About WIM

May 13, 2018

Who We Are and How We Got Started

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) is a (501) ( c ) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a nurturing environment for the practice, appreciation and sharing of creative writing.

Founded in 1992 by Shelley A. Barre, the organization serves the entire Catskill region and Hudson Valley area, and offers a variety of creative writing workshops and other events year-round. The quality of our workshops and their affordability attract a wide range of participants from native-born residents to the summer visitors who migrate to the Catskills from all over the world. Our writers come from all backgrounds and levels of experience, and write in various genres and styles. Some are New York Times bestselling authors, and others have never written before.

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 with support from the Friedman family in honor of Matilda Friedman, one of WIM’s founders. The contest is meant to encourage and nurture the love for the written word, and augment collaboration with schools in Delaware County.

In 2014 WIM ventured into yet another arena: it launched an annual literary festival for authors and publishers in the Catskills and Hudson Valley area called Writers Unbound (formerly known as “Meet the Authors”). The festival takes place every year in April at Union Grove Distillery in Arkville, New York, and features poetry readings, a publishing panel, an illustrators’ moment, a segment dedicated to fiction writing, and a new release. The keynote speaker in 2018 was Jan Albert, Emmy award winner who has worked on documentaries for CBS, NBC, PBS, produced presentations for The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Library of Congress, and interviewed the likes of Joan Didion and Stephane Grappelli.

 

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