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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) PRESENTS

RANDOM CONTEXT – SUMMER LITERARY SALON

Sunday, June 3, 2018

3 to 5 PM

Union Grove Distillery

43311 NY Route 28, Arkville, NY

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) presents RANDOM CONTEXT, our new and informal literary salon, to be held quarterly (every three months) at Union Grove Distillery, located at the junction of Routes 28 and 38 in Arkville, New York. RANDOM CONTEXT SUMMER is Sunday afternoon, June 3, from 3 to 5 p.m. All writers are welcome to come and read their poetry or excerpts from their novels, short fiction, essays, or other creative nonfiction pieces in the warm and inviting front room of the fabulous Union Grove Distillery.

In June, RANDOM CONTEXT will feature author John P. O’Grady. John’s book Certain Trees: In the Catskill Mountains won the Best Cover Contest at Writers Unbound Literary Festival in April, judged by the public. John has served as a professor of literature and environmental studies. He is author of Pilgrims to the Wild (1993), Grave Goods: Essays of a Peculiar Nature (2001) and Certain Trees: In the Catskill Mountains (2014), and co-edited Literature and the Environment: A Reader on Nature and Culture (2013). He writes for The Mountain Eagle and The Windham Weekly. His website is johnpogrady.com.

The rest of the afternoon filled with 5-minute open-mic slots.

Come read and listen (all interested listening non-writers are very welcome) and meet and mingle in front of the fireplace. Who knows? Maybe new literary alliances will emerge from conversations and encounters. Union Grove’s superb craft cocktails, craft beers, and chips will be available for purchase to enhance the afternoon’s enjoyment.

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.

 

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WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS (WIM)

ANNOUNCES

THE BUSINESS AND ART OF ILLUSTRATION WITH DURGA YAEL BERNHARD

June 6 – July 18, 2018

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 6 to July 18, 2018 (skipping Independence Day). 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 16, 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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 RAINING POETRY IN ROXBURY 

COMING UP SATURDAY, JULY 7, 2018

Call for Submissions – Raining Poetry & Painting in Roxbury 2018

Dear poets, a contest for you.  We’re raining poetry again this July!  Looking forward to all your entries.  Please reply before or on deadline.  No late submissions will be considered.  Your poem must be six words.  Not one word more or less. Please consider a small syllable count.  Creative brevity is key to all.

As you may have noticed, the paragraph above is made up of sentences of only six words a piece. That’s the challenge for this year.  We want original SIX WORD poems from you. Subjects for poems will be open, but we encourage works connected to the Catskills. Poems meeting length restrictions will be selected through a blind-judging committee of three, and overseen by Writers in the Mountains.

Once again, our public street project, modeled after Boston’s Raining Poetry Project, opens on July 7th in happy conjunction with the 2018 Celebrate Roxbury Summer Festival (over 1,500 visitors in 2017) and will feature approximately 20 poems stenciled on Roxbury sidewalks using biodegradable water-repellent spray. They will not be visible in dry weather.  Watering cans will be placed near each poem & visual response on opening day. Visitors will walk through town in search of the watering cans, and then sprinkle the water onto the sidewalk to reveal the poems & paintings.

THE POEMS WILL REMAIN INVISIBLE, BUT ONCE WATER HITS THEM, THE POEMS WILL SUDDENLY, MAGICALLY REVEAL THEMSELVES!

Also, this year, we are thrilled to welcome visual artists to our project – now titled Raining Poetry & Painting in Roxbury 2018.  We are pairing artists with our selected poems, and will stencil their visual response on the sidewalk next to the poem. This is a fun and unexpected way to expose people to poetry and the synergy between different art forms.  Poems and art will work together to bring new energy and beauty to our project.

An open-air reception for poets and artists will follow (details to come). Participating Poets will be invited to read their works and answer questions from the audience.

Please send submissions to jtstone@catskill.net no later than April 16, 2018. Include your name, address, and phone number, in addition to your email address.

Raining Poetry & Painting in Roxbury 2018, sponsored by Writers in the Mountains, is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered in Delaware County by the Roxbury Arts Group.

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.

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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

 

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For more information, please call
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