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WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS (WIM)

ANNOUNCES

Riting Myth, Writing Myth:
Plotting Your Personal Story

An Imaginal Institute at Spillian
Friday, September 25 to Sunday, September 27, 2015 

Spillian, a creative center housed in a 19th century Victorian mansion built by the Fleischmanns family, presents Riting Myth, Writing Myth: Plotting Your Personal Story, An Imaginal Institute, Friday through Sunday, September 25 to 27, 2015. The event is co-sponsored by Writers in the Mountains and Mythopoetry.com. Over the span of three days participants will explore the study of mythology with Dennis P. Slattery, PhD, noted author and core professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute.

The program begins with a Friday evening lecture Called to a Co-Hearant Life. We are all called to a work that may focus on personal and/or professional growth. We might ask: What is the genesis of this call? What are its terms? Is being called a mythic instance in our life that may re-direct our trajectory? What are the consequences of its refusal? “Not now; call me back.” What part are we still to live out?

On Saturday and Sunday participants will engage in several imagination meditations through prose and poetry, drawing and body movement experiences. Through writing prose and poetry, drawing and body movement experiences, participants will engage in several active imagination meditations taken from Dr. Slattery’s book, Riting Myth, Mythic Writing: Plotting Your Personal Story as well as additional meditations created since the book’s publication, to invite the voice and energy of our personal myth several conduits of expression. Participants will write cursively, so leave all laptops at home. Bring with you a journal, a favorite writing utensil and an open heart to the retreat in order to enjoy this interlude from your daily routines to reflect and write in a welcoming setting and to share, if you wish, some of your own insights and remembrances with others.

Workshop fee is $395. Eligible WIMers will receive a $50 discount. Workshop registration includes meals for the weekend from Spillian’s extraordinary chef Chris McGee, who offers cuisine that pays homage both to the elegantly rustic history of the Catskills and the extraordinary famers in the region. Rooms are available upon need. To register, call (800) 811-3351. To find out if you’re eligible for a WIM discount, contact Jean Stone at (607) 326-4802 or jtstone@catskill.net. 

Dennis Patrick Slattery Ph.D.is a core faculty member at Pacifica Graduate Institute who helped shape the development of the Mythological Studies program. He has been teaching for 40 years from elementary to secondary, undergraduate, and graduate programs. He has received the prominent rank of Distinguished Core Faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute. His areas of emphasis include the poetic imagination, writing and reading as mythic activities, the relation of psyche, spirit and matter, and the place of contemplation within the academic setting. He is the author of several books including: The Idiot: Dostoevsky’s Fantastic Prince; The Wounded Body: Remembering the Markings of Flesh; Grace in the Desert: Awakening to the Gifts of Monastic Life; Harvesting Darkness: Essays on Literature, Myth, Film and Culture and A Limbo of Shards: Essays on Memory, Myth and Metaphor. With Lionel Corbett he has co-edited Depth Psychology: Meditations in the Field as well as Psychology at the Threshold. With Glen Slater, he has co-edited Varieties of Mythic Experience: Essays on Religion, Psyche and Culture. With Jennifer Selig, he has co-edited Reimagining Education: Essays On Reviving the Soul Of Learning. He is the author of three volumes of poetry: Casting Shadows; Just Below the Water Line; and Twisted Sky.

Spillian is a place to revel in imagination so that you can remember your genius – and the genius of the world around you. Imagine past what you think is possible… World class workshops, events, weddings, corporate and personal retreats, all are designed to help you launch your dreams. Built as part of a family summer retreat by the Fleischmanns Yeast Family in the 1880s, Spillian is an extraordinary remnant of the Gilded Era, Catskills style. Since its birth, the house has been a place of celebration, of gathering, and of sharing ideas, with clear pine paneled walls, extraordinary historic oil murals on many of the walls, fire places that take the chill off from mountain mornings, and a porch that was made to watch the light change on the mountains. It is furnished with antiques, including a 1914 Steinway baby grand, oriental rugs, and a feasting table that sits twenty under French chandeliers. Upstairs, there are eight bedrooms, each designed with a theme that would have captured the fancy of Victorian travelers: Frances Hodgson Burnett presides over the Secret Garden Room, complete with Colin’s wheelchair and its own window seat; light plays over the red Lotus Room, filled with an array of Asian antiques; The Scheherazade Room invites a thousand tales with the help of Celeste the camel; the Jules Verne Room sports a brass telescope for sky gazing, brass beds, and a wonderfully quirky set of treasures celebrating Victorian high style travel with a hint of Steampunk. The Camelot Room is awash in Pre-Raphaelite tapestries, a magnificent bed, and its own knight in waiting; the Klimt Room is an artist’s garret, painted deep red, hung in Gustav Klimt tapestries; the Morris Room is deep green and restful and filled with art and furniture from the Arts and Crafts era; and the Four Seasons room sings with Mucha tapestries, superb woodwork and an arching bay front, filled with windows with glorious views. The mansion is tucked on 33 private wooded acres, with trails and meadows and evocative moss-covered ruins. Memory and imagination run deep here.

For more information, visit http://spillian.com/events/riting_myth_writing_myth/.

