Every voice deserves to be heard and heralded, especially the voices that have faced violence, prejudice, 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

Visit: Raining Poetry!

A project created by Adirondack Center for Writing, presented in partnership with the Village of Saranac Lake and theArts & 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. 

Online Exhibit: Responding II – 2020

Visit the online exhibit jointly hosted by the Adirondack Center for Writing and the Adirondack Artists Guild

  • Exhibit is viewable from September 4 – 29, 2020

Artists and writers were invited to respond to the social, political, environmental and pandemic issues of 2020. Visit the visual arts component of the online exhibit Responding II – 2020 here.

Read more about the exhibit from the Press Republican, Lake Champlain Weekly, and Adirondack Daily Enterprise.

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 🎨 REsponding II – 2020 online exhibit opens

Read & Listen 🤓 BOOKmobile hits the road

Read ☔︎ Raining Poetry Project hits the streets

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.