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March 2016
$55

Every Woman Has a Story to Tell

March 13, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Eastover Estate & Retreat Center, 30 East Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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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's literary journal. These are anonymous works of both experienced and novice writers, exemplifying themes that are common to most women. In some cases, 45Magazine gives a voice to women who had been voiceless, powerless, and invisible until they put their…

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The Family Business: The Yolen-Stemples Literary World, to the (Owl) Moon and Beyond

March 13, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Eastover Estate & Retreat Center, 30 East Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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Reading and discussion with Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple From Owl Moon to their latest, You Nest Here With Me, authors Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple's art imitates life--though sometimes accidentally. Join Jane and Heidi for a discussion of what it’s like to live in family filled with storytellers and how living in such a creative family informs their writing. Heidi Stemple didn’t want to be a writer when she grew up. In fact, after she graduated from college,…

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Green Visions: Writing the Environment in Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry & Prose

March 13, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Eastover Estate & Retreat Center, 30 East Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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Reading and discussion with Jennifer Browdy, Jan Krause Greene, Thea Iberall, Tess Taylor and Jane Yolen For registration, visit website: Sunday, March 13 Tickets Five writers will read briefly from their environmental writing and discuss their use of writing, in a variety of genres, as a means of awakening readers to the natural world and the environmental challenges currently facing all of us on Earth today. How is writing a poem, short story, novel, children’s book or personal essay a way…

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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

Writers in The House

March 14, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
The Mount, 2 Plunkett Street
Lenox,
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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 Noble Character (a modern retelling of The House of Mirth), and Claire McMillan, author of Gilded Age--will discuss their books, their careers, and how Edith Wharton continues to shape and inspire women writers in the 21st century. Koren Zailckas is a bestselling author…

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$10

No, I Don’t Have Any Children

March 14, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
First Congregational Church, Great Barrington, MA, 251 Main Street,
Great Barrington, MA 01230 United States
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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 for "No, I Don't Have Any Children" Much writing by women celebrates motherhood; far less time is devoted to the blessings and challenges of non-motherhood. This event presents a series of women’s individual stories of not having birthed and raised children. The stories…

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Free

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

March 15, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Berkshire Community College, South County Center, 343 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230 United States
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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 content. You may begin to doubt your ability, your story, and your stamina. The workshop leaders will read from their memoirs-in-progress and discuss how they’ve gotten into trouble, and how they’ve gotten out of it. Note: Reading…

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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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$6

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

March 15, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Deb Koffman’s Artspace, 137 Front Street
Housatonic, MA
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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 writers to perform or read their own work: poetry, stories, songs. Reserve your five-minute-maximum slot by e-mailing Deb Koffman at deb@debkoffman.com or calling 413-274-1212. Suggested donation $6 at the door

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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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Free

Being Equal Doesn’t Mean Being the Same: Why Behaving Like a Girl Can Change Your Life and Grow Your Business

March 16, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Lenox Library, 18 Main Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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A Talk by Author Joanna L. Krotz The rising profile of women executives and business owners means it’s high time we rethink our notion of how women leaders and entrepreneurs walk, talk and think. It’s also time to shine a light on women’s distinct ways of doing business by offering realistic role models, sharing hands-on advice and raising questions and eyebrows about gender equity. This talk, based on Joanna’s new book, delves into the characteristic ways women manage in the…

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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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Free

Storytelling in the Sacred Circle: An Evening of Reflection and Connection

March 16, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
First Congregational Church, 4 Main Street
Stockbridge, MA 01262
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A Workshop led by Amber Chand and Analesa Berg In ancient times, people gathered by the fire to share their journeys, dreams, and stories. This evening, Women of Spirit invites you to share something that has inspired you on your life journey - whether from your personal reflections, poetry, song, writing, or that of others. Let us surprise each other with our creative offerings on this special evening. In this sacred circle, through guided reflection and meaningful conversation, we will…

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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

Book Launch: A Short Course in Happiness After Loss (And Other Dark, Difficult Times)

March 17, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, 57 Interlaken Rd
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
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Presented by author Maria Sirois, PsyD To register, call Kripalu Registration at 800.741.7353. None of us is spared suffering...and all might be open to joy. If we keep our hearts soft and our minds open we come to find that happiness, serenity, meaning are each possible even as we experience great loss or shocking pain. Journey with renowned inspirational speaker and resilience expert, Maria Sirois, as she discusses the return to happiness and the importance of that return for our…