The website of teacher, essayist, poet and cultural mythologer, Stephanie Pope, Mythopoetry.com explores, traces and reveals dominant mythic images and mythemes in psyche-making at work between cosmos and culture today.

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WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS (WIM)

PRESENTS

Writers Exposed!

A Summer Reading Event

August 16, 1 to 3 pm

At the Erpf Center, Arkville, NY

Please join Writers in the Mountains for our annual reading event, “Writers Exposed!” on August 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. at The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development (Erpf Center), located at 43355 State Route 28, Arkville, New York 12406.

Come hear what WIM students and instructors have been thinking and writing about in the past year. Be prepared to experience the exhilaration of returned affection, the heart-wrenching pathos of ordinary life, and triumph over emotional fears. See and hear writers lay bare their innermost thoughts, indulge fantasies, and lash out at a world gone haywire. Come and meet people who, in the words of the WIM motto, “Dare to Write!” An open mic for the fearless will follow the scheduled readings.

WIM’s annual summer reading event this year is a great opportunity to honor distinguished journalist Lillian Browne, who has just been appointed editor-in-chief at The Reporter, Delaware County’s official newspaper. Lillian, a nationally recognized journalist, is a Catskills-based writer who grew up on the banks of the Beaverkill River. An inquisitive nature and fearless attitude recently landed her a position working for Gatehouse Media in southern Nevada where she covered stories that drew national attention. Most recently, Lillian was promoted to editor-in-chief of The Reporter, the third woman in the paper’s 134 years history to hold this position. At The Reporter Lillian continues to cover topics such government spending, politics and the environment. Lillian is also the editor of Catskill Country Magazine. She joined WIM’s Board of Directors in 2014.

The day will include live music: WIM board member Carrie Bradley Neves, who is a cookbook editor and songwriter, will perform some of her original songs. Light refreshments will be served. Donations are welcome and appreciated.

The Catskill Center has been promoting the Catskill Mountain Region through regional advocacy, environmental education, arts and culture programming, invasive species management, and land protection for over 45 years. The Center stimulates, conducts, and supports integrated actions to protect vital ecosystems and unique landscapes, to enhance economic opportunities for all the region’s residents, to preserve cultural and historic assets and to further a regional vision and spirit. For more information about the Catskill Center visit www.catskillcenter.org.

Writers in the Mountains is a 501 ( c ) (3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to provide to the general public a nurturing environment for the practice, appreciation and sharing of creative writing.

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Writing Fiction Today

Literary vs. Genre Fiction: Real Distinction or No Difference at All?

 A panel discussion moderated by Jenny Milchman

Sunday, May 3, 2015

at 1 o’clock pm

At the Golden Notebook Bookstore,

Woodstock, NY 

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) invites you to Writing Fiction Today – Literary vs. Genre Fiction: Real Distinction or No Difference at All? Sunday, May 3 at 1 p.m. at the Golden Notebook Bookstore, 29 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY. The event is co-sponsored by Glaring Omissions Writing Group, one of the longest-running critique groups in the Hudson Valley.

What kind of book do you like to read? What form does your writing take? If you’re like most readers or authors or poets or scribes, an answer came to your mind right away. But what happens when we begin to poke at that answer? Is there such a thing as a literary mystery? Or an experimental novel with a secret at its heart? Can a poem mystify? Moderator Jenny Milchman leads a conversation with panelists Elizabeth Brundage, Alison Gaylin, and Peter Golden as they question the foundation that lies beneath bookstore shelving, library categorization, and the ways we define words on a page. If these divisions are arbitrary–or at least miss a great deal of what truly goes on in a work–then perhaps we can come up with something better. A meaning that helps us to identify and create what we all are really after… great writing.

Jenny Milchman’s debut novel, Cover of Snow, earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist, as well as praise from the New York Times, San Francisco Journal of Books, the AP, and other publications. It was an Indie Next and Target pick, won the Mary Higgins Clark Award for best suspense novel, and was nominated for the Macavity and Barry Awards for best first novel. Her second book Ruin Falls, also an Indie Next Pick, was published in 2014 to starred reviews from Booklist and Library Journal, and chosen as a “10 Best of 2014″ by Suspense Magazine. Jenny’s third novel, As Night Falls, will be published on June 30th, 2015.

Elizabeth Brundage holds an MFA from the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she received a James Michener Award. Before attending Iowa, she was a screenwriting fellow at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. Her short fiction has been published in the Greensboro Review, Witness, and New Letters. She is the author of three novels, Somebody Else’s Daughter, The Doctor’s Wife, and A Stranger Like You, all published by Viking. Her new novel, All Things Cease to Appear, is forthcoming from Knopf in 2016.

USA Today and international best-selling author Alison Gaylin received an Edgar nomination for her first book Hide Your Eyes. Her Shamus Award-winning novel, And She Was, was also nominated for the RT award, the Thriller and Anthony awards. In addition to her six published crime fiction novels, she’s published the Young Adult mystery Reality Ends Here (Simon and Schuster/PocketStar). Stay with Me, her eighth book – and the third in the acclaimed Brenna Spector series – was just nominated for an Edgar Award for best paperback.

