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

Finding Your Place: Writing Creative Nonfiction

Online writing class perfect for: new and experienced writers seeking inspiration from their current environments

  • November 9 – December 13, 2020 via Google Classroom
  • Registration: Pay What You Can

Place-based writing allows us to explore our surroundings, understand who we are, where we come from and how we connect with our landscape and community. Join Adirondack Life editor Annie Stoltie for a creative nonfiction writing class that focuses on place. During this five-week class, students will also learn how to publish their work.

ONline writing class Coming in January 2020

  • Nitty Gritty: The Craft Basics of Prose Part II, an extension of the wildly popular course offered by Leah Hampton this fall will be open to returning and brand new students.

When Lightning Strikes

Performances by newly and dearly beloved poets, curated by Adirondack Center for Writing x Bowery Poetry Club

  • LIVE ONLINE / Monday, November 9, 2020, 7:00-9:00pm
  • Suggested donation: $15
  • Watch performance LIVE online at Bowery Poetry Club


Hosted by Jive Poetic. Featuring Mahogany L. Browne, Adam FalknerCarlos Andrés Gómez, Omar HolmonCynthia Dewi Oka, and Ramya Ramana.

The two 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 has been designed to introduce new poets to Adirondack audiences, and new audiences to Bowery Poetry Club poets.

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.


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.

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.