May 7, 2012

Writers in the Mountains

Logo B&Wis a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a nurturing environment for the practice, appreciation and sharing of creative writing.

Our workshops are geared toward all styles, genres, and experience. All that is required is a love of language and the desire to tell a story. Those who take our workshops are assured a supportive environment, providing a better understanding of the pleasure of creative writing process. All of us are capable of intellectual and imaginative things, and WIM offers a variety of programs to help you to express your creativity. In addition to creative writing workshops, WIM hosts the popular Writers Unbound Annual Literary Festival, and the informal Random Context Quarterly Literary Salon, which offers writers in every genre the opportunity to read their work to a welcoming audience in a cozy setting, and network with fellow publishing professionals.

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Celebrating A Quarter-Century of Creative Writing and Community in the Catskills

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Writers in the Mountains’ Sixth Annual Catskills Literary Festival



Writers in the Mountains (WIM) invites you to its sixth annual literary arts and community celebration Writers Unbound, Sunday, April 28 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at the Union Grove Distillery in Arkville, NY.

The event welcomes all writers and readers, artists and audience, and community members from every walk to enjoy a warm gathering of successful and fascinating writers, illustrators, editors, educators, booksellers, and publishers from Syracuse to New York City and points between and beyond.

This year’s keynote speaker is Martha Frankel. Martha Frankel, executive director of Woodstock Bookfest, counts writing as the only real job she’s ever had, other than a brief stint as a clown at a gas station. She was so good at that, even her mother didn’t recognize her. Frankel’s writing career started at the original Details magazine with a column on plastic surgery, Knifestyles of the Rich and Famous. She went on to write book reviews, essays and celebrity profiles for other magazines, such as Movieline, Cosmopolitan and Redbook. Her memoir, Hats & Eyeglasses, chronicling her family’s lifelong love affair with gambling and her own later addiction to online gambling, was published in 2008 (Tarcher/Penguin Group). Frankel has contributed essays to several anthologies, the latest being My Body, My Words, edited by Amye Archer and Loren Kleinman, Big Table Publishing, March 2018. She finds friendship and laughter in all sorts of places, including her radio show, Woodstock Booktalk, online anytime, at Woodstock Booktalk, also available on iTunes. Frankel writes, teaches and lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband, artist Steve Heller. Her website is marthafrankel.com.

This year’s featured poet is Christopher Funkhouser. Funkhouser is a writer, musician, and multimedia artist. He is author of two scholarly monographs, Prehistoric Digital Poetry: An Archeology of Forms, 1959-1995 and New Directions in Digital Poetry. His poetry chapbooks include the titles pressAgain, Subsoil Lutes, and Electro Þerdix. In 2009, he was commissioned by the Associated Press to prepare digital poems for the occasion of Barack Obama’s inauguration; in 2016, he performed at the Whitney Museum’s Open Plan: Cecil Taylor exhibition. Funkhouser teaches at New Jersey Institute of Technology, is a Contributing Editor at PennSound, and hosts the POET RAY’D YO program on WGXC in Hudson.

Come by to shop for books directly from their authors, hear readings and peer-to-peer discussions (always with a Q and A element), join in an enticing raffle (books are the prize, of course), and vote in the Best Book Cover contest.

The program is as follows:

12:30 p.m.—Poetry Reading hosted by John P. O’Grady, author of Pilgrims to the Wild / Featured Poet: Christopher Funkhauser. Participating poets: Sharon Israel, Phil Good, Lori Anderson Moseman, Lissa Kiernan 

1:30 p.m.—Publishing Panel / Group Discussion Addressing the Latest News and Trends in Publishing. Panelists: Annie DeWitt (professor at Columbia University, and author of White Nights in Split Town City), Jared Daniel Fagen (publisher, Black Sun Lit), and Matthew Avitable (publisher, The Mountain Eagle). Moderated by Simona David.

