What is the Adirondack Center for Writing (ACW)? 

ACW is a not-for-profit literary organization, and we spend our time cultivating the art of writing and the joy of reading. Our organization’s goal is to celebrate the power of language to invite discovery, to create an understanding of people and Adirondack sense of place, and to build a community.

What does ACW do?

To support the art of writing of all ages, we host writing workshops, high school writing retreats, publishing conferences, and a two-week writing residency. To honor the joy of reading we hold major and regional author readings and discussions. We team up with businesses, writing and reading groups, and regional nonprofits to create innovative events that enrich the entire community. We’re proud of these partnerships: Poem Village Saranac Lake, The Howl Story SLAMs, Library Reading Series, and the Prison Writing Program.

What doesn’t ACW do?

ACW does not aid the career of individual writers, we are not editors, publicists, or book sellers. We are interested in supporting the craft of writing, and are happy to act as a resource for writers, groups, and organizations.

What are the ways in which you can give to the Adirondack Center for Writing?

  • Become a Member
  • Donate
  • Volunteer


→ You want to become a member! ACW members are writers, readers, and community members who take the opportunity to support the craft of writing and joy of reading. With a $30 membership, you can enjoy the following benefits: 1. Discounts on ACW workshops and conferences 2. Invitation to special events 3. Free listing of member’s literary news on our website and social media sites.


→ You want to donate! We’ve been too small for too long. When you donate beyond the $30 membership, Adirondack Center for Writing can continue to grow. With a larger budget from your donations, you are enabling ACW to build better programs, more events, and expand our reach into the mountains and valleys of the region. Programs and events like these: Major Author Readings, Pop Up Poetry events, Young Writers’ Festival.

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→ Yay, you want to volunteer! We’d love your help. Contact info@adirondackcenterforwriting.org and sign up as a volunteer for our events and programs. There’s only one thing you need to know: ACW always has the most fun!