Peter Golden is an award-winning journalist and the author of six full-length works of non-fiction and fiction. Peter Golden’s first novel, Comeback Love, was published by Simon & Schuster. Some of his work has appeared in the Detroit Free Press Magazine, Albany Times Union, New Jersey Monthly, Microsoft’s eDirections, Beyond Computing, Electronic Business, Midstream, The Forward, and Capital Region Magazine. 

Please come peruse a brand new gallery of books set up by the Golden Notebook, share drinks and light refreshments, and become a part of this very stimulating conversation! The event is free and open to the public. Book buying is encouraged to support our community bookstore.

Writers in the Mountains is a 501 ( c ) (3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to provide to the general public a nurturing environment for the practice, appreciation and sharing of creative writing.

Glaring Omissions Writers Group hosts a monthly reading series at the Golden Notebook.

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Meet the Authors

Second Annual Catskills Book Festival

April 12, 2015 from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

The Roxbury Arts Center

5025 Vega Mountain Road, Roxbury, NY

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) invites you to Meet the Authors, the Second Annual Catskills Book Festival,on Sunday, April 12, 2015 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at the Roxbury Arts Center, 5025 Vega Mountain Road, Roxbury, NY. Participants include award-winning writers Mermer Blakeslee, author of When You Live by a River, and Breena Clarke, author of River, Cross My Heart; Stand the Storm; and Angels Make Their Hope Here.

The daylong event welcomes all writers and readers, artists and audience, and community members from every walk to brave the mud and chill of early spring and enjoy a warm gathering of a range of successful and fascinating writers, illustrators, editors, educators, booksellers, and publishers from Cooperstown to New York City and points between and beyond. The venue is an intimate setting that allows for one-on-one introductions, focused dialogue, and a sharing of the love of literature, all in the spirit of local energy, inspiration, and support. Come by to shop for books directly from their authors, hear readings and peer-to-peer discussions, join in an enticing raffle (books are the prize, of course), and vote in the Best Book Cover contest.

The program includes a poetry reading at 12:30 featuring Sharon Israel, Mermer Blakeslee, Peg DiBenedetto, and Geoff Rogers. At 1:30 there will be a group discussion on the latest news and trendsin publishing headed by author Jenny Milchman (see below), editor Robert Wyatt, and consultant Simona David.

At 2 p.m., Jenny Milchman (Ballantine / Penguin Random House) will deliver the keynote address, Two Roads Diverged: Publishing a Book in 2015 & Beyond. Jenny Milchman’s debut novel, Cover of Snow, earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist, as well as praise from the New York Times, San Francisco Journal of Books, the AP, and other publications. It was an Indie Next List and Target pick, won the Mary Higgins Clark Award for best suspense novel, and was nominated for both the Macavity and Barry Awards for best first novel. Her second book Ruin Falls, also an Indie Next List pick, was published in 2014 to starred reviews from Booklist and Library Journal, and chosen as a “10 Best of 2014” by Suspense Magazine. Jenny’s third novel, As Night Falls, will be published in June 2015.

At 2:30, illustrators Alix Travis and AnnDuBois will discuss the ins and outs of designing picture books, and cookbook editor Carrie Bradley Neves will talk about new ingredients in the cookbook scene during the “foodie” era.

At 3:30, a raffle with the prize of ten selected book titles will be awarded (come early, tickets are limited!), and the winner of the Best Cover contest will be announced.

Throughout the day, all participating authors will read from their works and share their stories with the audience. Admission is free. Parking is available on Main Street and in the municipal parking lot. For more information visit writersinthemountains.org, or email writersinthemountains@gmail.com.

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WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS (WIM)

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Selling Your Nonfiction Book: The Art of Proposal Writing 

 with Leslie T. Sharpe

Sunday, June 7, 2015

At the Andes Public Library 

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) announces Selling Your Nonfiction Book: The Art of Proposal Writing, a Sunday seminar with Leslie T. Sharpe, June 7, 1 to 4 pm, at the Andes Public Library.  In three information-packed hours, Leslie will effectively detail what it takes to write a winning nonfiction book proposal, illustrated with several handouts. In the second half of the seminar, she will invite writers to present their projects for evaluation and input in order to best shape their own top-notch “winning” proposal.

In addition to its diversity of forms, nonfiction also offers writers (which literary fiction does not) the possibility of having an incomplete manuscript accepted by an agent or editor— accompanied by a strong proposal. The proposal—including elements such as an Overview of the book, Annotated Table of Contents, Author’s Platform and Market Analysis—is usually submitted with two or three chapters of text and is, first and foremost, a writing sample as well as a sales tool. What agents/editors look for in a proposal is strong writing with a clear and cogent presentation of the book’s subject and/or narrative arc, depending on the form, and a persuasive rationale for why the book should be published, and why the author is the best possible person to write it.

