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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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Writers in the Mountains (WIM) is sponsoring the third annual Matilda Friedman essay contest for middle school and high school students throughout Delaware County. The Board of Directors for WIM is hoping that students from your school will be encouraged to participate. The contest winners will receive cash awards for their winning essays as outlined in the official contest rules below. Writers in The Mountains will host a reception for contest winners on November 16, 2014. Students will also have an opportunity to read their winning essays on WIOX Radio’s program, The Writer’s Voice.

The topic this year is “What book, book series or author has made an impact on your life?” Students are encouraged to choose any book, book series, or author and explain how and why the book or the reading experience left a mark on their life. The essay can describe a positive or a negative impact. The book can be one that was read to them before they were able to read themselves or they can describe the experience of having a book read to them. It can be the first book they read in entirety by themselves or a book that taught them something about some aspect of life. The approach to the topic should be determined by each student who chooses to enter the contest.

Please consult the complete contest rules for student participation as outlined below. We are looking for original essays written by the students. The judging will be done by WIM Board members who will be looking for strength of thought and creativity in the content more than the mechanics of spelling and punctuation.

The contest was developed in memory of Matilda Freidman, a long time friend of Writers in the Mountains and is supported by her family and the WIM Board of Directors. Last year’s contest, about “Our Carbon Footprint,” was quite successful and we expect another group of interesting and competitive essay entries this time around.


Writers in the Mountains 

Essay Contest Rules



The topic for all entrants is: “What book, book series or author has made an impact on your life?”

Middle School students are asked to write an essay of at least 500 words.

High School students are asked to write an essay of at least 1000 words.

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

*The student’s name, grade and school name must appear in the upper left corner of each page.*

All essays must be returned to Writers in the Mountains postmarked by October 24, 2014.  Essays may be mailed to WIM PO Box 474 Roxbury, NY 12474 or submitted electronically to

The essays will be judged for their original content with some attention paid to spelling and punctuation. We anticipate the winning essays will be creative, honest and compelling. The judging will be done by members of the WIM Board of Directors.

A reception for the winners will be held on November 16, 2014. Cash prizes will be awarded as follows: High School 1st place $100, 2nd place $75, 3rd place $50, and honorable mention $10. Middle School 1st place $75, 2nd place $50, 3rd place $25, and honorable mention $10. Winners will be invited to read their essays at the reception and on WIOX Radio as part of the Writer’s Voice program.


Simona David’s Self-Publishing and Book Marketing Research Guide has been released on 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.


WIM’s Non-Fiction Reading Group

A non-fiction reading group is now part of Writers in the Mountains wide range of programs.  Participation is free, and no long term commitment is required.  Members can attend each monthly meeting, or only for books of their liking.  Long time WIM member and co-founder of the group Debbie Wilkie states, “There is such a wide variety of high quality, compelling non-fiction out there today, ranging from an amusing trip down the alimentary canal, to the ever changing political scene, to garbology, new developments in science, and so much more.”

The group meets the fourth Saturday of the month from 10 am till noon at the Roxbury Library. The library will help obtain copies of selected books for participants. Next meeting will take place on June 28 with a discussion of Colossal Blunders by Mario Livio.


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