Upcoming Classes

To Stock and Barter Joy: A Poetry Workshop with Arhm Choi Wild

  • Starts Monday, April 13, 2020 in Google Classroom
  • Early Bird Rate: $150 (ends April 5, 2020)
  • Registration: $200

Perfect for: new poets, experienced poets looking to build personal manifesto into their poetry

Class description. Audre Lorde says that “When I dare to be powerful—to use my strength in the service of my vision—then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” In this unprecedented time when there is more and more to be anxious about, what are the poems that strengthen us and our communities? How can we stock up on joy in order to have fuel enough to contribute? What have other poets bartered in order to make more space for joy, even if that joy is all future tense and nothing promised?

The writing prompts in this course will parse and delve into these questions as we read the work of survivors, of those who have bartered comfort for honesty, obligation for self-preservation, safety for the possibility of love. Thereading list will include Ocean Vuong, Rachel McKibbons, Mary Jean Chan, Jeanann Verlee, and other such brave and powerful poets.

About the teacher. Arhm Choi Wild is a Kundiman fellow from Ann Arbor, Michigan, who holds a MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. Arhm was a finalist for the Jake Adam York Prize in 2019 and will have a poetry collection published by Write Bloody in 2020. Their work has been published in the anthology Daring to Repair by Wising Up Press and in the magazines Barrow Street, The Massachusetts Review, Split this Rock, Foglifter, Lantern Review, F(r)iction, and others. They have worked as a teacher in New York City for the last six years, and have competed in poetry slams and performed across the country, including at Brave New Voices,  the New York City Poetry Festival, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and the Bowery Poetry Club.

Registration & Payment

  • Early Bird Registration: $150 ends April 5, 2020
  • Registration: $200

Register for a class now. Prefer cash or check? Select deferred payment in the registration form and send cash or check made out to Adirondack Center for Writing, P.O. Box 956, Saranac Lake, New York 12983. Want to give now and get the benefits? Join the family!

Did you know? You can give a class to a loved one! Simply enter your payment info and select “gift option.”


Each season welcomes a new batch of talented teachers and developing writers from all over the world. The Adirondack Center for Writing’s online classes are easy for you to participate in from your own computer. All you need to participate is a web browser — there’s no technical software involved, so you can work whenever is convenient for you.

Interactive readings, resources, and assignments are the heart of each class. Every student will receive personal feedback from the instructor on their weekly assignments. We welcome any level of writer to join the online writing classes, and offer courses for a variety of genres. Visit the FAQ page for more info about the online writing classes.

Student Testimonials

“Before this class, I had a “loose almost lost” assortment of fiction stories and because of Leah, I pulled the old ones together, re-worked them and wrote a few more.”

“I was a teacher for thirty years, and I can tell you that Julia Shipley knows her stuff and is willing to share her knowledge. She works to better student writing. She’s efficient, friendly and enthusiastic.”

“I have taken 8 online courses from One Story, Grub Street, and Gotham City. Julia Shipley’s preparation and presentation were the most thorough of all.”

“The class was the perfect amount of challenge, stimulation and fun.”

“I loved this course. It forced me to work at my edge. Jessica Hendry Nelson gave detailed feedback. I took risks and learned a lot.”

Previously Offered Courses

The Adirondack Center for Writing has offered a series of online writing workshops with an amazing group of teachers, including the following:

  • 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

You might be at home, but you are not alone.

What remains during these tense times is ACW’s commitment to building spaces for healing together. Through weekly writing prompts and posted responses, new online classes, and the online display of PoemVillage, ACW is continuing to bring together community members like you during isolation and uncertainty.

Keeping ACW strong in these tense times now rests on the shoulders of faithful supporters like you. So, you are invited to give a gift of any amount. The recommended gift is just $5 a month. All gifts are significant in keeping ACW alive and well, so when this is all over ACW will be ready to re-launch the important programming you count on.