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May 7, 2012

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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Many thanks to all the authors and the public who attended Meet the Authors, Second Annual Catskills Book Festival! 

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WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS (WIM)

PRESENTS

THE JOURNEY FROM THEME TO IMAGES TO POEM WITH SHARON RUETENIK

June 1 – July 6, 2015

 

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) presents The Journey from Theme to Images to Poem with Sharon Ruetenik, June 1 to July 6. The class will be held Mondays, 6 to 8 pm, at the Andes Public Library.

This class will embrace the message of the Song Dynasty poet Wei T’ai, “Poetry presents the thing in order to convey the feeling. It should be precise about the thing and reticent about the feeling.”  We will use a series of umbrella themes that participants may interpret in a way meaningful to them. Emphasis will be on the use of imagery and narrative to express an emotional landscape. Themes will include “Home Sweet Home,” “In the Still of the Night,” “Animal Planet,” “Once Upon A Time,” “Into the Woods,” and “How Does Your Garden Grow?”Both beginning and advanced writers are encouraged to attend, share their work, and give and receive helpful feedback from the other members of our group.  The instructor will supply weekly samples and prompts.

Sharon Ruetenik is the author of a poetry chapbook, The Wooden Bowl.She is currently working on a manuscript of sevenlings. Her work has appeared in print and online journals, most recently The Green Door. Ruetenik was awarded a poetry fellowship at the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts. As a speaker for the the New York Council for the Humanities, she has lectured on short stories, novellas, and poetry. Her day job is working at SUNY Delhi as the coordinator of the writing center, the international student advisor, and adjunct instructor in composition and literature. Ruetenik lives in Delhi with her family, which includes many large dogs and several indolent cats.

To register, call Jean Stone at (607) 326-4802, or e-mail her at jtstone@catskill.net. To register online, visit writersinthemountains.org. Class fee is $70, if you register and pay by May 11 and $85 after that. Registration deadline is May 27.

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WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS (WIM)

PRESENTS

Writing Fiction Today

Literary vs. Genre Fiction: Real Distinction or No Difference at All?

 A panel discussion moderated by Jenny Milchman

Sunday, May 3, 2015

at 1 o’clock pm

At the Golden Notebook Bookstore,

Woodstock, NY 

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) invites you to Writing Fiction Today – Literary vs. Genre Fiction: Real Distinction or No Difference at All? Sunday, May 3 at 1 p.m. at the Golden Notebook Bookstore, 29 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY. The event is co-sponsored by Glaring Omissions Writing Group, one of the longest-running critique groups in the Hudson Valley.

What kind of book do you like to read? What form does your writing take? If you’re like most readers or authors or poets or scribes, an answer came to your mind right away. But what happens when we begin to poke at that answer? Is there such a thing as a literary mystery? Or an experimental novel with a secret at its heart? Can a poem mystify? Moderator Jenny Milchman leads a conversation with panelists Elizabeth Brundage, Alison Gaylin, and Peter Golden as they question the foundation that lies beneath bookstore shelving, library categorization, and the ways we define words on a page. If these divisions are arbitrary–or at least miss a great deal of what truly goes on in a work–then perhaps we can come up with something better. A meaning that helps us to identify and create what we all are really after… great writing.

Jenny Milchman’s debut novel, Cover of Snow, earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist, as well as praise from the New York Times, San Francisco Journal of Books, the AP, and other publications. It was an Indie Next and Target pick, won the Mary Higgins Clark Award for best suspense novel, and was nominated for the Macavity and Barry Awards for best first novel. Her second book Ruin Falls, also an Indie Next Pick, was published in 2014 to starred reviews from Booklist and Library Journal, and chosen as a “10 Best of 2014″ by Suspense Magazine. Jenny’s third novel, As Night Falls, will be published on June 30th, 2015.

Elizabeth Brundage holds an MFA from the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she received a James Michener Award. Before attending Iowa, she was a screenwriting fellow at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. Her short fiction has been published in the Greensboro Review, Witness, and New Letters. She is the author of three novels, Somebody Else’s Daughter, The Doctor’s Wife, and A Stranger Like You, all published by Viking. Her new novel, All Things Cease to Appear, is forthcoming from Knopf in 2016.

