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

online event | HIgh school Writing Retreat 🖍

Students will enjoy poetry performances and learn how to make their writing gorgeous with workshop leaders and poetry legends Mahogany L. Browne, Roya Marsh, Jive Poetic, and Jon Sands.

Register for a day of writing workshops, epic performances, meeting new friends and fellow writers, swag bags (limited supply), and a meet ‘n greet with poets. A perfect opportunity to include on college applications. Open to any homeschooled and high school students and classes, no writing experience necessary!

  • Wednesday, April 21, 2021 | 10:00am-12:00pm & 1:00-3:00pm ET
  • LIVE ONLINE on Zoom // Sessions are recorded for registrants only to view to alleviate any scheduling or tech issues
  • Free! There’s no cost to be a part of the High School Writing Retreat thanks to our supporters: Cloudsplitter Foundation, Charles R. Wood Foundation, Saranac Lake Public School Education Fund

Online display | 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.

online writing class | Nitty Gritty 2: More craft Basics 🧶

This course for fiction writers expands on our first Nitty Gritty class and explores some deeper elements of craft. (New participants welcome! No need to have taken the first class.) Each week we will look at a different decision point writers face with every project, such as background research and questions about form and narration.

Designed to be flexible and accessible: self paced, with short(ish) readings and generative prompts, and plenty of room to make the assignments fit your needs. This class works best for those with an existing work in progress, but you can be at any stage in that process—even the earliest pre-draft. Nonfiction writers also welcome.

  • Monday, May 10-Sunday, June 13, 2021
  • Pay What You Can $50-200
  • This class is asynchronous and does not have required meeting times for participation.

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

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.

  • Friday, June 25 4:00pm-Sunday, June 27, 2021 10:00am ET
  • Great Camp Sagamore in Raquette Lake, NY
  • Costs varies depending on accommodation choices

WATCh | virtual american portraits

On March 25th, 2021 Mountain Lake PBS held a virtual event highlighting changemakers throughout the North Country as a part of the American Portrait! ACW was invited and participated as a local changemaker. Learn more about the American Portrait project.

WATCh | Virtual Howl story slam live 🎤

LIVE from closets and couches, the Virtual Howl Story Slam took place on March 19, 2021 and featured nineight storytellers from across the North Country who told tales on the theme “March Madness.”

The winner of the night was Aaron Todd with a tale of the madness of the birth of two new kiddos.

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.

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 story slam live 🎤

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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