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


The Author’s Table @ Saranac Lake Art Walks. The galleries are open, there’s music in the street, there are books to explore. Come meet your new favorite book and local authors under the tree at ACW offices in downtown Saranac Lake. Sign up for the Author’s Table today!

  • June 20th, July 18th, August 15th, September 19th 5-7:30pm

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.

  • Friday, June 21st, 1-5pm @ Flammer Theatre, Wild Center

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.


ACW Bookmobile. The newest, cutest pop-up bookstore is here and coming to a town near you this summer! Sign up to stock your books in the ACW Bookmobile. ACW is bringing the books to the people at pop-up events throughout the region. The goal is to expose small towns that don’t have their own bookstores books from local and national authors. 


Beat & Verse Monthly Open Mic. An open mic for the writing crowd. Got writing? Stories? Songs? Poems? We want it all! $5 suggested donation. Last Wednesday of every month. Meet over tea and snacks at Bliss & Vinegar in Lake Placid.

  • Wednesday, June 26th at 7pm

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.


Creating Full Characters with AC Gaughen. Online Writing Class. Characters are the unforgettable heart of a story.  From the protagonists that leap off the page, the supporting cast that steal the show, and the antagonists who cause your main character to question everything, complexity makes characters memorable. 

This five week course will break down what it means to be a full and interesting personality, how you can help characters leap off the page without over-explaining, and compare and contrast fascinating literary figures. Registration $200, ACW Members $150. Sign up by July 15