2:00 p.m.—Keynote Address with Martha Frankel, executive director of the Woodstock Bookfest, and author of Hats & Eyeglasses 

3:00 p.m. —Fiction Writing with Annie DeWitt, author of White Nights in Split Town City 

3:30 – Artists Who Use Text in Their Art with Nancy Barton, former chair at the NYU Art Department 

4:00 p.m. — The Bounty of Books Raffle, with a prize of ten selected book titles, will be awarded (come early, tickets are limited!), and the winner of the Best Cover Contest will be announced.

The fee for authors to participate in Writers Unbound is $35. Please mail the registration form , which you can download from our website, along with your check to: 

Writers in the Mountains

P.O. Box 474

Roxbury, NY 12474 

The registration deadline is April 15, 2019. 

For more information, e-mail writersinthemountains@gmail.com.

Writers in the Mountains is a 501 (c) (3) not-for–profit organization with a mission to provide a nurturing environment for the practice, appreciation, and sharing of creative writing.



Seeing Nature in Words:

A Nature Writing Workshop with Leslie T. Sharpe

(Author of THE QUARRY FOX and Other Critters of the Wild Catskills)

Saturday, May 18, 11AM to 2PM

Delaware County Historical Association, Delhi NY

Whether one is writing to change the world, or for the simple pleasure of recording one’s observations in a notebook, the relationship between the observer and nature is, at its core, always personal and intensely felt. It is this passion that has made nature writing so dynamic and also so accessible, to read and to write. The goal of “Seeing Nature in Words: A Nature Writing Workshop” is to encourage writers to explore their own special relationship with the natural world—whether that relationship is to the Catskills or a backyard garden, expressed as a description of a single flower or as an essay probing an environmental issue—in their own true voice.

Writers will be asked to write a maximum of 1,000 words, which translates into approximately 4 pages, double-spaced, TNR, 12 pt. to share with the class. (Writers will also be encouraged to submit their writing in advance, via email, to Leslie and the rest of the class, so that one’s writing may achieve maximum attention.) Journaling, or for that matter blogging, as in recording impressions in a naturalist’s notebook, is fine, and we will work to sharpen the writer’s eye and descriptive details.  But if a writer aspires to write a finished personal essay, perhaps even for submission, with fully developed subject and theme, we will support that too.

Leslie’s approach, as an editor, as well as a writing teacher, is to find what works in the writing and to build on that. And that approach is rooted in her respect for every writer, and their work. What is especially important for writers is a workshop environment that allows them to feel safe—safe to express themselves, their thoughts and feelings, as well as observations—especially when working in those creative nonfiction forms (journaling, personal essay, memoir) that use the first person “I” voice, and that speak directly out of one’s personal experience.

Leslie is an author, editor, and educator. She began her editing career at Farrar, Straus & Giroux and is currently an editorial consultant specializing in literary nonfiction, literary fiction, and poetry. A member of PEN American Center, she is the author of Editing Fact and Fiction: A Concise Guide to Book Editing (Cambridge University Press), which is regarded as the “modern editing classic.” Leslie was a regular contributor to New York Newsday’s “Urban ‘I’” column, and her essays and articles have appeared in a wide variety of publications including the Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Global City Review, International Herald Tribune, New York Times, New York Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle, and Village Voice, The Villager, The Writer, and Psychology Today. Her poems for children have appeared in Ladybug Magazine, and she is currently at work on a poetry collection, Little Possums Book of Poems. She recently finished her memoir, Our Fractured, Perfect Selves. Leslie has taught writing and editing at Columbia University, New York University and the City College of New York.

Leslie’s newest book, The Quarry Fox and Other Tales of the Wild Catskills, a lyric narrative look at the wild animals of the Catskill Mountains, published by The Overlook Press, was awarded a 2018 “IPPY” (Independent Book Publisher) Gold Medal Award for Excellence.  Leslie was recently named by the Catskill Center, for inclusion in its May 2019 publication celebrating the Catskill Center’s fiftieth anniversary, as one of “Fifty Stewards of The Catskills, each chosen for their contribution to the Catskills environment, economy and community…. The fifty are from all walks of Catskill life, across the region—they are truly diverse, and all are inspiring role models for the future of The Catskills.” She is honored to be included in this group of leaders, “highlighting her contributions to the environment and culture of the Catskills, especially her nature writing and her book, The Quarry Fox.”

