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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.

 

Listen to the
“Writer’s Voice”
on WIOX

Every Tuesday at 1 pm
on 91.3 FM
Streaming online at wioxradio.org

 

Visit the  News page for latest updates. 

 

Many thanks to all the authors and the public who attended Meet the Authors, Second Annual Catskills Book Festival! 

For photos from the event click  here

 

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DARE TO WRITE!

WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS (WIM)

PRESENTS

Personal Essay Workshop with Barbara Apoian

July 23 – August 25, 2015

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) announces Personal Essay workshop with Barbara Apoian, from July 23 through August 25. The workshop will be held Thursdays, 10 am to noon at the Fairview Library in Margaretville.

Barbara Apoian, a long-time workshop teacher at WIM, will be offering her popular Personal Essay class for the last time this summer – Barbara will retire at the end of the summer. She surely will be missed by many of her students here in the Catskills. Take this opportunity, and register by July 2 to benefit from the early registration fee.

Writers will recount experiences in their lives, and the way they changed their future understanding of family, love affairs, career choices and emotional decisions. Essays in general need not be about a personal experience, but PERSONAL ESSAY, includes an experience that changed us in a particular way, and brought about an opinion that is important to share.

Various topics will be suggested, and writers can work on a long essay over the full course, or take a number of subjects that they find stimulating or are prompted by hearing the work produced in the workshop. Each piece will be read aloud and gently critiqued to make sure that the message is clear. Hearing the reaction of listeners is so helpful in realizing that we have achieved our purpose, or a need to make some of the issues and experiences clearer.

This is a stimulating, and challenging class. Barbara has taught a similar workshop in Bradenton, Florida, over the winter months for the past five years with great success. It has prompted many writers to enlarge their work into full-length memoir, or continue writing about a variety of opinions or experiences, all generated by truth and an honest urge to communicate with others.

To register, call Jean Stone at (607) 326-4802, or e-mail her at jtstone@catskill.net. To register online, visit writersinthemountains.org. Class fee is $70, if you register and pay by July 2, 2015, and $85 after that. Registration deadline is July 19.

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WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS (WIM)

PRESENTS

A  Creative Non-Fiction Summer Workshop

 with Anique Taylor

July 16 – August 20, 2015

Pine Hill Community Center, Pine Hill, NY

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) presents a six-week Creative Nonfiction summer workshop with Anique Taylor, July 16 to August 20, 2015. The class will be held Thursdays, 11 am to 1 pm at the Pine Hill Community Center, Main Street, Pine Hill, NY.

It’s time. We’ve been studying craft. Nouns and verbs, diction, cadence, plot, voice, character, point-of-view, description, risk, heart and how to make it all matter. Now it’s time to put it to work. Have you been telling yourself — in the summer I’ll have time to write? Do you want to put it all together? Do you want to start a project? Finish one? Figure out what you’re doing? This is a nuts and bolts work-on-the-work summer support workshop for those who want sustenance and encouragement with their writing projects. Bring your crummy first drafts, your long projects, your string of promising prompts. Let’s roll up our sleeves and spin straw into gold. Prerequisite: Any of Anique’s classes or Permission from instructor. 

Anique Taylor’s MFA in Poetry is from Drew University. Her Drawing MFA is from Pratt Institute. (Painting BFA from Pratt [Highest Honors], the Sorbonne [Diplome] and Antioch College [literature].) She’s co-authored works for HBO, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, a three-act play performed at Playwrights Horizons. She’s given featured readings at St. Mark’s Poetry Project, Dixon Place, the Speakeasy, Cedar Tavern, and group readings at What Happens Next, Tompkin’s Square, Charas, The Knitting Factory. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Rattle, Common Ground Review, Stillwater Review, The World (St. Mark’s Poetry Project), Adanna, Cover Magazine, Cheap Review, Southern Poetry Review, Earth’s Daughters and e-bibliotekos’ Pain&Memory. She’s published a chapbook Poems (Unimproved Editions Inc). Her chapbook Where Space Bends was chosen Finalist in Minerva Rising’s Chapbook Contest and Finalist also in Blue Light Press’ Chapbook Contest. She and Etan Ben-Ami edited the acclaimed (& short lived) Cheap Review, publishing several wonderful poets – Alice Notley, Bill Kushner, Bernadette Mayer, Sheila Alson, Norman MacAfee. From the 80′s thru 2000 she performed a children’s show (Pirouette) in & around NYC.

To register, call Jean Stone at (607) 326-4802, or e-mail her at jtstone@catskill.net. To register online, go to Register Online page. Class fee is $70, if you register and pay by June 25, 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.

 

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WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS (WIM)

ANNOUNCES

THE WINNERS

OF THE THIRD ANNUAL MATILDA FRIEDMAN

ESSAY WRITING CONTEST:  

Middle School Winners

1st place: Brynne German, South Kortright Central School ($75)

2nd place: Claire Kletchka, Stamford Central School ($50)

3rd place: Eric Ianiello, Roxbury Central School ($25)

Honorable Mention: Chezney Chichester, South Kortright Central School ($10)

 

High School Winners

1st place: Rose Battista, Roxbury Central School ($100)

2nd place: Molly Gavett, Walton Central School ($75)

3rd place: Jessica Moore, Roxbury Central School ($50)

Honorable Mentions: Christine Ianiello, Roxbury Central School ($10), Victoria Fairbairn, Stamford Central School ($10), Keyshawn Scott, Stamford Central School ($10)

 

There will be an Award Ceremony at the Erpf Center, 43355 State Hwy 28 in Arkville Sunday, November 16 at 1 pm. Winners are invited to receive their awards, along with their parents and their teachers. Also, winners are invited on the Writer’s Voice on WIOX on a date to be decided. 

This program is partly funded by the Friedman family.

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

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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.

 

 

Free will donation is appreciated
For more information please call
607-326-4802

 

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