Workshops 2013

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Writing Your Power, Passion, and Play: Letting Your Soul Have Its Way with You ~ March 5, 2013

Tuesday, March 5
Writing Your Power, Passion, and Play: Letting Your Soul Have Its Way with You
Workshop led by Mary Campbell
Sruti Yoga Center, 33 Railroad Street, Great Barrington, 7–9 p.m.

This writing workshop will guide participants a deeper connection with their divine spark and allow that marriage to express itself in the world through the body, heart, and word.


Mary Campbell
hosts Divining Beauty workshops and offers private coaching in the Berkshires and NYC. She guides women to listen and to express the full range of their creative energy and potential. She will be ordained in spring 2013, upon completion of her ministerial training, at One Spirit Interfaith Seminary.

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WRites of Passage and the Age of Becoming: Puberty and the Onset of Fertility ~ March 6, 2013

Wednesday, March 6
WRites of Passage and the Age of Becoming: Puberty and the Onset of Fertility
Writing workshop hosted by Angela R. Vuagniaux, with Anni Crofut and Suzi Fowle
Sruti Yoga Center, 33 Railroad Street, Great Barrington, 7–9 p.m.

Participants will be invited to explore some of the pivotal moments in their lives through writing prompts, discussion, free writing, and sharing.

Angela Vuagniaux

Angela Vuagniaux writes nonfiction in order to understand her life as a menopausal stepmother to a pubescent eleven-year-old, while healing from her experience as a teenage birth mother. Over the years she has been a writer, teacher, vagabond, grant writer, and caregiver. She has participated in numerous writing workshops and led a few of her own.

Anni Crofut

Anni Crofut, who lives in Housatonic, MA, has chosen an eclectic path, mixing her work as jewelry designer with her passions for Indonesia, writing, and movement. Her musings appear on her blog Anni Maliki.com.

Suzie Fowle is a wildlife biologist and mother. She enjoys delving into and asking questions about menarche and fertility. Her essay “Mothering by Moonlight” was featured at the 2012 Berkshire Festival of Women Writers Gala Finale.

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Kripalu presents: Salmon in the Stream: A Lecture on Writing By Julia Cameron ~ March 7, 2013

Thursday, March 7
Kripalu presents:
Salmon in the Stream: A Lecture on Writing
By Julia Cameron
Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Lenox, 7:30 p.m.
$25 admission. Pre-registration is required. To register, call 800-741-7353.

Julia Cameron, best-selling author of The Artist’s Way and more than thirty other books, shares her insights on writing and the tools she has used in her own three-decade career, during which she has also written movies, music, poetry, and journalism, and sold more than four million copies of her books worldwide.

Julia Cameron is the author of more than thirty books of fiction and nonfiction, including The Artist’s Way; The Vein of Gold; The Right to Write; The Sound of Paper; Walking in This World, Finding Water; and her most recent work, The Prosperous Heart, her best-selling book on the creative process. A songwriter, memoirist, novelist, award-winning playwright, and poet, she has extensive credits in film, television, and theater.

See all four Kripalu Festival events here.

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Before I Forget . . . A Workshop in Memoir Making ~ March 8, 2013

March 8, 2013
Before I Forget . . . A Workshop in Memoir Making (or, How to Tell a Story That Never Stays the Same)
Led by Sally-Jane Heit, with special guest Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez; Uel Wade on piano.
Blodgett House, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 7 p.m.

Playwright, actor, and singer Sally-Jane Heit shares excerpts from Before I Forget . . . A Memoir with Music and discusses how she came to create this masterful one-woman show. The highs and lows of Sally-Jane’s life provide new material for the shaping and reshaping of what will never be a finished piece. Out of the mouth of an old babe, this workshop invites you to listen, remember, share, and, of course, ask questions. Sally-Jane may not know the answers, but that has never stopped her from telling you what to do! With her infectious brand of humor, wit, and wisdom, she demonstrates how to tell your truth your way. As life goes on, so does the memoir.

