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February 2015
$125

Writing Warrior Intensive II

February 1, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Embody Healing Arts, 33 Rossetter St.
Great Barrington, MA 01230 United States
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A second day of writing workshop with Winter Miller, added by popular demand and already half full! Here's what it's about: Join us for a one day writing intensive with Winter Miller, the acclaimed playwright of the WAM Theatre hit 'In Darfur'. Winter Miller returns by popular demand to the Berkshires to lead this one day intensive. Open to all genders, all writers, all genres. Playwrights, fiction writers, memory writers, etc., all welcome. 16+ Bring your own lunch. Philosophy of…

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March 2015

Writing for Social Justice

March 2, 2015
Blodgett House, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 84 Alford Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230
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Brenda Oppermann Workshop led by Brenda Oppermann Blodgett House, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, 4 p.m. This workshop is for writers and aspiring writers who care about issues concerning social justice and who want to use writing as a means to promote social justice or criticize the lack thereof. We will focus on knowing your audience and writing with purpose in order to let your writing be the catalyst for change…

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Free

Piping and Penning

March 6, 2015

Jana Laiz and Nancy Tunnicliffe Interactive writing workshop with Nancy Tunnicliffe and Jana Laiz Magic Fluke, 292 South Main Street, Sheffield, 7 p.m. Renowned Scottish bagpiper Nancy Tunnicliffe and award-winning author Jana Laiz will take participants on a musical and mystical tour of Scotland. Using traditional pipe music and slides of their recent trip to the Scottish Highlands, Lowlands, and Islands, Nancy and Jana will lead writers on a journey brimming with fantasy, faerie faith, and…

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Free

Going Back

March 7, 2015

Lara Tupper Workshop led by Lara Tupper Lenox Library, 18 Main Street, Lenox, 3 p.m. Childhood tends to remain a vivid time, no matter where we find ourselves now. In this unpretentious writing class, we’ll recall memories from early days and hear recollections from others. Using Joe Brainard’s whimsical memoir I Remember as a model, we’ll tap into tales from our youth and consider how these recollections have shaped us. The class will consist of discussion,…

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Free

Words Aloud

March 10, 2015
Zaanti Yoga Studio, 449 Pittsfield Road
Pittsfield, MA
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Bhavani Lorraine Nelson Workshop led by Bhavani Lorraine Nelson Zaanti Yoga Studio, 449 Pittsfield Road, Lenox, 7 p.m. You’ve written your major opus and now people are asking you to share it orally. Do your knees begin to quake at the thought? And when you do get up to read, can you be heard in the back of a room without a microphone? This workshop will go a long way in overcoming these and other obstacles…

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Free

Writing Your Own Psalms

March 10, 2015
Congregation Beth Israel, 53 North Lois Street
North Adams, MA 01247
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Rachel Barenblat Workshop led by Rachel Barenblat Congregation of Beth Israel, 53 North Lois Street, North Adams, 3 p.m. The psalms are a deep repository of praise, thanksgiving, grief, and exaltation, an ancient collection of poetry that also functions as prayer. In this class, each of us will become a psalmist. We’ll explore what makes a psalm, read psalms both classical and contemporary, talk about the emotional tenor of the psalms and how they work both…

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Free

The Heroine’s Journey: Creating Your Brave New Story

March 11, 2015
Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Avenue
Pittsfield, 01201
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Amber Chand Workshop led by Amber Chand Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, 7 p.m. In this workshop, participants will explore ways in which they can design their new story using the transformative power of fearless imagination and dialogue with their future self. They become time travelers, stepping across the threshold of their current lives and story, and exploring the realm of the possible. To do this, they must also meet the Guardians…

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$25.00

Rightful Place: A Question of Dragonflies

March 15, 2015
Boulderwood Farm, Stockbridge, + Google Map

Amy Hale-Auker Writing workshop presented by Amy Hale-Auker, followed by western-themed luncheon hosted by Carole Murko of Heirloom Meals Boulderwood Farm, Stockbridge, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Tickets $25; limited to 20 participants For tickets, call 413-298-0173 or e-mail carole@heirloommeals.com. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers. Sponsored by Heirloom Meals http://heirloommeals.com and Cowgirls Are Forever.www.cowgirlsRforever.com A rare opportunity to join acclaimed teacher Amy Hale-Auker in an informal, fun, and intimate workshop. True to her…

