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Kickstart Your Writing Project with Jana Laiz

Does your novel need a defibrillator? Do you need jumper cables for your stalled short story? Bellows to blow life back into your biography? Does your children’s book need a gentle nudge? Veteran teacher and author Jana Laiz will get you moving with creative writing...

Walking and Writing Workshop with Zara Raab and Hilde Weisert

“Traveler, there is no path. The path is made by walking.” — Antonio Machado   A walk, as Machado says, is a way into a new kind of seeing, hearing, sensing — in this workshop, a way out of our heads, away from our desks, and into poetry we make by...
“The Flora and Fauna”: A WAM Theatre Fresh Takes Play Reading

“The Flora and Fauna”: A WAM Theatre Fresh Takes Play Reading

The 2017 WAM Theatre Fresh Takes Play reading series will begin with “The Flora and Fauna” by Alyson Mead, winner of the Arizona-based Bridge Initiative: Women in Theatre New Work Contest. The play, which  chronicles the celebrations and challenges of a...
Child’s Play: A Writing Workshop with Lara Tupper

Child’s Play: A Writing Workshop with Lara Tupper

“Anybody who has survived his childhood has enough information about life to last him the rest of his days,” said Flannery O’Connor. In this informal writing workshop, we’ll mine childhood details and draft sketches of past foibles. We’ll look at examples of writing...

Kickstart Your Writing Project with Jana Laiz

Does your novel need a defibrillator? Do you need jumper cables for your stalled short story? Bellows to blow life back into your biography? Does your children’s book need a gentle nudge? Veteran teacher and author Jana Laiz will get you moving! In a series of monthly...
Kickstart Your Writing Project with Jana Laiz

Kickstart Your Writing Project with Jana Laiz

Does your novel need a defibrillator? Do you need jumper cables for your stalled short story? Bellows to blow life back into your biography? Does your children’s book need a gentle nudge? Veteran teacher and author Jana Laiz will get you moving! In a series of monthly...

Write the Change You Want to See in the World

A Writing Workshop for Women led by Jennifer Browdy and Jana Laiz If you are a woman who wants to use writing as a pathway towards changing the world for the better, this workshop is for you. Change starts with the self and moves on out into society and the world. The...

Lean In with the BFWW: An Afternoon of Poetry

Join accomplished poets Lisken Van Pelt Dus and Jayne Benjulian for a special Lean In dedicated to the magic of poetry. If you are a poet, bring a short poem to share. Or just come to listen, as Lisken and Jayne read from their new books, and talk about the art and...

Write the Change You Want to See

A Writing Workshop for Women led by Jennifer Browdy and Jana Laiz Whether you write fiction, memoir, poetry, essays or blog posts, experienced writers and teachers Jennifer Browdy and Jana Laiz will give you new ways of thinking about the subjects you are most...

Writing Out Loud:  A performance-based revision workshop

Led by Courtney Maum and Hallie Goodman Join local authors/storytellers Courtney Maum and Hallie Goodman for a dynamic performance-based workshop where live reading is used as a revision tool. Reading work out loud is a stupendous way to identify the trouble spots in...

Preparing for Print: Pathways to Publication

A Panel Discussion with Jessica Hazelton, Jana Laiz, Marilyn Oser and Carol Ascher For registration information, visit the Festival website: Sunday, March 20 Tickets If you think writing is lonely—try publishing and promoting your own book! Two writers and two...

Festival Benefit Performance SPECIAL, a new play by Rachel Siegel

Written and performed by Rachel Siegel, directed by Jayne Atkinson Co-produced by Rachel Siegel and Kristen van Ginhoven, Artistic Director of WAM Theatre Tickets $20; for reservations contact the BTG Box Office: 413-997-4444 SPECIAL is the story of a mother choosing...

Women Writers of a Certain Age

A Reading with Sonia Pilcer, Helen Epstein, Barbara Slate and Karen Schoemer This is part of the $55 afternoon sessions package, and the All-day package for $95. TICKETS: $55 morning session, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., includes brunch and Ruth Reichl talk at Eat on North $55...