Sally-Jane Heit grew up in Brooklyn, NY, where the attempt to rival attention among her seven siblings stirred her natural abilities as a performer—singing, dancing, and acting. Sally Jane trained at the High School of Performing Arts, Hunter College, and Yale Drama School. After raising three daughters in Washington, DC, she moved to New York and was cast in Michael Bennett’s Broadway musical Ballroom. Her impressive list of professional credits includes theater, television, and film. It was an inspired encounter with Lily Tomlin that ignited the passion that has evolved into her latest production, Before I Forget . . . A Musical Memoirwww.sallyjaneheit.com

Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez, PhD, is associate professor of comparative literature at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, where she also teaches human rights, gender studies, and media studies. She blogs regularly on politics and environmental issues at Transition Times and is the founding director of the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers. She is the editor of the anthology Women Writing Resistance: Essays on Latin America and the Caribbean (South End Press, 2004) and coeditor of African Women Writing Resistance: Contemporary Voices (University of Wisconsin Press, 2010). She is currently working on a memoir that fuses the personal and the political, with a focus on environmental justice.   University of Wisconsin Press: African Women Writing Resistance.

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Women, Creativity & Aging ~ March 9, 2013

Saturday, March 9, 2013
Women, Creativity & Aging
Hosted by Sondra Zeidenstein
Mason Library, Great Barrington, 1–3 p.m.

This interactive discussion, led by octogenarian Sondra Zeidenstein, will help participants focus on the way aging is helping or hindering their creative process: the content of their work, their productivity, their publication, their mood, their sense of community.


Sondra Zeidenstein
 is a poet and publisher of Chicory Blue Press, a feminist press dedicated to publishing poetry by women over the age of seventy. She has a PhD in literature from Columbia University. Now eighty, she is committed to helping artists explore the ageism in our culture: how we have internalized it, and how we can overcome it in our creative lives. She has been writing about and leading discussions on the topic of creativity and age for many years. The first book her press published was A Wider Giving: Women Writing After a Long Silence.  www.chicorybluepress.com

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Your Genie Awaits—How to Access Your Wisdom Through Writing ~ March 9, 2013

Saturday, March 9, 2013
Your Genie Awaits—How to Access Your Wisdom Through Writing
Hosted by Millie Calesky
Lichtenstein Center, 28 Renne Avenue, Pittsfield, 1–4 p.m.

The best answers to your life challenges often lie within. Journaling is an effective way to tap into your deepest wisdom. If you’re ready to access your “inner genie” through writing, it’s simple to get started. Come to this workshop to learn three proven strategies to begin or to strengthen your journaling practice. You’ll find the process grounding and energizing, and the rewards deeply satisfying.

Millie Calesky. Photo by Keith Emerling

Millie Calesky, a seasoned professional coach, draws from her background as an English teacher, editor, and author. She provides her writing clients with the tools, support, and structure they need to achieve their goals. Millie has guided many to break through their roadblocks and complete projects, such as books, master’s theses, and PhD dissertations. A graduate of Coach University, Millie has a BA in English and American literature from McGill University. She honed her skills over thirty-plus years by working in the publishing industry and by studying with writing teachers, such as Natalie Goldberg and Linda Metcalf. Her articles have appeared in newspapers and magazines, and online. www.milliecalesky.com

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Stories from the Inside Out ~ March 12, 2013

Tuesday, March 12
Stories from the Inside Out
Workshop led by Annabelle F. Coote
Dance Studio, Daniel Arts Center, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 7 p.m.

All women have stories. Every day is full of them. The mundane, the exciting, the quietly surprising, the kind that storm in and take over. Our stories live inside of us, in our bodies. In this interactive workshop, we will use movement and other creative arts to connect with our bodies’ wisdom and explore our stories, giving them depth and richness. We will move between writing and other expressive modalities with the goal of creating a piece of poetry or prose. Our time together will culminate in a reading for those who wish to share. No prior writing, arts, or movement experience necessary.

