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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.


Listen to the
“Writer’s Voice”

Every Tuesday at 1 pm
on 91.3 FM
Streaming online at wioxradio.org


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Meet the Authors

Second Annual Catskills Book Festival

Sunday, April 12, 2015

12 noon to 4 pm

Roxbury Arts Center

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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) 754-6138. Registration deadline is March 21.




Winter Journal with Geoff Rogers

January 6 – February 10, 2015

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) announces its Winter Journal class with Geoff Rogers, January 6 to February 10. The class will be held Tuesdays, 10 am to noon at Fairview Public Library in Margaretville.

Winter Journal is a class for the novice and veteran journal keeper alike, anyone who wants to grow as a writer. Participants will write weekly, read their work aloud in class, listen to and discuss the work of others. The prevailing attitude of encouragement and cooperation will set the most hesitant writer at ease. So come join us on a six week journey of self discovery and revelation, one where you can explore neglected interests, address anxieties, celebrate life, or just rant at an unjust world.

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 $70, if you register and pay by December 15, 2014, and $85 after that.








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.


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