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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WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS (WIM)
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF STORY: THREADS OF REVELATION WITH CAROL LITTLE
April 7 – MAY 12, 2014
Writers in the Mountains (WIM) announces its popular six-week workshop The Significance of Story: Threads of Revelation with Carol Little at the Andes Public Library, Mondays, 6 to 8 pm, from April 7 to May 12, 2014.
Every person’s story is unique, no matter what shared experiences we have had. We are changed and shaped by what we experience—by our choices, our circumstances, and by things that simply happen as we maneuver through life. Stories have personal meaning, turning points and markers.
As we remember and write, or write and remember, we bring together parts of ourselves that may have been scattered, hidden or distorted. We gain a deeper understanding for the truth of our lives, and often a greater appreciation for our own journey.
This class is open to anyone interested in writing about their life. No prior writing experience is required. It all starts with a word, an image, or a sentence, and a willingness to discover.
Carol Little, a long time member of WIM, has extensive experience working with groups, and with the use of writing for personal expression. She is a psychotherapist in private practice.
To register, go to Register Online page, and fill in the registration form, or write to email@example.com. You may also call (607) 326-3507. To benefit from the early registration fee of $60 register and pay by March 17. Class fee is $75 after that.
Meet the Authors
WIM’s First Annual Catskills Book Festival
Writers in the Mountains (WIM) invites authors in the Catskills/Hudson Valley area to its Meet the Authors – The First Annual Catskills Book Festival, which will take place Sunday, April 6, 2014 from 10 am to 1 pm at the Roxbury Arts Group in Roxbury, NY.
Authors are invited to sell their books, give readings, and promote their work 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 promotions associated with this event.
To participate, request a form, and mail a $35 check payable to Writers in the Mountains by March 15, 2014. Mail your check to WIM, PO Box 474, Roxbury, NY 12474.
For more information call Jean at 607-326-4802 (until Feb. 26) or Beth at Real Estate 28, 607-746-9188 after Feb. 26. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS (WIM)
Self-Publishing and Book Marketing, What You Need to Know
with Simona David
March 9, 2014
Writers in the Mountains (WIM) presents once again its highly successful Self-Publishing and Book Marketing workshop with Simona David at the Roxbury Public Library, 53742 State Highway 30, Roxbury, NY, Sunday, March 9, 2014 from 1 to 4 pm.
This workshop will provide in-depth market analysis and industry research with a focus on self-publishing terms, packages and fees. It will offer insights into formatting and design practices, and discuss marketing tips for self-published authors. Its aim is to familiarize participants with basic concepts and processes involved in book production and publication.
Simona David is a writer and PR consultant who resides in the Catskills. She is the author of Self-Publishing and Book Marketing, A Research Guide, released in April 2013. For more information, visit simonadavid.com.
To register, call (607) 326-4802, or e-mail email@example.com. To register online, go to Register Online page. Class fee is $35. Registration deadline is March 2, 2014.
WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS (WIM)
THE WINNERS OF ITS SECOND ANNUAL MATILDA FRIEDMAN
ESSAY WRITING CONTEST:
Middle School Winners
1st place: Jessica Davis, Delaware Academy
2nd place: Jillian Lees, Delaware Academy
3rd place: Autumn Dorr, Delaware Academy
Honorable Mentions: Jasper Millhone, Sarah Roberts, Tristan Olson, and Zoey Gardepe from Delaware Academy
High School Winners
1st place: Adam Loper, Roxbury Central School
2nd place: Kajus Normantas, Roxbury Central School
3rd place: Jessica Moore, Roxbury Central School
Honorable Mentions: Amanda Alberti, Alexandra Bagley, and Colby Fancher from Stamford Central School
This year’s topic was: “Why knowing your carbon footprint is important? What do you do to minimize your carbon footprint? What we, as a society, should do about it?”
The Award Ceremony will take place Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 1 pm at Queens Mountain Cafe in Roxbury. All participants, along with their teachers, and parents are invited.
This program is made possible with funds from the O’Connor Foundation, and support from Nate Friedman.
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.
The Writer’s Circle
Coordinated by Judy Bloom
Judy Bloom is currently bringing her philosophy, her expertise and her supportive approach to her role as leader of the Writer’s Circle – one of WIM’s (Writers in the Mountains) most popular venues for writers. The Writer’s Circle meets on the second and fourth Friday of every month, from 10 am to 12 noon (with the exception of holidays and inclement weather) at the Roxbury Public Library, Roxbury, NY.
Marleen Gagnon began The Writer’s Circle several years ago for an ongoing group of committed writers who would listen to each other’s work, and give and receive constructive criticism. This is a formula that really works, and Judy Bloom is continuing the model created by Gagnon, and recently led by Ev Ellsworth. There are only a few gentle rules for the Writer’s Circle participants. Writers 1) limit the work they bring, so that all participants have equal time; and, 2) only bring works-in-progress, not finished pieces to the group (76 Main in Stamford already offers a venue for sharing finished pieces.)
A major goal of The Writer’s Circle is to help writers move forward, and regular meeting is often what keeps us going when we feel stuck. The Writer’s Circle is a wonderful vehicle for writers of all levels. To join or get more information, simply contact Jean Stone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 December 21 with a discussion of Seven Days in the Art World.
Free will donation is appreciated
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