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Upcoming Events

Writing with Whitman – Adult Writers Series

In-Person “Creative Writing Workshop” with award-winning playwright and author Jack Canfora
Mondays: 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13   |   10AM – 11:30AM

4 week session: $100.00
In-Person at Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site

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This four-week writing course, taught by award-winning playwright and author Jack Canfora, explores various genres of the creative writing process, such as short and long-form fiction, memoir, and stage/screenwriting. Whether you’ve been writing for years or have always wanted to give it a try, this workshop is designed to create an exciting and nurturing space to help you on your creative journey. Meeting weekly at Walt Whitman Birthplace, this class helps you find your muse and hone your talents!

Jack Canfora’s Off-Broadway plays include Poetic License, (59E59 Theaters), hailed by the Associated Press as “White-hot entertainment,” and Jericho, (59E59 Theaters, a New York Times “Critic’s Pick”) which the Theater Communications Group deemed, “An important contribution to the repertoire of the American Stage.” Both plays are published, and his work has also been published in various theater anthologies. His play Place Setting, along with plays by Edward Albee, Elaine May, and Teresa Rebeck, was nominated for The Newark Star Ledger’s “Best Play” in 2007. His regional productions include Jericho, The Source, Poetic License, and Fellow Travelers. Jack has won two Edgerton Playwriting Awards, for Jericho (2010) and The Source (2018) as well as the 2016 Webby Award for Best Writing in a Web Series. He is also the Artistic Director of the New Normal Rep theater company.



In-Person “Good Grey Poets Workshop” with Poet Bruce Johnson
Thursdays:  11/9, 11/16   |   10AM – 12PM

2 week session: $50.00
In-Person at Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site

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This two-session poetry workshop explores methods of finding creative inspiration by reading and discussing several poems by Whitman with focus on his technique and style and using prompts for in-session writing. Participants will be invited to share their work with the group and can invite critiques or request “no comment”. In the second session, using writing prompts for home writing is shared. Participants may present a poem written in response to the prompt, or another poem they have written. The facilitator may present several poems by contemporary poets for discussion and time permitting, participants may present an additional poem for discussion.

Bruce Johnson is a Northport, LI resident, a lifelong lover of poetry, and a co-founder of poetry in performance scenes in Huntington such as the Paris Cafe and the Huntington Poetry Barn. His recent publication of  poetry, ‘Borderlands and Dreams,” contains narrative poems written over three decades exploring the power of memory and dreams in our experiences as contemporary Americans. The publication includes a section describing experiences working in a homeless shelter as well as with child protective and adult protective services.

Date: Monday, October 23, 2023
Start Time: 10:00 am EST


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Walt Whitman Birthplace Association
246 Old Walt Whitman Road
Huntington Station, NY 11746


Members Receive:

  • Free admission to the Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site and Interpretive Center
  • Exclusive WWBA seasonal newsletter
  • Members-only emails with programs and offers at member prices
  • 10% discounts on museum shop purchases
  • 10% discounts on museum space rentals for private events

2023 Student Poetry Contest

2023 Grand Champion Category L, Video Poetry,

There is Time, Paige Sweeney, Oyster Bay High School

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