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Free

Peanut Peregrinations and Other Tales of Food Travel

March 18, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Stanmeyer Gallery and Shaker Dam Coffeehouse, 2 Main Street
West Stockbridge, MA 01266
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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 their cultures and traditions, in everything from pottery to poetry. Carol will read from and discuss her current book project, which follows the paths various foods have taken around the world. Each…

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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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Free

Monument Girls Write On

March 18, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
West Stockbridge Historical Society, 9 Main Street
West Stockbridge,
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Reading hosted by Lisken Van Pelt Dus and other faculty from Monument Mountain Regional High School Lisken Van Pelt Dus This celebratory reading will feature young women writers from Monument Mountain Regional High School, presenting selections from their poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, and hybrid work. Students have been chosen to participate by MMRHS English department faculty, who will also introduce the writers: Haley Couch, Sarah Michaels, Lucy Burnett, Isabelle Morley, Meryl Phair, Daniella DeFelice, Janey…

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$55 - $95

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

March 19, 2016
Hotel on North, 297 North Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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All events held at Hotel on North, 297 North Street, Pittsfield, require tickets. Ruth Reichl, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Veronica Chambers, Anastasia Stanmeyer, Sonia Pilcer, Helen Epstein, Barbara Slate and Karen Schoemer   TICKETS: $55 morning session, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., includes brunch and Ruth Reichl talk at Eat on North $55 afternoon sessions, 1:30 – 5:30 p.m., includes reception with cash bar All-day rate, $95 Buy Tickets       Saturday March 19…

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$55

Living the Food Life: One woman’s journey from cook to critic to novelist – and back

March 19, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Hotel on North, 297 North Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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Brunch talk with author Ruth Reichl Tickets: $50 morning session, includes brunch and Ruth Reichl talk at Eat on North (Reservation required by March 14) For registration information, visit Hotel on North, March 19 Tickets Ruth Reichl. Photo by Marcqui Akins Ruth Reichl's first book was a cookbook, published in 1972. Since then she's been part owner of a restaurant, restaurant critic for both the Los Angeles Times and New York Times, and Editor in Chief of…

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Finding Our Voices, Telling Our Stories

March 19, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Hotel on North, 297 North Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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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 on North $55 afternoon sessions, 1:30 – 5:30 p.m., includes reception with cash bar All-day rate, $95 For registration information, visit Hotel on North, March 19 Tickets Berkshire Magazine editor Anastasia Stanmeyer talks with prolific book authors Veronica Chambers and…

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Free

Animals Are Us

March 19, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Bookstore, 11 Housatonic Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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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 trotting across the urban campus in Denver,” says poet Alison Hawthorne Deming. This world, everywhere we look, is filled with the shared breath of thousands and thousands of animals. We have coaxed…

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$55

Women Writers of a Certain Age

March 19, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Hotel on North, 297 North Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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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 afternoon sessions, 1:30 – 5:30 p.m., includes reception with cash bar All-day rate, $95 For registration information, visit Hotel on North, March 19 Tickets “You have to get old. Don’t cry, don’t clasp your hands in…

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$20

Festival Benefit Performance SPECIAL, a new play by Rachel Siegel

March 19, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
Unicorn Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Group, 6 East St
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
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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 and raising a child with special needs, and of her journey to confronting her own less visible disabilities. Inspired by personal experience and on interviews with mothers of children with special needs, SPECIAL is a funny, unstinting, and ultimately…

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$55

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

March 20, 2016
Hotel on North, 297 North Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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All events held at Hotel on North, 297 North Street, Pittsfield, require tickets.  Tickets: $55 afternoon sessions, 1:30 – 5:30 p.m., includes high tea with Alison Larkin Buy Tickets Jessica Hazelton, Jana Laiz, Marilyn Oser and Carol Ascher; Alison Larkin Sunday, March 20 Schedule: 1:30 – 3 p.m. Preparing for Print: Pathways to Publication A Panel Discussion with Jessica Hazelton, Jana Laiz, Marilyn Oser and Carol Ascher 3:30 – 5 p.m. Alison Larkin…

