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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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Writing Your Spiritual Memoir with Lynn Domina

March 9 – April 13, 2015

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) introduces Writing Your Spiritual Memoir workshop with Lynn Domina, March 9 to April 13. The class will be held Mondays, from 6 to 8 pm at the Delaware County Historical Association in Delhi.

Most of us can remember events that profoundly influenced the persons we’ve become. We can cite people who influenced our ethics. We remember being taught about religion, and either accepting or rejecting those teachings. Perhaps we’ve had one or two moments of transcendence. We’ve likely all had at least one dark night of the soul. In this class, we’ll work on autobiographical pieces that reveal how our spirituality has shaped our lives as well as how our lives have shaped our spirituality. Members of any faith tradition (or of none) are welcome, and the class will be appropriate for beginning as well as more advanced writers. The instructor will provide several writing prompts and other resources.

Lynn Domina is the author of two collections of poetry, Corporal Works which won the Intro Series Prize from Four Way Books and Framed in Silence as part of the Editor’s Select Poetry Series from Main Street RagShe is also the editor of a collection of essays, Poets on the Psalms. Her poetry appears in many periodicals, including The Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, Prairie Schooner, Christianity & Literature, The Louisville Review, New Letters, and others. She has published creative nonfiction in the St. Katherine’s Review.Her scholarly work includes two reference books, Understanding A Raisin in the Sun and Understanding Ceremony. Her articles have appeared in Studies in American Indian Literature, a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, and other academic journals and edited collections. Lynn teaches at the SUNY-Delhi and lives in the western Catskill region of New York. For more information, visit lynndomina.com.

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 $70, if you register and pay by February 16 and $85 after that.




Meet the Authors

Second Annual Catskills Book Festival

Sunday, April 12, 2015

12 noon to 4 pm

Roxbury Arts Center

book fair 2015

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) invites authors in the Catskills / Hudson Valley area to Meet the Authors – Second Annual Catskills Book Festival, which will take place Sunday, April 12, 2015 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at the Roxbury Arts Center in Roxbury, NY.

Building upon last year’s success, regional authors are once again invited to sell their books, give readings, and promote their literary works for a $35 participation fee. The fee includes light refreshments, coffee and tea. Participating authors will receive additional exposure through all the marketing materials and media appearances associated with this event.

To register, fill out the form below:


For more information, contact Jean at jtstone@catskill.net, or Beth at (607) 759-6138. Registration deadline is March 21.




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

 A sixteen-week long workshop with Anique Taylor

February 5 – May 21, 2015

Pine Hill Community Center, Pine Hill, NY

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) announces its sixteen-week long Creative Nonfiction workshop with Anique Taylor, February 5, 2015 to May 21, 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 writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The World (St. Mark’s Poetry Project), Rattle, Common Ground Review, Adanna, Earth’s Daughters, Stillwater Review, 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). Her MFA in Poetry is from Drew University. She studied literature at the Sorbonne (Diplome) and Antioch College, fine arts at Pratt Institute (MFA & BFA Highest Honors). She also teaches Poetry at Benedictine’s Oncology Support Program.

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 $220.


Writers in the Mountains

Brings You 

Creative Nonfiction Reading

Sunday January 25, 1-3 pm

Light snacks and drinks

Pine Hill Community Center

Main Street, Pine Hill, NY 12465



Join us for the work of students of

Writers in the Mountains Creative Nonfiction class.

Hear beautifully crafted lyric essays, memoir, poems and stories -

all creative nonfiction.

Come for the enchantment, the heartbreak, laughter, delight, surprise of it.

Come to fall in love with the written word.

Or just come for snacks and the warmth of good company in the middle of winter.


Bonnie Lykes, Cheryl Holtzman, Evelyn Ellsworth,

Ellen Stewart, Faye Storms, Gail Linnstrom, Judy Bloom,

Geoff Rogers, Lillian Browne, Sharon Israel, Theodora Anema








Middle School Winners

1st place: Brynne German, South Kortright Central School ($75)

2nd place: Claire Kletchka, Stamford Central School ($50)

3rd place: Eric Ianiello, Roxbury Central School ($25)

Honorable Mention: Chezney Chichester, South Kortright Central School ($10)


High School Winners

1st place: Rose Battista, Roxbury Central School ($100)

2nd place: Molly Gavett, Walton Central School ($75)

3rd place: Jessica Moore, Roxbury Central School ($50)

Honorable Mentions: Christine Ianiello, Roxbury Central School ($10), Victoria Fairbairn, Stamford Central School ($10), Keyshawn Scott, Stamford Central School ($10)


There will be an Award Ceremony at the Erpf Center, 43355 State Hwy 28 in Arkville Sunday, November 16 at 1 pm. Winners are invited to receive their awards, along with their parents and their teachers. Also, winners are invited on the Writer’s Voice on WIOX on a date to be decided. 

This program is partly funded by the Friedman family.


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.


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.


Free will donation is appreciated
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