Writers in the Mountains workshops will feature topics with varied themes

Roxbury —Three new writing workshops, sponsored by Writers in the Mountains, are scheduled in the upcoming months. Those interested in registering for classes may do so on line at writersinthemountains.org or by calling 607 326-4802.

Barry Seiler will conduct, “The Short Lyric Poem,” on six consecutive Saturdays from August 14 to September 18 from 10 a.m. to noon at The Roxbury Library Association. This workshop will explore how writers approach some of the broad subject areas found in lyric poetry: the personal poem, the public poem, poems about places, poems about things, poems about popular culture. Barry Seiler is the author of four volumes of poetry. His most recent book, Frozen Falls, published in 2001 by the University of Akron Press, was a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize. He has received three grants from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, including being named Distinguished Artist in Poetry. He has also received a grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Until recently he taught in the English Department of Rutgers University, Newark. The class fee is $25.

Ellen Stewart will facilitate “Parent and Child” an informal workshop that examines a relationship common to all. Writings can be in any genre, from essay to poetry. The class will meet Mondays from 10 a.m. to noon, Sept. 13 to Oct. 18 at the Fairview Library, Margaretville. Tuition is $65. Ellen Stewart is a graduate of Goddard College’s Psychology and Counseling program. She is a licensed, board certified art therapist, and a certified school counselor. She is the author of two nonfiction books: Kaleido-scope and Superheroes Unmasked.

On October 16 and 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. WIM is offering a very special intensive workshop, “What’s Truth Got To Do With It? Creative Non-Fiction” led by Bethany Lyttle
Writers, prepare to stretch and debate! This class, will read, discuss, write and revise literary nonfiction with attention to both the genre’s potential and its limitations. In the course of two intensive sessions, the class will explore: what, if any, responsibility does the writer have to readers? Do conventional narrative devices promote or distort truth in storytelling? What matters more: facts or their presentation? Do the ends of creative nonfiction always justify its means?
Writers are encouraged to use the class to begin or refine a short work of creative non-fiction. Tuition is $25. Registrants will be given the Roxbury address where the workshop will take place. Bethany Lyttle holds an MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts.