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May 7, 2012

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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We thank everyone who participated in “Meet the Authors” – Third Annual Catskills Book Festival, held Sunday, April 24, 2016 at the Union Grove Distillery in Arkville, NY

Keynote Speaker: Rosie Schaap, author of the "Drink" column for The New York Times magazine

Keynote Speaker: Rosie Schaap, author of the “Drink” column for The New York Times Magazine

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June 4 – July 9, 2016

Phoenicia Public Library

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) introduces The Business and Art of Illustration with Durga Yael Bernhard, a six week long workshop, running from June 4 to July 9, 2016. The class will be held Saturdays from 12:30 to 2:30 pm at the Phoenicia Public Library.

This class will be useful for artists who want to apply their talent to commercial use or for anyone who wants to learn the art of visual communication. Style development, visual research, and the crucial importance of design will be discussed along with weekly hands-on exercises and group critiques.  Business aspects of professional illustration will be covered, including freelancing, self-promotion, contracts, reproduction rights, computer skills, and more. Special attention will be given to children’s book illustration if desired by the class. This is not a course in computer graphics or digital illustration.  A small art supply list will be given to registrants prior to the first class.

D Yael Bernhard is the illustrator of over three dozen children’s books – all of which she designed except for one – including fiction and non-fiction, natural science titles and multicultural folktales. She has also written several unique concept books for children. Her illustrated books include A Ride on Mother’s Back (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt); While You Are Sleeping (Charlesbridge Publishing); In the Fiddle is a Song (Chronicle Books); and Never Say a Mean Word Again (Wisdom Tales Press).  Yael’s work encompasses several different styles, and has been published on everything from book, magazine and CD covers, to business logos, brochures, websites, corporate promotional materials, and other projects. Her website is dyaelbernhard.com.

To register, call Jean Stone at (607) 326-4802, or e-mail her at jtstone@catskill.net. To register online, visit Register Online page. Class fee is $70, if you register and pay by May 14, and $85 after that.




Selling Your Nonfiction Book: The Art of Proposal Writing 

 with Leslie T. Sharpe

Sunday, June 5, 2016

At the Andes Public Library

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) presents Selling Your Nonfiction Book: The Art of Proposal Writing, a Sunday seminar with Leslie T. Sharpe, June 5, 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 usually 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 T. Sharpe 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. She recently finished her memoir, Our Fractured, Perfect Selves, and her new book, The Quarry Fox and Other Tales of the Wild Catskills, a lyric narrative look at the wild animals of the Catskill Mountains, will be published by The Overlook Press. Her poems for children have appeared in Ladybug Magazine, and she is currently at work on a poetry collection, Little Possums Book of Poems. Leslie has taught writing and editing at Columbia University, New York University and the City College of New York.

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. Registration deadline is May 31.





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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