Leslie, author, editor and educator, was a regular contributor to New York Newsday’s “Urban ‘I’” column.  Her essays and articles have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, International Herald Tribune, Newsday, New York Times, Psychology Today, and The Village Voice, among many othersLeslie recently finished her memoir, Our Fractured, Perfect Selves, and is currently at work on The Quarry Fox and Other Tales of a Catskill Summer.Wearing her editor hat, Leslie wrote Editing Fact and Fiction: A Concise Guide to Book Editing (Cambridge University Press, 1994), a “modern editing classic”and “On Writing Smart: Tips and Tidbits,” featured in The Business of Writing (Allworth, 2012).  Now an editorial consultant, Leslie specializes in literary nonfiction and fiction and poetry. At Columbia University, Leslie was Adjunct Assoc. Professor of Writing and taught in the MFA writing programs.  She taught in City College’s Publishing Certificate Program, and in NYU’s Certificate Program in Book Publishing. Now, Leslie teaches online courses for the cutting-edge all-media website, mediabistro.com—The Nonfiction Book and Nonfiction Writing Master Class.

To register, call Jean Stone at (607) 326-4802, or e-mail her at jtstone@catskill.net. To register online, visit writersinthemountains.org, go to Register Online page, and fill in the registration form.Class fee is $35. Writers in the Mountains is a 501 ( c ) (3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to provide to the general public a nurturing environment for the practice, appreciation and sharing of creative writing.

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WIM ANNOUNCES:

Meet the Authors

Second Annual Catskills Book Festival

Sunday, April 12, 2015

12 noon to 4 pm

Roxbury Arts Center

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) invites authors in the Catskills / Hudson Valley area to Meet the Authors – Second Annual Catskills Book Festival, which will take place Sunday, April 12, 2015 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at the Roxbury Arts Center in Roxbury, NY.

Building upon last year’s success, regional authors are once again invited to sell their books, give readings, and promote their literary works for a $35 participation fee. The fee includes light refreshments, coffee and tea. Participating authors will receive additional exposure through all the marketing materials and media appearances associated with this event.

For more information, contact Jean at jtstone@catskill.net, or Beth at (607) 759-6138. Registration deadline is March 21.

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WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS (WIM)

ANNOUNCES

THE WINNERS

OF ITS THIRD ANNUAL MATILDA FRIEDMAN

ESSAY WRITING CONTEST:  

Middle School Winners

1st place: Brynne German, South Kortright Central School

2nd place: Claire Kletchka, Stamford Central School

3rd place: Eric Ianiello, Roxbury Central School

Honorable Mention: Chezney Chichester, South Kortright Central School

 

High School Winners

1st place: Rose Battista, Roxbury Central School

2nd place: Molly Gavett, Walton Central School

3rd place: Jessica Moore, Roxbury Central School

Honorable Mentions: Christine Ianiello, Roxbury Central School, Victoria Fairbairn, Stamford Central School, Keyshawn Scott, Stamford Central School

 

There will be an Award Ceremony at the Erpf Center, 43355 State Hwy 28 in Arkville Sunday, November 16 at 1 pm. Winners are invited to receive their awards, along with their parents and their teachers. Also, winners are invited on the Writer’s Voice on WIOX on a date to be decided.  

This program is partly funded by the Friedman family.

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WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS (WIM)

ANNOUNCES

 ITS THIRD ANNUAL MATILDA FRIEDMAN

ESSAY WRITING CONTEST:  

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) is sponsoring the third annual Matilda Friedman essay contest for middle school and high school students throughout Delaware County. The Board of Directors for WIM is hoping that students from your school will be encouraged to participate. The contest winners will receive cash awards for their winning essays as outlined in the official contest rules below. Writers in The Mountains will host a reception for contest winners on November 16, 2014. Students will also have an opportunity to read their winning essays on WIOX Radio’s program, The Writer’s Voice.

The topic this year is “What book, book series or author has made an impact on your life?” Students are encouraged to choose any book, book series, or author and explain how and why the book or the reading experience left a mark on their life. The essay can describe a positive or a negative impact. The book can be one that was read to them before they were able to read themselves or they can describe the experience of having a book read to them. It can be the first book they read in entirety by themselves or a book that taught them something about some aspect of life. The approach to the topic should be determined by each student who chooses to enter the contest.

Please consult the complete contest rules for student participation as outlined below. 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 and creativity in the content more than the mechanics of spelling and punctuation.

The contest was developed in memory of Matilda Freidman, a long time friend of Writers in the Mountains and is supported by her family and the WIM Board of Directors. Last year’s contest, about “Our Carbon Footprint,” was quite successful and we expect another group of interesting and competitive essay entries this time around.

 

Writers in the Mountains 

Essay Contest Rules

2014

 

The topic for all entrants is: “What book, book series or author has made an impact on your life?”

Middle School students are asked to write an essay of at least 500 words.

High School students are asked to write an essay of at least 1000 words.

All essays should be double spaced, whether typed or hand written.

*The student’s name, grade and school name must appear in the upper left corner of each page.*

All essays must be returned to Writers in the Mountains postmarked by October 24, 2014.  Essays may be mailed to WIM PO Box 474 Roxbury, NY 12474 or submitted electronically to writersinthemountains@gmail.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.

A reception for the winners will be held on November 16, 2014. Cash prizes will be awarded as follows: High School 1st place $100, 2nd place $75, 3rd place $50, and honorable mention $10. Middle School 1st place $75, 2nd place $50, 3rd place $25, and honorable mention $10. Winners will be invited to read their essays at the reception and on WIOX Radio as part of the Writer’s Voice program.

