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.

Winter Classes: Session 2

[Currently in session]

Make It Sing: Writing Poetry Out of the Everyday

Course Description: How do we find inspiration in our lives? How do we slow our lives down enough to criticize, to sing, to praise the routines we engage in most frequently. How do we turn a microscope to those aspects of our lives we breeze through? In this five week generative course, we will study and work together to learn how to comb through the thick matter of our lives to make poems. We will work to write poems that sing of the messiness of daily life. We will invite all of our life into the poems to see what kind of concert we can make. This course is open to writers of all ages and levels of expertise. New writers are welcome!

About the teacher: José Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants, the co-author of the book of poems Home Court, and the co-host of the poetry podcast, The Poetry Gods. He is a graduate of Harvard University and Program Director at Urban Word NYC. A winner of a 2016 Poets House Emerging Poet Fellowship and a 2015 Bronx Recognizes Its Own award from the Bronx Council on the Arts, his work has been published in The BreakBeat Poets, Vinyl Poetry and Prose, The Chicago Tribune, & Brooklyn Magazine, among other places. He is from Calumet City, IL, and lives in the Bronx. Follow him on social media at @jayohessee.


Essays from Personal Experience

Course Description: A writer’s personal experience is one of his or her most valuable resources, but creating a compelling essay is more than just writing down what happened. In this course we’ll look at how to choose anecdotes from your own life and craft them into essays with broad appeal. We’ll examine a variety of genres including the straight personal essay, lyric essay, and blends of personal writing with reporting or research. We’ll also tackle the often-thorny problem of how to manage voice and tone when your material is an emotional event that affected you deeply.

About the teacher: Carrie Laben grew up in western New York and earned her MFA at the University of Montana. She now lives in Queens. She blogs at 10,000 Birds, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in such venues as Birding, The Dark, Indiana Review, Okey-Panky, and the anthology Mixed Up! In 2015 she was selected for the Anne LaBastille Memorial Writer’s Residency.

Registration & Payment

To register for an ACW online writing class, click here or register below.

Cost per five week course is $120 for ACW members and $160 for non-members. Payable by credit card or check sent to Adirondack Center for Writing, P.O. Box 956, Saranac Lake, New York 12983.


 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