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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Personal Essay Workshop with Barbara Apoian

July 31 – September 4, 2014

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) announces Personal Essay Workshop with Barbara Apoian, from July 31 through September 4. The workshop will be held Thursdays, 10 am to noon at the Fairview Library in Margaretville.

Barbara Apoian, a long-time workshop teacher at WIM, will be offering her new course called “Personal Essay”. This is really “Memoir with a Purpose”. Writers will recount experiences in their lives, and the way they changed their future understanding of family, love affairs, career choices and emotional decisions. Essays in general need not be about a personal experience, but PERSONAL ESSAY, includes an experience that changed us in a particular way, and brought about an opinion that is important to share.

Various topics will be suggested, and writers can work on a long essay over the full course, or take a number of subjects that they find stimulating or are prompted by hearing the work produced in the workshop. Each piece will be read aloud and gently critiqued to make sure that the message is clear. Hearing the reaction of listeners is so helpful in realizing that we have achieved our purpose, or a need to make some of the issues and experiences clearer.

This is a stimulating, and challenging class. Barbara has taught a similar workshop in Bradenton, Florida, over the winter months for the past four years with great success. It has prompted many writers to enlarge their work into full-length memoir, or continue writing about a variety of opinions or experiences, all generated by truth and an honest urge to communicate with others.

To register, call (845) 594-3548, or e-mail writersinthemountains@gmail.com. To register online, go to Register Online page, and fill in the registration form. Class fee is $75.  




Writers Exposed!

A Summer Reading Event

August 17, 1 to 3 pm

At the Erpf Center, Arkville, NY

On Sunday August 17th, come hear what your neighbors have been thinking and writing about. Be prepared to experience 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, “Dare to Write”. Open mic to follow fearless readers.

Please join Writers in the Mountains for our annual reading, “Writers Exposed”, on August 17, from 1 till 3 PM at The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development (Erpf Center), located at 43355 State Route 28, Arkville, New York 12406.

Light refreshments served, donations welcomed and appreciated. For more information, email jtstone@catskill.net. 




A Class in Creative Non-Fiction – The Fastest Growing Genre

 A sixteen-week long workshop with Anique Taylor

September 4, 2014 – January 15, 2015

Pine Hill Community Center, Pine Hill, NY

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) announces its sixteen-week long Creative Non-Fiction workshop with Anique Taylor, September 4, 2014 to January 15, 2015. 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.

Creative Non-Fiction will be taught by Anique Taylor who loves to teach. She has co-authored works for HBO, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster. Her poems and creative nonfiction have appeared in The World (St. Mark’s Poetry Project), Adanna, Southern Poetry Review, Earth’s Daughters, Stillwater Review, Rattle Magazine and e-Bibliotekos’ Pain and Memory. She’s given featured NYC readings at St. Mark’s Poetry Project, Dixon Place, the Speakeasy, Cedar Tavern, and group readings at What Happens Next, Tompkin’s Square, Charas, The Knitting Factory. She’s published a chapbook Poems (Unimproved Editions Inc). She’s studied poetry at Drew University (MFA), literature at the Sorbonne (Diplome) and fine arts at Pratt Institute (MFA & BFA Highest Honors). She is the organizer and MC of Phoenicia Spoken Word, an annual summer performance evening.

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. Class fee is $200.






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 June 28 with a discussion of Colossal Blunders by Mario Livio.


Hobart Festival of Women Writers is coming up first weekend in September – two of WIM’s instructors, Lynn Domina and Simona David, will be leading workshops. See full schedule of events – the registration process is now open: 



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