Upcoming Classes

CURRENTLY IN SESSION. February 4th – March 10th

Seeding Your Sequoias: Writing Tiny but Mighty Prose with Julia Shipley

In this five-week course, we’ll study examples by brief-prose practitioners—paying attention to how structure, imagery, rhythm, voice and narrative energy combine to create exciting work. Using “real world” assignments, (drawing on submission guidelines from venues that showcase short writing, including nature flashes) our class can serve as an opportunity to take material that may be stashed away in your mind/journal and develop it. Entirely online, at your own pace.

About the teacher. Julia Shipley is a poet, author and journalist based in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. Her work has been featured in Vermont Life, Orion Magazine, and Yankee Magazine, where she’s a contributing editor. She writes the tiny but mighty calendar essays for The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Her website is http://www.writingonthefarm.com.


Registration & Payment

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

Cost per five week course is $150 for ACW members and $200 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: $150
  • Non-Member: $200

About the online writing classes.

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

(re)Making Memory: Writing Poetry with Desiree C. Bailey

Seeding Your Sequoias: Writing Tiny but Mighty Prose with Julia Shipley