Master your imagination.

A workshop for every writer ready to let Maaza Mengiste inspire, support, and challenge them. [Reserve] your space today.

  • September 15-17, 2017
  • Led by Maaza Mengiste at the Great Camp Sagamore


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“What is profound about fiction is that it creates a place where we can imagine the possible futures of these kinds of movements. Those are the kinds of questions we have to ask as writers.” —Maaza Mengiste

Maaza Mengiste is a novelist and essayist whose work examines the individual lives at stake during migration, war, and exile. A Pushcart Prize nominee who was also named a “New Literary Idol” by New York magazine, she was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, was selected by The Guardian as one of the 10 Best Contemporary African Books. It was also named one of the Best Books of 2010 by the Christian Science Monitor, the Boston Globe, and other publications. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The New YorkerGrantaThe GuardianThe New York Times, BBC Radio, and Lettre International, among other places. She was the 2013 Puterbaugh Fellow and a runner-up for the 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Mengiste was also a writer on the documentary film Girl Rising, part of a global action campaign for girls’ education and empowerment. Her highly anticipated second novel, The Shadow Kingis forthcoming.


This program is for writers of fiction at any stage in their writing who would like to bring their project to the next level. It is a craft workshop focusing on revision and, through prompts, helping students to move forward with their work. Hopefully by the end of the weekend, writers will see their projects coming together more fully.

Students will arrive on Friday evening. On Saturday morning, Maaza Mengiste will lead a two hour workshop. There will be small group sessions in the afternoon with Maaza, followed by an evening of student readings, open mic style. Sunday morning students will enjoy another two hour workshop with Maaza before the workshop concludes.


Space is limited. Fee includes room and board at Great Camp Sagamore. Shared rooms and bath will be in the gorgeous Wigwam House. Registration closes September 11, 2017.

  • [Reserve your space] with $100 deposit
  • Early bird rate: $395 (before August 7)
  • Member rate: $440 (after August 7)
  • Non member rate: $470 (after August 7)


This writing workshop is established by the Anne LaBastille Memorial Fund, and has been presented by Adirondack Center for Writing in partnership with the Great Camp Sagamore. 

The Adirondack Center for Writing cultivates the art of writing and the joy of reading; we celebrate the power of language to invite discovery, to create an understanding of people and Adirondack sense of place, and to build a community. We are supported by the New York State Council on the Arts.

Great Camp Sagamore is a National Historic Landmark located in the heart of the Adirondacks at Raquette Lake, NY designed by pioneering builder William West Durant. Situated amongst thousands of acres of forest preserve land, Sagamore is the former wilderness retreat of the Vanderbilt family now preserved for use as an educational center hosting classes, workshops and family events.