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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 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.

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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

AT THE CATSKILL INTERPRETIVE CENTER’S BOOK FAIR

SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2018

5096 State HWY 28, Mt Tremper, NY

Writers in the Mountains (WIM), a literary nonprofit organization serving the Catskills and the Hudson Valley area since 1992, offers a variety of creative writing workshops year round, and hosts numerous literary events to promote the written word throughout our region and beyond.

On Saturday, June 23, 2018, from 1:15 to 2 pm, Writers in the Mountains will present at the Catskill Interpretive Center’s Book Fair in Mount Tremper, and introduce some of its finest writers and poets. Presenters include nature writer Leslie T. Sharpe; poet Sharon Israel; fiction and creative nonfiction writers Anique Taylor, Carrie Bradley Neves, and Ginnah Howard. The program is moderated by art writer Simona David. There will be readings, short presentations, and illustrative class exercises.

Leslie T. Sharpe is a writer, editor, and educator. A member of PEN American Center, she is the author of Editing Fact and Fiction: A Concise Guide to Book Editing (Cambridge University Press, 1994), which is regarded as a “modern editing classic” and “On Writing Smart: Tips and Tidbits,” featured in The Business of Writing (Allworth, 2012). Her new book, The Quarry Fox and Other Critters of the Wild Catskills, published by The Overlook Press in March 2017, is a lyric narrative look at the wild animals of the Catskill Mountains. Ms. Sharpe will be reading, and discussing the genre of nature writing, as it relates to the Catskill Mountains.

Sharon Israel is the host of Planet Poet-Words in Space, an edition of The Writer’s Voice program on WIOX 91.3 FM in Roxbury, New York. Her first chapbook Voice Lesson was published by Post Traumatic Press in 2017. Her work most recently appeared in Per Contra, SPANK the CARP, 5:2 Crime Poetry Weekly, Medical Literary Messenger, and Spry Literary Journal. In 2016, Ms. Israel appeared as a panelist at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival in Salem, Mass. As a poet and soprano, she collaborates with her husband, composer Robert Cucinotta, on works for voice, live instruments, and electronics. Ms. Israel will be reading selected poems from Voice Lesson. Her website is sharonisraelpoet.com.

Anique Taylor has co-authored works for HBO, Scholastic, and 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 has been a featured writer at New York City readings including St. Mark’s Poetry Project, Dixon Place, the Speakeasy, and Cedar Tavern. Her chapbook Poems is published by Unimproved Editions Inc. Her chapbook Where Space Bends was chosen as a finalist for both Minerva Rising and Blue Light Press’s 2014 Poetry Chapbook Competitions; and her collection Under the Ice Moon was a finalist in Blue Light Press’s 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. Anique teaches Creative Nonfiction for Writers in the Mountains.

Carrie Bradley Neves, vice-president of Writers in the Mountains, is an Upstate New York native who grew up outside Albany and returned to the area a little over a decade ago. She has a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Williams College, where she also studied playwriting and poetry; and a master’s degree in fiction writing from the University of New Hampshire, where she studied fiction writing and poetry. For the last twenty-five years, Carrie has focused many of her writing goals on writing lyrics, making records, performing, and touring as a singer-songwriter and violinist. Other current writing and activities and projects include secretaryship of her college alumni publication, writing for her town newspaper, The Times of Halcott, and new work on a musical play. Her work-for-pay life is as a copy editor, specializing in cookbooks.

Ginnah Howard‘s work has appeared in Water~Stone Review, PermafrostPortland Review, Descant 145, Eleven Eleven JournalThe Tusculum Review, and elsewhere. Several stories have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Night Navigation, Book 2 of her upstate novel trilogy, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009), was a New York TimesBook Review Editors’ Choice. Chronogram called Book 3, Doing Time Outside (Standing Stone Books, 2013), “a beautiful read.”  Book 1 of the trilogy, Rope & Bone: A Novel in Stories (Illume, 2014) was listed by Publishers Weekly as one of the “best of the best” Indie books of 2015. In her latest book, I’m Sick of This Already: At-Risk Learning in a High School Class, Howard focuses on a year of working with students in a small rural town. Currently she is putting together a collection of poetry and prose titled An Opera of Hankering. Her website is GinnahHoward.com.

