Applications Open Now. Anne LaBastille Memorial Writers Residency. Indoor and outdoor writing spaces, family-style meals, and fireside discussions at a lakeside lodge in the Adirondacks.

Six writers are selected to take part in this intimate community of writers, three spots are reserved for regional authors, and the other three are open to writers from all over the world. Quality of written submissions will be our primary consideration when accepting applications.


Beat & Verse Monthly Open Mic. An open mic for the writing crowd. Got poems? Stories? Songs? We want it all! Rotating local hosts will read your work if you’re not ready yet. $5 suggested donation. Last Monday of every month. Meet over tea and snacks at Bliss & Vinegar in Lake Placid.

  • Monday, May 27th @ 7pm

Adirondack Writers Conference. The publishing world changes all the time, stay ahead of the game. Talks with literary agents and editors, and panel discussions with experts. Make important connections with local literary presses, magazines, libraries, bookstores. Personalized manuscript critiques with legendary agents and editors, all of whom are on the hunt for the next great book. Perfect for every writer looking for new tips and readership. Keynote speaker: Joseph Bruchac. Perfect for every writer looking for new tips and readership.

Registration $105, ACW Member Registration $85.

15 minute one-on-one manuscript critiques with with literary editors. $30. First pages due via email May 20.

The Local’s Book Fair. Books & cocktails. Connect with conference presenters, local writers, and local readers. Attendees will vote for People’s Choice Award of their favorite regional book. Appetizers provided, cash bar. Free & open to public. $10 to showcase your recently published books, free for ACW members to showcase. Save your spot now, contact us via email.

Saturday, June 8th 6-7:30pm @ VIEW Arts Center in Old Forge


Howl Story Slam. An open mic storytelling competition, open to anyone with a five-minute story to share on the new theme, In Transit. Presented by North Country Public Radio and the Adirondack Center for Writing. $5 suggested donation. Want to see the full schedule?


Examining Social Class in the Adirondacks. We’ll explore our personal, interpersonal, and professional experiences in social class through performance & workshops led by Dialogue Arts Project.

In our efforts to make the Adirondacks more welcoming to people from all backgrounds, we need to look at our own biases and problems. Social class is the Adirondack experience. Have you ever felt that you are part of an “us” or “them” in your own community? This program will create space for productive and meaningful conversations around this important issue. Free and open to public. Registration required.

This Adirondack Center for Writing event is sponsored by Humanities New York, National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy, and New York State Council on the Arts.


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. This weekend is dedicated to the memory of Anne LaBastille. Registration includes 2 nights lodging, all meals, workshop sessions and supplies.

Friday-Sunday, June 28th-30th @ Great Camp Sagamore in Raquette Lake