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Writers in the Mountains

is 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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Roxbury General and Writers in the Mountains presented The Raining Poetry Project on the sidewalks of Roxbury during  the Roxbury Sidewalk Festival, Saturday, July 2. Poems written by local poets were stenciled on the sidewalk, and visible only when wet. Roxbury General provided watering cans. It was such fun event. We thank everyone who participated!

Poem by WIM poetry instructor Sharon Ruetenik                                                Poem by WIM poetry instructor Sharon Ruetenik




Writers Exposed!

A Summer Reading Event

Sunday, August 21, 2016

4 p.m.

The Erpf Center

43355 State Route 28, Arkville, NY

We are pleased to invite you to join Writers in the Mountains (WIM) at our annual summer reading, an event we call “Writers Exposed!” The popular reading will be held again this year at The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development (The Erpf Center), located at 43355 State Route 28, Arkville, New York, 12406.

This casual but convivial gathering creates a forum and sets a stage for WIM students and instructors to share with each other, other members of the WIM community, and any and all interested writers, readers, listeners, and literary enthusiasts in the neighborhood what they have written, are writing, and have been thinking about in the past year. Be prepared to experience stories and poems about things like the exhilaration of returned affection; the heart-wrenching pathos of ordinary life; and triumph over emotional fears. See and hear writers lay bare their innermost thoughts, indulge fantasies, and lash out at a world gone haywire. Come and meet people who, in the words of the WIM motto, “Dare to Write!” An open mic for the fearless and/or the fun-loving will follow the scheduled readings.

The day will include drinks, light refreshments, and live music. WIM board member Carrie Bradley Neves, writer, editor, and songwriter, will perform some of her original songs. Donations to support our nonprofit arts organization are welcome and appreciated.

The Catskill Center has been promoting the Catskill Mountain Region through regional advocacy, environmental education, arts and culture programming, invasive species management, and land protection for over 45 years. The Center stimulates, conducts, and supports integrated actions to protect vital ecosystems and unique landscapes, to enhance economic opportunities for all the region’s residents, to preserve cultural and historic assets and to further a regional vision and spirit. For more information about the Catskill Center visit www.catskillcenter.org.

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. For more information, visit writersinthemountains.org.

Writers Exposed 2016





Tuesdays, September 6 – October 11, 2016

10 am to 12 noon

Roxbury Public Library

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) presents its popular six-week long Journaling Workshop with veteran instructor Ev Ellsworth. The class will be held Tuesdays, 10 am to 12 noon, from September 6 to October 11, 2016 at the Roxbury Public Library.

Ev Ellsworth, one of WIM’s most insightful, understanding and popular teacher, helps even the most skeptical and scared novice to dare to write. She is expert at offering writers, from new diarists to veteran journal-keepers, the tools and support they need to ease into journaling, deepen their journaling abilities and nurture their creative expression.

Ev, a remarkable “journalist” herself, is sensitive to the journaling process and creates an encouraging class environment for participating writers. Class participants agree to write several pages weekly, read them aloud in class, listen to the work of other class members, and join in discussions of the work and the craft of writing. Ev taught English in Northern New Jersey for many years. She served as the Director of WIM for two years and remains active with the organization.

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.





with Amie Brockway 

Mondays, September 12 – October 17

6 to 8 pm

At the Open Eye Theater in Margaretville, NY

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) presents Where Does A Play Come From? And Where Can It Go?, a six-week long workshop with Amie Brockway at the Open Eye Theater, 960 Main Street in Margaretville, Mondays, 6 to 8 p.m., from September 12 through October 17.

In this class instructor and students will explore first impulses for writing a play, and the creative process from page to stage.  Participants will look at specific examples found in selected short plays, and in excerpts from longer works. They will discover and examine their own creative impulses and see where they lead. There will be time for reading, listening, discussing, and writing in each class. Students will be encouraged to begin and complete a short play or monologue over the course of the six sessions, or to continue with a longer work already begun.  And, they’ll look at opportunities for a finished play — locally, regionally, and nationally.  This class is suitable for beginning and experienced playwrights.

