Writers in the Mountains
is a local writing group whose mission is to provide a nurturing environment for the practice, appreciation and sharing of creative writing. Our workshops are informal, meeting from three to six sessions. Each participant has the chance to read aloud either a new work, or a work in progress. The instructor and the other writers in the workshop will critique the writing, offer constructive criticisms and suggestions for improvement.
The number of participants in a workshop will vary from as few as six to as many as twelve. We want to be sure that each participant has an opportunity to read and receive evaluations. At the end of the workshop a public reading is arranged so that the work can be shared with the community. Some of our participants have no writing experience at all and others have written for years. There are workshops geared toward all styles, genres, and experience. All that is required is a love of language and the desire to tell a story.
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WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS (WIM)
ITS SECOND ANNUAL MATILDA FRIEDMAN
ESSAY WRITING CONTEST
This Year’s Topic Is:
“Why knowing your carbon footprint is important? What do you do to minimize your carbon footprint? What we, as a society, should do about it?”
Writers in the Mountains (WIM) announces its second annual Matilda Friedman Essay Writing Contest for middle and high school students in Delaware County. This year’s topic is “Why knowing your carbon footprint is important? What do you do to minimize your carbon footprint? What we, as a society, should do about it?” Students can use a carbon footprint calculator to determine their impact on the environment, and explain their findings.
Middle school students are asked to write an essay of at least 500 words, and high school students are asked to write an essay of 1,000 words. All essays should be double-spaced, whether typed or hand written. The student’s name, grade, and school should appear in the upper left corner of each page.
All essays must be returned to the Writers in the Mountains postmarked by November 9, 2013. Essays may be mailed to WIM, PO Box 474, Roxbury, NY 12474, or submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The essays will be judged for their original content with some attention paid to spelling and punctuation. We anticipate the winning essays will be creative, honest and compelling.
The judging will be done by members of the WIM Board of Directors on November 13, 2013. The first place winner at the high school level will receive an award of $100. The second place winner will receive an award of $75. The third place winner will receive an award of $50. Certificates of “Honorable Mention” in the amount of $10 each will be awarded to writers with good essays that didn’t quite make it to the winner’s circle. The first place winner at the middle school level will receive an award of $75. The second place winner will receive an award of $50. The third place winner will receive an award of $25. Certificates of “Honorable Mention” in the amount of $10 each will be awarded to writers with good essays that didn’t quite make it to the winner’s circle. An award ceremony will take place on December 8, 2013 at Queens Mountain Cafe in Roxbury. All participants, along with their teachers, and parents will be invited. Winners will also be invited to read their pieces on the Writer’s Voice, broadcast every Tuesday at 1 pm on WIOX Roxbury.
This program is made possible with funds from the O’Connor Foundation, and support from Nate Friedman.
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WIM Pocket Companion for Writers
101 Quick Tips and Thoughtful Prompts for the Writer on the Go
By Bethany Lyttle
With contributions by Ann Epner, Barbara Apoian, Ellen Greene-Stewart and Ev Ellsworth
Available for sale at the Pine Hill Community Center, in the Commons Building in Margaretville, and at the Hobart International Bookport in Hobart
Mail orders accepted: $10 / book, plus $4 postage and handling the mail
To order the book e-mail to email@example.com
This pocket-sized teaching tool is a collection of 50 compelling, witty, warm, funny and challenging writing exercises that promise to challenge writers of all levels to new heights of creativity. The WIM Pocket Companion for Writers is funded in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Decentralization Program administered in Delaware County by the Roxbury Arts Group (RAG), and with funds from the O’Connor Foundation.
The Writer’s Circle
Coordinated by Ev Ellsworth
According to Ev Ellsworth: “As some famous writer said, ‘the difference between fact and fiction is that fiction makes sense.’ I agree – and, would add that I write to make sense of my life.”
Ev Ellsworth is currently bringing her philosophy, her expertise and her supportive approach to her role as leader of the Writer’s Circle – one of WIM’s (Writers in the Mountains) most popular venues for writers. The Writer’s Circle meets on the second and fourth Friday of every month, from 10 am to 12 noon (with the exception of holidays and inclement weather) at the Roxbury Library on Main Street in Roxbury.
Marleen Gagnon began The Writer’s Circle several years ago for an ongoing group of committed writers who would listen to each other’s work, and give and receive constructive criticism. This is a formula that really works, and Ev Ellsworth is continuing the model created by Gagnon. There are only a few gentle rules for the Writer’s Circle participants. Writers 1) give two or three dollars each session as a donation to our host, Roxbury Library; 2) limit the work they bring, so that all participants have equal time; and, 3) only bring works-in-progress, not finished pieces to the group (76 Main in Stamford already offers a venue for sharing finished pieces.)
A major goal of The Writer’s Circle is to help writers move forward. As Ev says, “We’d like to be helpful in getting writers past stumbling blocks – and, I think we all know that attending a regular meeting is often the flick of the whip that keeps us going when we feel stuck.” The Writer’s Circle is a wonderful vehicle for writers of all levels. To join or get more information, simply contact Jean Stone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WIM’s Non-Fiction Reading Group
A non-fiction reading group is now part of Writers in the Mountains wide range of programs. Participation is free, and no long term commitment is required. Members can attend each monthly meeting, or only for books of their liking. Long time WIM member and co-founder of the group Debbie Wilkie states, “There is such a wide variety of high quality, compelling non-fiction out there today, ranging from an amusing trip down the alimentary canal, to the ever changing political scene, to garbology, new developments in science, and so much more.”
The group meets the fourth Saturday of the month from 10 am till noon at the Roxbury Library. The library will help obtain copies of selected books for participants. Next meeting will take place on December 21 with a discussion of Seven Days in the Art World.
Free will donation is appreciated
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