Writers in the Mountains Announces “Writing out Loud” and “Random Context – Fall Literary Salon”

Writers in the Mountains

October 6 – November 10, 2018 at Phoenicia Public Library, Phoenicia, NY

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) announces Writing Out Loud with Robert Burke Warren, a six-week-long workshop running from October 6 to November 10, 2018. The class will be held Saturdays from11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Phoenicia Public Library.

You’re a storyteller on paper, but you want to enliven your words for an audience; you want to stand before a rapt crowd, and hold them spellbound with your delivery. You want to captivate them, draw them into your work. Robert Burke Warren’s Writing Out Loud class will help you do this by teaching you to engage and hone your inherent performer self. (We’ve all got one; it’s part of being human.) Drawing on his experience as a published writer, frequent performer of stories, teacher, musician, and erstwhile professional stage actor, RBW offers pointers on the material itself; tips on voice, projection, and theatricality (a little goes a long way); and secrets learned from untold hours spent on stages of every kind. Participants will create an approximately ten-minute piece to be workshopped over five weeks, and ultimately performed at a public reading in the sixth week.

Robert Burke Warren is a writer, performer, and musician. His work has appeared in Salon, AARP, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Texas Music, Brooklyn Parent, The Woodstock Times, Vulture, Paste, The Rumpus, The Bitter Southerner, Chronogram, Longform, and the Da Capo anthology The Show I‘ll Never Forget. His debut novel, Perfectly Broken, is available in paperback. As a songwriter, he has released seven CDs – two as Robert Burke Warren and five as family musician Uncle Rock. His
songwriting appears on albums by Rosanne Cash, RuPaul, and rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson. In the mid-1990s, he portrayed Buddy Holly in the West End musical Buddy: the Buddy Holly Story. Prior to that, he traveled the world as a rock ’n’ roll bass player.

To register, call Jean Stone at (607) 326-4802, or e-mail her at jtstone@catskill.net. Class fee is $100, if you register and pay three weeks before the class begins, and $125 after that. Some scholarship funds are being sponsored by the Phoenicia Library – contact Liz at director@phoenicialibrary.org.


Sunday, September 30, 2018, 3 to 5 PM at Union Grove Distillery, 43311 NY Route 28, Arkville, NY

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) presents RANDOM CONTEXT FALL LITERARY SALON, Sunday, September 30, 2018 from 3 to 5 p.m. All writers are welcome to come and read their poetry or excerpts from their novels, short fiction, essays, or other creative nonfiction pieces in the warm and inviting front room of the fabulous Union Grove Distillery.

RANDOM CONTEXT FALL 2018 will feature poet Helane Levine-Keating, author of Lunar Eclipse published earlier this year by Finishing Line Press. Levine-Keating’s poetry has
appeared in The New York Quarterly, The Malahat Review, Women and Stepfamilies: Voices of Anger and Love (Maglin and Scheidewind, eds., Temple U Press), Heresies, Facere, Graham House Review: Focus on Women Poets, Women and Stepfamilies: Voices of Anger and Love, Central Park, Like Light: 25 Years of Poetry & Prose by Bright Hill Poets & Writers and other literary journals and anthologies. A professor of Comparative Literature and Creative Writing at Pace University New York since 1983, her essays and book reviews have been published various journals and collections, including American Book Review, The Woolf Studies Annual, and 3 Quarks Daily, and she is a co-editor of three editions of Lives Through Literature: A Thematic Anthology (Prentice-Hall/Pearson). Also a fine art photographer, Levine-Keating is a member of
Longyear Gallery in Margaretville, where her photography has appeared in various solo and group shows, as well as at the Roxbury Arts Group, Roxbury, NY; The Erpf Center of the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, Arkville, NY; The Catskill Watershed Corporation, Margaretville, NY; The Other Half Gallery, Vero Beach, FL; and Blue Mountain Gallery, New York, NY. Lunar Eclipse, published by Finishing Line Press in January 2018, is her first book of poems.

Following our Featured Author, the rest of the afternoon filled with 5-minute open-mic slots.

Come read and listen (all interested listening non-writers are very welcome) and meet and mingle in front of the fireplace. Who knows? Maybe new literary alliances will emerge from conversations and encounters. Union Grove’s superb craft cocktails, craft beers, and chips will be available for purchase to enhance the afternoon’s enjoyment.

Writers in the Mountains is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to provide a nurturing environment for the practice, appreciation, and sharing of creative writing. For more information, visit writersinthemountains.org.