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May 7, 2012

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.


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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                                                Poem by WIM poetry instructor Sharon Ruetenik




A  Creative Non-Fiction Summer Workshop

 with Anique Taylor

July 21 – August 25, 2016

Pine Hill Community Center, Pine Hill, NY

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) presents a six-week Creative Nonfiction summer workshop with Anique Taylor, July 21 to August 25, 2016. 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 holds an MFA in Poetry from Drew University, and an MFA in Drawing from Pratt Institute. 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. She’s been anthologized in Veils Halos & Shackles, Pain & Memory. She’s published a chapbook Poems (Unimproved Editions Inc). Her chapbook Where Space Bends was chosen Finalist by both Minerva Rising’s and also in Blue Light Press’ Chapbook Contests. Her chapbook Under the Ice Moon was chosen Finalist by Blue Light Press Chapbook Contest. She’s taught The Creative Journal at Bard LLI and the Poetry Workshop at Benedictine’s Oncology Support Program.

To register, call Jean Stone at (607) 326-4802, or e-mail her at jtstone@catskill.net. To register online, visit REgister Online page. Class fee is $70, if you register and pay by June 30, and $85 after that.





August 11 – September 15, 2016

Phoenicia Public Library

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) introduces a six week long Business Writing workshop with Dara Lurie, running from August 11 to September 15, 2016. The class will be held Thursdays from 4 to 6 pm at the Phoenicia Public Library.

This class, dubbed Author Breakthrough, is a program for small business owners, artists and freelance writers who wish to create valuable content and great marketing copy. No one understands the heart and soul of your business better than you do. Now it’s time to communicate your vision using effective stories and expert content. You do not have to be a professional writer to create great content. The most important function of your content – whether it’s a book, blog, story or expert article – is to connect with your core message and bring that message into sharp focus for your audience.

In Author-Breakthrough you’ll have access to the experience of like-minded entrepreneurs who will provide the valuable feedback you need to develop and refine your message. The class includes engaging writing and dialoguing activities, content development sessions, creative think-tank environment to develop and test your ideas. By the end of the program you’ll have ready-to-publish articles, stories, or blogposts, and client-attracting copy for email or social media posts as well as an action-plan for best use of your content and copy.

Dara Lurie is an author, workshop leader and book coach who helps writers of all levels discover their passionate and original voices in stories. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Film & Theater from Vassar College and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Hunter College. Her first book, “Great Space of Desire: Writing for Personal Evolution” is a memoir and creative guide for writers. For over twelve years, Dara has facilitated writing workshops and retreats in diverse locations from college classrooms in New York City and the Hudson Valley to an open-air pavilion in the Costa Rican Rainforest. This year, she launched a new online mentorship program for small-business owners who want to create inspired content and marketing copy to grow their business.

To register, call Jean Stone at (607) 326-4802, or e-mail her at jtstone@catskill.net. To register online, visit Register Online page. Class fee is $100, if you register and pay by July 21, and $125 after that.





Writers in the Mountains’ Board of Directors would like to thank all the students participating in the fourth annual Matilda Friedman essay contest. The topic this year was “What is your favorite music, and how does it move you?” The Board received essays from students of Delaware Academy, Franklin Central School, Margaretville Central School, South Kortright Central School, Stamford Central School, and Walton Central School.

The following are the winners:

Middle School Winners

1st place: Leah Hyzer, Franklin Central School ($75)

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

3rd place: Sydney Asher, Margaretville Central School ($25)

Honorable Mentions: Riley Davis, Delaware Academy ($10), Nicketa Utter, Franklin Central School ($10), and Alan DuMond, Franklin Central School ($10)

High School Winners

1st place: Destyni Twyman, Walton Central School ($100)

2nd place: Emily Sulger, Walton Central School ($75)

3rd place: Elizabeth DeFalco, Walton Central School ($50)

Honorable Mention: Lizzie Core, Walton Central School ($10)

The Award Ceremony will take place Sunday, November 8 at 1 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.







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