Annabelle F. Coote is an experienced psychotherapist, specializing in creative approaches and the mind/body connection. She draws on her background in dance, incorporating a wide range of expressive modalities into her work, including dance/movement, expressive arts, and writing. She is a licensed mental health counselor, a board-certified dance/movement therapist and a certified drug and alcohol abuse counselor. Annabelle is an experienced workshop leader, presenter, and dance/movement instructor. She offers psychotherapy and movement coaching in her private practice, Movement Matters, and works as a senior staff therapist in the counseling service at Bard College at Simon’s Rock.  movement-matters.com

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WRites of Passage and First Motherhood: Sex and Giving Birth ~ March 13, 2013

Wednesday, March 13
WRites of Passage and First Motherhood: Sex and Giving Birth
Workshop led by Angela Vuagniaux and Elizabeth Young
Sruti Yoga Center, 33 Railroad Street, Great Barrington, 7–9 p.m.

Participants will be invited to explore some of the most pivotal moments in their lives, using writing prompts, discussion, freewriting and optional sharing.

Angela Vuagniaux writes nonfiction to make sense of her new phases of life as a menopausal stepmother to a pubescent eleven-year-­old, while healing from her experience as a teenage birth mother. Over the years she has been a writer, teacher, vagabond, grant writer, and caregiver. She has participated in numerous writing workshops and led a few of her own. The themes in this series are her current passion.  Sruti Yoga Center

Elizabeth Young works in Great Barrington, MA, as a psychotherapist at the Counseling Center in the Berkshires. Before moving to the area, she was an English professor at California State University at Long Beach for seventeen years.  ccberkshires.com/elizabeth-young

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Kripalu presents: Writing the Wild Heart ~ March 14, 2013

Thursday, March 14
Kripalu presents:
Writing the Wild Heart
Workshop led by Jennifer Young
Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Lenox, 7:30–9:30 p.m. Free but pre-registration is required. To register, call 800-741-7353.

For hundreds of generations, our ancestors’ primary relationship was with the earth. They felt themselves part of an intricate community of life. Today, most of us live in towns, cities, and suburban neighborhoods. We may no longer live in the wilderness, but it still lives within us, and connecting to that part of ourselves can be a powerful and healing process. In this workshop, we explore a variety of landscapes: deserts, forests, oceans, rivers, and mountains. Through writing prompts and discussion, we discover what these landscapes bring up for us, and how they can empower, inspire and support our lives.

Jennifer Young is the director and senior faculty member of Kripalu Healthy Living programs. A certified Kripalu yoga teacher, she also has more than fifteen years of experience teaching expressive and creative writing. As a journal facilitator, she specializes in using writing for health and healing, as well as in unleashing more creativity and vitality in life. kripaluhealthyliving.org/faculty

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New Date: Speak Out and Speak Up! A Spoken Word Poetry Workshop for Young Women ~ March 27, 2013

This workshop has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 27 at 7 p.m.

Speak Out and Speak Up! A Spoken Word Poetry Workshop for Young Women
Hosted by Kirsten Peterson and Alexis Marie Wint
Railroad Street Youth Project, 60 Bridge Street, Great Barrington, 7 p.m.

This workshop will give young women of the Berkshires a chance to learn about writing and performing poetry. Often young women feel that their voices cannot be heard, but through this workshop we will be working to find, develop and to expand that creative voice. Designed for the teenage crowd, the workshop will be followed by a reading. No previous experience required.

Kirsten Peterson is a Simon’s Rock senior and proud Marylander. She has been writing poetry and short stories since fourth grade and recently began experimenting with personal essays. This year she is writing her thesis on anthropological practices in U.S. foreign relations and participating in an internship at the Railroad Street Youth Project.

