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

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Writers in the Mountains (WIM) is proud to again sponsor the annual Matilda Friedman essay-writing contest for middle school and high school students, now in its sixth year. The contest was established in memory of Matilda Freidman, a longtime friend of Writers in the Mountains, and is generously supported by her family and enthusiastically administered by the WIM board of directors.

Matilda Friedman, born and raised in New Jersey, graduated from The University of Michigan and received a Master’s degree from Kean University. She devoted her professional career to teaching public school but it wasn’t until she and her husband Nathan moved to the Catskills that her writing career flourished. She was an active member of Writers in the Mountains, continued to tutor young students and began to hone her writing skills. Matilda wrote mainly about her childhood, as a daughter of Jewish immigrants, and blended Jewish folktales with her own stories. She found solace and beauty in the mountains that surrounded her home and loved to write about her natural surroundings. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Her writings – both poetry and fiction – are tender and humorous. She has been published in several anthologies.

Matilda Friedman Essay Contest is open to all students at the middle and high school levels throughout Delaware County. WIM hopes that the teachers and administrators at your school will encourage your students to participate in this fun and empowering process, and will provide leadership in developing their essays and meeting the deadline.

Contest winners receive cash awards for their winning essays. Writers in the Mountains will host a reception for contest winners and their families, where prizes will be awarded and the young writers will be given an opportunity to read their pieces to assembled guests.

The topic for the essay contest this year: 

If you could pick only one invention from history, which one would interest you the most?

The approach to the topic should be determined by each student as they choose.

Please consult the official contest rules below for participation guidelines and information on the prizes and awards presentation.

Writers in the Mountains

2017 Matilda Friedman Essay Contest

Official Contest Rules

Middle school students are asked to write an essay of at least 500 words.

High school students are asked to write an essay of at least 1,000 words.

Essays may be typed or hand-written.

All essays should be double-spaced, whether typed or hand written.

The essays will be judged by WIM board members, who will be looking for originality, creativity, and strength of analytical thinking in the content more than the mechanics of spelling and punctuation, although some attention will of course be paid to the latter. We anticipate the winning essays will be creative, honest, and compelling.

All submissions must be postmarked or electronically date-stamped by October 15, 2017. Please mail paper manuscripts to Writers in the Mountains, PO Box 474, Roxbury, NY 12474; or submit essays electronically to writersinthemountains@gmail.com with the subject line “Matilda Friedman Essay Contest”.

*The student’s name, grade, and school name must appear in the upper left corner of EACH page of the manuscripts, whether paper or digital.*

A reception for contest winners and their families will be held Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 3 pm at the Erpf Center in Arkville, NY. Light refreshments will be served, prizes will be awarded, and winners will be invited to read their essays.

Cash prizes will be awarded as follows:

High School

1st place $100

2nd place $75

3rd place $50

Honorable Mentions $10

Middle School

1st place $75

2nd place $50

3rd place $25

Honorable Mentions $10

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.






Poem by Esther Cohen


Raining Poetry in Roxbury 2017sponsored 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 Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and is administered in Delaware County by the Roxbury Arts Group (RAG).










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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.



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).



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.




SUNDAY, APRIL 30, 2017


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.


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




We’re looking forward to Writers Unbound 2018!


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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  




“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




“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


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