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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.

                                                                                                                                       Logo Design by Katie Miller                                                                                

 

Listen to the
“Writer’s Voice”
on WIOX

Every Other Tuesday at 1 pm
on 91.3 FM
Streaming online at wioxradio.org

 

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Celebrating A Quarter-Century of Creative Writing and Community in the Catskills

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Poet Sharon Israel and Composer Robert Cucinotta – Free Performance & Workshop 

Saturday, August 11, 2018, 1 – 2:30 pm
Zadock Pratt Museum 
14540 Main Street / Rte 23, Prattsville NY 12468

Poet Sharon Israel and composer Robert Cucinotta will present a performance / workshop from 1:00 to 2:30 pm, Saturday afternoon, August 11th. They will perform mutually inspired collaborative works including electronic soundscapes prompted by Israel’s poems, and poems inspired by the composer’s works. Then, both artists will lead an hour-long workshop. Participants will generate work prompted by paintings and artifacts within the Pratt Museum, or even the museum itself, and by listening to a Cucinotta soundscape.

Participants will have the opportunity to read and discuss each other’s work. Sharon Israel is certified in the Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) method and will incorporate the principles of the AWA into this workshop.  AWA, an international writing organization, is founded on the belief that everyone is a writer.

Sharon Israel hosts her monthly radio show, Planet Poet–Words in Space, on WIOX 91.3 FM in Roxbury, NY. Her debut chapbook Voice Lesson (2017) was published by Post Traumatic Press. Israel’s work has appeared in Per Contra, SPANK the CARP, 5:2 Crime Poetry Weekly, Medical Literary Messenger, and Spry Literary Journal among other journalsand her poem, “Melodrama at the Biograph” was nominated for “Best of the Net 2016.” Her website is Sharonisraelpoet.com.

Born in Brooklyn, Cucinotta studied composition and electronic music at the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College with Jacob Druckman, Robert Starer and Charles Dodge. His work MASQUE: the Tempest was premiered at the 2015 Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice.  Recent recordings include Dracula: Harker’s Journal (2014),  Life On The Screen (2016) and Sicilia (2018).

To register, call Pratt Museum at (518) 937-6120.

This event is funded in part by Poets & Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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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

 

Free will donation is appreciated
For more information, please call
607-326-4802

 

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