WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS (WIM)
Self-Publishing and Book Marketing, Now at Your Fingertips
with Simona David
March 3, 2013
Writers in the Mountains (WIM) is proud to present a Self-Publishing and Book Marketing seminar with Simona David at the Fairview Public Library in Margaretville, the Community Room, Sunday, March 3, 2013 from 1 to 4 pm.
This seminar will cover the fundamentals of self-publishing, by taking a look at the book market, and the state of the publishing / self-publishing industries. It will address topics including “how to choose the right self-publishing platform,” “how to design and format a book” and “how to properly market and sell a book.”
The seminar will also cover trends and industry news and look at examples of successful self-published authors. The class is three hours long, with a 15 minutes break. Bring a notebook or a laptop (Wi-Fi Internet available).
Simona David is a writer and PR consultant who resides in the Catskills. She hosts a weekly radio program on WIOX Roxbury, Mondays at 1 pm. For more information visit simonadavid.com.
Writers in the Mountains is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to provide a nurturing environment for the practice, appreciation and sharing of creative writing.
Matilda Friedman Essay Writing Contest Winners
High School Winners:
1st Place: Cory Hartman, Charlotte Valley Central School
2nd Place: Mike Prizzi, Windham Central School
Honorable Mention: Kali Drum, Windham Central School
Middle School Winners:
1st Place: Rose Baptista, Roxbury Central School
2nd Place: Richard Lalosh, Roxbury Central School
3rd Place Honorable Mention: Sarah J. Benecke, Delhi Central School
4th Place Honorable Mention: Patrick Wojciechowski, Roxbury Central School
5th Place Honorable Mention: Corey Protsko, South Kortright Central School
6th Place Honorable Mention: Cheyenne Wyble, Stamford Central School
WIM Board of Directors thanks each student for participating in the Essay Contest. Further, the Directors thank the teachers and principals for their valuable time spent devoted to further student interest in writing.
Writers in the Mountains is Sponsoring an Essay Contest for Middle and High School Students*
Writers in the Mountains (WIM) is sponsoring an essay contest for Middle School and High School students throughout the county. We have chosen the upcoming presidential election as a platform to inspire young people to write. WIM is not representing or supporting any political philosophy. Our interest is to animate democracy as a vehicle to encourage an interest in writing.
The topic for Middle School students is: “Is voting important?”
The first place winner at the Middle School level will receive an award of $50.00. The second place winner will receive an award of $25.00. Certificates of “Honorable Mention” will be awarded to writers with good essays that didn’t quite make it to the winner’s circle.
The topic for High School students is: “What does Democracy mean in your life?”
The first place winner at the High School level will receive an award of $75.00. The second place winner will receive an award of $50.00. Certificates of “Honorable Mention” will be awarded to writers with good essays that didn’t quite make it to the winner’s circle.
We are looking for original essays written by the students. The judging will be done by WIM Board members who will be looking for strength of thought in the content more than the mechanics of spelling and punctuation.
*The money for the The Essay Contest prizes was donated by Nate Friedman in honor of his wife, Matilda Friedman, an early member of WIM.
See below the complete rules for student participation:
Essay Contest Rules*
Middle School students are asked to write an essay of at least 500 words that addresses the question: “Is voting important?”
High School students are asked to write an essay of at least 1,000 words that addresses the question: “What does Democracy mean in your life?”
All essays should be double spaced, whether typed or hand written.
The student’s name, grade and school should appear in the upper left corner of each page.
All essays must be returned to the Writers in the Mountains postmarked by November 9, 2012. Essays may be mailed to WIM PO Box 474 Roxbury, NY 12474 or submitted electronically to email@example.com.
The essays will be judged for their original content with some attention paid to spelling and punctuation. We anticipate the winning essays will be creative, honest and compelling.
The judging will be done by members of the WIM Board of Directors.
The winners will be announced by November 30, 2012.
*Please, stress the importance of the student’s name, grade and school on each page and the submission deadline.
Writers in the Mountains
Board of Directors
Beth McGuire, Project Coordinator
Dabbler’s Delight: A Survey Course with Bethany Lyttle
Have you ever wanted to try your hand at writing a children’s book? Or wondered how to go about writing a graphic novel? Does writing an essay about travel interest you? How about writing a blog, or improving your blog entries?
This four-part survey course, taught by Bethany Lyttle, will include a brief introduction and exploration of the following:
- Graphic Novel
- Children’s Literature
- Travel Writing
- Blog Writing
Hardly in-depth, the course should be seen as a way to learn some of the basics, explore what interests you, and develop a few project ideas.
RATES: each two-week class is $20.
To register, call Jean Stone at 607-326-4802 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration deadline is seven days prior to the beginning of each class.
LOCATION: all classes will be held at the Roxbury Public Library from 6-8 pm.
Thursday, September 20th
Thursday, September 27th
Thursday, October 4th
Thursday, October 11th
Thursday, October 18th
Thursday, October 25th
Bethany Lyttle holds an MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts. A recipient of several literary scholarships, honors and awards, her teaching experience includes adjunct work at Columbia University and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. In addition, she has mentored private students and served as both a freelance writer and editor since 1995. She lives in Brooklyn and Roxbury.
*This program is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program administered in Delaware Co. by The Roxbury Arts Group, Inc, and with funds from the O’Connor Foundation.
Writers in the Mountains is celebrating 20 years…
…of writers helping writers to discover their voice. Writers of all backgrounds and level of experience are welcome to join us. The beauty of the Catskill Mountains is our common and constant source of inspiration.