To register, call Jean Stone at (607) 326-4802, or e-mail her at jtstone@catskill.net. Class fee is $35.

Writers in the Mountains is a 501 ( c ) (3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to provide a nurturing environment for the practice, appreciation and sharing of creative writing. For more information, visit writersinthemountains.org.



Writers in the Mountains’ Board of Directors would like to thank all the students participating in the seventh annual Matilda Friedman essay contest. The topic this year was What Would You Do If There Was No Internet? The Board received essays from high school students of Roxbury Central School, and Delaware Academy in Delhi.

The following are the winners:

High School Winners

1st place: Cella Schnabel, Delaware Academy, Delhi ($100)

2nd place: Lacey German, Roxbury Central School ($75)

3rd place: Leigha Lalosh, Roxbury Central School ($50)

Honorable Mention: Madison German, Roxbury Central School ($10)

The Award Ceremony will take place Saturday, April 6 at 3 pm at the Erpf Center / Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, 43355 State Hwy 28 in Arkville, NY. The winners are invited to receive their awards, along with their parents and their teachers.

This program is generously funded by the Friedman family.

Writers in the Mountains is a 501 ( c ) (3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to provide a nurturing environment for the practice, appreciation and sharing of creative writing.





Creative Nonfiction Workshop with Anique Taylor

“With provocative and inspired reading assignments, fun and imaginative homework, and stimulating group discussion combined with compassionate, supportive feedback, Anique Taylor’s Creative Nonfiction class is a cultivated environment where writers can flourish and expand ideas and concepts creatively and safely.” Bonnie Lykes, Boiceville

“I’m excited to take this course. Anique provides interesting reading assignments, meditations, writing exercises, and examples that can be applied to your work in progress. The class also offers an opportunity to share your writings and gain valuable feedback from Anique and fellow classmates. It’s a warm and supportive environment. I highly recommend this course.” Heather Marsten, Woodstock  




“WIM is THE premier organization for writers to gather and learn from each other, informally, and also in the many excellent and thoroughly professional course offerings, in the Catskills. WIM events, such as Writers Unbound, allow writers the opportunity to share their works with the public, to preview their writing, and also exchange practical information that is so helpful for fathoming the marketplace. The atmosphere at all these events is down to earth, warm, and very helpful. And just plain fun! Most of all, WIM provides a support system for writers. Which all of us, no matter how well published, need.” Leslie T. Sharpe, Walton

Meet the Authors – Third Annual Catskills Book Festival was great. Thanks for having me!” Sari Botton, Kingston

“I had the most wonderful time. It was very well organized, warm, entertaining, and educational. Looking forward to their next event. What a terrific organization!” Susan Wilbur, Greenwood Lake

“I just wanted to say that I had a fantastic time. Thank you for including me.” Craig Sanders, New York City

“A wonderful event yesterday! Loved your panel and all the writers who were part of the festival. Keynote speaker Rosie Schaap was amazing as well as the distillery / location.” Melisse Seleck, Phoenicia 

“The book festival was amazing, thank you!” Becca Andre, Roxbury

“Thank you so much for a wonderful and motivating festival! Very inspiring!” Jennifer Benson, New Berlin

“Great event! Thanks to all for the hard work.” Cheryl Rice, Stone Ridge




“What a wonderful event – I love WIM!” Lissa Kiernan, West Hurley

“The best writers in Delaware County. Better writing than at the 92nd Street Y – The Center for Culture in America. Some serious, some insightful, some funny, and some sad – anything you can dream of reading or hearing. It was the best I’ve heard in more than a decade in these mountains.”  Merna Popper, Andes


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