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November 30, 2013

WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS (WIM)

PRESENTS

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 IN THE MOUNTAINS (WIM)

PRESENTS

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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DARE TO WRITE!

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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WRITERS IN THE MOUNTAINS (WIM)

PRESENTS

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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