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Bulldog Rewriting

March 15, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


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. The lecture will be followed by a short first draft writing practice and subsequent opportunity to pick out the gold nuggets from it.

Sheela Clary is a long-time language teacher, having taught, among other places, in Italy, with the Peace Corps, in the South Bronx and now at the Montessori School of the Berkshires. Up until 2014, she was a grant writer for schools and youth-focused nonprofits. She is in the process of getting her MFA in Creative Nonfiction at Vermont College. She was raised in Egremont, and lives in West Stockbridge with her husband and three children.


March 15, 2016
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Berkshire Festival of Women Writers


Mason Library
231 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA
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