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Howl Story Slam. True stories, told locally. An open mic storytelling competition for the North Country and Adirondacks, open to anyone with a true, five-minute story to share on the current theme. Presented by Adirondack Center for Writing and North Country Public Radio. $5 cash at door.

Theme: “Fish Out of Water”


Beat & Verse Monthly Open Mic & Writing Meetup. An alternating open mic and writing meetup for the writing crowd. Songwriters, poets, storytellers, essayists, ramblers, we’re talking to you. $5. Learn more.

Meet over tea and snacks at Forever Wild Apothecary, 2669 Main Street, Lake Placid

  • Wednesday, February 26th at 7pm (Open Mic)
  • Wednesday, March 25th at 7pm (Writing Meetup)

PoemVillage DEADLINE TO SEND POEMS. Love poems from your 12 year old self. Odes to your favorite snack. Haikus about your first boat ride. Whatever it is, PoemVillage welcomes work from everyone with a love for the Adirondacks.

  • Deadline to submit poems: Wednesday, April 1st

Anne LaBastille Memorial Writers Residency APPLICATIONS OPEN. The Adirondack Center for Writing offers a two-week residency annually in October to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers at a lodge on Twitchell Lake in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains. More info about the residency below.

  • Applications open: April 16th-May 27th
  • Residency: October 4-18, 2020

PoemVillage! Visit downtown Saranac Lake to see the locally-harvested poems hanging in every window. Hunt for the poems you sent us, and find your new favorite from a neighbor or local student. All poems are also printed as pocket poems and will sneak their way under cups of coffee, between pages of a local newspaper, and in the shelves of your favorite shops. It’s your job to find them, and hide them for someone new to find! 

  • PoemVillage on display: Monday, April 20th-Sunday, May 10th throughout downtown Saranac Lake

Crossword Tournament Fundraiser. Beginner and advanced puzzlers welcome. Puzzles provided by New York Times’ crossword puzzles editor Will Shortz! Prizes for 1st Place, Best Handwriting, and Most Creative Wrong Answer. Play puzzles and support your favorite literary organization! $20 to play.

  • Saturday, April 25th 2-4pm at Hex & Hop, Bloomingdale

Forging a Compass to Craft Fearless Poems with Arhm Choi Wild

Perfect for: new poets, experienced poets looking to build personal manifesto into their poetry. Five-week online class. Learn more.

  • Starts May 4, 2020 in Google Classroom
  • Early Bird Registration (ends April 15, 2020): $150
  • Registration: $200

Marketing for Introverts. Self-promotion in the face of shyness, social anxiety, and imposter syndrome. A presentation and guided group discussion with bestselling author Chris Tebbetts will focus on how we can support ourselves and each other through getting started in the business, seeking feedback on our work, finding the gumption to attend professional events, promoting a new book, or getting up in front of an audience—all with an eye on remaining truly ourselves along the way.

  • Saturday, May 30th 2-4pm in Plattsburgh. $10 before May 20th, $15 at door

ADK Book Club. Curated by the incredible Betsy Folwell of Adirondack Life. Calling all readers! We’re teaming up with Adirondack Experience to launch a new book club focused on classic and contemporary books about, set in, or inspired by this unique region we all know and love – the Adirondacks. Bring your book and your input! We’ll supply the lively conversation. This is a free event.

Featured book: “The People from Heaven” by John Sanford | Led by Betsy Folwell & Amy Godine

Featured book: “A Northern Light” by Jennifer Donnelly | Led by Betsy Folwell