs offer unique learning experiences, including many at some of the most important and attractive cultural sites in the Hudson Valley.

“Because we approach history as a living story, there are many entry points for young people,” said Diane Rawson, coordinating director of youth programs for HVWP. “Each year, we see the students in our place-based programs leave with a deeper appreciation of local history and renewed confidence in their writing.”

Registration is open now for “Untold Stories, Unheard Voices” and all other summer 2018 HVWP Young Writers Programs. Learn more at or by contacting Diane Rawson at (845) 943-8437.

About the Hudson Valley Writing Project
The Hudson Valley Writing Project at SUNY New Paltz is a professional development organization whose purpose is to improve the teaching of writing and to promote literacy development in all disciplines and at all levels of education, preschool through college. HVWP teachers help students become successful writers, learners, and participants in their communities.

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