North Country Institute for Writers of Color - Paden Institute

The Paden Institute and Cottage

Founded by Alice Green and Charles Touhey in 1997, the Paden Institute's mission is to provide writers of color with a peaceful place to write within a tranquil and beautiful natural setting. The Institute invites writers of color, writing in all genres, to submit applications to stay at its cottage in Essex, New York. The cottage is available all summer, with no restrictions on the length of stay. Since its inception in 1997, the cottage has hosted more than a dozen writers, many going on to publish work written there.

The fully furnished cottage has one bedroom with two beds, a small living room, kitchen, an enclosed porch, bathroom and a reading nook. It is within walking distance of Lake Champlain and the town of Essex.

More Information

For more information or to donate to the Paden Insitute, call Alice Green at (518) 427-8361 or write to:

Paden Institute and Retreat for Writers of Color
509 West Lawrence Street
Albany, NY 12208

Contact Information

If you would like more information about the North Country Institute for Writers of Color, please contact

Center for Black Literature

Dr. Brenda M. Greene
Medgar Evers College, CUNY
1650 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11225

SUNY Plattsburgh

Dr. Jose L. Torres-Padilla
Beaumont Hall 418A
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, N.Y. 12901