Alexis Marie Wint is a twenty-year-old Brooklyn native with a passion for social justice and change. She is an actress, poet, writer, spoken word artist, and community activist. She is currently working on her senior thesis: a collection of short stories and poems that celebrate the beauty and articulate the struggles of African-American woman. Alexis Marie aspires to be an English professor and to share her gift of word with the world.  Black Girl Abroad project

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Writing for Tweens ~ March 16, 2013

Saturday, March 16
Writing for Tweens
Reading and discussion led by Lisa Greenwald
Stockbridge Library, 11 a.m.

Lisa Greenwald will read an excerpt from her newest novel for tweens, My Summer of Pink and Green. She will discuss her path to publication, the writing process, and why she chose to write for tweens. A Q&A and book signing will follow. If time permits, there will be a brief writing workshop.

Lisa Greenwald is the author of four books for tweens. She works in the library at the Birch Wathen Lenox School on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Lisa is also a recent graduate of the New School’s MFA program in writing for children. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and young daughter.   www.lisagreenwald.com

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From the Top: A Writing Workshop led by Alison Lobron ~ March 17, 2013

Sunday, March 17, 2013
From the Top
A Writing Workshop led by Alison Lobron
Blodgett House, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

“I have so much to say, but can’t figure out where to start!” If these words sound familiar to you, you might enjoy this hour-long session aimed at helping writers craft great beginnings.  Through a series of fun short exercises, you’ll experiment with different ways into stories important to you and get an introduction to the Berkshire Writing Workshop, a Simon’s Rock summer program aimed at aspiring and established adult writers, directed by Alison Lobron.  Please bring a pen and notebook.

Alison Lobron is a journalist and the founder/director of the Berkshire Writing Workshop at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. A recent transplant to the Berkshires, she is a regular contributor for The Boston Globe Magazine, where she writes often about education, urban life, and relationships. She has also been an editor and writer at CommonWealth magazine, where she won several awards for her political writing. Alison’s teaching experience includes work with high school students at Concord Academy, graduate students at Harvard University, and adult learners at the independent Grub Street writing school in Boston. www.alisonlobron.com

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Writing with Prompts ~ March 17, 2013

Sunday, March 17
Writing with Prompts
Workshop led by Frances Roth
Bushnell-Sage Library, Sheffield, 2–4 p.m.

This workshop is designed for beginners who think they might like to write but aren’t quite sure how to get started, as well as for writers with experience who are having trouble fitting writing into their busy schedules. Writing from prompts and practice writing will serve both the novice and the seasoned writer. We will also explore an exercise called five-minute words. Everyone is welcome regardless of writing experience.

Frances Roth leads a book group and a poetry read-around group every month at the Sheffield Library. She is a member of two local writing groups and a poetry critique group. Her most recent poems were published in the spring and fall editions of The Avocet, a literary journal of nature poetry.     www.avocetreview.com

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Writing for the Web ~ March 19, 2013

Tuesday, March 19
Writing for the Web
Workshop led by Susanna Opper
Lenox Library, 6–8 p.m.

It may not be poetry or fiction, but you can still write lively, interesting prose to get your message across on the Web. In a mere 300 to 500 words you can tell an organization’s story, promote an event, describe a product or process, and provide value to your reader at the same time. Writing tight, easy­to-read copy takes practice, but you can learn important principles in this workshop. Before you come, gather your thoughts about something you want to promote online—in a newsletter, blog, or website.

Susanna Opper has more than forty years’ experience in business communications for top Fortune companies and small businesses. Today she specializes in helping businesses, nonprofits, and solopreneurs with their messaging requirements. A pioneer in online communication, she published, in 1992, the seminal work Technology for Teams: Enhancing Communication in Networked Organizations. Her newsletter, Web Words, reaches nearly 1,500 subscribers monthly and has been published for more than six years. www.shawenon.com

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WRites of Passage and the Final Journey: The End of Fertility, Aging, and Death ~ March 20, 2013

Wednesday, March 20
WRites of Passage and the Final Journey: The End of Fertility, Aging, and Death
Workshop led by Ann-Elizabeth Barnes and Angela Vuagniaux
Sruti Yoga Center, 33 Railroad Street, Great Barrington, 7–9 p.m.     srutiyogacenter.com

Participants will be invited to explore some of the most pivotal moments in their lives, using writing prompts, discussion, freewriting, and optional sharing.

