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First Drafts

First Drafts

First Drafts is a writing circle for those who want peer support to help polish their darlings and send them out into the world. 

Do you need to keep your writing wheel moving forward? Are you stalled out on your novel, memoir, book of poetry, essay collection, or screenplay? Do you need critical feedback that doesn’t feel like slow torture but instead empowers you to write shamelessly? Do you have a project that's well outside your comfort zone and in need of a smart cheerleading squad? Are you the type who writes in solitude but wants company around the form, feeling, and motivation? If yes, this group is for you!

This group is open to all genres of writing with a commitment of eight weeks. Because First Drafts is built around intimacy we are limiting enrollment to eight writers. Participants will experience a minimum of two intensive opportunities to share working drafts and receive critical feedback, along with weekly goal check-ins. A working agreement will be drafted collaboratively during the first workshop to ensure all participants feel safe and supported throughout this shared experience.

To apply for this group please send a sample piece of writing, or links to published work.

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*Please note : We offer our programs at rates that make it possible to cover our costs and provide many FREE public programming. We ask non-members to pay full price unless there is no other way to attend. We will not turn away a participant for lack of funds. If you cannot meet these tiers please send an email:

Give a Hand: Help us establish equity in our programming. Any amount over regular tier is a fully tax reductable donation .

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Hallie Goodman

Hallie Goodman is a writer living in Hudson, New York where she co-founded Volume Reading and Music Series. She is a MacDowell Colony, NYFA MARK and Instar Lodge fellow. Her work has appeared in Glamour MagazineCondé Nast TravelerRedbook Magazine, and many others. A recent essay, published by Hunger Mountain, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Hallie holds a GED and an MFA.

A self-described workshop addict, Hallie has attended more retreats and seminars than she can count, taking notes all along the way.

Dawn Breeze

Dawn Breeze is a creativity advocate, change agent, and internationally awarded artist, living and working in Germantown, NY. She consults on creativity and leadership with global organizations and progressive institutions, as well as with individual entrepreneurs and leaders. Breeze is committed to building community through creativity.

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