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Free

The Journey to Find Balance Within Yourself and the World Around You

March 15, 2015
Otis Library, 48 North Main Road
Otis, MA
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Anastasia Stanmeyer A writing workshop led by Anastasia Stanmeyer Otis Library, 48 N. Main Road, Otis, 11 a.m. Space is limited; email astanmeyer@berkshiremag.com to register. As women, we find ourselves often times seeking balance in our daily lives, on many levels—internally, socially, politically, environmentally. Writing is a means of expressing that struggle to find balance. Anastasia Stanmeyer asks participants to share writings of no more than 700 words that exemplify that quest, and how that balance has been…

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Free

Maidens’ Initiation: Menstruation/The Wise Wound

March 16, 2015
Stanmeyer Gallery and Shaker Dam Coffeehouse, 2 Main Street
West Stockbridge, MA 01266
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Pooja Ru Prema Workshop led by Pooja Ru Prema Stanmeyer Gallery and Shaker Dam Coffeehouse, 2 Main Street, West Stockbridge, 4 p.m A writing workshop delving deeper into the openings created by Pooja Ru Prema’s 2013 interactive installation “Rites of Passage,” this session will focus on menstruation as a spiritual initiation and as a woman’s tool for self-knowledge. Menstruation is a girl’s entry into womanhood and into her “maiden” years, heralding her fertility and sexual ripening.…

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Free

In the Beginning Was the Word

March 16, 2015
First Congregational Church, 4 Main Street
Stockbridge, MA 01262
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Hannah Fries and Rachel Barenblat Reading and panel discussion by women writers of faith: Rachel Barenblat, Hannah Fries, Liz Goodman, and Sokunthary Svay First Congregational Church, 4 Main Street, Stockbridge, 7 p.m. In her book The Nakedness of the Fathers, poet Alicia Ostriker writes, “By the time the spiritual imagination of women has expressed itself as fully and variously as that of men, to be sure, whatever humanity means by God, religion, holiness, and truth will be completely transformed.” This…

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Free

Border Crossings: Writing About Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

March 18, 2015
Mason Library, 231 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA
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Lee Schwartz Workshop led by Lee Schwartz Mason Library, 231 Main Street, Great Barrington, 3 p.m. If you do not fit into society’s rigid gender boxes—if you or someone you know and love is gay, queer, or questioning society’s idea of male and female, this is a workshop where you can hear those voices and write out your own truth. If you feel the mainstream of literature is not echoing your voice, this is a workshop for you. We will create a supportive, confidential…

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Free

Spacious, Gracious, Elderflowering

March 18, 2015
First Congregational Church, 4 Main Street
Stockbridge, MA 01262
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Jan Hutchinson and Signe Schaefer Workshop led by Jan Hutchinson and Signe Schaefer First Congregational Church, 4 Main Street, Stockbridge, 7 p.m. Program begins after the Women of Spirit in the Berkshires Potluck at 5:45 p.m. Aren’t we each many different people in one lifetime — changing, evolving, and transforming through the decades? If we do not want to keep trying to act young in an everaging body, what imaginations can help us step toward an unknown future with interest…

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Free

Writing Our Lives as Fiction and Memoir

March 21, 2015
Bushnell-Sage Library, 48 Main Street
Sheffield, MA
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Carol Ascher Writing workshop led by Carol Ascher Bushnell-Sage Library, 48 Main Street, Sheffield, 11 a.m. Aimed at 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, this three hour workshop will explore why each of us tends to think in terms of memoir or fiction when we consider writing about our experiences, how we can shift to a different genre, and the benefits and…

