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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Berkshire Festival of Women Writers Announces Second Full Week of Events

Name of Event(s): Berkshire Festival of Women Writers

Date/Time: Thursday, March 8 to Wednesday, March 14

Place(s): See details below

Contact: For more information about Festival events:
For further press information: Judy Nardacci, 413-243-2382;

Description of Events:
The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers continues with a second week of events at various county venues. Many generous donors and collaborators, along with the sponsorship of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, are providing a full month of events, all open to the public and most free of charge. Cultural Council grants from Alford-Egremont, Dalton, Great Barrington, Monterey, Mount Washington, New Marlborough, Pittsfield, Richmond, Stockbridge, Washington and West Stockbridge, provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, also support the Festival. A comprehensive listing of events and donors is available at the website:

The second week’s events include:
Thursday, March 8 To MFA or Not to MFA, presented by Sarah Harris Wallman, Krysia Jopek, and Michael White,
Blodgett House, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 7-9 pm. The faculty of the “no residency” MFA program at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT will host a panel discussion on the usefulness of the MFA degree.
They will give honest answers about the benefits and pitfalls of an advanced degree in writing.

Friday, March 9  Photos Worth a Thousand Words: Successfully Writing Photo Essays Presented by Mary Kate Jordan, Stockbridge Library, 6-7:30 pm, $10 fee. Limited to six participants. You will learn seven skills to help you approach the genre with greater confidence. Bring your writing tools and 5-7 photos to which you have publication rights. You will put them to good use.

Friday, March 9 Special Benefit Opening Performance, Blood Sky, a play by Yasmine Beverly Rana, directed by Mari Andrejco. New Stage Performing Arts Center, 55 North Street, Pittsfield, 7:30 pm. Ongoing performances Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 3 pm through March 25. $45 for opening night; $20 for adults, $18 for students and seniors for all other performances. Blood Sky tells the story of a young woman coming to terms with sexual abuse in her past. Opening night performance and post-show reception benefit the Elizabeth Freeman Center. Post-show talkbacks follow each Sunday matinee. For tickets and information:

Saturday, March 10 Writing Workshop: Micro-Fiction, presented by Jessica Treat, Professor of English at Northwestern CT Community College, Mason Library, Great Barrington, 10 am to 12:30 pm. Free, but pre-registration required. Limited to 12, first come, first-served basis. This workshop explores how short a short story can be; what goes into crafting a good story; and what differentiates prose poems and flash fiction. Exercises and prompts will be given for writing our own. You will write and go home with lots to work with. Markets for flash fiction will be shared.

Saturday, March 10 Our History is Our Strength: Ordinary Chinese Women During WW  II Dr. Danke Li, Professor of East Asian Studies at Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT, Clark Auditorium, Fisher Science Center, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Great Barrington, 2-4 pm. The program features a screening and discussion of the documentary film Echoes of Chongqing: Women in Wartime China, based on Li’s recent book, an oral history of the experiences of Chinese women in the war against Japan, and how they coped, worked, and lived during those years.

Sunday, March 11  Annunciation: A reading of poetry and nonfiction, Blodgett House, Bard College of Simon’s Rock, Great Barrington, 2-4 pm. Nonfiction writer Harriet Brown, author of Brave Girl Eating: A Family’s Struggle with Anorexia, and short fiction writer Sarah Towers, hosted by Bard College Writer-in-Residence Celia Bland, author of the poetry collection Soft Talk.

Tuesday, March 13  Noah’s Wife: Women at the Fringes of Faith with poet Hannah Fries, Women’s Interfaith Institute, Church on the Hill Chapel, 55 Main Street, Lenox, 7:15-8:30 pm. Hannah Fries’ poetry features the imagined stories of women characters from the Bible and mythology. She is a published poet and associate editor and poetry editor at Orion magazine.

Wednesday, March 14  Miss Representation: A documentary film screening followed by discussion and Q & A, Lecture Center, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Great Barrington, 7-9:30 pm. The film addresses the message we receive from media that a woman’s value and power lie in her youth, beauty and sexuality more than in her capacity as a leader. It proposes that the obstacles must be addressed, and that there are positive actions we can take toward change. The panel includes Elizabeth Debold, Kristine Barnett, Gabrielle Senza and Maura O’Connor.