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 geared toward all styles, genres, and experience. All that is required is a love of language and the desire to tell a story. Those who take our workshops are assured a supportive environment, providing a better understanding of the pleasure of creative writing process. All of us are capable of intellectual and imaginative things, and WIM offers a variety of programs to help you to express your creativity. In addition to creative writing workshops, WIM hosts the popular Writers Unbound Annual Literary Festival, and the informal Random Context Quarterly Literary Salon, which offers writers in every genre the opportunity to read their work to a welcoming audience in a cozy setting, and network with fellow publishing professionals.

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Celebrating A Quarter-Century of Creative Writing and Community in the Catskills

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Writers in the Mountains’ Sixth Annual Catskills Literary Festival




Writers in the Mountains (WIM) invites authors residing in, working in, or otherwise connected to the Catskills and Hudson Valley regions to Writers Unbound, a literary arts and community event and celebration on Sunday, April 28 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at the Union Grove Distillery in Arkville, NY. Union Grove is housed in a big renovated historic building featuring comfortable spaces with handsome stainless-steel, stone, and wood décor; a beautiful cooper bar in the tasting room; a roaring fireplace; and the percolation of fine spirits.

Come sell your books, promote your work, network with fellow writers, publishing professionals, and audience.

This year’s keynote speaker is Martha Frankel. Martha Frankel, executive director of Woodstock Bookfest, counts writing as the only real job she’s ever had, other than a brief stint as a clown at a gas station. She was so good at that, even her mother didn’t recognize her. Frankel’s writing career started at the original Details magazine with a column on plastic surgery, Knifestyles of the Rich and Famous. She went on to write book reviews, essays and celebrity profiles for other magazines, such as Movieline, Cosmopolitan and Redbook. Her memoir, Hats & Eyeglasses, chronicling her family’s lifelong love affair with gambling and her own later addiction to online gambling, was published in 2008 (Tarcher/Penguin Group). Frankel has contributed essays to several anthologies, the latest being My Body, My Words, edited by Amye Archer and Loren Kleinman, Big Table Publishing, March 2018. She finds friendship and laughter in all sorts of places, including her radio show, Woodstock Booktalk, online anytime, at Woodstock Booktalk, also available on iTunes. Frankel writes, teaches and lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband, artist Steve Heller. Her website is marthafrankel.com.

This year’s featured poet is Christopher Funkhouser. Funkhouser is a writer, musician, and multimedia artist. He is author of two scholarly monographs, Prehistoric Digital Poetry: An Archeology of Forms, 1959-1995 and New Directions in Digital Poetry. His poetry chapbooks include the titles pressAgain, Subsoil Lutes, and Electro Þerdix. In 2009, he was commissioned by the Associated Press to prepare digital poems for the occasion of Barack Obama’s inauguration; in 2016, he performed at the Whitney Museum’s Open Plan: Cecil Taylor exhibition. Funkhouser teaches at New Jersey Institute of Technology, is a Contributing Editor at PennSound, and hosts the POET RAY’D YO program on WGXC in Hudson.

Participating authors will receive additional exposure and visibility for their works through the marketing materials (press releases, space ads, calendar listings, and posters) and social and other media promotions (Facebook, Twitter, WIOX Roxbury, and others) associated with this event. A light breakfast will be served for participants on the morning of the event.

The fee for authors to participate in Writers Unbound is $35. Please mail the registration form , which you can download from our website, along with your check to: 

Writers in the Mountains

P.O. Box 474

Roxbury, NY 12474 

The registration deadline is April 15, 2019. 


For more information, please consult our FAQ sheet at writersinthemountains.org, or contact us by e-mail at writersinthemountains@gmail.com or by phone at 607-326-4802 (not available in March).






Writers in the Mountains (WIM) is proud to again sponsor the annual Matilda Friedman essay writing contest for middle school and high school students, now in its seventh year. The contest was established in memory of Matilda Freidman, a longtime friend of Writers in the Mountains, and is generously supported by her family and enthusiastically administered by the WIM board of directors.

Matilda Friedman, born and raised in New Jersey, graduated from The University of Michigan and received a Master’s degree from Kean University. She devoted her professional career to teaching public school but it wasn’t until she and her husband Nathan moved to the Catskills that her writing career flourished. She was an active member of Writers in the Mountains, continued to tutor young students and began to hone her writing skills. Matilda wrote mainly about her childhood, as a daughter of Jewish immigrants, and blended Jewish folktales with her own stories. She found solace and beauty in the mountains that surrounded her home and loved to write about her natural surroundings. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Her writings – both poetry and fiction – are tender and humorous. She has been published in several anthologies.

Matilda Friedman Essay Contest is open to all students at the middle and high school levels throughout Delaware County. WIM hopes that the teachers and administrators at your school will encourage your students to participate in this fun and empowering process, and will provide leadership in developing their essays and meeting the deadline.

Contest winners receive cash awards for their winning essays. Writers in the Mountains will host a reception for contest winners and their families, where prizes will be awarded and the young writers will be given an opportunity to read their pieces to assembled guests.

The topic for the essay contest this year: 

What Would You Do If There Was No Internet?

The approach to the topic should be determined by each student as they choose.

Please consult the official contest rules below for participation guidelines and information on the prizes and awards presentation.

Writers in the Mountains

2019 Matilda Friedman Essay Contest

Official Contest Rules

Middle school students are asked to write an essay between 500 – 750 words.

High school students are asked to write an essay between 1,000 – 1,500 words.


Essays may be typed or hand-written.

All essays should be double-spaced, whether typed or hand-written.


The essays will be judged by WIM board members, who will be looking for originality, creativity, and strength of analytical thinking in the content more than the mechanics of spelling and punctuation, although some attention will of course be paid to the latter. We anticipate the winning essays will be creative, honest, and compelling.

All submissions must be postmarked or electronically date-stamped by March 15, 2019. Please mail paper manuscripts to Writers in the Mountains, PO Box 474, Roxbury, NY 12474; or submit essays electronically to writersinthemountains@gmail.com with the subject line “Matilda Friedman Essay Contest”.

*The student’s name, grade, and school name must appear in the upper left corner of EACH page of the manuscripts, whether paper or digital.*

A reception for contest winners and their families will be held Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 3 pm at the Erpf Center in Arkville, NY. Light refreshments will be served, prizes will be awarded, and winners will be invited to read their essays.

Cash prizes will be awarded as follows:

High School

1st place $100

2nd place $75

3rd place $50

Honorable Mentions $10

Middle School

1st place $75

2nd place $50

3rd place $25

Honorable Mentions $10


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. For more information, visit writersinthemountains.org.





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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