Writers, actors and screenwriters meet at the CNY Arts Center | arts and entertainment

FULTON — The Writing Arts program at the CNY Arts Center is getting a boost in April with the return of a writing group and the launch of two new writing groups presented by author GB MacRae, a novelist of young adult fiction.

Free writing for all ages will take place on Tuesday, April 6 and the first Tuesday of each month thereafter, from 6-7:30 p.m. The group will do free writing exercises with prompts and writing challenges. writing and will have conversations with other writers. Designed to be a non-threatening introduction to writing or a stimulating return to the discipline of writing, Free Writing stimulates the writing process and causes the flow of words without expectations. This practice is often used to break writer’s block and stimulate new creative ideas. No pre-registration is required, but a small fee will be collected from writers.

Also new to the Arts Center will be Creative Writing for Kids from 6-7:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 25. This event is hosted by high school authors Milo Austin and Leanna Rockwood. The couple have worked with GB MacRae each week during Inkwell which meets on Saturdays at the Arts Center from 4-6pm. “Milo and Leanna wanted to share their love of writing with other kids,” MacRae said, “and hope to get more kids to explore storytelling through writing in this one-day workshop. There is no pre-registration required though a small fee will be charged at the start of the course.

On hiatus since the start of quarantine, writers group Help Words Come Alive will return from 7-9 p.m. on Monday, April 12 at the CNY Community Arts Center.

From its creator Peter Mahan, “Help Words Come Alive is delighted to announce that the next Table Read, scheduled for Monday April 12, will feature the work of local screenwriter Joleene DesRosiers, who will introduce attendees to part of a original television comedy series she wrote titled “Sunday Rising” Joleene made local headlines in the summer of 2019 when she produced an original television comedy-drama titled “Sticks”, which was filmed in her city native of Pulaski, N.Y. The film is slated for network television festivals in 2021.”

Mahan continues, “My table reading group name contains the word ‘help’ for a reason: my writers need actors to blast their art with words with meaning, meaning, humor, joy and sadness. This is where your acting experience can come in handy.

Any writer or actor looking to network with other creatives is invited to attend, 7-9 p.m., Monday, April 12, at the CNY Community Arts Center, 121 Cayuga St., Fulton. Free and open to the public.

In accordance with CNY Community Arts Center regulations, all visitors must log into a contact tracing log upon entry, practice social distancing, and wear a mouth and nose mask for the safety of all attendees.

More information about all writing programs at the Center for the Arts can be found online at www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 315-598-ARTS (2787).

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