Simona David, president of Writers in the Mountains, is a writer and media consultant. She is the author of Self-Publishing and Book Marketing, A Research Guide (2013), Art in the Catskills (3rd edition, 2016), and How Art Is Made: In the Catskills (2017). Her website is simonadavid.com.

To learn more about the Catskill Interpretive Center’s Book Fair, visit http://catskillinterpretivecenter.org/book-festival/. 

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WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS (WIM)

PRESENTS

Writing Mountains

 with Dr. Bill Birns

July 2 – August 6, 2018

Roxbury Library, Roxbury, NY

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) presents Writing Mountains, a six-week long summer workshop with

Dr. Bill Birns, July 2 – August 6, 2018. The class will be held Mondays, from 6 to 8 pm at the Roxbury

Library, 53742 State Hwy 30, Roxbury, NY.

 

Week One: Me and the Mountains. Thinking about how I came to the mountains, how mountains

became part of my life; in prose or verse, dialogue, narrative, exposition or other form. Written in class

in 20 minutes writing time, after discussion. Shared with classmates. First assignment is Meaning of

Mountains, due week two, outlined below.

Week Two: Meaning of Mountains. Thinking about the idea of mountains, the mountain-connections

our minds make, experientially and symbolically, from the Catskills to the Adirondacks, the Rockies to

the Himalaya’s, Mount Sinai to Mount Olympus; in prose or verse, dialogue, narrative, exposition or

other form. Second assignment is Mountain Culture, due week three, outlined below.

Week Three: Mountain Culture. Thinking about the ways people’s activities, values, communities,

and living-patterns are different and distinct from those of urban and “flat-land” living. Is there

a mountain culture that can be found in various mountain regions, including our own?

Address the question through personal experience, reading, or observation in prose or verse, dialogue,

narrative, exposition or other form. Third assignment is A Mountain Original, due week four, outlined

below.

Week Four: A Mountain Original. Thinking about people, places, animals, plants, events, and things

that are quintessentially mountain. Bring alive such an individual person, place, animal, plant, event, or

thing in prose or verse, dialogue, narrative, exposition or other form. Fourth assignment is Mountain

Future, due week five, outlined below.

Week Five: Mountain Future. Thinking about what the future holds for mountain regions generally,

and our own Catskills in particular, in light of climate change, changing population patterns, water

conservation, wilderness protection, the inherent back-and-forth between conservation and

development. Address the issue through personal experience, reading, or observation, in prose or verse,

dialogue, narrative, exposition or other form. Fifth assignment is The Call of the Mountains, due week

six, outlined below.

Week Six: The Call of the Mountains. Thinking about my own personal experience and all that I and

my classmates brought forth over the preceding weeks, characterize (in prose or verse, dialogue,

narrative, exposition or other form) the power and significance, real and/or symbolic, of mountains in

your life, the place of mountains in your mind, the connection of mountains to your soul. Wing it!

 

Dr. Bill Birns is the author of three Catskill-themed books: A Catskill Catalog; The Myth in the

Mountain; and I Was Corning a Beaver, Like You Do: Joe Hewitt, John Burroughs, Mountain

Culture. An active Delaware County citizen for 45 years, Bill taught a couple generations of Catskill

Mountain kids, both at Margaretville Central School and Onteora High School. A Doctor of Philosophy

in Rhetoric and Linguistics, Bill’s 1986 dissertation is the most in-depth study we have of the dialect of

the Catskills.

 

To register, call Jean Stone at (607) 326-4802, or e-mail her at jtstone@catskill.net. Class fee is $70, if you register and pay by June 11, and $85 after that.

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. Learn more at writersinthemountains.org.

