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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 informal, ordinarily held in 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 criticism 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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Celebrating A Quarter-Century of Creative Writing and Community in the Catskills

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WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS (WIM)

PRESENTS

CREATING THE LINE IN POETRY WITH SHARON RUETENIK

Saturday, October 6, 2018

1 – 4 pm

Andes Public Library

Andes, NY

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) presents Creating the Line in Poetry with Sharon Ruetenik, Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 1 to 4 pm at the Andes Public Library.

Form and content provide a happy marriage in poetry. Line length is the foundation of this union. Does the poet choose a short or long line for expression? What are the most effective words to end a line?  When is enjambment the most useful? A helpful contrast is William Carlos Williams “This is Just to Say” and Carolyn Forche’s “The Colonel,” two extreme examples of how to use line. Participants will write a single poem using two different line lengths. They will share their efforts with the group to determine which format is most successful. Prompts and samples will be provided. Appropriate for all levels.

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 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.

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

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. Learn more at writersinthemountains.org.

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WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS

ANNOUNCES

WRITING OUT LOUD

with

ROBERT BURKE WARREN

 October 6 – November 10, 2018

Phoenicia Public Library, Phoenicia, NY

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) announces Writing Out Loud with Robert Burke Warren, a six-week-long workshop running from October 6 to November 10, 2018. The class will be held Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Phoenicia Public Library.

You’re a storyteller on paper, but you want to enliven your words for an audience; you want to stand before a rapt crowd, and hold them spellbound with your delivery. You want to captivate them, draw them into your work. Robert Burke Warren’s Writing Out Loud class will help you do this by teaching you to engage and hone your inherent performer self. (We’ve all got one; it’s part of being human.) Drawing on his experience as a published writer, frequent performer of stories, teacher, musician, and erstwhile professional stage actor, RBW offers pointers on the material itself; tips on voice, projection, and theatricality (a little goes a long way); and secrets learned from untold hours spent on stages of every kind. Participants will create an approximately ten-minute piece to be workshopped over five weeks, and ultimately performed at a public reading in the sixth week.

Robert Burke Warren is a writer, performer, and musician. His work has appeared in Salon, AARP, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Texas Music, Brooklyn Parent, The Woodstock Times, Vulture, Paste, The Rumpus, The Bitter Southerner, Chronogram, Longform, and the Da Capo anthology The Show I‘ll Never Forget. His debut novel, Perfectly Broken, is available in paperback. As a songwriter, he has released seven CDs – two as Robert Burke Warren and five as family musician Uncle Rock. His songwriting appears on albums by Rosanne Cash, RuPaul, and rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson. In the mid-1990s, he portrayed Buddy Holly in the West End musical Buddy: the Buddy Holly Story. Prior to that, he traveled the world as a rock ’n’ roll bass player.

To register, call Jean Stone at (607) 326-4802, or e-mail her at jtstone@catskill.net. Class fee is $100, if you register and pay three weeks before the class begins, and $125 after that. Some scholarship funds are being sponsored by the Phoenicia Library – contact Liz at director@phoenicialibrary.org.

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. Learn more at writersinthemountains.org.

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WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS (WIM) PRESENTS

RANDOM CONTEXT – FALL LITERARY SALON

Sunday, September 30, 2018

3 to 5 PM

Union Grove Distillery

43311 NY Route 28, Arkville, NY

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) presents RANDOM CONTEXT FALL LITERARY SALON, Sunday, September 30, 2018 from 3 to 5 p.m. All writers are welcome to come and read their poetry or excerpts from their novels, short fiction, essays, or other creative nonfiction pieces in the warm and inviting front room of the fabulous Union Grove Distillery.

RANDOM CONTEXT FALL 2018 will feature poet Helane Levine-Keating, author of Lunar Eclipse published earlier this year by Finishing Line Press. Levine-Keating’s poetry has appeared in The New York Quarterly, The Malahat Review, Women and Stepfamilies: Voices of Anger and Love (Maglin and Scheidewind, eds., Temple U Press), Heresies, Facere, Graham House Review: Focus on Women Poets, Women and Stepfamilies: Voices of Anger and Love, Central Park, Like Light: 25 Years of Poetry & Prose by Bright Hill Poets & Writers and other literary journals and anthologies. A professor of Comparative Literature and Creative Writing at Pace University New York since 1983, her essays and book reviews have been published various journals and collections, including American Book Review, The Woolf Studies Annual, and 3 Quarks Daily, and she is a co-editor of three editions of Lives Through Literature: A Thematic Anthology (Prentice-Hall/Pearson). Also a fine art photographer, Levine-Keating is a member of Longyear Gallery in Margaretville, where her photography has appeared in various solo and group shows, as well as at the Roxbury Arts Group, Roxbury, NY; The Erpf Center of the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, Arkville, NY; The Catskill Watershed Corporation, Margaretville, NY; The Other Half Gallery, Vero Beach, FL; and Blue Mountain Gallery, New York, NY. Lunar Eclipse, published by Finishing Line Press in January 2018, is her first book of poems.

Following our Featured Author, the rest of the afternoon will be filled with 5-minute open-mic slots.

Come read and listen (all interested listening non-writers are very welcome) and meet and mingle in front of the fireplace. Who knows? Maybe new literary alliances will emerge from conversations and encounters. Union Grove’s superb craft cocktails, craft beers, and chips will be available for purchase to enhance the afternoon’s enjoyment.

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.

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RAINING POETRY & PAINTING IN ROXBURY 2018 

We thank all the poets and artists who participated this year. Looking forward to next year. IMG_4562

Poem submitted by Esther Cohen in 2017

                                               

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WE THANK ALL THE PARTICIPATING AUTHORS, FIRST AND FOREMOST KEYNOTE SPEAKER JAN ALBERT AND FEATURED POET BETH LISICK, AS WELL AS THE PUBLIC AND THE SPONSORS FOR MAKING WRITERS UNBOUND LITERARY FESTIVAL A GREAT SUCCESS THIS YEAR! 

 

Author John O'Grady is the winner of the Best Cover Contest for his book "Certain Trees: In the Catskill Mountains" judged by the public

Author John O’Grady is the winner of the Best Cover Contest for his book “Certain Trees: In the Catskill Mountains” judged by the public

 

WIM Book Fair 2018 Beth Lisick

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Testimonials

 

CLASSES

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  

 

WRITERS UNBOUND

ANNUAL LITERARY FESTIVAL

“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

 

WRITERS EXPOSED

ANNUAL SUMMER READING EVENT 

“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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For more information, please call
607-326-4802

 

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