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WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS (WIM)

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

LONGYEAR GALLERY

PRESENTS

ARTIST – WRITER TALK

“NATURE AS MUSE”

Saturday, October 11 AT 1 PM  

Longyear Gallery, Margaretville, NY

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) in partnership with Longyear Gallery invites you to Artist – Writer Talk “Nature as Muse” Saturday, October 11 at 1 pm. Artists Ellen Wong and friends will be talking about their artistic process as informed by nature. Participating artists include Helene and Frank Manzo, and Elaine Mayes. Participating writers include Lynn Domina, Leslie Sharpe, Anique Taylor, Sharon Israel and Lillian Browne – all writers whose work has been informed by nature. The event will take place at Longyear Gallery, 785 Main Street, Margaretville, NY.

Ellen Wong’s “Road Show” plein air exhibit will hang in the gallery’s main space. Wong is an accomplished landscape painter originally from Brooklyn; she studied Art at Brooklyn College. She has been the recipient of many grants and fellowships, including the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Grant Program, as well as a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship; in addition, she was a teacher / artist at Skidmore College. She is a founding member of Longyear Gallery. Over the years, she has had many exhibitions both in New York City and the Catskills.

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Sevenlings

with Sharon Ruetenik

Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19, 2014  

2 to 4 pm

Fairview Library, Margaretville, NY

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) presents Sevenlings with Sharon Ruetenik, poet and educator, for a two day workshop on Saturday, October 18th and Sunday, October 19th from 2 – 4 pm. This workshop will be held in the Community Room at Fairview Library, on Walnut Street in Margaretville, NY.

The subject of the workshop will be the sevenling, a seven line poem that uses vivid imagery to explore a variety of topics from fantasy to autobiography. Participants will be introduced to the particulars of the form, discuss examples of it, and try their hand at writing their own. Finished poems will be shared with the members of the workshop.

Ruetenik’s work has appeared in several literary journals, most recently The Green Door. Her chapbook, The Wooden Bowl, explores the role of women from Eve to Dorothy. She serves as coordinator of the writing center and international student adviser at SUNY Delhi. In addition, she teaches courses in composition and literature.

To register for this workshop, call Jean Stone at (607) 326-4802, or e-mail her to jtstone@catskill.net. To register online, Register Online page. Class fee is $45. Registration deadline is October 13, 2014.

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Social Media for Writers: How to Build an Author Platform

with Simona David

Sunday, September 28, 2014  

1 to 3 pm

Fairview Library, Margaretville, NY

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) introduces Social Media for Writers: How to Build an Author Platform, a workshop led by Simona David, Sunday, September 28, 2014 from 1 to 3 pm. The workshop will be held in the Community Room at Fairview Library, on Walnut Street in Margaretville, NY.

The class will address the basics of all major social media and blogging platforms: WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter and Pinterest, and will clarify what personal and professional goals each of these platforms can help participants accomplish. A whole range of features and techniques will be discussed, along with strategic planning, editorial content, analytics and time management solutions. In addition, the class will address the best practices in using each of these social media tools to build a strong author platform, and establish a personal brand.

Simona David is a writer and media consultant who resides in the Catskill Mountains. She is the author of Self-Publishing and Book Marketing, A Research Guide (2013), and Art in the Catskills (2014). For more information, visit simonadavid.com.

To register, call (607) 326-4802, or e-mail jtstone@catskill.net. To register online, go to Register Online page. Class fee is $35. Registration deadline is September 23, 2014.

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Writers Exposed!

A Summer Reading Event

August 17, 1 to 3 pm

At the Erpf Center, Arkville, NY

On Sunday August 17th, come hear what your neighbors have been thinking and writing about. Be prepared to experience the exhilaration of returned affection, the heart wrenching pathos of ordinary life, and triumph over emotional fears. See and hear writers lay bare their innermost thoughts, indulge fantasies, and lash out at a world gone haywire. Come and meet people who, “Dare to Write”. Open mic to follow fearless readers. Light refreshments served, donations welcomed and appreciated.

Please join Writers in the Mountains for our annual reading “Writers Exposed” on August 17, from 1 until 3 p.m. at The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development (Erpf Center), located at 43355 State Route 28, Arkville, New York 12406. The Catskill Center has been promoting the Catskill Mountain Region through regional advocacy, environmental education, arts and culture programming, invasive species management, and land protection for over 45 years. The Center stimulates, conducts, and supports integrated actions to protect vital ecosystems and unique landscapes, to enhance economic opportunities for all the region’s residents, to preserve cultural and historic assets and to further a regional vision and spirit. For more information about the Catskill Center visit www.catskillcenter.org.

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WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS (WIM)

PRESENTS

“BUILDING A WRITING PRACTICE” with

VIRGINIA FRANCES SCHWARTZ

Sunday, July 20, 2014

From 1 to 4 pm 

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) presents Building A Writing Practice with Virginia Frances Schwartz, Sunday, July 20, from 1 to 4 pm. The class will be held at the Delaware County e-Center in Delhi, located at 5 ½ Main Street. This class is for beginning and intermediate writers, in all genres. Participants are asked to bring a notebook, either paper or electronic.

