Twin Tiers Writing Workshop currently meets at the African American Center for Cultural Development at 1803 West State Street in Olean, NY every Wednesday from 1-3 p.m. The writing group began meeting in the early 1980s at Directions for Independent Living. Thomas Krampf was the original workshop leader.
The writers’ group has changed their meeting places over the years but has continued at various locations. The workshop moved to the African American Center for Cultural Development in April 2011. Over the years the group has received grants from Poets & Writers to fund workshops on writing in the area.
Members of the workshop have published a number of anthologies with grants from the Cattaraugus County Arts Council on the Arts Decentralization grant Program. The anthologies provide a unique opportunity for writers to see their work in print.
The current workshop includes writers ranging from 18 to 80. There are poets and hopeful novelists and children’s book authors. Currently funding is provided by Poets & Writers.
Writers also have had the opportunity to read their work in front of a live audience at the Olean Public Library and other venues in the area. An open reading will be held at the Juneteenth Celebration (June 20) at the African American Center for Cultural Development on Leo Moss Drive.
Our basic financial standing has solely relied on grant funding, fund-raising efforts and patronage support. We would like to see this transform into self-sustaining funds accumulated by marketable pieces of poetry, but understand that this is a lofty, albeit inspired goal.
The Twin Tiers Writers received a grant this year from the Cattaraugus County Arts Council to promote poetry.. Check our Facebook page at The Twin Tiers Writers where upcoming events and photographs will be posted. Our Web Page, currently under construction, will be available soon at TwinTiersWriters.com. We hope to have an interactive site where writing exercises will be posted and feedback offered for those who are not able to attend the afternoon sessions.
In the fall we hope to visit area schools to offer workshops for students. Anyone interested in participating in these workshops should leave a message on our Facebook page.
Writing is a tool of self-expression. The workshop is a place to learn and prefect new writing techniques, discover your own voice, critique your work in a safe and supportive environment and socialize with other writers.
“Poetry is the ability to draw a picture that others can see with their ears.” FTT