ACW has gone digital and has lots to offer you online. Thanks to you, the ACW community remains strong. Stay connected for more opportunities to create, learn and share laughs. ACW can’t wait to see you – in an email, on social media, in comments on writing you like, at the live virtual events and classes. — Adirondack Center for Writing Staff & Board

watch | Challenges and Opportunities in Journalism in 2021 and Beyond 🗞

A conversation with new and veteran journalists on the evolving nature of journalism, and how they see the path to moving forward with a new administration vowing truth and transparency. Part storytelling, part conversation on how the culture of “fake news” has affected journalism today.

Rex Smith, editor-at-large at Albany Times Union, acts as moderator. Presented by Adirondack Center for Writing and Adirondack Explorer. Panelists include Tom Curley, Adam Federman, Charlotte Hall, Brandon Loomis, Brian Mann, Rex Smith, Bridget Williams, and Robert Worth.

EVent | Virtual howl story slam live 🎙

This event is LIVE via Zoom featuring 5-minute true stories, with no notes. The first 15 storytellers to sign up will be included in the lineup. Registration required for storytellers and audience members, sign up here.

Free to tell stories and to attend. If you are able, please please add a suggested $10 donation to your registration for the Howl team to split. The Howl Story Slam team is a partnership between Adirondack Center for Writing and North Country Public Radio, two organizations that believe in the power of stories. Check out their websites to see their current offerings.

  • Friday, March 19, 2021 at 7:00pm
  • Theme: “March Madness”

ONGOING SERVICE | Find the Lit Mag for You: Publishing One-on-One Sessions with Amy Holman 🔍

Every writer faces the great hurdle of narrowing where their writing belongs in the vast literary marketplace. ACW is excited to announce this new service with Amy Holman to help alleviate the pressure of finding the right fit for unpublished writing! Schedule is now open for one-on-one sessions.

  • This service from Adirondack Center for Writing is available from Monday, February 22-Monday, March 22, 2021
  • Cost: $30

EVENT series | Writing with play & Persistence series ⛲️ with chris tebbetts

Designed for any novice and experienced writer to participate from home. Renowned author and educator Chris Tebbetts will lead these virtual, one-of-a-kind events presented by Adirondack Center for Writing.

Perfect for: emerging and established writers seeking tools for productivity and creativity. 

  • Persistence and Optimism in Writing: How to Have Both Discussion and Q&A on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 7:00pm.
  • Cost: Sliding scale $5-20

online class | Writing for Self-Discovery 🪞 with Kim Macqueen

Find your own thread and jumpstart your personal writing practice with this five week course. You’ll use ideas, characters and inspiration from your lived experience, as well as time-honored inspiration passed down from other well-loved writers — to explore your interests and generate fresh new work. Before you know it, you’ll be writing your memoir (or your novel, or your cookbook, or your family history, etc.) in manageable, bite-sized pieces. 

  • Monday, March 29-Sunday, May 2, 2021
  • Pay What You Can: $50-200
  • This class is asynchronous

submissions open | poemvillage 2021 🍊

A beloved program celebrating local poetry from neighbors and friends annually since 2016. Instead of visiting a corridor of poetry in town during National Poetry Month, bundles of locally-harvested poems are safely delivered to inboxes and to the ACW website daily.

Open only to poets with ties to the North Country, NY region.

  • Deadline: Sunday, April 4, 2021
  • Free! There’s no cost to be a part of PoemVillage

multi-day EVENT | Anne LaBastille Women’s Writing Weekend 🏕

  • Friday, June 25 4:00pm-Sunday, June 27, 2021 10:00am
  • Great Camp Sagamore in Raquette Lake, NY

Join a group of like-minded women for a reading and writing retreat. Activities will include writing workshops, reflective paddling, arts-based activities, technical writing and experiential learning, and Adirondack-based readings to contemplate the role of sense of place in nature writing.

REAd | ACW FEatured in “The Art of Reopening: A Guide to Current Practices Among Arts Organizations During COVID-19” 📈

National Endowment for the Arts surveyed arts organizations throughout the country about reopening practices and creative responses to programming in 2020, during the pandemic. They published a report highlighting what they felt were successful responses to the crisis: promising tactics, best practices, and insights through nine selected case studies. The Adirondack Center for Writing was one of those nine selected arts organizations, chosen for their innovative responses to programming during COVID. 

Check out the report, especially pages 11 and 21-22.

WATCh | Virtual Howl 🎤

LIVE from your living rooms, the Virtual Howl Story Slam took place on December 18, 2020 and featured six storytellers from across the North Country who told tales on the theme “Holidays: The good, the bad, the ugly.”

The winner of the night was Tanya Roy with her tale of a holiday adventure, full of unexpected mishaps.

WATCH | When Lightning Strikes ⚡️

Curated by Adirondack Center for Writing x Bowery Poetry Club

These organizations, one rural and one urban, have developed a deep love for one another over the years and are finally able to collaborate for this brand new event. When Lightning Strikes was designed to introduce new poets to Adirondack audiences, and new audiences to Bowery Poetry Club poets.

Hosted by Jive Poetic featuring Mahogany L. BrowneAdam FalknerCarlos Andrés Gómez, Omar HolmonCynthia Dewi Oka, and Ramya Ramana.

WATCH | Raining Poetry Project Reveal! ☔️ Produced by Bing Bang Boom, Inc. Shot by Jordan Craig

Check out the Raining Poetry Project from home! This new video captures the beauty of the Raining Poetry Project during the reveal event with one of the poets, Mary Sanders Shartle. 

Write & Read 📓 Weekly writing prompts + Featured Writing

Creative writing prompts to kick off the dust and inspire you to create and re-work your writing. The incredible and talented ACW family is stepping up and sharing their expertise with you! Future prompts are provided by Julia Alvarez, Mahogany L. Browne, Joseph Bruchac, Betsy Folwell, Sue Halpern, Bill McKibben, Jon Sands, Steve Stern, Chase Twichell, Lauren Whitehead & more.

Let’s look forward to the future together

Help ACW continue to support you through the coming months. The future might feel overwhelming, but ACW is committed to infusing joy into your life with upcoming programming! With your continued support, ACW can offer new online classes every month, story nights, a discussion series, writing workshops for teens, and more for all ages.

Make this winter amazing for the ACW family. Be a part of ACW. Give now.

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