In this workshop, participants will acquire techniques that defeat the tyranny of the blank page and build, as B.F. Skinner says, “a circadian rhythm” that automatically generates sharper, more consistent writing. We will create a supportive immersion in the writing process, providing a set of tools to build and maintain a practice with the use of free writing exercises in response to internal and external prompts, strategies to negotiate with the Inner Critic, observation, lists and note taking.

Writers will learn to use their daily practice to confront barriers: lack of time; fear that nothing will come, or that thoughts cannot be expressed the way they blaze in your mind. When you establish a regular practice, making a commitment to a consistent time and place, resistance softens. By continually facing the unknown through the disciplined art of notebook writing, an inward shift occurs. Stories find their way upwards from your gut onto the page. When you sit patiently, you call up the muse. The muse is inside you. This is what it means to build a writing practice. It’s practical, mysterious, always changing. Anything can happen.

Virginia Frances Schwartz is a children’s book author and educator, a member of Canscaip and SCBWI.  As a Staff Developer, she taught The Writing Process method for over 20 years to teachers and young writers in NYC schools. Currently she teaches creative writing at UCLA Extension online and the Sivananda Ashram. She is a First Reader of WIP grants for emerging writers at SCBWI. Her YA/MG novels include historical fiction: If I Just Had Two Wings, Send One Angel Down, Messenger, Initiation, Crossing to Freedom ; contemporary fiction: Nutz!; and a fictionalized approach to writing for young writers: 4 Kids in 5E & 1 Crazy Year. For more information, visit www.virginiafrancesschwartz.com

To register, call Jean Stone at (607) 326-4802, or e-mail her at jtstone@catskill.net. Class fee is $35.

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Self-Publishing and Book Marketing, What You Need to Know

with Simona David

March 9, 2014  

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) presents once again its highly successful Self-Publishing and Book Marketingworkshop with Simona David at the Roxbury Public Library, 53742 State Highway 30, Roxbury, NY, Sunday, March 9, 2014 from 1 to 4 pm.

This workshop will provide in-depth market analysis and industry research with a focus on self-publishing terms, packages and fees. It will offer insights into formatting and design practices, and discuss marketing tips for self-published authors. Its aim is to familiarize participants with basic concepts and processes involved in book production and publication.

Simona David is a writer and PR consultant who resides in the Catskills. She is the author of Self-Publishing and Book Marketing, A Research Guide, released in April 2013. For more information, visit simonadavid.com.

To register, call (607) 326-4802, or e-mail writersinthemountains@gmail.com. To register online, go to Register Online page. Class fee is $35. Registration deadline is March 2, 2014.

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Meet the Authors

WIM’s First Annual Catskills Book Festival

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) invites authors in the Catskills/Hudson Valley area to its Meet the Authors – The First Annual Catskills Book Festival, which will take place Sunday, April 6, 2014 from 10 am to 1 pm at the Roxbury Arts Group in Roxbury, NY.

Authors are invited to sell their books, give readings, and promote their work for a $35 participation fee. The fee includes light refreshments, coffee and tea.  Participating authors will receive additional exposure through all the marketing materials and media promotions associated with this event.

To participate, request a form, and mail a $35 check payable to Writers in the Mountains by March 15, 2014. Mail your check to WIM, PO Box 474, Roxbury, NY 12474.

For more information call Jean at 607-326-4802 (until Feb. 26) or Beth at Real Estate 28, 607-746-9188 after Feb. 26. Or email writersinthemountains@gmail.com.

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WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS (WIM)

ANNOUNCES

THE WINNERS OF ITS SECOND ANNUAL MATILDA FRIEDMAN

ESSAY WRITING CONTEST:  

Middle School Winners

1st place: Jessica Davis, Delaware Academy

2nd place: Jillian Lees, Delaware Academy

3rd place: Autumn Dorr, Delaware Academy

Honorable Mentions: Jasper Millhone, Sarah Roberts, Tristan Olson, and Zoey Gardepe from Delaware Academy

High School Winners

1st place: Adam Loper, Roxbury Central School

2nd place: Kajus Normantas, Roxbury Central School

3rd place: Jessica Moore, Roxbury Central School

Honorable Mentions: Amanda Alberti, Alexandra Bagley, and Colby Fancher from Stamford Central School

This year’s topic was: “Why knowing your carbon footprint is important? What do you do to minimize your carbon footprint? What we, as a society, should do about it?”

The Award Ceremony will take place Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 1 pm at Queens Mountain Cafe in Roxbury. All participants, along with their teachers, and parents are invited. 

This program is made possible with funds from the O’Connor Foundation, and support from Nate Friedman.

 

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WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS (WIM)

PRESENTS 

Long Lines, Short Lines, Fine Lines, Blurred Lines:

What Poets Think About When They Think About Craft 

with Lynn Domina 

October 27, 2013 at 1 P.M. 

At Fairview Library, Margaretville, NY

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) presents Long Lines, Short Lines, Fine Lines, Blurred Lines:What Poets Think About When They Think About Craft with poet Lynn Domina. The event will take place Sunday, October 27 at 1 p.m. at Fairview Library, Community Room, Walnut Street, Margaretville, NY.

