May 7, 2012

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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 Free Nature Writing Workshop with Leslie T. Sharpe

Saturday, July 14, 2018 from 1 to 2:30 pm

The Zadock Pratt Museum  

Prattsville, NY

Join naturalist Leslie T. Sharpe, author of the acclaimed THE QUARRY FOX and Other Critters of the Wild Catskills, for a reading from her book and then join her for a fun and dynamic nature writing workshop, Saturday, July 14, 2018 from 1 to 2:30 pm at the Zadock Pratt Museum, Route 23A, Prattsville, NY.

THE QUARRY FOX is the first in-depth study of Catskill wildlife since John Burroughs, the founder of the nature writing genre in America, and prominent contemporary of Zadock Pratt.

Whether you are writing to change the world, or for the simple pleasure of recording your observations in a notebook, the relationship between you, as an observer, and nature is at its core, always personal, and intensely felt. It is this passion that has made this form so dynamic and also so accessible, to read and to write. The goal of “Seeing Nature in Words: A Nature Writing Workshop” is to encourage you to explore your special relationship with the natural world—whether that relationship is to the Catskill Mountains or a backyard garden, expressed as a description of a single flower or as an essay probing an environmental issue—in your own true voice.

Bring your memoir, your essays, your novel or your journals. We will work together to sharpen your writer’s eye and descriptive details.  And if you aspire to write a finished personal essay, perhaps even for submission, with fully developed subject and theme, we will work on that too.

A life-long naturalist, Leslie was a Vice President of the New York City Audubon Society and editor of The Urban Audubon. Her essays have appeared in a wide array of publications including New York Times, Newsday, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Psychology Today, San Francisco Chronicle, and The Village Voice. She has taught editing and writing at Columbia University, New York University and the City College of New York. Her book, Editing Fact and Fiction: A Concise Guide to Book Editing, published by Cambridge University Press, is considered the industry standard.

To register, call Pratt Museum at (518) 937-6120.




This event is funded in part by Poets & Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.





 with Ginnah Howard

August 1 – September 5, 2018

Andes Public Library, Andes, NY

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) presents Fiction Writing, a six-week long workshop with Ginnah Howard, August 1 – September 5, 2018. The class will be held Wednesdays, from 1 to 3 pm at the Andes Public Library, 242 Main Street, Andes, NY.

Do you have a short story or novel that you’re ready to have critiqued by a workshop group? Or do you have ideas for a story that you want to begin?  This class is for new and more practiced fiction writers. If you’re working on memoir pieces, those will fit in as well since that form uses so many fiction devices. Most of each of the six sessions will be spent listening to members read their works-in-progress out loud on a “when ready” basis, with time given to talking about each piece in a supportive way that will help the writer decide on what revision may be needed. In the critique process we’ll always be talking about craft: voice, point of view, showing vs. telling, using significant details, etc. We’ll share sections of favorite published stories and novels that class members bring in that are good examples of “what works.”

Ginnah Howard’s work has appeared in Water~Stone Review, PermafrostPortland Review, Descant 145, Eleven Eleven JournalThe Tusculum Review, and elsewhere. Several stories have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Night Navigation, Book 2 of her upstate novel trilogy, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009), was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. Chronogram called Book 3, Doing Time Outside (Standing Stone Books, 2013), “a beautiful read.”  Book 1 of the trilogy, Rope & Bone: A Novel in Stories (Illume, 2014) was listed by Publishers Weekly as one of the “best of the best” Indie books of 2015. In her latest book, I’m Sick of This Already: At-Risk Learning in a High School Class, Howard focuses on a year of working with students in a small rural town. Currently she is putting together a collection of poetry and prose titled An Opera of Hankering. Her website is GinnahHoward.com.

To register, call Jean Stone at (607) 326-4802, or e-mail her at jtstone@catskill.net. Class fee is $70, if you register and pay by July 11, and $85 after that. The class is limited to ten students.

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.



Writers in the Mountains (WIM) is proud to present Raining Poetry & Painting in Roxbury 2018, a public street art project, on the sidewalks of Roxbury on Saturday, July 7, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during Celebrate Roxbury Summer Festival.

This year WIM is happy to announce the participation of visual artists in this extraordinary public event, pairing artists with 20 selected poems. The artists will stencil their visual responses on the sidewalk next to the chosen poems. This doubling promises to be a fun and unexpected way to experience the beauty and synergy between poetry and painting.

Experience the method to this artistic madness by watering the poems and paintings! Twenty six-word poems and 20 reaction paintings will be stenciled on sidewalks using a biodegradable water-repellent spray — visible only when wet. This fun, surprising and interactive installation will provide watering cans for visitors to water the streets and reveal the hidden poems and art.

The public is also invited to an afternoon, open-air reception at 2:00 p.m. in front of Roxbury General, 53587 Main Street, Roxbury, NY. Participating poets will read their 6-word poems, artists will discuss their visual responses, and audience participation is encouraged.

For more information contact Robin Factor at 607-326-6174, email robinfactor@gmail.com, or at Writers in the Mountains http://writersinthemountains.org/.

Raining Poetry & Painting in Roxbury 2018, sponsored by Writers in the Mountains, is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Decentralization Grant Program, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and is administered in Delaware County by the Roxbury Arts Group (RAG).

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.


Poem submitted by Esther Cohen in 2017





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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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  




“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




“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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