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Free

Mothers’ Initiation: The Birth Story

March 23, 2015
Stanmeyer Gallery and Shaker Dam Coffeehouse, 2 Main Street
West Stockbridge, MA 01266
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Camille Roos Workshop led by Camille Roos Stanmeyer Gallery and Shaker Dam Coffeehouse, 2 Main Street, West Stockbridge, 4 p.m. Giving birth is one of the greatest initiations a woman experiences, on the threshold of life and death as she delivers a new being into the world. The birth story locates the mother in a constellation of confrontation, surrender, and negotiation with the unexpected. It carries all prior experience toward the moment of crowned release, where one’s individuality is rewritten. The births…

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Free

Write with Your Whole Voice: Maiden, Mother, Crone

March 24, 2015
South Berkshire Friends Meeting, 280 State Road
Great Barrington, MA
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Workshop led by Mary Kate Jordan South Berkshire Friends Meeting, 280 State Road, Great Barrington, 2 p.m. You’re your mother’s daughter, back generation after generation. So, you already carry your own internalized version of maiden, mother, and crone (Persephone, Demeter, and the Gorgon in western European mythology). But these archetypal tales are incomplete without including Gaia, the Earth, as an active participant in the drama. That changes everything. This workshop will explore the ways She, as maiden, mother, and crone, plays with fire, earth, air…

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Free

Inspired By Melville

March 27, 2015
Arrowhead Museum, 780 Holmes Road
Pittsfield, MA
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Jana Laiz Writing workshop led by Arrowhead writer-in-residence Jana Laiz Arrowhead Museum, 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield, 1:30 p.m. Space is limited to 15; newcomers to this workshop will receive priority. To register, e-mail jana@janalaiz.com. At the 2013 Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, Herman Melville’s study was packed to overflowing with writers hoping to be inspired by working in the study of one of America’s greatest writers. The enthusiastic response and the poetry and prose that emerged that day were testament to the power…

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Free

Poetry from the Ground Up

March 28, 2015
Mason Library, 231 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA
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Lisken Van Pelt Duus Poetry workshop led by Lisken Van Pelt Dus Mason Library, 231 Main Street, Great Barrington, 10 a.m. A poetry-writing workshop incorporating both physical and verbal centering exercises, interweaving approaches from martial arts and writing practices. Participants will be guided through a series of physical grounding exercises and low-stakes writing prompts, with opportunities to interact and build on one another’s creative and physical energy. Lisken Van Pelt Dus is a poet, teacher, and martial artist raised…

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Free

Wise Women’s Initiation: Menopause

March 30, 2015
Stanmeyer Gallery and Shaker Dam Coffeehouse, 2 Main Street
West Stockbridge, MA 01266
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Sarah Nicholson and Cindy Parrish Workshop led by Sarah Nicholson and Cindy Parrish Stanmeyer Gallery and Shaker Dam Coffeehouse, 2 Main Street, West Stockbridge, 4 p.m. Menopause, along with menstruation and childbirth, is being reclaimed as one of the most profound and powerful initiations of a woman’s life. Having traveled through maidenhood and motherhood, whether literally or figuratively, a woman enters into her wisdom or crone years through the threshold of menopause. Many women speak of claiming their truth, their voice, their body, and their relationships at this time…

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June 2015
$15

Dancing Your Way Across the Page: A Writing Workshop With African Dance Rhythm and Movement

June 21, 2015 @ 3:00 am - 5:00 pm
Kilpatrick Athletic Center, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 84 Alford Road
Great Barrington, MA United States
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Kuukua Yomekpe Join multi-artist Kuukua Dzigbordi Yomekpe, in a lively exploration of writing and movement. This workshop will simultaneously explore African dance rhythms and movement as a means of entering writing from a different angle. We will alternate between exploring specific themes in our writing exercises and periods of movement. No experience in writing or dance is required. For experienced artists, this workshop might help cure an artist’s block, or provide a different way of entering your…

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September 2015
$30

Gaia Calling: Writing in Nature, Writing For Nature

September 13, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Bascom Lodge, Mount Greylock,

Gaia is constantly calling out to us humans, her most elaborate creations, speaking to us through the wind, water and rocks, and through the myriad other living beings who also call her home. Over the millennia, we humans have become increasingly alienated from the rest of the Earth community, to the point now where most of us, especially in tech-saturated countries like America, spend far more time indoors and in front of screens than outside where we can hear what…