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$25

Preparing for Print: Pathways to Publication

March 20, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Hotel on North, 297 North Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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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 publishers will discuss the process of bringing a manuscript through development into publication and promotion. Jessika Hazelton is the manager of the Troy Book Makers, a full-service self-publishing company based in Troy, NY. She received her BFA in writing and publishing…

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$30

Alison Larkin Presents… A Festive Tea Party with The English American

March 20, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Hotel on North, 297 North Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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$30 - Advance registration requested. For registration information, visit the Festival website: Sunday, March 20 Tickets Come take tea and celebrate the release of the new audiobook of Peter Pan with brilliant comedienne Alison Larkin in a Festival finale that will leave you laughing and wishing for more! Hailed by The Times as “Hugely entertaining,” Alison Larkin, a talented raconteur, best-selling author of The English American, and award-winning audiobook narrator, will entertain and read scenes from recent narrations featuring some of English literature's…

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April 2016
$60

Butterfly Leadership Circle – Cultivating Passion & Purpose

April 10, 2016 @ 2:00 am - 5:00 pm
South Berkshire Friends Meeting, 280 State Road
Great Barrington, MA
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The next Butterfly Leadership Circle is on April 10 - Discovering and Cultivating Passion and Purpose on the Issues that Matter Most at South Berkshire Friends Meeting House in Great Barrington

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$20

Made in the Berkshires BFWW Benefit Performance: Through the Looking Glass, written and directed by Hilary Somers Deely and Barbara Sims

April 17, 2016 @ 3:00 pm
Unicorn Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Group, 6 East St
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
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Tickets: $20. Contact the Berkshire Theatre Group Box Office- 413-997-4444 or visit www.berkshiretheatregroup.org. The Berkshire women writers honored in Through the Looking Glass--Catherine Maria Sedgwick, Francis Anne (Fanny) Kemble, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Edith Wharton and Edna St Vincent Millay--exemplify the diversity of women’s writing in the 19th, and 20th centuries. Readings from the journals, letters, diaries and stories of these women, performed by Berkshire actors including Amber Chand, Hilary Somers Deely, Kate Maguire, Corinna May, Mary Mott and Barbara Sims,…

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Lean In with the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers

April 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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Free, drop-in circle for women writers of the Berkshire region, hosted by Jennifer Browdy and Anastasia Stanmeyer, editor of Berkshire Magazine. Theme this month: Keeping It Light! A special Lean In led by Jana Laiz and Lorrin Krouss. Everything going on in our world today can be distressing and disheartening, but as Mark Twain said, “The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.” Bring a short (500 words max) story or essay that…

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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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$60.00

Butterfly Leadership Circle for Teen Girls & Young Women

May 15, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Mount, 2 Plunkett Street
Lenox,
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Students and faculty of Monument Mountain Regional High School at their BFWW reading March 18, 2016 Step into leadership with writing and public speaking coaching by Jennifer Browdy, Ph.D., and spoken word poet Grace Rossman. The May 15 session at The Mount will focus on what draws us to leadership, and what holds us back. Come join our creative community and get inspired! REGISTER HERE.

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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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June 2016
$450

Rookwood Memoir Writing Retreat with Jennifer Browdy

June 3, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - June 5, 2016 @ 1:00 pm
Lenox Rookwood Inn, 11 Old Stockbridge Rd
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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Rookwook Retreat

  Get ready to embark on the Writing Journey of Your Life! Your Itinerary: 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…

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$25

Paula Uruburu, Book Talk and Cocktail Party at AIER

June 11, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
American Institute of Economic Research (AIER), 250 Division Street
Great Barrington, MA United States
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Biographer Paula Uruburu, author of American Eve: Evelyn Nesbit, Stanford White, the Birth of the "It" Girl and the Crime of the Century, will be the featured speaker at a cocktail party and tour of the AIER mansion. The event benefits the Great Barrington Historical Society and is co-sponsored by the BFWW and the American Institute of Economic Research.

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Free

Lean In: Thresholds to a Creative Practice with Suzi Banks Baum

June 12, 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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This month Suzi Banks Baum will share her work, Thresholds to a Creative Practice: What I learned on my First Visit to Armenia.

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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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Lean In with the BFWW: An Afternoon of Poetry

August 28, 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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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 craft of writing poetry. Lisken Van Pelt Dus Lisken Van Pelt Dus lives in Pittsfield. She teaches at Monument Mountain Regional High School and Elm Street…

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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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October 2016
$50.00

BFWW Goes to the Theater!