Ann-Elizabeth Barnes is the author of A Free Woman on God’s Earth: The True Story of Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman, the Slave Who Won Her Freedom. Ann-Elizabeth dedicates her life to bringing the story of Mumbet to the world, starting with Berkshire County school children. She also provides a service, Sacred Undertaking, which helps families care for their loved ones at home after death. She lives in Great Barrington, MA, with her husband and two dogs. www.ann-elizabethbarnes.com


Angela Vuagniaux
writes nonfiction to make sense of her new phases of life as a menopausal stepmother to a pubescent eleven-year-old, while healing from her experience as a teenage birth mother. Over the years she has been a writer, teacher, vagabond, grant writer, and caregiver. She has participated in numerous writing workshops and led a few of her own. The themes in this series are her current passion.

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Illumination: Memoir Writing as a Path to Peace, with Laura Didyk ~ March 20, 2013

Wednesday, March 20
The Women’s Interfaith Institute of the Berkshires presents
Illumination: Memoir Writing as a Path to Peace, with Laura Didyk
Stockbridge Congregational Church, 6–8:30 p.m.
Suggested donation for nonmembers: $5–$10.

Writing about your own life means more than merely reporting on your past. When you bring the perspective of who you are today to bear on stories from your life, not only will the stories shine with new and surprising significance but you, the writer, will be transformed in the process. Approached in the spirit of discovery, memoir writing becomes a vehicle for illumination, insight, and wisdom that can bring the writer a sense of peace while inspiring and changing her readers. Writer and teacher Laura Didyk will lead memoir-writing exercises and give a short reading from her memoir in progress. Following the usual format of Women’s Interfaith events, the potluck dinner starts at 6 p.m., and the program will begin at 7 p.m. Please bring a dish to share.


Laura Didyk, MFA
, published writer and former editor in chief of a national literary magazine, has earned a local reputation as an inspiring and inventive teacher. Her work has been published in the Comstock Review, Diagram, Post Road, Fence, the Sun, and New Orleans Review, among others. She has been awarded residencies at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, and her work has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes. lauradidyk.com

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Jump-Start Your Memoir: Write It from the Heart ~ March 21, 2013

Thursday, March 21
Kripalu presents:
Jump-Start Your Memoir: Write It from the Heart
Workshop led by Nancy Slonim Aronie
Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Lenox, 7:30–9:30 p.m.  Free but pre-registration is required. To register, call 800-741-7353.

We’ll take the “marrow” of our lives—the good, the bad, and everything in between— and transform it out of our bodies and onto the page. We’ll turn our life experiences into gold through short, interactive writing exercises.

Nancy Slonim Aronie is the author of Writing from the Heart, a commentator for National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, and a teaching fellow for Robert Coles at Harvard University. A recipient of the Isabella Stewart Gardner’s Eye of the Beholder Award, Nancy lives on Martha’s Vineyard, where she runs the Chilmark Writing Workshop. writingfromtheheart.wordpress.com

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Garbage into Gold ~ March 21, 2013

Thursday, March 21
Garbage into Gold
Workshop led by Laura Didyk
Berkshire South/Jenifer House, Great Barrington, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

There’s a myth about successful writers: they know what they want to write; they sit down and write it, brilliantly, on the first try. Wrong. Sometimes, most times, we need to write (and write and write) to find our subject matter, to arrive at a turn of phrase, an image, or a piece of dialogue that will bring us to the gold of our own work. In this workshop, writing practice, writing exercises and on­the‐spot assignments will help us quiet our inner editors long enough to surprise even ourselves.


