ACW Updates 📣

We are very excited to announce that we are hiring! ACW is seeking a full-time Communications Manager. View the job description and how to apply here or download a pdf. Applicants must apply before August 16, 2021.

As the safety guidelines evolve, ACW is excited to be adding in-person events to our digital offerings this summer. Thanks to your continued support, the ACW community remains strong. Continue to stay connected via email and at events for more opportunities to create, learn and share laughs together.  — Adirondack Center for Writing Staff & Board

event | howl story slam 🎙

True stories, told locally

Storytellers and enthusiasts, join for the the Howl Story Slam live and in-person! One by one, storytellers take the stage and tell us their best true story in five minutes on the night’s theme. All stories have to be true and come from personal experience without using any notes. Do you need to be a professional storyteller? Heck no, just tell it from the heart.

visit | art exhibit by incarcerated artists at john brown farm 🖼

The Adirondack Center for Writing and Federal Correctional Institute Ray Brook are proud to present an exhibit of pieces created by incarcerated artists. This 25-piece exhibit features paintings and some pottery, all inspired by classic Adirondack landscapes and figures. The exhibit is free and open to the public through August 31, 2021. Visitors are expected to follow all current safety guidelines. 

watch | poetry resigns in the north country each spring 🍊

PoemVillage has wrapped up and all the poems have gone into hibernation for the year. But, you can watch this video featuring the magic of PoemVillage from Mountain Lake PBS.

Thanks to this year’s incredible sponsors: Adirondack Health,, Geomatics Land Surveying, International Paper, Play ADK, Spencer Boatworks, and Tell Media

watch | Wild ideas presented by Acw + Adirondack explorer 🌄

Hear about the wild ideas that became “A Wild Idea: How the Environmental Movement Tamed the Adirondacks” by Brad Edmondson. Adirondack Explorer Editor Brandon Loomis interviewed Edmondson about his 19-year project interviewing the people who fought for and against the Adirondack Park Agency Act.

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.

Featured Video 🎥 ADam falkner for acw