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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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WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS (WIM)

PRESENTS

ARTIST – WRITER TALK SERIES

MUTUAL MUSES IN THE CATSKILLS

“THE ARTS CONVERGE”

THE MAURICE D. HINCHEY CATSKILL INTERPRETIVE CENTER

MT. TREMPER, NY

 

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SATURDAY, MAY 27 AT 1pm

Painters Margaret Leveson and Lisbeth Firmin, Printmaker/Ceramicist Peter Yamaoka and Textile Artist Tabitha Gilmore-Barnes in Conversation with Art Writer Simona David

Art writer Simona David will discuss her latest book, How Art Is Made: In the Catskills (2017), and share the stage with several acclaimed artists who live and work in the Catskill Mountains: painters Margaret Leveson and Lisbeth Firmin, ceramicist and printmaker Peter Yamaoka and textile artist Tabitha Gilmore-Barnes. How Art Is Made: In the Catskills pays homage to the place where American art was born through a series of conversations with creatives who live and work in the Catskills. Recent works will also be exhibited.

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 12 AT 1pm

Composer Robert Cucinotta in Performance and Conversation with Poet Sharon Israel

Composer Robert Cucinotta and poet and soprano Sharon Israel will discuss their unique roles as each other’s muses. Cucinotta will play electronic works inspired by Israel’s poems, feature the poet’s voice, or both. Israel will read from her new chapbook Voice Lesson, including poems set to music by Cucinotta or inspired by his compositions.

Israel is the host of Planet Poet–Words in Space, an edition of The Writer’s Voice on WIOX 91.3 FM in Roxbury, NY. Her debut chapbook Voice Lesson was published by Post Traumatic Press earlier this year, and her work has appeared in Per Contra, SPANK the CARP, 5:2 Crime Poetry Weekly, Medical Literary Messenger, and Spry Literary Journal. In 2016, Israel appeared as a panelist at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival in Salem, MA.

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 by mezzo-soprano Maria Todaro, bass Bradley Smoak and pianist Doug Martin. Recent recordings include Divertimento For Mr. Brooks (2013), Koool Kitchen (2013), Dracula: Harker’s Journal (2014) and Life On The Screen (2016).

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 AT 1pm

Photographer Rudd Hubbell in Conversation with Nature Writer Leslie T. Sharpe

Photographer Rudd Hubbell, who’s been documenting the natural beauty of the Catskills since the 1970s, will be in conversation with nature writer Leslie T. Sharpe.

A descendent of the area’s first settlers, Hubbell has captured thousands of photographs of our spectacular wilderness. He enjoys looking closer than the broad view, and always tries to focus on the things most of us overlook or take for granted. “Every scene is constantly changing and transforming, and I strive to capture that,” Hubbell says.

Sharpe is a writer, editor and educator. A member of PEN American Center, she is the author of Editing Fact and Fiction: A Concise Guide to Book Editing (Cambridge University Press, 1994), which is regarded as a “modern editing classic” and “On Writing Smart: Tips and Tidbits,” featured in The Business of Writing (Allworth, 2012). Her new book, The Quarry Fox and Other Critters of the Wild Catskills (The Overlook Press, 2017), is a lyric narrative look at the wild animals of the Catskill Mountains. Sharpe will read from this work and discuss the genre of nature writing as it relates to the Catskills.

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.

The Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center is a partnership between the Catskill Center and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, with generous financial support by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection and Catskill Watershed Corporation and generous staff and volunteer support from Catskill Mountainkeeper, Catskill Mountain Club, Catskill 3500 Club, and the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. To learn more, visit catskillinterpretivecenter.org.

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 catskillcenter.org.

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WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS (WIM)

ANNOUNCES

THE BUSINESS AND ART OF ILLUSTRATION WITH DURGA YAEL BERNHARD

June 7 – July 12, 2017

Phoenicia Public Library

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) announces The Business and Art of Illustration with Durga Yael Bernhard, a six-week long workshop, running from June 7 to July 12, 2017. The class will be held Wednesdays from 3:45 to 5:45 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 writersinthemountains.org. Class fee is $100, if you register and pay by May 17, and $125 after that.

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 Unbound

Fourth Annual Catskills Literary Festival

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Union Grove Distillery

We thank all the presenters, participating authors, the public, and the sponsors for making Writers Unbound a successful event. We particularly thank our keynote speaker Holly George-Warren, an accomplished music biographer, for an informative and engaging presentation.

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“The subject will choose you,” Holly George-Warren

 

Leslie T. Sharpe won The Best Cover Contest for "The Quarry Fox and Other Critters of the Wild Catskills"

Leslie T. Sharpe won The Best Cover Contest for “The Quarry Fox and Other Critters of the Wild Catskills”

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We’re looking forward to Writers Unbound 2018!

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 RAINING POETRY PROJECT 2017 

SATURDAY, JULY 1, 2017

DOWNTOWN ROXBURY

This public street project, modeled after Boston’s Raining Poetry Project, opens on July 1st in conjunction with Roxbury Sidewalk Festival. Poems will be stenciled on the sidewalks of Roxbury using biodegradable water-repellent spray. THE POEMS WILL REMAIN INVISIBLE ON SUNNY DAYS, BUT ONCE WATER HITS THEM, THE POEMS WILL SUDDENLY, MAGICALLY REVEAL THEMSELVES!

Raining Poetry in Roxbury 2017 will feature approximately 20 poems stenciled on our sidewalks. This is a fun and unexpected way to expose people to poetry.

Watering cans will be placed near each poem opening day (and for the three following weekend days). Visitors will walk through town in search of the watering cans, and then sprinkle the water onto the sidewalk to reveal the poems.

An open-air reception will follow later in the afternoon (3:00-5:00, location to be determined). Participating Poets will be invited to read their works and answer questions from the audience.

Raining Poetry in Roxbury 2017, sponsored by Writers in the Mountains, is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Decentralization Grant Program, with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature, and is administered in Delaware County by The Roxbury Arts Group (RAG).

Poem by WIM poetry instructor Sharon Ruetenik                                                Poem by WIM poetry instructor Sharon Ruetenik in 2016

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WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS

ANNOUNCES

THE WINNERS OF THE 2016 MATILDA FRIEDMAN ESSAY CONTEST

FOR DELAWARE COUNTY STUDENTS

Writers in the Mountains’ Board of Directors would like to thank all the students participating in the fifth annual Matilda Friedman essay contest. The topic this year was “#RomeoandJuliet.” The Board received essays from students of Franklin Central School, and Walton Central School.

The following are the winners:

Middle School Winners

1st place: Madeline McLaughlin, Franklin Central School ($75)

2nd place: Isabella Hotchkin, Franklin Central School ($50)

3rd place: Mike Cox, Franklin Central School ($25)

Honorable Mention: Aidan Morrell, Franklin Central School ($10)

High School Winners

1st place: Hana Elston, Walton Central School ($100)

2nd place: Hanah Wagner, Walton Central School ($75)

3rd place: Haley Farrell, Walton Central School ($50)

Honorable Mention: Nicole Fisher, Walton Central School ($10)

The Award Ceremony will take place Saturday, November 5 at 3 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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