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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WIM’s Meet the Authors First Annual Catskills Book Festival was a great success! Many thanks to authors and readers! 

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Seeing Nature in Words with Leslie T. Sharpe

May 10 – June 15, 2014 

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) introduces 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 10 to June 15, 2014 (skipping Memorial Day weekend).

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 this form 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 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’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 T. Sharpe is an author, editor and educator. She is a Member of PEN American Center. She is author of Editing Fact and Fiction: A Concise Guide to Book Editing (Cambridge University Press, New York: 1994), which is regarded as the “modern editing classic.” Her essay, “On Writing Smart: Tips and Tidbits” is featured in The Business of Writing (Allworth, 2012), edited by Jennifer Lyons. She began her editing career at Farrar, Straus & Giroux and is currently an editorial consultant, specializing in literary nonfiction, literary fiction and poetry.

She was Adjunct Associate Professor of Writing at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where she taught in the undergraduate and graduate (MFA) writing programs. She was also an MFA thesis advisor and referee, working with both literary fiction and nonfiction graduate writing students, and she also taught Introduction to Publishing and The Editorial Process at The City College of New York’s Publishing Certificate Program, and Manuscript Editing at New York University’s Certificate Program in Book Publishing. She also teaches online courses for the cutting-edge all-media website, mediabistro.com—The Nonfiction Book and Nonfiction Writing Master Class.

Leslie was a regular contributor to New York Newsday’s “Urban ‘I’” column, for which she wrote pieces that portrayed urban life. 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, Newsday, New York Times, New York Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, Psychology Today, San Francisco Chronicle, Spitball: The Literary Baseball Magazine, The City Sun, The Urban Audubon, Who Knew? Catskill Literary Journal, The Village Voice, The Villager, and The Writer. 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? : A Catskill Literary Journal, and From the Catskills.

Leslie T. Sharpe received a B.A. from Wheaton College (MA), in Ancient Greek Language and Literature, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude, and she also received a Master’s degree in Ancient Greek from Columbia University in New York City, where she was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow.

To register call Jean Stone at (607) 326-4802, or e-mail her at jtstone@catskill.net. To register online go to Register Online page, and fill in the registration form. To benefit from the early registration fee of $60 register and pay by April 19. Class fee is $75 after that.






Middle School Winners

1st place: Jessica Davis, Delaware Academy

2nd place: Jillian Lees, Delaware Academy

3rd place: Autumn Dorr, Delaware Academy

Honorable Mentions: Jasper Millhone, Sarah Roberts, Tristan Olson, and Zoey Gardepe from Delaware Academy

High School Winners

1st place: Adam Loper, Roxbury Central School

2nd place: Kajus Normantas, Roxbury Central School

3rd place: Jessica Moore, Roxbury Central School

Honorable Mentions: Amanda Alberti, Alexandra Bagley, and Colby Fancher from Stamford Central School

This year’s topic was: “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?”

The Award Ceremony will take place Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 1 pm at Queens Mountain Cafe in Roxbury. All participants, along with their teachers, and parents are invited. 

This program is made possible with funds from the O’Connor Foundation, and support from Nate Friedman.


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


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.


The Writer’s Circle

Coordinated by Judy Bloom

Judy Bloom 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 Public Library, Roxbury, NY. 

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 Judy Bloom is continuing the model created by Gagnon, and recently led by Ev Ellsworth. There are only a few gentle rules for the Writer’s Circle participants. Writers  1) limit the work they bring, so that all participants have equal time; and, 2) 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, and regular meeting is often what  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 jtstone@catskill.net.


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 April 26 with a discussion of Longitude by Dava Sobel.


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