Animals Are Us

A Reading by Poets Jan Conn, Jessica Treat and Kathline Carr “Animals are the core of what we are as creatures, sharing a biological world and inhabiting our inner lives, though most days they feel peripheral—an ankle embrace from a cat or the thrill of spotting a fox...

Finding Our Voices, Telling Our Stories

Moderated Discussion with Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Veronica Chambers and Anastasia Stanmeyer This is part of the $55 afternoon sessions package, and the All-day package for $95. TICKETS: $55 morning session, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., includes brunch and Ruth Reichl talk at Eat...

Monument Girls Write On

Reading hosted by Lisken Van Pelt Dus and other faculty from Monument Mountain Regional High School This celebratory reading will feature young women writers from Monument Mountain Regional High School, presenting selections from their poetry, short fiction, creative...

Ophelia Rising

A Writing & Spoken Word Workshop Led by Grace Rossman Young women – have you ever wanted to take the stage and claim the spotlight? Do you have poems, short stories, or other wise words to share? In this focused creative workshop, you will craft your own...

Peanut Peregrinations and Other Tales of Food Travel

A Reading and Slide Lecture by Carol Goodman Kaufman Whether peanuts from South America or grapes from Asia, each food has a tale to tell about how it was discovered and introduced around the world to appear in myriad forms on people’s dinner plates, as well as in...

Crossing the Line / LGBT Memoir

A Writing Workshop led by Lee Schwartz Reflect upon your journey as a child, teenager and adult who crossed the line of identity or sexual preference. Or are you the friend, relative or ally of someone who has crossed the line? What were the signs that you were...

Traveling Mindset

A Writing Workshop with Lara Tupper Tickets: $30; to register visit the website: Traveling Mindset Tickets. Class limited to 25. When traveling to a new place, we tend to notice and appreciate the details of our surroundings. As writer Alain de Botton says, we gain a...

Voice Triumphant

A Writing Workshop led by Jayne Benjulian Tickets $10; for registration, visit Voice Triumphant Tickets. In Voice Triumphant we examine and practice the illusion of the spoken word in poetry, fiction and non-fiction prose. Monologue is an illusion. So is dialogue, for...

Bad Guys We Love to Hate

A Writing Workshop led by Jacqueline Sheehan and Ellen Meeropol The best stories start with trouble, and trouble often takes the form of villains. They help create conflict and tension and they thwart our main character at every turn. This workshop will look at...

IWOWWOW (In Words Out Words Women’s Own Words)

An Open Mic for Women Writers, hosted by Deb Koffman A Festival favorite returns! This special women’s edition of In Words Out Words (IWOW), a monthly open mic for storytellers, poets, musicians, and performers, provides a vibrant, supportive platform for women...

Bulldog Rewriting

A Writing Workshop led by Sheela Clary “I’m not a very good writer. I’m a little bulldog of a rewriter.” –Mary Karr To produce good writing you have to be a good editor. Using a short essay of her own as an example, Sheela will take...

Getting into Trouble & Getting out of It: Writing a Book-Length Memoir

Reading and Discussion with Laura Didyk, Joyce Hayden, and Emma Smith-Stevens Once you embark on the writing of a memoir, at some point you will likely find yourself in some trouble—writing trouble, that is. You may have questions about form, structure, and personal...

No, I Don’t Have Any Children

Reading hosted by AnnE O’Neil, featuring Pooja Ru Prema, Jane Bernstein, Karen Lewis, Bubsy McDonough, Claire Richards, and Samantha Cullen First Congregational Church, Parish Room, 251 Main Street, Parish Room, Great Barrington Tickets $10; to register visit Tickets...

Writers in The House

Discussion led by The Mount’s 2016 Writers-in-Residence, Koren Zailckas, Yvonne Puig, and Claire McMillan The 2016 Edith Wharton Writers-in-Residence–Koren Zailckas, author of Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood, Yvonne Puig, author of the upcoming A Wife of...