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October 2015

Lean In with the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers

October 18, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Shaker Dam Coffeehouse and Stanmeyer Gallery, 2 Main Street
West Stockbridge, MA United States
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At our October Lean In, the theme is HARVEST; women writers are invited to bring short pieces to share on this topic (500 words max) and we will also do some writing together to celebrate the season in words. Join us from  1 - 3 p.m. at the Shaker Dam Coffeehouse and Stanmeyer Gallery, West Stockbridge, hosted by Festival Director Jennifer Browdy and Anastasia Stanmeyer, Editor of Berkshire Magazine. Please note time change, for October only!  

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January 2016
Free

Lean In with the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, hosted by Berkshire Magazine Editor Anastasia Stanmeyer and Jennifer Browdy. 


January 24, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Shaker Dam Coffeehouse and Stanmeyer Gallery, 2 Main Street
West Stockbridge, MA United States
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Welcome in the New Year in good company at this relaxed, drop-in writers' circle for women in any stage of their writing journey. The theme will be "Renewal"; bring a short piece of writing to share (500 words max) and we'll also do some writing together.  At the Shaker Dam Coffeehouse and Stanmeyer Gallery, West Stockbridge.  Free; no registration necessary.

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February 2016
Free

Writing Our Lives as Fiction & Memoir

February 13, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Bushnell-Sage Library, 48 Main Street
Sheffield, MA
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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 fiction when we consider writing about our experiences, how we can shift to a different genre, and the benefits and limitations of each. The workshop will include two work…

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Free

Lean In with the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, hosted by Berkshire Magazine Editor Anastasia Stanmeyer and Jennifer Browdy. 


February 21, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Stanmeyer Gallery and Shaker Dam Coffeehouse, 2 Main Street
West Stockbridge, MA 01266
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TBA Time to be finalized later.

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March 2016
Free

Advanced Study Workshop in Non-Traditional Prose Workshop led by Berkshire Community College faculty Julianna Spallholz and Nell McCabe

March 10, 2016 @ 3:00 pm
Berkshire Community College, 1350 West Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
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In this advanced writing workshop designed to examine works of non-traditional and cross-genre prose, participants will create and discuss their original work as well as selections from authors such as Lydia Davis, Selah Saterstrom, and Kim Gek Lin Short. Enrollment is limited. Register by email to Julianna Spallholz at jspallho@berkshirecc.edu. Location: The Writing Center, Susan B. Anthony Lounge, Rooms A123/124 Nell McCabe began writing fiction as a child and has continued writing - sometimes sporadically - through eclectic educational endeavors,…

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6th Annual Berkshire Festival of Women Writers Opening Weekend – Saturday

March 12, 2016
Eastover Estate & Retreat Center, 30 East Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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All events held at Eastover Estate & Retreat Center, 430 East Street, Lenox, require tickets. TICKETS: $55 morning session, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., includes lunch at Eastover (Reservations required by March 10) $55 afternoon sessions, 1:30pm – 5:30 p.m. includes afternoon tea $95 Full Day, 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., includes lunch and afternoon tea $15 Evening concert (tickets sold separately) Buy Tickets Saturday, March 12 Schedule: 10 a.m. - noon Good Stories: The Deep Red Heart of Life Writing Workshop…

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Good Stories: The Deep Red Heart of Life

March 12, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Eastover Estate & Retreat Center, 30 East Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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Writing Workshop and lunch with Esther Cohen - (Reservations required by March 10) Good stories are the living breathing unpredictable deep red heart of life. This workshop is for story lovers and story makers who want to make their own stories better. How the world began, all that we know and don’t know, whatever we feel and see and hear– we will look at every part of our lives as rich material for stories, good stories. Our class will be an…

