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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 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 (WIM)

PRESENTS

Creative Nonfiction Spring with Anique Taylor

February 7 to May 9, 2019

Morton Memorial Library, Pine Hill, NY 

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) announces its spring Creative Nonfiction workshop with Anique Taylor, February 7 to May 9, 2019. The class will be held Thursdays, 11 am to 1 pm at the Morton Memorial Library, Main Street, Pine Hill, NY.

In a college-like semester packed with excitement and growth, this extended class will offer writers possibilities for deepening their craft, group support and continuing work on long projects. With a preference for exploring memory, risk, danger, dreams, different versions of reality and deeper connection with self, the class will explore personal essay, memoir, journal work, writing for ourselves and for publication.

Class exercises will familiarize students with techniques of poetry, fiction, playwriting to provide tools to hone their work. Classes will include free-writing, exploratory exercises, supportive feedback on students’ writing, along with discussions on short works by famous authors (nonfiction essays, stories and memoir, along with essays on craft and the writer’s life). Between classes, reading and work suggestions will be offered for those interested.
All welcome, students with long projects, short projects or those who want to take it week by week. All levels welcome.

Anique Taylor has co-authored works for HBO, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The World (St. Mark’s Poetry Project), Rattle, Common Ground Review, Adanna, Earth’s Daughters, Stillwater Review, and e-Bibliotekos’ Pain and Memory. She’s given featured NYC readings at St. Mark’s Poetry Project, Dixon Place, the Speakeasy, Cedar Tavern. Her chapbook Poems is published by Unimproved Editions Inc. Her chapbook Where Space Bends was chosen Finalist for both Minerva Rising and Blue Light Press’ 2014 Poetry Chapbook Competitions and Under the Ice Moon was Finalist in Blue Light Press’ 2015 Competition. She holds a Poetry MFA from Drew University, a Drawing MFA from Pratt Institute and a Diplome in French Literature from the Sorbonne. She has taught Creative Writing for Benedictine’s Oncology Support Program, Bard LLI, Artworks and Phoenicia Poetry Workshop.

To register, call Jean Stone at (607) 326-4802, or e-mail her at jtstone@catskill.net. Class fee is $220. SPECIAL OFFER FOR REPEAT STUDENTS: REGISTER AND PAY BY DECEMBER 21 TO QUALIFY FOR THE EARLY REGISTRATION FEE OF $190.

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.

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THE 2018 – 2019 MATILDA FRIEDMAN ESSAY CONTEST

FOR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Writers in the Mountains (WIM), proud sponsors and administrators of the annual Matilda Friedman Essay Contest for Delaware County middle school and high school students, announces a schedule change as part of a revamping of some of the contest’s coordination and execution. The 2018 contest has been re-scheduled from fall to spring next year.

As always, WIM is excited to present the Friedman contest, which invites students to write an essay on a specified topic and has as its mission providing young people with a challenge that allows them to practice organizing their thoughts around an idea, express themselves, and find confidence and empowerment as writers.

Next spring, we hope to expand participation by a wider range of students with the support of their schools, teachers, and parents. As in previous years, winners receive cash prizes and the contest culminates in a reception with live readings by the contests’ entrants. Watch next spring for full contest details and join us for this exciting event for young writers and writers-to-be.

The contest is generously sponsored by the Friedman family.

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RAINING POETRY & PAINTING IN ROXBURY 2018 

We thank all the poets and artists who participated this year. Looking forward to next year. IMG_4562

Poem submitted by Esther Cohen in 2017

                                               

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WE THANK ALL THE PARTICIPATING AUTHORS, FIRST AND FOREMOST KEYNOTE SPEAKER JAN ALBERT AND FEATURED POET BETH LISICK, AS WELL AS THE PUBLIC AND THE SPONSORS FOR MAKING WRITERS UNBOUND LITERARY FESTIVAL A GREAT SUCCESS THIS YEAR! 

 

Author John O'Grady is the winner of the Best Cover Contest for his book "Certain Trees: In the Catskill Mountains" judged by the public

Author John O’Grady is the winner of the Best Cover Contest for his book “Certain Trees: In the Catskill Mountains” judged by the public

 

WIM Book Fair 2018 Beth Lisick

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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

“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

 

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

 

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For more information, please call
607-326-4802

 

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