Above all else, ACW values the power of words and stories, and the community of folks who made and enjoy stories. This #adkwrites section features the writing news of the ACW community, blogs from local writers, writer resources, and the Adirondack Literary Map that provides a map of writing and reading groups, writing retreats, residencies and more. This section is for you, by you. Let ACW know about your writing news, blog, or writing and reading groups at info@adirondackcenterforwriting.org.


📍Paul Castellani’s new novel, The Prodigal’s Brother (Donwood Books, 2021), was reviewed by Albany Times-Union. “Like Castellani’s other books, readers will enjoy the local settings, and the way he brings alive his characters and allows readers to care about them.  He has a true gift for writing powerful dialogue.”

📍  A Prison in the Woods: Environment and Incarceration in New York’s North Country by Clarence Hall traces the long history of incarceration in the Adirondacks. Published by University of Massachusetts Press, copies are available here.

📍 Written during the Pandemic of 2020 LAMENT FOR US ALL is Carlos Reyes‘ 13th full-length collection. Available for purchase at the author’s website here.

📍Herb Terns has a new Adirondack novel, Iron Sharpens Iron, available for purchase here.

📍Eric Mondschein has published a new short story, Dinner at Grandma’s published by Something or Other Publishing LLC, in their short story anthology 25 Servings of SOOP: literary Journeys into Life, Meaning and Love.

📍Jessica Kane has published Anchors in the Storm, a new picture book written as a comforting tool to help parents be with their children and connect during moments of despair. The book is available digitally www.jessicalaurelkane.com.

📍Alice Gilborn has released a new of poetry, “Apples & Stones” (Kelsay Books), which features poems set in Colorado, the Adirondacks, and Vermont. The book is available from Kelsay Books, the Northshire Bookstore, and Amazon.

📍Stanley A. Ransom, Jr. has published Outskirts Press, Inc. has published America’s First Black Poet; Jupiter Hammon of Long Island (Outskirts Press, Inc.). Kirkus Reviews states: “an essential volume for all libraries interested in Black, and American poetry.” Paperback and Kindle e-book editions are available on Amazon.com.

📍Ronald Berger has just published The Gorge, a thriller based on his experience asa whitewater raft guide on the Hudson River during the 1990s. Paperback and Kindle e-book editions are available on Amazon.com.

📍Christopher Shaw has published a new book The Power Line, and can be ordered at his website.

📍Howard Kirschenbaum has just published a new book, Coming of Age in the Baby Boom: A Memoir of Personal Development, Social Action, Education Reform and Adirondack Preservation. Paperback and Kindle e-book editions are available on Amazon.com.

📍Brian Heinz‘s newest book, a thriller novel for ‘tweens and teens,’ Peabody Pond, has been published and released by 4RV Publishing.

📍Betsy Folwell has released an extended version of Short Carries as an audiobook for the first time. These essays are about wildlife and wilderness, regional history and small-town life, with keen observations and a touch of humor.

New! Virtual Writers Group

A meeting of writers will be meeting over Zoom on Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 7:00pm for their first meeting. Open to anyone in the North Country region, just use the info below to join in! ACW Executive Director, Nathalie Thill, will be helping to facilitate the initial meeting. Join Zoom Meetinghttps://zoom.us/j/4484210953 Meeting ID: 448 421 0953Dial … Continue reading New! Virtual Writers Group

Local bookstore owners establish new Adirondack book wholesale and distribution business

LAKE PLACID—The announcement in late October that North Country Books would close at the end of January 2021 sent dismay through the ranks of authors, publishers, and retail accounts who’d come to depend on the Utica-based company to distribute books and related products with an Adirondack focus. The company, founded in 1965, had been a … Continue reading Local bookstore owners establish new Adirondack book wholesale and distribution business

ARTS4VETS Group & Meetings

A group of veterans interested in using the arts to heal. This group of veterans who get together at Zaloga, Post 4, Everett Road, Albany, NY and on Zoom/Hybrid every Friday mornings 8:00-10:00am for writing and 10:00am-12:00pm for the other arts. They have craft kits from HHV.org; work on drama pieces, do creative writing – given prompts, some … Continue reading ARTS4VETS Group & Meetings

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.

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