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$55 - $95

6th Annual Berkshire Festival of Women Writers Opening Weekend – Sunday

March 13, 2016
Eastover Estate & Retreat Center, 30 East Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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Jan Krause Greene, Cheryl Melody Baskin, Thea Iberal, Jane Yolen, Heidi Stemple, Jennifer Browdy All events held at Eastover Estate & Retreat Center, 430 East Street, Lenox require tickets. $55 morning session, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., includes lunch at Eastover (Reservations required by March 10) $55 afternoon sessions, 1:30 p.m - 5:30 p.m., includes afternoon tea $95 Full Day, 10:00 a.m.- 5:30 p.m., includes lunch and afternoon tea Buy Tickets   Sunday, March…

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Free

Reading Like a Writer: An Examination of Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

March 14, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lee Library Association, 100 Main Street
Lee, MA United States
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Workshop led by Leslie Wheeler Great novels not only make for enjoyable reading, but also contain important lessons for writers, from beginners to veterans. We'll examine Daphne du Maurier's classic novel of suspense, Rebecca, with a view toward determining how the author builds a compelling tale through characterization, setting, and plotting. Participants will gain a better understanding of how to write successful fiction, whether mystery, suspense, or mainstream. Read the novel and bring your copy to the workshop, prepared to…

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Free

Telling Truth & Beauty: Writing, Telling and Playing Back Personal Stories

March 15, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Berkshire Community College, South County Center, 343 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230 United States
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Writing and performance workshop led by Kelly DuMar This lively workshop will get you out of your chair taking risks and discovering gifts as you share your own stories and help other women writers reveal the personal and universal truth and beauty of theirs. Participants will engage in writing and improvisational acting, co-creating spontaneous art in an intimate setting with deep listening and creative response. Jo Salas, in her description of Playback Theatre from Improvising Real Life, says effective artistic…

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Free

Bulldog Rewriting

March 15, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Mason Library, 231 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA
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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 participants through its drafts, from the original free association phase through to publication-ready, inviting the audience into her thought process: why she chose one word over another, deleted entire sections, added in others, etc.…

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Free

Bad Guys We Love to Hate

March 16, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lenox Library, 18 Main Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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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 successful examples of the darkest characters, explore methods of developing fictional villains, and offer writing exercises to work on your own bad guy characters. Jacqueline Sheehan and Elli Meeropol have worked together for over ten years,…

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$10

Voice Triumphant

March 16, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
No. Six Depot, 6 Depot Street
West Stockbridge, MA
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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 that matter. In both, a writer deploys language to create the illusion of a mind expressing—or struggling to express—or struggling to hide—ideas and feelings. We say about many poems and stories that there is a “speaker”; however, the…

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$30

Traveling Mindset

March 17, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Magic Fluke Company, 292 South Main Street
Sheffield, MA 01257 United States
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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 "traveling mindset." We stop to look at street signs and plant life; we send postcards home about what we see. The challenge is to apply this outlook to our everyday lives. In this writing class,…

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Free

Crossing the Line / LGBT Memoir

March 17, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mason Library, 231 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA
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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 different? When did you know? Who was the first person you told? This is an opportunity for writing and healing in a safe, confidential space. Create a herstory through the lens of…

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Free

Ophelia Rising

March 18, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
West Stockbridge Public Library, 21 State Line Rd
West Stockbridge, MA 01266 United States
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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 spoken word piece and perform it for a supportive and enthusiastic audience. Just bring a notebook, a pen, and a bit of faith, and discover how easy and exhilarating it can be to…

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May 2016
$10

Writing Out Loud:  A performance-based revision workshop

May 7, 2016 @ 4:00 pm
Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road
Sandisfield, MA United States
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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 a piece of writing. With the creative input of other participants, Courtney and Hallie will help fiction and non-fiction writers understand where the work shines and where it can be tightened. Participants are asked to bring one…

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Free

Lean-In with guest author, Laurie Lisle

May 22, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Shaker Dam Coffeehouse and Stanmeyer Gallery, 2 Main Street
West Stockbridge, MA United States
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Free, drop-in circle for women writers of the Berkshire region, hosted by Jennifer Browdy and Anastasia Stanmeyer, editor of Berkshire Magazine. Theme for May: “Cultivating” with special guest Laurie Lisle.