The most obvious difference between poetry and prose is that poetry comes in lines—but whatever for? What difference does it make if a line is six syllables, or eight, or eighteen? Does a poem mean anything different if the lines are broken after one word rather than another? Do readers respond differently to long looping lines than they do to short stilted ones? Do certain poems attract you because of their appearance on the page? Or does the appearance put you off? In this conversation, we’ll look at many well known and not so well known poems in order to figure out what it is poets think they’re doing—and what we can do to achieve different effects in our own work.

Lynn is the author of two collections of poetry, Corporal Works which won the Intro Series Prize from Four Way Books and Framed in Silence as part of the Editor’s Select Poetry Series from Main Street Rag. She is also the editor of a collection of essays, Poets on the Psalms. Her poetry appears in many periodicals, including The Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, Prairie Schooner, Christianity & Literature, The Louisville Review, New Letters, and others. She has published creative nonfiction in the St. Katherine’s Review.Her scholarly work includes two reference books, Understanding A Raisin in the Sun andUnderstanding Ceremony. Her articles have appeared in Studies in American Indian Literature, a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, and other academic journals and edited collections. Lynn teaches at the SUNY-Delhi and lives in the western Catskill region of New York. For more information, visit lynndomina.com.

This event is free and open to the public. A $10 suggested donation will help WIM with its future programming. For more information, you may call Jean Stone at (607) 326-4802, or e-mail her at jtstone@wildblue.net.

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WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS (WIM)

ANNOUNCES

ITS SECOND ANNUAL MATILDA FRIEDMAN

ESSAY WRITING CONTEST 

This Year’s Topic Is:

 “Why knowing your carbon footprint is important? What do you do to minimize your carbon footprint? What we, as a society, should do about it?” 

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) announces its second annual Matilda Friedman Essay Writing Contest for middle and high school students in Delaware County. This year’s topic is “Why knowing your carbon footprint is important? What do you do to minimize your carbon footprint? What we, as a society, should do about it?” Students can use a carbon footprint calculator to determine their impact on the environment, and explain their findings.

Middle school students are asked to write an essay of at least 500 words, and high school students are asked to write an essay of 1,000 words. 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, 2013. Essays may be mailed to WIM, PO Box 474, Roxbury, NY 12474, or submitted electronically to writersinthemountains@gmail.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 on November 13, 2013. The first place winner at the high school level will receive an award of $100. The second place winner will receive an award of $75. The third place winner will receive an award of $50. Certificates of “Honorable Mention” in the amount of $10 each will be awarded to writers with good essays that didn’t quite make it to the winner’s circle. The first place winner at the middle school level will receive an award of $75.  The second place winner will receive an award of $50. The third place winner will receive an award of $25. Certificates of “Honorable Mention” in the amount of $10 each will be awarded to writers with good essays that didn’t quite make it to the winner’s circle. An award ceremony will take place on December 8, 2013 at Queens Mountain Cafe in Roxbury. All participants, along with their teachers, and parents will be invited. Winners will also be invited to read their pieces on the Writer’s Voice, broadcast every Tuesday at 1 pm on WIOX Roxbury.

This program is made possible with funds from the O’Connor Foundation, and support from Nate Friedman.

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WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS (WIM)

PRESENTS 

Three Hour Fiction Writing

Intensive Workshop

With Mermer Blakeslee 

October 6, 2013 at 1 P.M.

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) presents Three Hour Fiction Writing Intensive Workshop with Mermer Blakeslee, Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 1 p.m., at the Roxbury Library, Main Street, Roxbury, NY. This workshop is open to new and experienced writers.

One week before the workshop, participants are asked to send by e-mail three to five pages of a story or a small piece they are working with. It can be a complete dramatic unit or just parts: a scene or a few disparate scenes, dialogue, description, an introduction to a character, images that haunt or hold them…  They should also send a paragraph of context: how this work might fit into a larger whole or what they might be struggling with (i.e., if they feel it’s intact and ready for editing, or if it’s just emerging and needs a push to expand, etc.). Copies of each will be handed out during the intensive.

Participants will discuss each piece, paying attention to three words: interesting, true, and moving. They’ll explore different ways to encourage a story to come forth and a character to talk. They’ll keep learning how to think and imagine in scenes and how to edit to make a piece shine.

The singularity of each voice will be encouraged. The purpose of the workshop will be grand: to unlock the clarity and energy of the imagination.

Mermer Blakeslee is the author of three novels: Same Blood (1989), In Dark Water (1998), and When You Live by a River (2012). Her second novel In Dark Water was selected by Barnes and Noble for its Discover Great New Writers series. Leenie, an excerpt from her latest novel When You Live by a River, won the 2006 Narrative Prize from Narrative Magazine. Mermer’s roots are in poetry, and two of her poems were finalists in Narrative Magazine’s annual poetry contests. Mermer was also awarded three New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships in Fiction. For more information, visit mermerblakeslee.com.

To register, call Jean Stone at (607) 326-4802, or e-mail her at jtstone@wildblue.net. To register online, visit writersinthemountains.org. Class fee is $35.

