The Adirondack Center for Writing has hosted classes, workshops, readings, and other events for all ages since our founding.
Check our events calendar for upcoming classes, readings, and workshops.
In addition to one-off events, classes, and workshops, we also host a variety of ongoing series:
Author Advice – See upcoming
How does a manuscript become a physical book? What’s it like working with an agent? Should you self-publish, go indie, submit to contests, or send hundreds of copies to publishing houses all over the country and hope for the best? (Pro tip: don’t do the latter!) Author Advice is a monthly, informal talk with an author (Q&A included!) about their personal paths to publication. They’ll break down why they did what they did to make their book a reality, and what they learned from the process.
BarkReaders: Open Mic + Featured Reading – See upcoming
Where can you discover new North Country writers and also share some work of your own? BarkReaders takes place every other month here at ACW in Saranac Lake, NY. Each reading will include an open mic and feature a North Country author presenting a recent book publication.
We’re bringing words and people together to foster writing community here in Saranac Lake and promote the work of writers from in and around the Adirondack park. Join us at 7 PM on the second Wednesday of January, March, May, July, September, and November.
Friday Night Writes – See upcoming
We know how it goes. The week gets busy, so your writing time gets pushed to the weekend. Then, the weekend gets away from you—and suddenly it’s Monday again.
That’s why we’re kicking off each first Friday with a happy hour of writing here at ACW from 3 – 6:30. Friday Night Writes is your space to decompress, connect, and write with a community of other creatives in a warm, inviting environment. Sleep in an extra hour on Saturday because you got your writing done the night before.
Use this monthly, drop-in writing session the way that suits you:
- Write pages on that project you’ve been chipping away at
- Use our writing prompts and the month’s theme to jumpstart a new piece
- Find resources and discover publishing opportunities
- Meet a friend here to exchange feedback
- Connect with other local creatives and grow your community
These events will be casual yet productive. We’ll provide prompts, and other helpful materials. Best of all, it’s free (donations appreciated)! So, even if you’re brand new to writing or not sure whether to call yourself a “writer”, you too belong here at Friday Night Writes.
Are you a writer interested in working with ACW? Please contact us!
The Adirondack Center for Writing has offered a long list of online writing classes with an amazing group of teachers, including the following:
- Remembering, Reflecting, and Plotting with Nicole Helget
- Research in Creative Nonfiction with Aram Mrjoian
- From Flat to all That: Bringing Dimension to Your Story & Characters with Chris Tebbetts
- Hitting a New Note: Musical Forms for Poetry Writing with Alina Stefanescu
- Your Universe: Worldbuilding for Fiction Writing with DeMisty D. Bellinger
- Writing a Powerful College Essay with Emily Weitzman
- Crafting Flash Fiction with Tyler Barton
- Writing Young Adult Fiction with Chris Tebbetts
- The Personal Essay with Annie Stoltie
- Memoir Writing with Mary Sanders Shartle
- Limbs & Language: Writing Poetry with Mahogany L. Browne
- The Unconventional Memoir with Jessica Hendry Nelson
- Fiction Bootcamp with Gary Lee Miller
- Lightning in a Bottle: Writing the Nature Flash with Julia Shipley
- Make It Sing: Writing Poetry Out of the Everyday with José Olivarez
- Essays from Personal Experience with Carrie Laben
- The Promise of a Good Story: Writing Middle Grade and Young Adult Novels with Chris Tebbetts
- Essay Associated: Experiments in Creative Nonfiction with Jessica Hendry Nelson
- Shazam: The Superpower of Shortform (Sequel to Lightning in a Bottle: Reading and Writing the Nature Flash) with Julia Shipley
- (re)Making Memory: Writing Poetry with Desiree C. Bailey
- Seeding Your Sequoias: Writing Tiny but Mighty Prose with Julia Shipley
- Building Your Story: Constructing Effective Scenes with Leah Hampton
- To Stock and Barter Joy: A Poetry Workshop with Arhm Choi Wild
- Nitty Gritty: The Craft Basics of Prose with Leah Hampton
- Finding Your Place with Annie Stoltie
- To Put It Lightly: Writing Poetry with Adam Falkner
- Nitty Gritty 2: More Craft Basics with Leah Hampton
- Writing for Self Discovery with Kim MacQueen