• Announcements,  Events,  Fiction

    Workshops for 2019

    Welcome to the new year, friends. We’ve just finalized our workshops for 2019, and we’re excited to announce something new: Fiction 101! Every month (save October—more about that in a minute), we’ll be discussing another element of fiction writing, from character to voice, from setting to dialogue. Don’t forget to bring a pen and paper, because we’ll be asking you to participate in writing exercises each session, too! Oh, and about October? The Haunted Inkwell will be back for its fourth frightening year! Check out all of our events—including dates, times, and locations*—in the Events calendar, linked at the top of the page. And, as always, you can RSVP to…

  • Announcements,  Bluff & Vine,  Events,  Literature

    Bluff & Vine Issue Two Party!

    Last night we held a reception for Issue Two of Bluff & Vine (Keuka Lake’s one and only literary magazine!) at the Arc of Yates. Authors mingled with members of the public, who came out to support the local literary community. And we are thrilled to announce that at last night’s event, Keuka Writes donated $1,000 in proceeds to our artistic partners at SkylArc Studio at the Arc. We couldn’t build Bluff & Vine without them! Check out pictures of the event here.

  • Podcasts,  PYPL's Cardigans and Conversation

    Year-End Updates

    Hard to believe, but 2018 is on the way out! In this year’s final episode of PYPL’s Cardigans and Conversations, local librarians Sarah Creveling and Alex Andrasik talk about upcoming events, share a local news item, let us know what they’re reading, and say goodbye to a pop-culture icon. Grab something hot to drink, find a cozy place to sit, and have a listen. The podcast will be back in 2019! http://keukawrites.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/November-Cardis-Final.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

  • Fiction,  Literature,  Podcasts,  PYPL's Cardigans and Conversation,  Sharing

    All About Halloween

    Happy Halloween, everybody! Whether you’re celebrating by watching a monster movie, reading a spooky story, or handing out candy to the ghouls and goblins who appear at your door, we hope you’ll take some time to listen to the second episode of PYPL’s Cardigans and Conversations, which is (as you probably guessed) all about Halloween! In this episode, our host Alex and his guest Bethany talk about their favorite horror books, how much fun they had writing stories at The Haunted Inkwell 3, and things that scare them. Bethany shares one of her short stories, the spine-tingling “Three Times Fast,” and Alex gives us an insightful review of one of…

  • Fiction,  Sharing

    The Haunted Inkwell 3

    On Saturday, October 27th, the third annual Haunted Inkwell writing event took place at the Penn Yan Public Library. This year, we started by asking participants to tell us what they fear. We came up with a pretty impressive list: Next, we each picked a fear from the board and spent 5-7 minutes writing about it. We then shared our stories out loud, challenging our fellow writers to guess our fear(s). Check out a story from each of our Haunted Inkwell writers below… if you dare!   Close Encounter by Sally L. White I’ve always enjoyed cemeteries—even when I was young. I’d go for the poetry. But, really, only in…

  • Literature,  Podcasts,  PYPL's Cardigans and Conversation

    Frankenstein at 200

    In 1818, Mary Shelley published Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. What would nineteen-year-old Mary think if she knew that, two hundred years later, we’re still reading, discussing, and celebrating her novel? On October 22, the Penn Yan Public Library hosted a talk called Frankenstein at 200. Audience members watched a TEDEd refresher on the story, and then were treated to lively discussion about the book by Keuka College chemistry professor Andy Robak and local writer Bethany Snyder. Hosted by Adult Services Librarian Alex Andrasik, Frankenstein at 200 was captured on audio for the first episode of the new podcast, PYPL’s Cardigans and Conversation. http://keukawrites.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Frankenstein-200.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

  • Announcements

    Rebranded and Expanded

    Welcome to Keuka Writes! Formerly known as PY Writes, we’ve rebranded and expanded to include the entire Keuka Lake region, from Penn Yan to Hammondsport to Branchport, and every community in between. Whether you’re in Pulteney, Barrington, Wayne, or Urbana, whether you can see the lake from your house or you drive by it on your way to work, Keuka Writes is for you. We know you have something to say about this beautiful region, and we want to help you say it. Whether you write fiction, poetry, memoir, historical fiction, children’s books, speeches, essays, blogs, creative nonfiction, letters to the editor, songs, speeches, journal entries, or letters to your…