Laura Didyk
earned her MFA in creative writing from the University of Alabama. Her teaching experience ranges from the college classroom, to a state prison, to community classes throughout the Berkshires. Her work has appeared in national literary magazines. lauradidyk.com

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Poetry Compote: An Improvisational Poetry Workshop for Women ~ March 23, 2013

Saturday, March 23
Poetry Compote: An Improvisational Poetry Workshop for Women
Led by Lisken Van Pelt Dus
Mason Library, 10–11:30 a.m.

A compote is like a jam, but fresher. . . . This will be an energizing improvisational poetry workshop for women of all experience levels, featuring a series of quick writing prompts and interactive sharing.

Lisken Van Pelt Dus is a poet, teacher, and martial artist, living in Pittsfield, MA. She teaches writing and languages at Monument Mountain Regional High School. Her poetry can be found in Conduit, the South Carolina Review, qarrtsiluni, upstreet and in her chapbook, Everywhere at Once (Pudding House Press, 2009).  lvpdpoetry.blogspot.com

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POSTPONED! Spring with Silence and the Written Word ~ March 23, 2013

This workshop has been postponed due to unforeseen circumstances and will be rescheduled later in the spring.

Welcoming Spring with Silence and the Written Word
Led by Tammis Coffin and Christine Ward
Pleasant Valley Nature Sanctuary, 9 a.m.–noon.
Registration: $15 includes Sanctuary admission ($10 for Massachusetts Audubon Society members and Lenox residents).
Space is limited; to register, contact goodcanoe@yahoo.com.

Step out of your busy life to join other women for a peaceful retreat at Pleasant Valley Nature Sanctuary in Lenox. We’ll begin by exploring nature, language, and mindfulness on a moderate hike. We’ll encounter streams, rocks, birds, and possibly a few early blossoms and butterflies. Then we’ll gather inside to write.    www.massaudubon.org


Tammis Coffin
, MA, is most at home in the wild places of the world. Her mission is to celebrate and appreciate ecological textures with art and language. For the past ten years she has been organizing writing groups, poetry trails, community performances, and publications to celebrate places such as Monument Mountain, Bartholomew’s Cobble, and Tyringham Cobble. She coordinates the John Hay Ecology Center at the Fells Historic Estate and Gardens near Lake Sunapee, NH.    thefells.org

Christine Ward is a Berkshire County native who delights in the natural world. She cochairs Great Barrington Trails and Greenways and leads hikes and trail work at many local places, including Lake Mansfield and the Appalachian Trail. Christine is always searching for the wonders that inhabit every wild space. As she learns to look and to listen with greater attention, she finds these moments of connection and clarity are the wellsprings that enrich and inform her journey on this amazing planet.   gbtrails.org

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The Prose Poem ~ March 24, 2013

Sunday, March 24
The Prose Poem
A writing workshop & discussion led by Jessica Treat
Bushnell-Sage Library, Sheffield, 2–4 p.m.

It doesn’t have line breaks, it looks like a paragraph, and . . . it’s a poem? Yes! In this workshop we’ll look at prose poems by Charles Baudelaire, Anne Carson, Wisława Szymborska, and many others, and use prompts to write our own. Come learn about this versatile and exciting form for your words.

Jessica Treat is the author of three collections of short stories: A Robber in the House, Not a Chance, and Meat Eaters & Plant Eaters. She is the recipient of a Connecticut Commission on the Arts Award and the Dominion Review Fiction Award, and artist residencies at the Valparaiso Foundation in Spain and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy. She is professor of English at Northwestern Connecticut College.  www.jessicatreat.com

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Finding Your Voice ~ March 24, 2013

Sunday, March 24
Finding Your Voice
A writing workshop for middle and high school students led by Anastasia Stanmeyer, editor of Berkshire Magazine
Otis Public Library, 2–5 p.m.

