Old Forge Library offers writing, art workshops


OLD FORGE — The Old Forge Library, 220 Crosby Blvd., has announced the following upcoming workshops:

• There will be three poetry writing workshops in conjunction with the Library’s upcoming 2019 Annual Poetry and Illustration Contest and Exhibit: My Favorite.  Participants in the workshops are not required to enter their work and exhibit entrants are not required to attend the workshops. 

Registration for the free workshops is appreciated but walk-ins are welcome. 

Thursday, Jan. 17: Adult Poetry Writing Workshop from 5-7 p.m.   

Melissa Macdonald will lead the  workshop. Macdonald, one of the area’s leading poets, is also known for many of her other creative endeavors in ceramics, fiber arts and her avid love of reading.

Saturday, Jan 19: Student Poetry Writing Workshops from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

Kindergarten through 6th grade students will be led by Christine Holt. Holt is a veteran teacher and school administrator in the Inlet School District and utilizes a variety of teaching methods to captivate student’s attention. 

Students in grades 7 - 12 will be led by Alison Eyre Albright. Albright is a retired English teacher who has taught courses in AP Literature, non-fiction writing, and poetic forms. She was the winner of the library’s poetry exhibit in the adult category in 2016 and has also been the director of the library’s Summer Writing Workshops.

• The library will also hold three art instruction workshops in conjunction with My Favorite. Again, participants in the workshops are not required to enter their work and exhibit entrants are not required to attend the workshops.  

Thursday, Jan. 24: Adult Art Instruction Workshop from 5-7 p.m. 

Loretta Lepkowski will lead the workshop. Loretta is an award winning artist who has been inspired by her upbringing on a small dairy farm in the Tug Hill and previous careers in social work and elementary education. She has a passion for painting in various mediums including watercolor, pastel, acrylic and charcoal. 

Saturday, Jan. 26: Student Art Instruction Workshops from 11 a.m. -1 p.m.

Kindergarten through 6th grade students will be led by Bronwen Keefer.  Keefer is the art teacher at the Town of Webb Schools. She enjoys seeing a classroom of learners each come up with their own twist on an assignment as they gain confidence in their ability to create.

Students in grades 7 - 12 will be led by Jim Tracy. Tracy is retired from a visual arts teaching career at the Town of Webb Schools. Artistic by nature, Tracy is also a talented musician who frequently entertains locally.

Registration for the free workshops is appreciated but walk-ins are welcome.

• The library has partnered with ASCENT, a professional coaching program for authors to offer free creative coaching opportunities to high-school aged writers and illustrators. 

David Hazard, author and writing coach will teach teen writers to craft a powerful short story: Feb. 7, 5-8 p.m. Call 315-369-6008 to register. 

In March, in two separate illustration workshops, young illustrators will learn from illustration instructors, Bronwyn Kiefer and Cynthia Brownell, and create works focusing on black and white techniques. Those workshops will be held Thursday, March 7, 5-8 p.m. and Thursday, March 21, 5-8 p.m.

Dinner breaks will be included in the sessions.

The efforts culminating from these classes will be published as a book. The book release will be in late spring, 2019, in conjunction with a local high school exhibit at View. 

All of the coaching opportunities are offered at no charge. Participants will all receive complimentary copies of the published book they contributed to.


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