Upcoming Classes

July 23-August 27, 2018

Deadline to register: July 20

(re)Making Memory: Writing Poetry
About this course. The work of writing is the work of memory: excavating the hidden moments of our past, while envisioning new ones for the future. In this workshop we will use our relationship to memory to write poems that map where we have been, and perhaps where we would like to be. We will recall happenings, both slippery and concrete, to create vibrant and sensory compositions. Using poems, visual art and music as guides, we will ask ourselves: How will I remember this moment of myself? Of my nation(s) and the world around me? How can the journey through memory transform my present and future? How can memory and poetry reenergize me into being my most dynamic, inspired self? Poets of all levels are welcomed!

DesireeCBaileyHeadshotflowersDesiree C. Bailey is a poet, writer and educator from Trinidad and Tobago, and Queens, New York. She is the author of the fiction chapbook In Dirt or Saltwater (O’Clock Press, 2016). Her poetry and fiction has been published in Best American Poetry, Callaloo, The Rumpus and Washington Square Review, among other publications. Desiree has an MFA from Brown University, and has received fellowships from the New York State Council on the Arts/New York Foundation for the Arts, Poets House, The Norman Mailer Center, Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Kimbilio Fiction and Princeton in Africa. She currently teaches in New York and is the poetry editor at ANMLY. You can find her online at desireecbailey.com.

From the Roots: Writing Place-Based Creative Nonfiction
About the class. We will draw on cinema, music, road-trips–yes, you’ll be assigned to leave your home–and memory recollections to inspire or polish the pieces you’re editing or have yet to pen/type. If you feel like you have stories –imploding– that should have an audience, sign up for this five-week, online (not-graded!), feedback provided, of course.

image23Summer Dorr, MFA Creative Writing, MA English, is a full-time Humanities Instructor at North Country Community College, filmmaker (narrative, documentary), photographer (journalism, travel, portraiture), who lately dabbles in mixed-media art, theatre acting, and novel writing (working title: Make Pretend Life). She’s pleased to teach a course that draws on the tangible, never-been-to, and recalled place(s). “We’ve lived storied lives,” she said. “Nomadic in mind, or with body, we have location-based profundity to put to the page.”

Registration & Payment

To register for an ACW online writing class, use this form.

Deadline to register: July 20

Cost per five week course is $130 for ACW members and $180 for Non-members. Payable by credit card or check sent to Adirondack Center for Writing, P.O. Box 956, Saranac Lake, New York 12983. Want to become a member and get the benefits? Join the family now!

  • ACW Member: $130
  • Non-Member: $180

Now is the time to kickstart your writing!

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. An interactive workshop is at 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. 

“Received some of the best feedback that I’ve ever had on my manuscript. Chris Tebbetts is knowledgeable, inspirational and intuitive.”

“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.”

“This was a great course for working people who think they’re too busy to write. There’s nothing like an achievable deadline to get some writing done. The readings and lectures made the class feel very complete and comprehensive with clear lessons and objectives. The assignments with writing prompts were just enough without being overwhelming.”

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