Every Woman Has a Story to Tell

Spoken Word Performance with Jan Krause Greene, Cheryl Melody Baskin and Thea Iberall  – Includes lunch (Reservations required by March 10) Spoken word, musical interpretation, and dramatic reading will bring to life the stories and poems in 45Magazine, a new...

Women Writers: Building Sisterhood

Panel discussion with Esther Cohen, Mary Johnson, Breena Clarke, Cheryl Clarke and Jennifer Browdy Five women writers, each of whom reached out for community and found they had to create it for themselves and other women, will discuss how they have found sisterhood...

An Unquenchable Thirst for Writing

Four readings and a Discussion with Mary Johnson, Breena Clarke, Cheryl Clarke, Esther Cohen Four established writers will read from their latest work at this provocative, inspiring session. A discussion with the audience on the writing life will follow. Mary Johnson...

Screening of Documentary Film PROFILED

Hosted by the Berkshire Human Rights Speaker Series and the Simon’s Rock Social Justice Committee A screening in honor of International Women’s Day of the compelling new documentary film PROFILED, directed by Kathleen Foster. The film’s topic could not be more...

She Said: A Spoken Word Performance by Ursula Rucker

Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Hall Student Union Ursula Rucker believes that art and poetry are catalysts for change. Her mission and calling is to heal herself, the planet, and its people through her art. While she sees the world as her community, she pays particular...

Powder Keg Reading with Suzi Banks Baum & Friends

The women writers of the Powder Keg Ramsdell Sessions will share new work, including poetry, essays and flash fiction and instructor Suzi Banks Baum will moderate a discussion of the gifts and challenges of a daily writing practice. Suzi Banks Baum creates community...

Writing Our Lives as Fiction & Memoir

This workshop is directed to women who are beginning to write as well as those who have written either fiction or memoir and would like to transition to the other genre. The workshop is designed to help women explore why each of us tends to think in terms of memoir or...

Butterfly Leadership Program for Teen Girls & Young Women

The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers is hosting five monthly leadership circles for teen girls and young women ages 13 – 18, each one focusing on a different compelling topic, and offering essential, confidence-building instruction in writing and public speaking....

Letty Cottin Pogrebin: A Reading

Join us for a special edition of Lean In with the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, featuring MS Magazine co-founder, journalist and author Letty Cottin Pogrebin reading from her new novel, Single Jewish Male Seeking Soul Mate.  A son of Holocaust survivors...

Lean In with the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers

Our theme this month is “picnics”! Women writers are invited to bring short pieces to share on this theme (500 words max) and we’ll hear from special guest Gina Hyams, whose new book, The Tanglewood Picnic, will be available for signing and sale....

Spring Reading Series: “The Loves and Labors of Women”

From labor of love to love’s labors lost to workplace dynamics to childbirth, women have a lot of interesting experiences when it comes to the topic of labor. Join us for a lively reading hosted by founding Festival Director Jennifer Browdy as we celebrate May...
Spring Reading Series: What Matters

Spring Reading Series: What Matters

The Olga Dunn Dance Studio, The Train Station, 46 Castle Street, Great Barrington, 5 pm Celebrate National Poetry Month and the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers! E.E. Cummings said “Well write, for God’s sake, it’s the only thing that...

Amber Chand in Searching for the Moon: A Heroine’s Journey

Visionary storyteller and global entrepreneur Amber Chand weaves together the events of her life — an eclectic tapestry of Indian arranged marriages, English boarding schools, military coups in Uganda, encounters with Rwandan genocide survivors, and the rise and...

BFWW Spring Reading Series: The Powder Keg Sessions

Women writers from the Powder Keg Sessions, a writing workshop led by Suzi Banks Baum of Laundry Line Divine, will read new work in this free event. Works include creative non-fiction, personal essay, poetry and flash fiction. The event will also serve as the opening...