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WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS (WIM)

PRESENTS 

Making Worlds on the Page: An Author Reading & Interactive Discussion of the Creative Process 

with Ginnah Howard 

September 15, 2013 at 1 P.M. 

At the Pine Hill Community Center, Pine Hill, NY

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) presents Making Worlds on the Page: An Author Reading & Interactive Discussion of the Creative Process with Ginnah Howard, author of Night Navigation and Doing Time Outside, Sunday, September 15 at 1 p.m. The event will take place at the Pine Hill Community Center, 287 Main Street, Pine Hill, NY.

Author Ginnah Howard will talk about how she came to writing by chance in her late 40’s, and how the writing of her first short story started her on the journey of working on a trilogy about two rural upstate families, covering the years from 1946 to 2003. She will then read from her recently published novel, Book 3, Doing Time Outside. She will stop between scenes to talk with the audience about “making” that part of the story: decisions about structure, the tucking in of back story, maintaining narrative tension, the joy of the unexpected…  During each of these breaks in the reading, the audience is free to ask questions. There will be time at the end for a final Q and A.

Ginnah Howard’s stories have appeared in Water Stone Review, Permafrost, Portland Review, Descant 145, Eleven Journal and elsewhere. Several have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  She has been granted residencies at The MacDowell Colony, Blue Mountain Center, Ucross, Saltonstall, and Hedgebrook. Her novel, Night Navigation (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2009) was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. The National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York State gave Howard their Media Award for work on behalf of those with mental illness and their families. In the spring of 2011, she was a visiting author for the University of South Carolina’s public lecture/writer series, “Caught in the Creative Act.” Howard’s second novel, Doing Time Outside will be published by Standing Stone Books in August 2013. For more information, visit www.GinnahHoward.com.

This event is free and open to the public. A $10 suggested donation will help WIM with its future programming. For more information, you may call Jean Stone at (607) 326-4802, or e-mail her at jtstone@wildblue.net.

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WIM’s Non-Fiction Reading Group

A non-fiction reading group is now part of Writers in the Mountains wide range of programs.  Participation is free, and no long term commitment is required.  Members can attend each monthly meeting, or only for books of their liking.  Long time WIM member and co-founder of the group Debbie Wilkie states, “There is such a wide variety of high quality, compelling non-fiction out there today, ranging from an amusing trip down the alimentary canal, to the ever changing political scene, to garbology, new developments in science, and so much more.”

The first meeting will be a discussion of Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach, and a planning meeting as well.  Attendees are asked to bring one or two non-fiction books they would like to “pitch” to the group, and a reading list will be voted on for future meetings.  The meeting will take place at the Roxbury Library on Saturday, August 24, from 10 am – noon.  The library will help obtain copies of selected books for participants.

 

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WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS (WIM)

PRESENTS 

Writing into the Dark

The Tension between Imagination and Craft

With Mermer Blakeslee 

July 28, 2013 at 1 P.M.

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) presents Writing into the Dark, The Tension between Imagination and Craft, with Mermer Blakeslee Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 1 p.m., an event hosted by the Open Eye Theater at 960 Main Street, Margaretville, NY.

Ms. Blakeslee will talk about ways to cultivate the imagination, and the importance of incubating the voice, and immersing ourselves in the process, becoming comfortable with the unknown. It’s essential (and miraculous) to get something on the page. Then, how do we move from that immersion to the vantage point where we need to edit? Blakeslee will discuss various threads to create that distance: reading the material through the perspective of voice, point of view, characterization, the arc of the story. She will also talk about how to sit with a piece to know what’s there, and questions we can ask of it. Where is the camera? Where are we moving forward? How much is written in scene?

This will be a flexible presentation, open to discussion and able to adapt to the audience. Light refreshments will be served. There is no charge, but free will donations are appreciated. Everyone is welcomed.

Mermer Blakeslee is the author of three novels: Same Blood (1989), In Dark Water (1998), and When You Live by a River (2012). Her second novel In Dark Water was selected by Barnes and Noble for its Discover Great New Writers series. Leenie, an excerpt from her latest novel When You Live by a River, won the 2006 Narrative Prize from Narrative Magazine. Mermer’s roots are in poetry, and two of her poems were finalists in Narrative Magazine’s annual poetry contests. Mermer was also awarded three New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships in Fiction. For more information, visit mermerblakeslee.com.

The Open Eye Theater is dedicated to the creation, development and production of plays for a diverse audience in the Catskill Mountains. For more information, visit theopeneye.org.

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WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS (WIM)

PRESENTS

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.

To register, call Jean Stone at (607) 326-4802, or e-mail her at jtstone@wildblue.net, or visit Register Online page. Class fee is $20.

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.

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Matilda Friedman Essay Writing Contest Winners

November 2012

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.

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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*

2012

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 writersinthemountains@gmail.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

607-746-3914

elizabetha@catskill.net

 

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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 jtstone@wildblue.net

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.

 

DATES:

Graphic Novel

Thursday, September 20th

Thursday, September 27th

Children’s Literature

Thursday, October 4th

Thursday, October 11th

Travel Writing

Thursday, October 18th

Thursday, October 25th

Blog Writing

November 1st

November 8th

 

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.

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