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August 2016
$300.00

Write the Change You Want to See

August 1, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - August 4, 2016 @ 4:00 pm
Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 84 Alford Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230 United States
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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 passionate about and help you find the best genre, style, voice and publication route to get your message out into the world most effectively. Four afternoons in August, on the campus of Bard College at Simon's…

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$500.00

Butterfly Leadership Workshop for Teen Girls

August 8, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - August 12, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
The Mount, 2 Plunkett Street
Lenox,
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This transformative weeklong intensive, held Aug. 8 - 12 from 1 - 5 p.m. on the lovely grounds of Edith Wharton's summer home in Lenox, The Mount, will awaken young women to the power of their own voices, both written and spoken. Through a combination of public speaking exercises, facilitated writing practice, team-building activities, and other modes of exploration, we empower girls to speak up, stand up, and lead. Whether well on her way to becoming a leader in her…

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September 2016
$30.00

Finding Your Mountaintop: Writing Your Way to Clarity

September 18, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Bascom Lodge, Mount Greylock,

People have always sought out mountaintops to get above the fray of ordinary existence. We climb mountains to seek tranquility and to reach for visions of a better world. In this 3-hour workshop at Bascom Lodge, at the summit of Mount Greylock, the highest peak in Massachusetts, you will be guided by carefully designed prompts and facilitated discussion to write your way out of the thicket of everyday life, towards the clarity of what really matters—to us as individuals, and…

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November 2016

Lean In with the BFWW: Writing, Telling & Playing Back Personal Stories with Kelly DuMar

November 6, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Shaker Dam Coffeehouse and Stanmeyer Gallery, 2 Main Street
West Stockbridge, MA United States
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Kelly DuMar workshop, Berkshire Community College, BFWW 2016   This month we’ll welcome special guest Kelly DuMar, who will offer a lively workshop on how to take the risk of sharing your stories and help other women writers do the same. Kelly’s workshop, “Telling Truth & Beauty: Writing, Telling and Playing Back Personal Stories,” will involve writing and improvisational acting, co-creating spontaneous art in an intimate setting with deep listening and creative response. Jo Salas, in…

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$425

Rookwood Memoir Writing Retreat for Women

November 11, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - November 13, 2016 @ 12:00 pm
Lenox Rookwood Inn, 11 Old Stockbridge Rd
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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Rookwood Writing Retreat

Spark your creative fires while enjoying the company of a lively, thoughtful group of women writers. Find new entries into the story of your life in a warm, supportive atmosphere. Bring your memoir in progress, your ideas, or just your enthusiasm. Enjoy optional accommodations at the historic Rookwood Inn, centrally located in Lenox, MA, the heart of the beautiful Berkshires. Details: You know you have a million great stories to tell, but you’re not sure how to get going, or…

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December 2016
$400.00

Write the Change You Want to See in the World

December 2, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - December 4, 2016 @ 1:00 pm
The Egremont Village Inn, 17 Main Street
South Egremont, MA United States
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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 first step is this: simply taking the time to sit down and share your ideas in the supportive, enthusiastic circle created by veteran writer/change agents Jana Laiz and…

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January 2017
$35

The Elemental Journey of Purposeful Memoir with Jennifer Browdy: Dreaming Deep

January 28 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
South Berkshire Friends Meeting, 280 State Road
Great Barrington, MA
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  Join BFWW Founding Director Jennifer Browdy in a new series of monthly memoir writing workshops, coinciding with the publication of her new writing guide, The Elemental Journey of Purposeful Memoir: A Writer's Companion (Order here.) The theme for this month is "Dreaming Deep. From writer's guide: "In January, though the ice may be frozen over the stream, the water still flows beneath. Your task is to drill down through the layers that have formed between you and your childhood, surprising yourself with the…

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February 2017
$35

Kickstart Your Writing Project with Jana Laiz

February 4 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
The Egremont Village Inn, 17 Main Street
South Egremont, MA United States
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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 drop-in classes, Jana provides creative writing prompts and a safe space allowing you to express what needs to come through you. Answer questions that go deep to draw out your story and your…

