Who We Are and How We Got Started
WIM, as we informally call ourselves, began in 1992 when Shelley A. Barre offered a course in Journal Writing. From this original group of eight participants, present day enrollment has mushroomed to over two hundred students. Workshops now include Journal, Fiction, Poetry, Play-writing, as well as advanced workshops where manuscripts are critiqued and evaluated in depth.
Our resident instructors are all talented and experienced writers. Most have been published nationally and others in local publications. Some are retired teachers and all of them bring their own unique perspective and leadership to the workshops they lead.
Throughout the year we invite professionals in various genre of writing to lead workshops or to conduct one-day seminars in the area of their expertise.
Workshop participants include an eclectic mix of the Catskills’ population ranging from native-born residents to the summer visitors who migrate to the Catskills from all over the world.