ACW Updates 📣

Monday 2/21 – 3/26
5-Week Online Poetry Class:
Musical Forms for Poetry Writing
Monday 2/21 – 3/26
5-Week Online Fiction Class:
Worldbuilding for Fiction Writing
Monday 3/28 – 5/1
5-Week Online Nonfiction Class:
Research in Creative Nonfiction

On February 26, ACW will host two, FREE, in-person workshops for young writers, led by Megan Charland of The Link Arts Center (Plattsburgh). Zines-making is a fun, accessible way to practice creativity through self-expression, writing, and visual art. These workshops are free to all students thanks to the Lake Placid Education Foundation.


Author Advice is a monthly, informal talk with an author (Q&A included!) about their personal paths to publication. 

  • Virtual (on Zoom)
  • The last Thursday of every month
  • Question & Answer session included
  • 7 – 8 PM
  • $5 Suggested Donation

How does a manuscript become a physical book? What’s it like working with an agent? Should you self-publish, go indie, submit to contests, or send hundreds of copies to publishing houses all over the country and hope for the best? (Pro tip: don’t do the latter!) 

Our January guest author is Kate Messner, who writes award-winning picture books, easy readers, chapter book series, and novels for young readers. She’ll talk about her myriad publishing experiences and offer advice to attendees looking to get their children’s book or YA novel published. 



We’re pausing the launch of BarkReaders until it’s safe to gather indoors. We plan to reschedule Sara Schaff for February. BarkReaders is an open mic and reading featuring writers residing in North Country Masks and proof of vaccination will be required. Readers will have 5 minutes each to share a piece of writing (whether it’s polished or still sketchy). Click here to see our full lineup of BarkReaders events in 2022.


We’d hoped to launch Friday Night Writes on Jan 7th, but we’re cancelling this installment due to the new surge in COVID cases. We plan to launch Friday Night Writes on Friday, Feb 4. Throughout 2022, we’re kicking off each first Friday with a happy hour of writing here at ACW from 5 – 6:30. Friday Night Writes is your space to decompress, connect, and write with a community of other creatives in a warm, inviting environment. Sleep in an extra hour on Saturday because you got your writing done the night before. 

These events will be casual yet productive. We’ll provide light refreshments, prompts, and other helpful materials. Best of all, it’s free (donations appreciated)! So, even if you’re brand new to writing or not sure whether to call yourself a “writer”, you too belong here at Friday Night Writes. 

To see past events and announcements, click here.