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

EVENT | Writing with play & Persistence series ⛲️ with chris tebbetts

Designed for any novice and experienced writer to participate from home. Renowned author and educator Chris Tebbetts will lead these virtual, one-of-a-kind events presented by Adirondack Center for Writing.

Perfect for: emerging and established writers seeking tools for productivity and creativity. 

  • Playing with Story Ideas: A Hands-On Workshop on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 7:00pm. Cost: Sliding scale $5-20
  • Persistence and Optimism in Pursuit of the Ideal: Discussion and Q&A on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 7:00pm. Cost: Sliding scale $5-20

EVENT | Anne LaBastille Women’s Writing Weekend 🏕

Friday, June 25, 2021 4:00pm – Sunday, June 27, 2020 10:00am

Great Camp Sagamore in Raquette Lake, NY

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.

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

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.

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.

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