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About Mary Sanders Shartle
Mary Sanders Shartle
will teach a four-session memoir/fiction writing course at Willows Bistro in Warrensburg,
noon to 2 p.m. Thursdays from April 24 - May 15, 2014. This course is organized by Fiction Among Friends. Please register and pre-pay by April 1. To inquire or register, contact organizer, Persis Granger.



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I run a very relaxed, comfortable writing class. Most of the group members are seniors, although not all. Some members are former housewives, schoolteachers, GE engineers, doctors, widows and widowers, cancer survivors or other life-crisis survivors. Some are computer savvy, some are not and are not even on email. Some are a little shy. Some are ebullient. All are interesting. Some are remarkably good writers. Some are real novices but have great stories nonetheless. Some have absolutely no intention of publishing their memoirs, or will self-publish on a small scale for family and friends.

I introduce a prompt with every meeting and we free write for ten minutes on whatever comes to mind. The idea is to pour onto the page whatever comes into your head. These can be rewritten or discarded, but I recommend holding on to them for awhile–rereading them at a later date. Reading aloud is recommended but voluntary.

I also give homework assignments. Again, these are voluntary. If you are currently working on something of your own, that’s okay. You can bring it to class to read aloud (or in some cases, not very often, someone will print copies out for everyone in the class so they can read in advance and make comments. Often this is prohibitive in terms of timing. We just don’t have a lot of time for very long pieces (more than 5 pages).


MARY SANDERS SHARTLE is a poet, fiction, and essay writer. Her novel about a woman living alone in the Adirondacks: The Truth and Legend of Lily Martindale, is available from SUNY Press in April 2014. She was awarded a 2007 individual artist’s grant from the New York State Council of the Arts, a state agency, to complete the book. In January, 2014 she was a finalist in the Tupelo Press Open Prose competition. The story, “The Spider Web” appeared in their on-line Quarterly. She is a member of “The Three Poets” with colleagues Marilyn McCabe and Elaine Handley, who thrice won the Adirondack Center for Writing Literary Award for best book of poetry for their chapbooks Notes from the Firetower–Three Poets on the Adirondacks (2005) and Glacial Erratica: Three Poets on the Adirondacks, Part 2 (2006); and Winterberry, Pine: Three Poets on North Country Winter (2010). Their full length book, Tear of the Clouds, was released by Ra Press in 2011.

Shartle teaches numerous writing workshops for adults, children and teens. She regularly hosts book discussion groups for Road Scholars (Elder Hostel) at Great Camp Sagamore. She was an editorial committee member and contributor to The Galway Story Quilt: Poems of a Place by the People Who Live Here, published in 2007 which won the Joseph Shubert Award for Library Excellence, New York State’s most prestigious library award.

Shartle was the director of the Saratoga Poetry Zone in Saratoga Springs, New York from 2004 until 2007, hosting poets such as Brigit Pegeen Kelly, Dan Hoffman and Rachel Hadas. She currently sits on the board of the Adirondack Center for Writing.




To register, please contact Perky Granger.

The novel can be pre-ordered from or from Amazon and Walmart. I would hope people visit or order from their local independent bookstore like Northshire in Saratoga or Hudson River Trading in North Creek.