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.

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You want to take action. Here’s five ways you can help, right now. 

#1. Give now. 
To keep providing our amazing programs and events, to keep our incredible staff, to keep creating communities of writers, readers, listeners, and storytellers across the region, we need your financial support.

Give Now

#2. Attend an upcoming event.  
Did you know that 82% of our events and programs are totally and completely free? Did you know we’re hosting an event in 16 different locations in the next 8 months? With so many options and with no dent in your bank account, why not join us at some of our upcoming events?

Whew! We’re always serving the needs of our people. See #1 to keep this list of upcoming events long and diverse.

Upcoming Events

#3. Join our group of volunteers. 
Want to lend a hand? Like chatting with your community members? Events like PoemVillage take a lot of time, organization, and are powered by our volunteers. Sign up to be on our list of trusted friends all over the region.

Sign up to be a volunteer

#4. Say hey!  
We want your feedback about what events and programs you loved attending, and what you’d like to see from ACW in the future.

Give us some quick feedback

#5. Spread the love.
We love making new friends. Invite your family and friends to get to know us and be a part of our incredible community.

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