Elizabeth ("Betsy") Folwell is creative director at Adirondack
Life, though her writing career there began in 1989 as assistant
editor. Scores of articles on local history, outdoor recreation, gardening,
regional food, plus profiles and personal essays have been published
in the intervening time. She has won half a dozen awards for writing
from the International Regional Magazine Association, most recently
the silver for columns published in 2005. Her work has appeared in Gray's
Sporting Journal, the Helen Keller Foundation anthology, Rooted
in Rock (Adirondack Museum/Paul Smith's College) and numerous travel
publications. She is the author of two travel guides to the Adirondacks,
including The Adirondack Book (Countryman Press, five editions).
She is working on a memoir about losing her sight.
She has taught at Ray Brook Federal Correction Institution, in a program
sponsored by the Adirondack Center for Writing and the Department of
Justice. With Bibi Wein, she led a workshop in the process of making
a real experience into a short story for the Adirondack Center for Writing.
She lives in Blue Mountain Lake.
Betsy presented with Bibi Wein a workshop entitled "Nonfiction
to Fiction." This workshop guided participants through the process
with a series of writing exercises that took them from a real-life event
or experience to a draft of a complete piece of fiction. Participants
had the opportunity to read their work aloud at each stage. Discussion
included creating characters, engaging the reader, questions to ask
yourself when deciding what to include/what to omit, and the importance
of story sequence in building suspense.