Writers in the Mountains
is 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)
A Class in Creative Nonfiction – The Fastest Growing Genre
A sixteen-week long workshop with Anique Taylor
February 4 – May 19, 2016
Pine Hill Community Center, Pine Hill, NY
Writers in the Mountains (WIM) announces its sixteen-week long Creative Nonfiction workshop with Anique Taylor, February 4 to May 19, 2016. 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 Nonfiction 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. Her chapbook Poems is published by Unimproved Editions Inc. Her chapbook Where Space Bends was chosen Finalist for both Minerva Rising and Blue Light Press’ 2014 Poetry Chapbook Competitions and Under the Ice Moon was Finalist in Blue Light Press’ 2015 Competition. She holds a Poetry MFA from Drew University, a Drawing MFA from Pratt Institute and a Diplome in French Literature from the Sorbonne. She has taught Creative Writing for Benedictine’s Oncology Support Program, Bard LLI, Artworks and Phoenicia Poetry Workshop.
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.
WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS (WIM)
First-Person Singular: Writing Memoir and Essays with Sari Botton
February 17 – March 23, 2016
Kingston Library, Kingston, NY
Writers in the Mountains (WIM) presents First-Person Singular: Writing Memoir and Essays with Sari Botton, February 17 to March 23, 2016. The class will be held Wednesdays, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Kingston Library, 55 Franklin Street, Kingston, NY.
New York Times best-selling writer, ghostwriter, and editor Sari Botton will help you write first-person true narratives that can be stand-alone essays or part of a memoir. She’ll also offer advice on publishing options. All levels welcome. You’ll have at least one short finished, polished piece by the end of six weeks.
Sari Botton is a writer and editor living in Kingston, NY. She edited the award-winning anthology Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York and the follow-up New York Times best-seller Never Can Say Goodbye: Writers on Their Unshakable Love for New York. She has taught writing workshops at SUNY Ulster and SUNY Albany, and for TMI Project, a non-profit organization that gives voice to marginalized populations through memoir and storytelling workshops, for which she is editorial director.
To register, call Jean Stone at (607) 326-4802, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. To register online, visit Register Online page. Class fee is $100, if you register and pay three weeks before the class begins, and $125 after that.
WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS (WIM)
Fiction Writing with Nanci Panuccio
February 23 – March 29, 2016
Phoenicia Library, Phoenicia, NY
Writers in the Mountains (WIM) presents a Fiction Writing workshop with Nanci Panuccio, February 23 to March 29, 2016. The class will be held Tuesdays, from 11 am to 1 pm at the Phoenicia Library in Phoenicia, NY.
A work of fiction is a dream space that can transport a reader into an imaginary world that feels real and true. Creating this fictional dream requires the alchemy of risk, play, technique, and insight into human nature. This six week class will teach you essential craft elements to write mesmerizing prose. Whether you desire to write novels, short stories, flash fiction or novellas, you’ll learn to transform your imagination into believable, captivating narratives. Together we’ll explore character development, point of view, voice, plot, scene, description, and dialogue. Handouts from published authors will illuminate craft, and writing exercises will deepen and cultivate your skills. You’ll also have the opportunity to share your work and receive feedback from your instructor and classmates.
Ideal for beginners and anyone who wants to sharpen fundamentals, the goal in these six weeks is to write one short story or begin a novel, and to gain solid footing on basic fiction writing techniques.
Be prepared to surprise yourself.
Nanci Panuccio is a writer, editor, writer’s coach, and creator of the online course, Writer Unleashed. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, Redbook, and the Italian lifestyle magazine, Inizio. She holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and is a finalist in the Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize and the Gulf Coast Fiction Award. Nanci blogs about writing and the writing life at EmergingWriters.us.
To register, call Jean Stone at (607) 326-4802, or e-mail her at email@example.com. To register online, visit Register Online page. Class fee is $100, if you register and pay by February 2, and $125 after that.
WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS (WIM)
A Journal Workshop with Anique Taylor
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Greenwood Lake Public Library, Greenwood Lake, NY
Writers in the Mountains (WIM) presents a four hour intensive Journal Workshop with Anique Taylor, Saturday March 19, 2016, from 10-12am/1-3pm at the Greenwood Lake Public Library, 79 Waterstone Road, Greenwood Lake, NY.
Through journaling we celebrate, laugh, mourn, and see the world and ourselves with new eyes. A journal workshop is a supportive place to explore ways of connecting with ourselves through writing. Learn techniques to gain clarity of thought, explore dreams, deepen creativity, understand patterns and emotions. Write for life balance, growth, creative expression. Write for brain function and mood. Dialogue with places you’ve lived. Dialogue with parts of your body. Discover techniques to brainstorm, focus inward, improve your writing. Explore unsent letters to those you love or those who have passed. Examine the nature of journals (health, garden, travel, memoir, psychology, etc.). With ample reading lists and class exercises, join us in the great adventure into the art of Journal Writing. Come access the past, create your future, write your story. Come because you have so much to say.
Anique Taylor brings her skills as a Therapist and Life Coach to teaching Journal Workshops. She has co-authored works for HBO, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster. Her writing has appeared 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. Her chapbook Poems was published by Unimproved Editions Inc. Her chapbook Where Space Bends was chosen 2014 Finalist for both Blue Light and Minerva Rising Press Poetry Contests. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Drew University, an MFA in Drawing and a BFA in Painting with Highest Honors from Pratt Institute, a Diplȏme from the Sorbonne. She studied Literature at Antioch College. She taught the Creative Journal at Bard LLI, Poetry Workshop at Benedictine’s Oncology Support Program and teaches Creative Nonfiction for Writers in the Mountains.
This class is free and open to the public, although patrons of the Greenwood Lake Public Library are given priority. Seating is limited. To register, call the library at (845) 477-8377.
WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS
THE WINNERS OF THE 2015 MATILDA FRIEDMAN ESSAY CONTEST
Writers in the Mountains’ Board of Directors would like to thank all the students participating in the fourth annual Matilda Friedman essay contest. The topic this year was “What is your favorite music, and how does it move you?” The Board received essays from students of Delaware Academy, Franklin Central School, Margaretville Central School, South Kortright Central School, Stamford Central School, and Walton Central School.
The following are the winners:
Middle School Winners
1st place: Leah Hyzer, Franklin Central School ($75)
2nd place: Claire Kletchka, Stamford Central School ($50)
3rd place: Sydney Asher, Margaretville Central School ($25)
Honorable Mentions: Riley Davis, Delaware Academy ($10), Nicketa Utter, Franklin Central School ($10), and Alan DuMond, Franklin Central School ($10)
High School Winners
1st place: Destyni Twyman, Walton Central School ($100)
2nd place: Emily Sulger, Walton Central School ($75)
3rd place: Elizabeth DeFalco, Walton Central School ($50)
Honorable Mention: Lizzie Core, Walton Central School ($10)
The Award Ceremony will take place Sunday, November 8 at 1 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.
OUR 2016 BROCHURES HAVE ARRIVED: LOOK FOR THEM AT A LIBRARY NEAR YOU
Writers in the Mountains and Phoenicia Library Invite You to Explore Secrets, Surprise and Suspense with Award-Winning Author Jenny Milchman, Saturday, February 20 from 11 am to 12:30 pm
Free will donation is appreciated
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