The Summer Writer’s Workshops at the Old Forge Library will feature four-week sessions for both adults and young adults. The sessions will be held on consecutive Wednesdays from July 15 through August 5. Young adults will meet from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and adults will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The director of the workshops is Katharyn Howd Machan, a professor of writing at Ithaca College with additional active roles in the Women’s Studies Program and the Gerontology Institute.
She has published 30 poetry collections, and her work has appeared in numerous magazines, anthologies, and textbooks. In 2000 she was awarded the Ann Stanford Poetry Prize from the University of Southern California for her poem “Tess Clarion: Redwing, 1888” and in 2006 the Luna Negra Prize from Kent State University for her poem “Gingerbread.”
In 2002 she was named the first Poet Laureate of Tompkins County, New York. Her most recent book is Adrienne Rich: A Tribute Anthology.
There is no fee for the workshops, but enrollment is limited. In collaboration with Adirondack Center for Writing a special “Open Mic” reading will take place on Wednesday, August 19, at 7:30 p.m.
Participants of the Writer’s Workshops will be encouraged to read from their work. The public is also invited to share work and read. Register for either Workshop by July 14 by calling the Library at (315) 369-6008.