Symposia Community Events – September 2010

Tell Your Tale. You have the story, Now Learn to Write it.
Learn to Write Compelling, Rewarding, Publishable Short Stories


 Course Description
Published author John McCaffrey leads students in a comprehensive writing course exploring the core components of fiction – from story concept to completion. Topics explored include crafting memorable characters, developing engaging plot lines, and honing a unique voice that will resonate with the reader.
Each class will include a lecture, in-house exercises, and critiques and discussion of work submitted by students. Participants are encouraged to start and/or complete a short story, or revise and strengthen a current story. The class also covers strategies and insights on how to break into the fiction writing market.
Students have the opportunity to publicly read their work at an end-of-the-term event.
Where and When
Thursday evenings, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
September 16 through October 28, Seven Week Course
Symposia Community Bookstore, 510 Washington Street , Hoboken , New Jersey (
Registration and Fee
The course is $100.
To register or find out more information contact John McCaffrey at or phone (917.239.5306).
Registration Deadline is September 10th.

John McCaffrey holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the City College of New York. A former New York Times Fellow, his short stories, book reviews, and essays, have appeared regularly in literary journals, newspapers and periodicals.

Spoken Word Series – Poetry/Prose Reading and Open Mic

Event organized by Debaun Auditorium in collaboration with Stevens Institute of Technology

Presenting artists from academia and industry, with voices from traditional to modern, co-hosts Siobhan Barry-Bratcher and David Vincenti will introduce you to a panorama of poetry that will stretch not only your view of the art, but your view of your world as well.

Each featured writer will read selections from their collection and then the microphone will open to the public to share their work. This series is at 3 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month at Symposia Bookstore, 510 Washington St., Hoboken (unless otherwise noted). All events in this series are open to the public and free – with a suggested donation of $3.

Past artists who have been featured include: Diane Lockward, Brian Bradford, Stuart Greenhouse, Shanna Compton, Valerie Schermerhorn, Sintora Regina Vanderhorst, Sander Zulauf, Deena Linett, George Harvilla, Meg Kearney, BJ Ward, Faith Vicinanza, Joel Lewis, Renee Ashley, John-Paul Marotta, postmidnight, Edmund Conti, Peter Murphy, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Laura Boss, Jack Wiler, Mike Fleming, and David Messineo.

Season 2009-2010
September 12, 2010 at 3 p.m. – Susanna Rich
October 3, 2010 at 3 p.m. – Lois Marie Harrod and Michael Steffen
November 7, 2010 at 3 p.m. – David Messineo and Tony Gruenewald
December 5, 2010 at 3 p.m. – Joe Traum
February 6, 2011 at 3 p.m.- Tara Jepson and Danielle Rose
March 6, 2011 at 3 p.m. – Ray Brown and Paul Sohar
April 3, 2011 at 3 p.m. – Norma Bernstock

All are welcome to come and be part of the reading series. It is not necessary to pre-register for
these events, either to attend or to read during open-mic time

Financial Literacy Seminar: Learn how to make your money go farther.
September 14 at 7 pm
Organized by The Community Financial Outreach Program. Join us for a seminar to learn how to manage your finances. We willl teach you convenient ways to pay bills, track spending and new ways you may save money.
Each participant who sits through the class and at the end fills out an evaluation form will receive a $10 subway card in thanks for their participation.


Guitar Circle – every Wednesday at 8 pm

Beginners welcome!
For more info, contact Carlos at

TODS Book Club

Educational Hour through the wonder of great books
Fall Theme: Eric Carle for Fall
18-36 months
Fall : September 18, 2010- December 18, 2010
Schedule: Fridays, 3:00 – 3:45pm
4:00 – 4:45pm
Saturdays, 9:30 – 10:15am
Sundays, 10:15-11:00am
Maximum 10 children per class

Math can be fun and easy by learning the thinking process of solving problems.
Fall: September 12, 2010-December 20, 2010
Schedule: Sundays  9:00am -9:40am
Maximum 8 children per class

For more information for TODS Book Club and MATHLICIOUS Club, please call (866) 576-6572 or email: Please look at our announcements at and HFA Bulletin Boards.

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