Registration is recommended for this free workshop. Email astanmeyer@morrismediagroup.com.

Anastasia Stanmeyer will guide young writers through the process of crafting a feature story. Exercises will spark the imagination, examples of strong writing will inspire, and group collaborations and revisions will lend support. There are no grades or wrong answers. The goal is to tell stories and to enable young writers to unleash their creativity while learning some tricks of the trade. Participants are encouraged to bring writing samples to share and to receive feedback. This workshop is supported by a grant from the Otis Cultural Council.

Anastasia Stanmeyer is editor of Berkshire Magazine. She is an active member of the Berkshire community and lives with her three children and husband on a farm in South County. She spent twelve years in Asia, writing and editing for Time, Asiaweek, Newsweek, Stern, and other magazines. She has written extensively for dailies, such as the Dallas Morning News, the Christian Science Monitor, and San Francisco Chronicle.   www.dancingfields.com

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How to Keep Writing with a Full-Time Job ~ March 25, 2013

Monday, March 25
How to Keep Writing with a Full-Time Job
Led by Kate Laity
Blodgett House, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 7–9 p.m.

The urge to write inspires many of us, but the practical limitations of a regular life—job home, friends, family—often seem to conspire to fill all the hours in the day. What sleight of hand does it take to find time and motivation to write? Multitasker extraordinaire Kate Laity will offer sensible approaches to time management and practical suggestions for keeping your writing projects on track and moving forward. No magical skills are required.

K. A. Laity, PhD, is the author of Owl Stretching, Unquiet Dreams, Rook Chant, Chastity Flame, and many more stories, essays, and plays. An all-purpose writer, Fulbrighter, überskiver, medievalist, flâneuse, techno-shamanka, Broad Universe social media wrangler, History Witch, and Pirate Pub Captain, Dr. Laity teaches medieval literature, film, digital humanities, and popular culture at the College of Saint Rose in New York.   kalaity.com

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Kripalu presents: What’s Your Story? ~ March 28, 2013

Thursday, March 28
Kripalu presents:
What’s Your Story?
Workshop led by Lara Tupper
Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Lenox, 7:30–9:30 p.m. Free but pre-registration is required. To register, call 800-741-7353.

In this informal writing class, we’ll investigate the notion of samskaras, or deeply embedded ideas about ourselves. What are we clinging to that is no longer serving us and how can we begin to let go? What are the authentic stories we yearn to tell instead? Through writing exercises, we’ll differentiate between the falsehoods that hold us back and the true tales we long to express.

Lara Tupper, MFA, is the author of A Thousand and One Nights, an autobiographical novel about singers at sea. She contributed to Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak. She taught writing at Rutgers University for nine years and now lives in the Berkshires, where she presents writing workshops at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health.   www.laratupper.com

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Writing for Personal Evolution ~ March 30, 2013

Saturday, March 30
Writing for Personal Evolution
Workshop led by Dara Lurie
South Berkshire Friends Meeting House, 280 State Road, Great Barrington, 1–2:30 p.m.

Writing for Personal Evolution is a course of self-discovery through the art and craft of the written word. In this experiential workshop, participants will be introduced to the emotional intelligence contained within the syntax, rhythms, and images of their writing.

Using a sequence of mind-mapping, guided visualization, and absorption writing, participants will learn to approach familiar personal territory with new and surprising insights.

Dara Lurie, MFA, is author of Great Space of Desire: Writing for Personal Evolution, a memoir about race, addiction, and healing through creativity. The book is also a creative guide with worksheets for writers wishing to develop their own life experiences into stories. Dara studied memoir writing and creative process with memoirist Louise DeSalvo at Hunter College. She has taught processed-based writing workshops for over ten years in a variety of continuing education programs in New York City and the Hudson Valley. Dara also hosts the online writing community Transformative Writing, featuring a monthly writing clinic. She is currently developing an online curriculum that will guide writers through the process from start to finish.  www.transformative-writing.com