Amie Brockway is producing artistic director of The Open Eye Theater, where she has directed dozens of world premieres and nurtured playwrights through three seasons of Summer Shortcuts at The Open Eye Theater in Margaretville, and the Eye on Playwrights Lab at The Open Eye Theater in NYC. She has served as Editor of TYA Today, and has had articles published in Dramatists Guild Newsletter, American Theatre Magazine, and Animal Issues.  She has served as guest director of new plays at the Bonderman National Youth Theater Playwriting Symposium, New Visions/New Voices at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and The Coterie in Kansas City, MO.  She taught a playwriting class for Writers in the Mountains at the Roxbury Arts Group.  She has been a Playwright Fellowship Panelist for Ohio Arts Council and Playwrights Center in Minneapolis, MN, and Literary Consultant at Mount Sequoya New Play Retreat.  She has been a script reader/evaluator for Manhattan Theatre Club and Playwrights Horizons in New York City, the Bonderman in Indianapolis, and Write Now in Tempe, AZ.  She is currently among the judges for the 2013 ALAP Short Play Festival in Los Angeles, CA. In 2015 the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) awarded her the Sara Spencer Artistic Achievement Award. Amie holds an MFA in directing from Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts, and a BFA in theater from SUNY, Purchase.

To register call Jean Stone at (607) 326-4802, or e-mail her at jtstone@catskill.net. To register online, go to writersinthemountains.org/registeronline. Class fee is $70.00 if you register and pay three weeks before the class begins, and $85 after that.




Creative Nonfiction – The Fastest Growing Genre 

 A sixteen-week long workshop with Anique Taylor

September 15, 2016 – January 12, 2017

Pine Hill Community Center, Pine Hill, NY 

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) presents its popular sixteen-week long Creative Nonfiction workshop with Anique Taylor, September 15, 2016 to January 12, 2017. The class will be held Thursdays, 11 am to 1 pm at the Pine Hill Community Center, Main Street, Pine Hill, NY.

In a college-like semester packed with excitement and growth, this extended class will offer writers possibilities for deepening their craft, group support and continuing work on long projects. With a preference for exploring memory, risk, danger, dreams, different versions of reality and deeper connection with self, the class will explore personal essay, memoir, journal work, writing for ourselves and for publication.

Class exercises will familiarize students with techniques of poetry, fiction, playwriting to provide tools to hone their work. Classes will include free-writing, exploratory exercises, supportive feedback on students’ writing, along with discussions on short works by famous authors (nonfiction essays, stories and memoir, along with essays on craft and the writer’s life). Between classes, reading and work suggestions will be offered for those interested. All welcome, students with long projects, short projects or those who want to take it week by week. All levels welcome.

Anique Taylor has co-authored works for HBO, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The World (St. Mark’s Poetry Project), Rattle, Common Ground Review, Adanna, Earth’s Daughters, Stillwater Review, and e-Bibliotekos’ Pain and Memory. She’s given featured NYC readings at St. Mark’s Poetry Project, Dixon Place, the Speakeasy, Cedar Tavern. Her chapbook Poems is published by Unimproved Editions Inc. Her chapbook Where Space Bends was chosen Finalist for both Minerva Rising and Blue Light Press’ 2014 Poetry Chapbook Competitions and Under the Ice Moon was Finalist in Blue Light Press’ 2015 Competition. She holds a Poetry MFA from Drew University, a Drawing MFA from Pratt Institute and a Diplome in French Literature from the Sorbonne. She has taught Creative Writing for Benedictine’s Oncology Support Program, Bard LLI, Artworks and Phoenicia Poetry Workshop.

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 $220.





Writers in the Mountains’ Board of Directors would like to thank all the students participating in the fourth annual Matilda Friedman essay contest. The topic this year was “What is your favorite music, and how does it move you?” The Board received essays from students of Delaware Academy, Franklin Central School, Margaretville Central School, South Kortright Central School, Stamford Central School, and Walton Central School.

The following are the winners:

Middle School Winners

1st place: Leah Hyzer, Franklin Central School ($75)

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

3rd place: Sydney Asher, Margaretville Central School ($25)

Honorable Mentions: Riley Davis, Delaware Academy ($10), Nicketa Utter, Franklin Central School ($10), and Alan DuMond, Franklin Central School ($10)

High School Winners

1st place: Destyni Twyman, Walton Central School ($100)

2nd place: Emily Sulger, Walton Central School ($75)

3rd place: Elizabeth DeFalco, Walton Central School ($50)

Honorable Mention: Lizzie Core, Walton Central School ($10)

The Award Ceremony will take place Sunday, November 8 at 1 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. The winners are also invited on The Writer’s Voice program on WIOX on a date to be determined.

This program is generously funded by the Friedman family.







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