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High School Writing Retreat (Fall 2022)

October 27, 2022 @ 9:00 am October 28, 2022 @ 3:00 pm

Paul Smiths College

7777 NY-30
Paul Smiths, New York 12970 United States
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Three incredible poets, two unforgettable days at Paul Smith’s College, and hundreds of inspired students

  • Thursday – Friday, October 27 & 28, 9 AM to 3 PM each day
  • In-person at Paul Smith’s College (7777 NY-30, Paul Smiths, NY 12970)
  • FREE (Students must bring their own lunch)


On October 27 – 28 (Thursday + Friday), the Adirondack Center for Writing will present the 18th annual High School Writing Retreat at Paul Smith’s College. Students will enjoy poetry performances and learn to supercharge their writing with workshop leaders and poetry rockstars Felicia Cade, Karl Michael Iglesias, and Jon Sands.

Register for two days of writing workshops, epic performances, meeting new friends and fellow writers, and a meet & greet with poets. A perfect opportunity to include on college applications. Open to any high school students and classes, including homeschool students. No experience necessary, and no fee to attend.

Since 2005, the Adirondack Center for Writing has hosted its annual High School Writing Retreat, and each year brings in more talented local teen writers. Thanks to Stewarts Shops, Cloudsplitter Foundation, Charles R Wood Foundation, and the Saranac Lake Public School Education Fund for supporting the 2022 High School Writing Retreat!

About our instructors:

Jon Sands is a winner of the 2018 National Poetry Series, selected for his second book, It’s Not Magic (Beacon Press, 2019). He is the facilitator of the Emotional Historians workshop, a series of generative writing workshops that you can find out more about on Instagram at @iAmJonSands. His work has been featured in the New York Times, as well as anthologized in The Best American Poetry. He teaches at Brooklyn College, Urban Word NYC, and for over a decade has facilitated a weekly writing workshop for adults at Baily House, an HIV/AIDS service center in East Harlem. He tours extensively as a poet, but lives in Brooklyn.

Karl Michael Iglesias a Puerto Rican actor, director, and author originally from Milwaukee, WI. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin and First Wave Hip Hop Theater Ensemble, he continues his exploration of verse and heightened language in theater. His poetry can be read on Acentos Review, Florida Review, RHINO Poetry, Brooklyn Review, Kweli Journal, Madison Review and BreakBeat Poets Vol4 : Latinext (2020). Karl is the author of Catch a Glow, available now on Finishing Line Press

Felicia Cade is an International Poet, Author, and Activist. Named one of LA County’s most prominent Poets and a millennial voice to be reckoned with. Felicia’s work raises humanity to a new and inclusive space of thought, Unity, and Love. She has a powerful yet graceful stage presence that captivates her audience along with a unique and immersive style. Along with teaching and performing poetry internationally throughout Europe and Africa, She is the first Poet Laureate for BWW. Felicia has two published books “Collected Pieces & Shed Skin” and “Hallway Confessions”, and is currently working on her third book which is set to gain major publication next fall.