Applications Open: 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.


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?


PoemVillage. Celebrate spring & explore Saranac Lake like you never have before–with an explosion of poetry! Wander through town surrounded by poems from friends and neighbors.

  • April 26th – May 12th @ Downtown Saranac Lake

Digging Into Poetry: A Workshop for New Work. Through creative play with words, books, and our imaginations, participants will generate first drafts of new works. All levels of experience encouraged to attend. Led by poet and educator Marilyn McCabe. $25 members, $35 non-members. Sign up by April 25. Bring writing instrument and paper to workshop.


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, April 29th @ 7pm
  • Monday, May 27th @ 7pm

20th Anniversary Gala. Celebrate 20 years in style on Kentucky Derby day with delicious food, craft cocktails, big hats and betting games. Join us in honoring this group of visionaries who laid the path for the ACW legacy. $120 ticket. Please purchase your tickets by April 25. Discounted room rates available. More info here.


Adirondack Writers Conference. Talks by literary editors, agents, and self-publishing experts. Presentations on Query Letters, The World of Publishing, Finding an Agent, and more. Panels discussions with regional literary presses and magazines. Keynote speaker: Joseph Bruchac. Perfect for every writer looking for new tips and readership. Registration $105, ACW Member Registration $85.

One-on-one manuscript critiques with with literary editors. $30. First pages due May 20.

  • Saturday, June 8th 9am-6pm @ VIEW Arts Center in Old Forge
  • Registration open soon. Register online or by phone by June 1
  • First pages for one-on-one manuscript critiques due 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 & drinks provided. 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


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