Every voice deserves to be heard and heralded, especially those voices that have faced prejudice, violence, 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

NEW event! 🎟 Unmute Yourself: Writing Workshops for Teens

Series of ridiculously awesome workshops perfect for all writers & great extracurricular for college apps!

Cost: Zero dollar$! (Thanks to the Lake Placid Education Foundation). But if you can throw in a few bucks for ACW to continue events like this, please give here.

Registration required: sign up here. Follow @adkctr4writing for updates.

Emotional Historians with Jon Sands

  • Dec 15, 2020 7:00-9:00pm on Zoom

It’s your poem, you can cry if you want to! with Roya Marsh

  • Dec 22, 2020 7:00-9:00pm on Zoom

Chasing the Image with José Olivarez

  • Dec 29, 2020 7:00-9:00pm on Zoom

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.

Visit: Raining Poetry!

A project created by Adirondack Center for Writing, presented in partnership with the Village of Saranac Lake and the Arts & Culture Advisory Board.

Throughout fall of 2020, all who visit Saranac Lake on a rainy day will see the reveal of poems before their eyes! Excerpts of poems from Hanif AbdurraqibNeil GaimanMary OliverMary Sanders ShartleDanez Smith are scattered throughout downtown at Riverside Park, Saranac Lake Free Library, Berkley Green, Saranac Lake Post Office, and the Saranac Lake Skate Park. Parking is available in public lots throughout town with a short walk to visit the poems. Read about Mary Sanders Shartle’s poem, “Cinquain for Mt. Marcy” and the historical ties to Saranac Lake.

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

If you want to see the project from home, a brand 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.

Featured Video 🎥 poet Jon sands takes over Saranac Lake High school


Read ☔︎ it’s raining poetry

Read 🎨 REsponding II – 2020 online exhibit opens

Read & Listen 🤓 BOOKmobile hits the road

WATCH 👉 ACW spotlight on Mountain Lake PBS

listen 🎧 First person interview with acw + Ncpr

ACW’s Nathalie Thill chats with Mitch Reich about the Virtual Howl and the importance of telling and listening to stories right now.