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$35

The Elemental Journey of Purposeful Memoir with Jennifer Browdy: Looking for Love

February 25 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
South Berkshire Friends Meeting, 280 State Road
Great Barrington, MA
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February's catalyst for memoir writing is "Looking for Love." From Jennifer's Writer's Companion: "This February, don't settle for the thin veneer of romance that passes for Cupid's arrow on Valentine's Day. Go deeper. Who and what have you truly loved?" The writing workshops are designed to accompany the monthly writing prompts in the writer’s guide; participants should expect to do some writing together at each session, and there will also be time for sharing excerpts from your own memoir writing, whether or…

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March 2017
$35

Kickstart Your Writing Project with Jana Laiz

March 4 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
The Egremont Village Inn, 17 Main Street
South Egremont, MA United States
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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 drop-in classes, Jana provides creative writing prompts and a safe space allowing you to express what needs to come through you. Answer questions that go deep to draw out your story and your…

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Child’s Play: A Writing Workshop with Lara Tupper

March 11 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 84 Alford Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230 United States
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“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 about childhood (both from a child’s perspective and an adult’s perspective) and share our work in a supportive, friendly space. Please bring your writing tools (journal and pen or laptop) and a willingness to reminisce.  Participants will…

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The Elemental Journey of Purposeful Memoir Workshop with Jennifer Browdy: Sap Rising

March 25 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
South Berkshire Friends Meeting, 280 State Road
Great Barrington, MA
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March’s catalyst for memoir writing is “Sap Rising.” From Jennifer’s Writer’s Companion: “This month, cast yourself into the flow of your emergence as a young adult. As the sap of your youth rose impetuously, unstoppably, what met you as you reached out into the world?" These writing workshops are designed to accompany the monthly writing prompts in Jennifer's new book The Elemental Journey of Purposeful Memoir: A Writer's Companion. Participants should expect to do some writing together at each session, and there will…

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April 2017
$35

CANCELLED DUE TO INSTRUCTOR ILLNESS Kickstart Your Writing Project with Jana Laiz

April 8 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
The Egremont Village Inn, 17 Main Street
South Egremont, MA United States
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CANCELLED DUE TO INSTRUCTOR ILLNESS. NEXT KICKSTART WORKSHOP MAY 13! 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 drop-in classes, Jana provides creative writing prompts and a safe space allowing you to express what needs to come through you. Answer questions…

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The Elemental Journey of Purposeful Memoir with Jennifer Browdy: Fueling the Creative Fires

April 15 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
South Berkshire Friends Meeting, 280 State Road
Great Barrington, MA
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April's catalyst for memoir writing is "Fueling the Creative Fires." From Jennifer's Writer's Companion: "Although the rhyme says April is the time of showers, it is also a fire month, and I encourage you to use both the cool nourishment of rain and the delicious heat of the sun to fuel your creative fires on these lively spring days. This month, chart the development of your passions, as well as any trials and tribulations you may have experienced along life's journey, paying attention…

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$45

So Much Is In Bud: Cultivating Hope in an Age of Fear

April 22 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
South Berkshire Friends Meeting, 280 State Road
Great Barrington, MA
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Readings and an Invitation to Spirited Writing with Jennifer Browdy, Ellen Meeropol and Jana Laiz   We have only begun to know the power that is in us if we would join our solitudes in the communion of struggle. So much is unfolding that must complete its gesture, so much is in bud.                       --Denise Levertov It’s easy to feel paralyzed and fearful in the face of the realities of…

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Make Social Media Make Sense: A Workshop for Creatives & Entrepreneurs with Lynnette Lucy Najimy

April 23 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 84 Alford Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230 United States
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Are you confused or overwhelmed by social media? Are you resisting using it at all? Do you wonder if you are maximizing its potential? Do you doubt that its worth your time and effort for business?  It's ok. And it's not too late! More than ever, social media is a valuable resource for raising awareness about your work, your brand, and your message.  Whether you are featuring your creative work, promoting a cause, selling products, or hosting events, the right methods can help you…

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