Writers in the Mountains
is 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.
Every Tuesday at 1 pm
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WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS
THE WINNERS OF THE 2016 MATILDA FRIEDMAN ESSAY CONTEST
FOR DELAWARE COUNTY STUDENTS
Writers in the Mountains’ Board of Directors would like to thank all the students participating in the fifth annual Matilda Friedman essay contest. The topic this year was “#RomeoandJuliet.” The Board received essays from students of Franklin Central School, and Walton Central School.
The following are the winners:
Middle School Winners
1st place: Madeline McLaughlin, Franklin Central School ($75)
2nd place: Isabella Hotchkin, Franklin Central School ($50)
3rd place: Mike Cox, Franklin Central School ($25)
Honorable Mention: Aidan Morrell, Franklin Central School ($10)
High School Winners
1st place: Hana Elston, Walton Central School ($100)
2nd place: Hanah Wagner, Walton Central School ($75)
3rd place: Haley Farrell, Walton Central School ($50)
Honorable Mention: Nicole Fisher, Walton Central School ($10)
The Award Ceremony will take place Saturday, November 5 at 3 pm at the Erpf Center / Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, 43355 State Hwy 28 in Arkville, NY. The winners are invited to receive their awards, along with their parents and their teachers. The winners are also invited on The Writer’s Voice program on WIOX on a date to be determined.
This program is generously funded by the Friedman family.
WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS (WIM)
NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH
November 1 – 30, 2016
Writers in the Mountains (WIM) celebrates National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short, to support novelists and encourage them to finish their works. National Novel Writing Month is an annual Internet-based creative writing project that takes place throughout the month of November; it challenges participants to complete a 50,000-word novel by the end of the month.
This year Writers in the Mountains in partnership with Hobart Book Village will be hosting write-in events to motivate writers and provide feedback and support. Journalist Lillian Browne will lead weekly write-ins at the William B. Ogden Free Library in Walton Wednesdays from 6 to 8 pm. Writer Kristina Zill will lead write-ins at Liberty Rock Bookstore in Hobart Saturdays from 2 to 4 pm.
To kick-off the program, Writers in the Mountains will host a launch event Sunday, October 30 from 1 to 3 pm at Liberty Rock Bookstore, 698 Main Street, Hobart, NY. Come learn how to participate in NaNoWriMo and get tips for outlining your novel. Also, this is a great opportunity to network and meet fellow writers. Light refreshments will be served. In conjunction with this event, Writers in the Mountains is sponsoring an Open Mic story slam / reading event at Feather and Stone Restaurant in Walton, Saturday, November 12 from 2 to 4 pm.
To learn more about National Novel Writing Month, visit nanowrimo.org.
WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS (WIM)
The Writer’s Circle – A Free Weekly Writers’ Collective
Facilitated by Lillian Browne
Wednesdays, October 5 – November 9, 2016
6 to 8 p.m.
William B. Ogden Free Library, Gardiner Place, Walton, NY
Writers in the Mountains (WIM) presents The Writer’s Circle, a free weekly writers’ collective facilitated by Lillian Browne, and held at the William B. Ogden Free Library at Gardiner Place in Walton, NY. The group will meet Wednesdays, from 6 to 8 pm, October 5 to November 9, 2016.
The aim of the program is to inspire new projects while developing craft. Facilitator Lillian Browne, journalist and editor, will lead participants in weekly writing exercises exploring different methods to overcome writers’ block and improve storytelling in creative non-fiction, fiction, poetry, prose, flash-fiction and essay. The program, which includes weekly reading/open mic session, is suited for beginners as well as those wanting to explore different writing styles. Participants will receive feedback in a supportive environment. Drop in for one session or participate in all six.
Lillian Browne is a journalist, outdoor enthusiast and lover of stories. Between hikes, she writes about the environment, politics and crime in Delaware County. Her collection of local ghost stories, Haunted Walton, will be released later this year.
WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS (WIM)
Toward a Radical Poetics with Lissa Kiernan
November 5 – December 10, 2016
The Poetry Barn, West Hurley, NY
Writers in the Mountains (WIM) is pleased to present Toward a Radical Poetics with Lissa Kiernan, November 5 to December 10, 2016. The class will be held Saturdays, from 11 am to 1 pm at The Poetry Barn, 1693 State Route 28A, West Hurley, NY.
This new, six-week workshop will explore and foster poetry that bears witness to social injustice, raises awareness, disturbs silence, and inspires positive change. Students will learn a variety of techniques (metaphor, humor, compression, hyperbole) and study several poetic sub-genres (found, formal, persona and documentary poetry) that help to distill the poetic from the polemic.
We’ll perform close-readings of the works of poets who have repeatedly given voice to complex social issues such as war, race, sexuality, gender, and human, environmental, worker, and animal rights—from the greats (Langston Hughes, Audre Lorde, Muriel Rukeyser, Denise Levertov) to the lates (Nikki Finney, Martin Espada, Camille Rankin, Cate Marvin)—together with weekly generative exercises designed to be open to the full spectrum of opinions and viewpoints, (left-leaning to right, pro or con) and thoughtful peer feedback.
Lissa Kiernan is the founder of the Poetry Barn in West Hurley. She is the author of Two Faint Lines in the Violet, published by Negative Capability Press in 2014. Her 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. She holds her 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Class fee is $100, if you register and pay three weeks before the class begins, and $125 after that.
WE THANK EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE RAINING POETRY PROJECT
Roxbury General and Writers in the Mountains presented The Raining Poetry Project on the sidewalks of Roxbury during the Roxbury Sidewalk Festival, Saturday, July 2. Poems written by local poets were stenciled on the sidewalk, and visible only when wet. Roxbury General provided watering cans. It was such fun event. We thank everyone who participated!
Poem by WIM poetry instructor Sharon Ruetenik
WE THANK EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED IN “WRITERS EXPOSED,” OUR ANNUAL SUMMER READING EVENT, Sunday, August 21, 2016 at the Erpf Center.
We’re looking forward to next year, when our organization will celebrate its 25th anniversary.
Free will donation is appreciated
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