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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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WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS (WIM)

PRESENTS

It’s Elemental: The Art of Revision in Poetry with Lissa Kiernan

November 4 – December 16 (skipping Thanksgiving weekend)

The Poetry Barn, West Hurley, NY

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) is pleased to present It’s Elemental: The Art of Revision in Poetry with Lissa Kiernan, November 4 to December 16, 2017 (skipping Thanksgiving weekend). The class will be held Saturdays, from 11 am to 1 pm at The Poetry Barn, 1693 State Route 28A, West Hurley, NY.

Water, fire, earth, air: Each of the four classical Greek elements has characteristics that can be applied as we revise our works-in-progress, engaging all the senses, balancing, strengthening, and distilling our work. Aristotle added a fifth element, ether, as the quintessence, “reasoning that whereas fire, earth, air, and water were earthly and corruptible . . .  the stars cannot be made out of any of the four elements but must be made of a different, unchangeable, heavenly substance.”

For the length of this workshop, we’ll accept as our premise that the best poetry happens when all four elements implode to create a fifth, heavenly substance. Through this lens, we’ll experiment with a number of practical revision techniques, accompanied by craft philosophy extolled by renowned teaching artists such as Stephen Dunn, Annie Finch, Ted Kooser, and Muriel Rukeyser, among others, and watch our works-in-progress mature to their fullest potential.

Lissa Kiernan is the founder of Poetry Barn in West Hurley. She is the author of Two Faint Lines in the Violet, published in 2014, and Glass Needles & Goose Quills: Elementary Lessons in Atomic Properties, Nuclear Families, and Radical Poetics, published earlier this year. Lissa’s work can be found in numerous journals and anthologies including Podium Literary Journal of the 92nd Street Y, and The Yale Journal for the Humanities in Medicines, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Lissa holds an MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry from Stonecoast, and an MA in Media Studies from The New School.

To register for this class, call Jean Stone at (607) 326-4802, or e-mail her at jtstone@catskill.net. Class fee is $100, if you register and pay three weeks before the class begins, 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. Online at writersinthemountains.org.

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 RAINING POETRY IN ROXBURY 2017

SATURDAY, JULY 1, 2017

DOWNTOWN ROXBURY

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Poem by Esther Cohen

READ ALL SELECTED POEMS HERE

Raining Poetry in Roxbury 2017sponsored 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).
                                                

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WRITERS UNBOUND 

FOURTH ANNUAL CATSKILLS LITERARY FESTIVAL 

SUNDAY, APRIL 30, 2017

UNION GROVE DISTILLERY

We thank all the presenters, participating authors, the public, and the sponsors for making Writers Unbound a successful event. We particularly thank our keynote speaker Holly George-Warren, an accomplished music biographer, for an informative and engaging presentation.

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“The subject will choose you,” Holly George-Warren

 

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FOR MORE PHOTOS CLICK HERE

We’re looking forward to Writers Unbound 2018!

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ANNOUNCEMENT
Because of an insufficient number of entries, we are awarding an
Honorable Mention for Participation 
for each student who entered
THE 2017 MATILDA FRIEDMAN ESSAY CONTEST
For Delaware County Students
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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

 

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

 

Free will donation is appreciated
For more information, please call
607-326-4802

 

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