USA Today and international best-selling author Alison Gaylin received an Edgar nomination for her first book Hide Your Eyes. Her Shamus Award-winning novel, And She Was, was also nominated for the RT award, the Thriller and Anthony awards. In addition to her six published crime fiction novels, she’s published the Young Adult mystery Reality Ends Here (Simon and Schuster/PocketStar). Stay with Me, her eighth book – and the third in the acclaimed Brenna Spector series – was just nominated for an Edgar Award for best paperback.

Peter Golden is an award-winning journalist and the author of six full-length works of non-fiction and fiction. Peter Golden’s first novel, Comeback Love, was published by Simon & Schuster. Some of his work has appeared in the Detroit Free Press Magazine, Albany Times Union, New Jersey Monthly, Microsoft’s eDirections, Beyond Computing, Electronic Business, Midstream, The Forward, and Capital Region Magazine. 

Please come peruse a brand new gallery of books set up by the Golden Notebook, share drinks and light refreshments, and become a part of this very stimulating conversation! The event is free and open to the public. Book buying is encouraged to support our community bookstore.

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

Glaring Omissions Writers Group hosts a monthly reading series at the Golden Notebook.

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DARE TO WRITE!

WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS (WIM)

PRESENTS

Selling Your Nonfiction Book: The Art of Proposal Writing 

 with Leslie T. Sharpe

Sunday, June 7, 2015

At the Andes Public Library 

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) announces Selling Your Nonfiction Book: The Art of Proposal Writing, a Sunday seminar with Leslie T. Sharpe, June 7, 1 to 4 pm, at the Andes Public Library.  In three information-packed hours, Leslie will effectively detail what it takes to write a winning nonfiction book proposal, illustrated with several handouts. In the second half of the seminar, she will invite writers to present their projects for evaluation and input in order to best shape their own top-notch “winning” proposal.

In addition to its diversity of forms, nonfiction also offers writers (which literary fiction does not) the possibility of having an incomplete manuscript accepted by an agent or editor— accompanied by a strong proposal. The proposal—including elements such as an Overview of the book, Annotated Table of Contents, Author’s Platform and Market Analysis—is usually submitted with two or three chapters of text and is, first and foremost, a writing sample as well as a sales tool. What agents/editors look for in a proposal is strong writing with a clear and cogent presentation of the book’s subject and/or narrative arc, depending on the form, and a persuasive rationale for why the book should be published, and why the author is the best possible person to write it.

Leslie, author, editor and educator, was a regular contributor to New York Newsday’s “Urban ‘I’” column.  Her essays and articles have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, International Herald Tribune, Newsday, New York Times, Psychology Today, and The Village Voice, among many othersLeslie recently finished her memoir, Our Fractured, Perfect Selves, and is currently at work on The Quarry Fox and Other Tales of a Catskill Summer. Wearing her editor hat, Leslie wrote Editing Fact and Fiction: A Concise Guide to Book Editing (Cambridge University Press, 1994), a “modern editing classic”and “On Writing Smart: Tips and Tidbits,” featured in The Business of Writing (Allworth, 2012).  Now an editorial consultant, Leslie specializes in literary nonfiction and fiction and poetry. At Columbia University, Leslie was Adjunct Assoc. Professor of Writing and taught in the MFA writing programs.  She taught in City College’s Publishing Certificate Program, and in NYU’s Certificate Program in Book Publishing. Now, Leslie teaches online courses for the cutting-edge all-media website, mediabistro.com—The Nonfiction Book and Nonfiction Writing Master Class.

To register, call Jean Stone at (607) 326-4802, or e-mail her at jtstone@catskill.net. To register online, visit writersinthemountains.org, go to Register Online page, and fill in the registration form.Class fee is $35. Writers in the Mountains is a 501 ( c ) (3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to provide to the general public a nurturing environment for the practice, appreciation and sharing of creative writing.

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DARE TO WRITE!

WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS (WIM)

PRESENTS

Seeing Nature in Words with Leslie T. Sharpe

May 9 – June 13, 2015 

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) announces a six-week nature-writing workshop, Seeing Nature in Words with Leslie T. Sharpe, at the Delaware County Historical Association, 46549 State Hwy 10, Delhi, NY, Saturdays, 11 am to 1 pm, from May 9 to June 13, 2015 (skipping Memorial Day weekend).

Whether one is writing to change the world or simply for the pleasure of recording one’s observations in a notebook, when the relationship between the observer and nature is at the core of a work, the writing is almost always personal and intensely felt. It is this passion that makes the genre so dynamic, and also so accessible to read and to write. The goal of this class is to encourage writers to explore their special relationship with the natural world—be it in the Catskill High Peaks 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.