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WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS (WIM)

PRESENTS

FICTION WRITING

 with Ginnah Howard

August 1 – September 5, 2018

Andes Public Library, Andes, NY

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) presents Fiction Writing, a six-week long workshop with Ginnah Howard, August 1 – September 5, 2018. The class will be held Wednesdays, from 1 to 3 pm at the Andes Public Library, 242 Main Street, Andes, NY.

Do you have a short story or novel that you’re ready to have critiqued by a workshop group? Or do you have ideas for a story that you want to begin?  This class is for new and more practiced fiction writers. If you’re working on memoir pieces, those will fit in as well since that form uses so many fiction devices. Most of each of the six sessions will be spent listening to members read their works-in-progress out loud on a “when ready” basis, with time given to talking about each piece in a supportive way that will help the writer decide on what revision may be needed. In the critique process we’ll always be talking about craft: voice, point of view, showing vs. telling, using significant details, etc. We’ll share sections of favorite published stories and novels that class members bring in that are good examples of “what works.”

Ginnah Howard’s work has appeared in Water~Stone Review, PermafrostPortland Review, Descant 145, Eleven Eleven JournalThe Tusculum Review, and elsewhere. Several stories have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Night Navigation, Book 2 of her upstate novel trilogy, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009), was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. Chronogram called Book 3, Doing Time Outside (Standing Stone Books, 2013), “a beautiful read.”  Book 1 of the trilogy, Rope & Bone: A Novel in Stories (Illume, 2014) was listed by Publishers Weekly as one of the “best of the best” Indie books of 2015. In her latest book, I’m Sick of This Already: At-Risk Learning in a High School Class, Howard focuses on a year of working with students in a small rural town. Currently she is putting together a collection of poetry and prose titled An Opera of Hankering. Her website is GinnahHoward.com.

To register, call Jean Stone at (607) 326-4802, or e-mail her at jtstone@catskill.net. Class fee is $70, if you register and pay by July 11, and $85 after that. The class is limited to ten students.

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. Learn more at writersinthemountains.org.

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RAINING POETRY IN ROXBURY 

COMING UP SATURDAY, JULY 7, 2018

Call for Submissions – Raining Poetry & Painting in Roxbury 2018

Dear poets, a contest for you.  We’re raining poetry again this July!  Looking forward to all your entries.  Please reply before or on deadline.  No late submissions will be considered.  Your poem must be six words.  Not one word more or less. Please consider a small syllable count.  Creative brevity is key to all.

As you may have noticed, the paragraph above is made up of sentences of only six words a piece. That’s the challenge for this year.  We want original SIX WORD poems from you. Subjects for poems will be open, but we encourage works connected to the Catskills. Poems meeting length restrictions will be selected through a blind-judging committee of three, and overseen by Writers in the Mountains.

Once again, our public street project, modeled after Boston’s Raining Poetry Project, opens on July 7th in happy conjunction with the 2018 Celebrate Roxbury Summer Festival (over 1,500 visitors in 2017) and will feature approximately 20 poems stenciled on Roxbury sidewalks using biodegradable water-repellent spray. They will not be visible in dry weather.  Watering cans will be placed near each poem & visual response on opening day. Visitors will walk through town in search of the watering cans, and then sprinkle the water onto the sidewalk to reveal the poems & paintings.

THE POEMS WILL REMAIN INVISIBLE, BUT ONCE WATER HITS THEM, THE POEMS WILL SUDDENLY, MAGICALLY REVEAL THEMSELVES!

Also, this year, we are thrilled to welcome visual artists to our project – now titled Raining Poetry & Painting in Roxbury 2018.  We are pairing artists with our selected poems, and will stencil their visual response on the sidewalk next to the poem. This is a fun and unexpected way to expose people to poetry and the synergy between different art forms.  Poems and art will work together to bring new energy and beauty to our project.

An open-air reception for poets and artists will follow (details to come). Participating Poets will be invited to read their works and answer questions from the audience.

Please send submissions to jtstone@catskill.net no later than April 16, 2018. Include your name, address, and phone number, in addition to your email address.

Raining Poetry & Painting in Roxbury 2018, sponsored by Writers in the Mountains, is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered in Delaware County by the Roxbury Arts Group.

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.

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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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