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Writing Program Debuts New Features at CNY Arts Center

Exciting things are happening for local writers at CNY Arts Center.

The first ever Writer’s Café held in September was deemed a success with six readers sharing works of fiction, non-fiction, essay and poetry.

The café, organized by Writing Arts Coordinator Jim Farfaglia, is a venue for local writers to share their work with others.

The event will be held monthly at CNY Arts Center’s new facility located in the State Street Methodist Church at 357 State St., Fulton with the next café scheduled for October 14 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

All types of writing are welcome and there’s no charge for this event.

During the cafe, refreshments are available for purchase by Kiley’s Coffees and Treat Me Sweet.

Writing classes at the Arts Center are also up and running with openings in Launching Your Writing Journey, a One Day Workshop that will help beginning writers learn to identify and set specific goals for projects, review basic elements of writing and learn tips to stay motivated to write.

The class date is October 13 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with instructor Carolyn Dougherty.

A children’s writing class, Ready, Set, Write!, is being offered by Karen Burke and Mary Slimmer for children ages 8 – 15 on October 20 from 1-5 p.m.

This class will introduce to young writers how to create and use a Writer’s Notebook.  In addition to exploring how a Writer’s Notebook becomes an important tool for any writer, they will also explore how to generate ideas for future writing.

October will also kick off Authors’ Spotlight, a monthly feature focusing on people in CNY who have recently published a book, article in a magazine, etc.

To debut the event, Dougherty will read from her recently published book, Creepy Corners: Searching for Truth in Paranormal Claims, discussing her life-long interest in the paranormal and experiences in the field.

Dougherty will answer questions from the audience and sign copies of her book, October 17 at 7 p.m.

Writers will also find a new feature on the organization’s web site called Writer’s Corner where a short prose piece or a few poems by a local writer will be shared.

This is another chance for writer’s to share with the growing writers’ community.

The Writer’s Corner page also accepts comments and feedback from readers.

The first featured writer is Christine Tupe, a poet who read at the first Writers’ Café.

To learn more about classes or to submit writings for Writer’s Café, visit the CNY Arts Center website at www.cnyartscenter.com