Every voice deserves to be heard and heralded, especially the voices that have faced violence, prejudice, and economic disparity now and throughout history. ACW will continue the work of highlighting powerful voices throughout the Adirondack region today and every day to ensure all of us are better neighbors, allies, and humans.

Here are some of the stories we’ve had the honor of bringing to to local audiences. ACW invites you to take the time to listen and watch.


All in-person events are postponed, but ACW has gone digital and still has lots to offer you online. The good news? It’s been working. 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. 

— Adirondack Center for Writing Staff & Board

ADK Book Club (Online Event)

Led by Betsy Folwell and Amy Godine

  • Thursday August 13, 2020 at 7pm via Zoom

For the first time ever, two brilliant writers in the region, Betsy Folwell and Amy Godine, will lead a discussion of two hand-picked Adirondack books. Betsy Folwell, of Adirondack Life Magazine, has selected two titles that should be heralded for both excellence of craft and for echoing life as it is experienced in the rural communities of the Adirondacks. The two titles selected to discuss are Adirondack Portraits: A Piece of Time by Jeanne Robert Foster and The People from Heaven by John Sanford. 

This virtual, one-of-a-kind event presented by Adirondack Center for Writing is an opportunity open to the public to talk about these mostly overlooked books with two great thinkers of our region. Register to save your spot and to receive meeting log-in detail. More info and where to find the books here.

Arts in the Adirondacks in the Age of Coronavirus (Online Event)

Presented by Adirondack Center for Writing, Adirondack Experience, and Pendragon Theatre

  • Monday August 17, 2020 at 7:30pm

This evening presentation will feature an actor reading a diary excerpt from a WWII North Creek soldier and a discussion about how cultural organizations in the Adirondacks are adapting to the challenges of this time—the most momentous period in US history since World War II.

The evening programs require a registration and are available to all Adirondack Experience members. For non-members, registrations are limited to 100, first come, first-served. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation with the link to the program.

ACW Bookmobile

The newest, cutest pop-up bookstore is here and coming to a town near you

Tuesday August 18, 2020 (afternoon)

Wednesday August 19, 2020 (afternoon)

Friday August 28, 2020 (afternoon)

Visit the ACW Bookmobile at the following ice cream stands to grab a book and enjoy a scoop! All visitors are required to wear masks, no exceptions. Payment options: cash, check, Venmo. ACW has teamed up with local bookstores including The Book Nook, Bookstore Plus, and TREES Adirondack Gifts & Books to feature a selection of new staff picks and used books are on board for readers of all ages on board.

Book Hangouts (online Event)

  • Thursday August 20, 2020 at 7:30pm: Poetry

Bring your favorite books to recommend and hear new titles to put on your to-read list from other readers. All Book Hangouts are on Zoom. Meeting details will be sent after completing registration.

Writing an Art-Inspired Poem (Online event)

Offered through the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. Experience the joy of ekphrastic poetry! If you love words and art, the ancient form of “ekphrastic” (art-inspired) poetry is a rich field of inspiration and collaboration for telling our stories and describing our experiences through poems. Registration: $20. More info.

  • Thursday August 27, 5:00-6:30pm

Nitty Gritty: The Craft Basics of Prose with Leah Hampton (Online Class)

Leah Hampton taught for ACW for the first time earlier this year and was immediately a student fan-favorite for her thoughtful assignments and student-centered teaching. ACW is thrilled to have her back teaching a brand new class perfect for anyone writing in both fiction and nonfiction. More info.

  • September 7 – October 11, 2020 via Google Classroom
  • Registration: Pay-what-you-can

Weekly writing prompts + responses shared weekly

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.


ACW remains committed to building our community of writers, readers, storytellers, poets and fans of the written word. Through weekly writing prompts and posted responses, new online classes, and book lovers hangouts, and more, ACW is continuing to bring people and words together. 

ACW looks forward to relaunching the important in-person programming you count on. Until then, know that ACW is evolving with every new day. With your support, the online programming launched in March has become a special mark of the importance of writing, reading, and discussion. Anything you choose to give helps immensely to secure a strong future for ACW.

Read 🤓 BOOKmobile hits the road

WATCH 👉 ACW spotlight on Mountain Lake PBS

listen 🎧 First person interview with acw

Head to the 40 minute mark to hear ACW’s Nathalie Thill chat with Mitch Reich about the Virtual Howl and the importance of telling and listening to stories right now.