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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.


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Many thanks to all the authors and the public who attended

“Meet the Authors” – Second Annual Catskills Book Festival! 

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with Amie Brockway 

September 21 – November 9 (skipping Sept. 28 and Oct. 12) 

At the Open Eye Theater in Margaretville, NY

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) presents Where Does A Play Come From? And Where Can It Go?, a six-week workshop with Amie Brockway at the Open Eye Theater, 960 Main Street in Margaretville, Mondays, 6 to 8 p.m., from September 21 through November 9 (skipping Sept. 28 and Oct. 12).

In this class instructor and students will explore first impulses for writing a play, and the creative process from page to stage.  Participants will look at specific examples found in selected short plays, and in excerpts from longer works. They will discover and examine their own creative impulses and see where they lead. There will be time for reading, listening, discussing, and writing in each class. Students will be encouraged to begin and complete a short play or monologue over the course of the six sessions, or to continue with a longer work already begun.  And, they’ll look at opportunities for a finished play — locally, regionally, and nationally.  This class is suitable for beginning and experienced playwrights.

To register call Jean Stone at (607) 326-4802, or e-mail her at jtstone@catskill.net. You may register online at writersinthemountains.org/registeronline. Class fee is $70.00 if you register and pay three weeks before the class begins, and $85 after that.





Riting Myth, Writing Myth:
Plotting Your Personal Story

An Imaginal Institute at Spillian
Friday, September 25 to Sunday, September 27, 2015 


Spillian, a creative center housed in a 19th century Victorian mansion built by the Fleischmanns family, presents Riting Myth, Writing Myth: Plotting Your Personal Story, An Imaginal Institute, Friday through Sunday, September 25 to 27, 2015. The event is co-sponsored by Writers in the Mountains and Mythopoetry.com. Over the span of three days participants will explore the study of mythology with Dennis P. Slattery, PhD, noted author and core professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute.

The program begins with a Friday evening lecture Called to a Co-Hearant Life. We are all called to a work that may focus on personal and/or professional growth. We might ask: What is the genesis of this call? What are its terms? Is being called a mythic instance in our life that may re-direct our trajectory? What are the consequences of its refusal? “Not now; call me back.” What part are we still to live out?

On Saturday and Sunday participants will engage in several imagination meditations through prose and poetry, drawing and body movement experiences. Through writing prose and poetry, drawing and body movement experiences, participants will engage in several active imagination meditations taken from Dr. Slattery’s book, Riting Myth, Mythic Writing: Plotting Your Personal Story as well as additional meditations created since the book’s publication, to invite the voice and energy of our personal myth several conduits of expression. Participants will write cursively, so leave all laptops at home. Bring with you a journal, a favorite writing utensil and an open heart to the retreat in order to enjoy this interlude from your daily routines to reflect and write in a welcoming setting and to share, if you wish, some of your own insights and remembrances with others.

Workshop fee is $395. Eligible WIMers will receive a $50 discount. Workshop registration includes meals for the weekend from Spillian’s extraordinary chef Chris McGee, who offers cuisine that pays homage both to the elegantly rustic history of the Catskills and the extraordinary famers in the region. Rooms are available upon need. To register, call (800) 811-3351. To find out if you’re eligible for a WIM discount, contact Jean Stone at (607) 326-4802 or jtstone@catskill.net. 

Dennis Patrick Slattery Ph.D., is a core faculty member at Pacifica Graduate Institute who helped shape the development of the Mythological Studies program. He has been teaching for 40 years from elementary to secondary, undergraduate, and graduate programs. He has received the prominent rank of Distinguished Core Faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute. His areas of emphasis include the poetic imagination, writing and reading as mythic activities, the relation of psyche, spirit and matter, and the place of contemplation within the academic setting. He is the author of several books including: The Idiot: Dostoevsky’s Fantastic Prince; The Wounded Body: Remembering the Markings of Flesh; Grace in the Desert: Awakening to the Gifts of Monastic Life; Harvesting Darkness: Essays on Literature, Myth, Film and Culture and A Limbo of Shards: Essays on Memory, Myth and Metaphor. With Lionel Corbett he has co-edited Depth Psychology: Meditations in the Field as well as Psychology at the Threshold. With Glen Slater, he has co-edited Varieties of Mythic Experience: Essays on Religion, Psyche and Culture. With Jennifer Selig, he has co-edited Reimagining Education: Essays On Reviving the Soul Of Learning. He is the author of three volumes of poetry: Casting Shadows; Just Below the Water Line; and Twisted Sky.

Spillian is a place to revel in imagination so that you can remember your genius – and the genius of the world around you. Imagine past what you think is possible… World class workshops, events, weddings, corporate and personal retreats, all are designed to help you launch your dreams. Built as part of a family summer retreat by the Fleischmanns Yeast Family in the 1880s, Spillian is an extraordinary remnant of the Gilded Era, Catskills style. Since its birth, the house has been a place of celebration, of gathering, and of sharing ideas, with clear pine paneled walls, extraordinary historic oil murals on many of the walls, fire places that take the chill off from mountain mornings, and a porch that was made to watch the light change on the mountains. It is furnished with antiques, including a 1914 Steinway baby grand, oriental rugs, and a feasting table that sits twenty under French chandeliers. Upstairs, there are eight bedrooms, each designed with a theme that would have captured the fancy of Victorian travelers: Frances Hodgson Burnett presides over the Secret Garden Room, complete with Colin’s wheelchair and its own window seat; light plays over the red Lotus Room, filled with an array of Asian antiques; The Scheherazade Room invites a thousand tales with the help of Celeste the camel; the Jules Verne Room sports a brass telescope for sky gazing, brass beds, and a wonderfully quirky set of treasures celebrating Victorian high style travel with a hint of Steampunk. The Camelot Room is awash in Pre-Raphaelite tapestries, a magnificent bed, and its own knight in waiting; the Klimt Room is an artist’s garret, painted deep red, hung in Gustav Klimt tapestries; the Morris Room is deep green and restful and filled with art and furniture from the Arts and Crafts era; and the Four Seasons room sings with Mucha tapestries, superb woodwork and an arching bay front, filled with windows with glorious views. The mansion is tucked on 33 private wooded acres, with trails and meadows and evocative moss-covered ruins. Memory and imagination run deep here.

For more information, visit http://spillian.com/events/riting_myth_writing_myth/.

The website of teacher, essayist, poet and cultural mythologer, Stephanie Pope, Mythopoetry.com explores, traces and reveals dominant mythic images and mythemes in psyche-making at work between cosmos and culture today.







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.



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