Who We Are

June 2, 2015 Blog

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) is a literary organization founded twenty-three years ago in Roxbury. Over the past two decades the organization has grown beautifully, and has attracted writers from all backgrounds, all ages and levels of experience, writing in all genres and styles. The past three years in particular have marked a significant growth in terms of outreach and variety of programs. At first WIM served the towns of Roxbury, Andes and Margaretville. Nowadays the organization serves communities as far as Walton, Delhi, Oneonta, Albany, Woodstock, Boiceville, Shandaken, New Paltz, and many other places. The quality of our workshops and their affordability attract a wide range of participants. In 2012 we launched a new, modern website, and implemented a robust social media strategy to reach out to new constituencies.

Over the past three years our programs have diversified. In 2013 we introduced a Self-Publishing and Book Marketing workshop – the first WIM workshop that involved digital technology. The class was well-attended, and attracted writers from two counties (Ulster and Delaware); it was featured in several media outlets, including the Walton Reporter and the Delaware County Times. In 2014 we introduced a Nature Writing workshop with Leslie T. Sharpe, a retired professor from Columbia University. Leslie also teaches for MediaBistro. Our Nature Writing workshop continues the tradition of naturalist writer John Burroughs, a Roxbury native. Also in 2014 we introduced an immensely popular Creative Non-Fiction workshop taught by Anique Taylor, who also teaches at Bard College. Creative Non-Fiction encompasses personal essay, memoir, autobiography, biography, profile, narrative nonfiction, and cultural criticism.

In addition to a broad range of workshops and seminars, in 2012 WIM launched an essay contest for middle and high school students in Delaware County. The essay contest is meant to encourage and nurture the love for the written word, and augment collaboration with schools in Delaware County. The program is valued by students, parents and teachers.

Additionally, in 2014 WIM ventured into yet another arena: in April 2014 we launched a book festival for authors and publishers in the Catskills and Hudson Valley area. “Meet the Authors” book festival took place this year on April 12 at the Roxbury Arts Center. The program included a poetry moment in celebration of the National Poetry month; a publishing panel; and an illustrator’s program. A raffle for the general public as well as a cover contest for authors added to the fun. Award-winning author Jenny Milchman, published by Ballantine / Penguin Random House, delivered the keynote address.

Writers in the Mountains values its collaboration with all cultural organizations in the area: the Hobart Book Village Festival of Women Writers, the Delaware County Historical Association, the Open Eye Theater, Longyear Gallery, and all public libraries and bookstores in the region. Our Board composition has grown to include a number of accomplished writers, editors, professors and consultants with a wide range of skills, and a strong vision for organizational development.

We thank you for your continuous support, and welcome your feedback.

Simona David

President, Board of Directors

Writers in the Mountains

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