Despite a late-season snow storm, a lively crowd gathered at Deb Koffman’s gallery in Housatonic for our annual Festival open-mic event, In Words Out Words in Women’s Own Words.

Festival rep Claudette Webster reported that about 30 people attended and the presentations were fantastic and varied, with songs, spoken word, poetry and essays.


Mistress of Ceremonies Francine Ciccarelli

Ellen Russo

Darlene White

Jennifer Holey

Joan Embree


Meanwhile, up at the Lenox Library, Susanna Opper engaged her audience with a fascinating, pragmatic look at “writing for the web.”

Susanna Opper

Festival rep Lorrin Krouss reports:

“Susanna brought her over 40 years’ of experience in business communciaitons for top Fortune companies and small businesses to the Lenox library on a very snowy night. Her newsletter, WEB WORDS, reaches nearly 1,500 subscribers monthly.  Susanna spoke, accompanied by a power point presentation, about creating your own blog or on-line newsletter and the differences between the two.  Then  the group broke into pairs in order to discuss what they would want to include in a blog or newsletter and she encouraged each team to keep in touch on their progress.

“Susanna is a warm and charming person and it came through in every aspect of her presentation.  She never stopped smiling during her entire talk!  Susanna Opper’s event received rave reviews on all of the evaluation forms.”