Leslie T. Sharpe is an author, editor, and educator. She has a BA (Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude) in Ancient Greek Language and Literature from Wheaton College, and received her master’s degree in Ancient Greek from Columbia University, where she was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. 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 the 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 a“modern editing classic.”

Sharpe has taught in the undergraduate and graduate writing programs at Columbia University’s School of the Arts; Introduction to Publishing and Editorial Process at City College of New York’s publishing certificate program; and Manuscript Editing at New York University’s certificate program in book publishing. She teaches online courses for the cutting-edge all-media website mediabistro.com, including The Nonfiction Book and Nonfiction Writing Master Class.

Leslie has also a been a regular contributor to 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. She recently finished her memoir, Our Fractured, Perfect Selves,and is currently at work on a new book, The Quarry Fox and Other Tales of a Catskill Summer. Her poems for children have appeared in Ladybug Magazine;Who Knew? Catskill Literary Journal; and  From the Catskills.

Leslie’s approach, as an editor as well as a writing teacher, is to find the strengths in the work at hand and build on them. That method is rooted in her respect for every writer and their creations. She believes it is especially important that a workshop environment allow writers to feel safe to express themselves and 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.

To register, call (607) 759-6138, or e-mail writersinthemountains@gmail.com. To register online, visit writersinthemountains.org. This class is $100 if registered by April 18 or $125 thereafter. Partial scholarships may be available.

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

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WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS (WIM)

PRESENTS

Mapping Your Wild Mind with Ellen Greene-Stewart

May 19 – June 23, 2015

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) presents Mapping Your Wild Mind, a six week long workshop with Ellen Greene-Stewart, running from May 19 to June 23. The class will be held Tuesdays, from 6 to 8 pm at the Roxbury Library, 53742 State Hwy 30, Roxbury, NY.

Offered by WIM for the past dozen years, this is the class that keeps evolving and just won’t quit.  Warning:  this class is not for the faint of heart. Bring your enthusiasm and creative juices (and a smidgon of trepidation) on this exciting voyage of discovery. No prior writing or art experience is necessary.

Wild Mind is an experiential journey using a variety of media to explore the creative process that is inherent in us all, and then using it to enhance your writing. The Wild Mind provides a safe, nurturing environment which stresses process over product. It is a journey that is both fun and enlightening.

Maps are tools, compasses by which we navigate. Maps orient us, letting you know where you are in the world, in relationship to your surroundings, where you are in your life, where you are in the plot of a story, or where you are in your imagination. Challenge yourself to explore the creative process by creating and exploring the map of your individual Wild Mind. Follow your senses on the road to finding your creative voice. By exposing yourself to visual images, tactile media, form and color, your writing will spring alive. Wild Mind is taught by Ellen Greene-Stewart, a licensed Art Therapist, and author of two non-fiction books.

To register, call Jean Stone at (607) 326-4802, or e-mail her at jtstone@catskill.net. To register online, visit writersinthemountains.org. Class fee is $70, if you register and pay by April 28, and $85 after that.

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WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS (WIM)

ANNOUNCES

THE WINNERS

OF THE THIRD ANNUAL MATILDA FRIEDMAN

ESSAY WRITING CONTEST:  

Middle School Winners

1st place: Brynne German, South Kortright Central School ($75)

2nd place: Claire Kletchka, Stamford Central School ($50)

3rd place: Eric Ianiello, Roxbury Central School ($25)

Honorable Mention: Chezney Chichester, South Kortright Central School ($10)

 

High School Winners

1st place: Rose Battista, Roxbury Central School ($100)

2nd place: Molly Gavett, Walton Central School ($75)

3rd place: Jessica Moore, Roxbury Central School ($50)

Honorable Mentions: Christine Ianiello, Roxbury Central School ($10), Victoria Fairbairn, Stamford Central School ($10), Keyshawn Scott, Stamford Central School ($10)

 

There will be an Award Ceremony at the Erpf Center, 43355 State Hwy 28 in Arkville Sunday, November 16 at 1 pm. Winners are invited to receive their awards, along with their parents and their teachers. Also, winners are invited on the Writer’s Voice on WIOX on a date to be decided. 

This program is partly funded by the Friedman family.

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Simona David’s Self-Publishing and Book Marketing Research Guide has been released on Amazon.com and Kindle

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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 

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.

 

 

Free will donation is appreciated
For more information please call
607-326-4802

 

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