October 2, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berkshire Theatre Group’s Unicorn Theater, 6 East Street
Stockbridge, MA
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Gather some friends for a festive outing to WAM Theatre's fall production, "The Bakelite Masterpiece," a new play by Kate Cayley, directed by Kristen Van Ginhoven, starring Corinna May and David Adkins, co-produced by the Berkshire Theatre Group and WAM. At the end of World War II, with Holland in chaos, the artist van Meegeren is arrested. His crime? Selling a long-lost painting by the Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer to Hermann Goering, Nazi leader. His defense? It was a perfect…

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Lean In: Theme is Writing About Kids for Adults & Young Adults, with special guest Ali Benjamin

October 23, 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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Join our warm circle of women writers as we gather to consider how best to approach writing about kids for adults and young adults. Ali Benjamin with her National Book Award finalist medal Hosted by Anastasia Stanmeyer, editor of Berkshire Magazine, and BFWW founding director Jennifer Browdy, this month's Lean In features special guest Ali Benjamin, author of the 2015 New York Times bestseller The Thing About Jellyfish, which was a National Book Award finalist. Ali will talk about…

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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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The Revolution Where You Live: A Talk with Yes! Magazine Co-Founder and Editor Sarah van Gelder

February 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Daniel Arts Center Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 84 Alford Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230
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The election of Trump is taking us into uncharted territory. Local action is where we can resist the dangers, reconnect to each other, to the earth, and re-conceive the world we want. For four months in late 2015, YES! Magazine co-founder and editor at large Sarah van Gelder drove 12,000 miles, living in her tiny truck camper, interviewing people on Native reservations, in rust belt cities, Appalachian hamlets, and southern cities. Her book, The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a…

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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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$35

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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$20

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

March 12 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
No. Six Depot, 6 Depot Street
West Stockbridge, MA
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WAM Theatre Fresh Takes 2016 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 female friendship that spans almost 30 years, will be directed by WAM Artistic Associate and Fresh Takes Curator/Producer Molly Clancy. This opening reading of the Fresh Takes Series will be a…

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$35

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

What I Forgot…And Why I Remembered: A Reading with Jennifer Browdy

April 7 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The Bookstore, 11 Housatonic Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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What I Forgot…And Why I Remembered is a must-read for social and environmental justice advocates and anyone who is interested in undertaking the inner work necessary for effective activism.

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$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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$10

Women’s Shorts: Four Plays

April 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Berkshire Community College, 1350 West Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
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WOMEN'S SHORTS is an annual production of short plays by women playwrights & performers at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield on April 7-9, 2017. This year's featured performers are playwright & actor Anne Undeland, playwright Jane Denitz Smith, filmmaker & playwright Cindy Parrish, and playwright & actor Maizy Broderick Scarpa. In partnership with Berkshire Community College, select BCC students will write and/or perform short pieces accompanied by music & movement, and student theater technicians will work with the professional writer/performers. Two years ago,…

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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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$45

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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May 2017
$35

Walking and Writing Workshop with Zara Raab and Hilde Weisert

May 6 @ 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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“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 walking. One strong connection between writing and walking is the rhythms of the poetic line, the flow of accented and unaccented syllables, the beat and sound of one’s own footsteps…

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Kickstart Your Writing Project with Jana Laiz

May 13 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Arrowhead Museum, 780 Holmes Road
Pittsfield, MA
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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 with 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 essential message. Find the story inside yourself and let’s…

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$10

Pipelines, Politics and Prose: Getting Personal About Our Planet with Jennifer Browdy

May 13 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road
Sandisfield, MA United States
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Jennifer Browdy, Ph.D., will offer a talk and inspirational writing workshop relating the political and planetary implications of the proliferation of fossil fuel infrastructure to our personal histories and our individual and shared visions of a livable future. The event, a benefit for the No Fracked Gas In Mass campaign, will take place May 13 from4 - 5:30 p.m. at the Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road, Sandisfield MA. Tickets are $10. Dr. Browdy, a professor of comparative literature and…

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The Elemental Journey of Purposeful Memoir with Jennifer Browdy: Motherhood, Reconsidered

May 20 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
South Berkshire Friends Meeting, 280 State Road
Great Barrington, MA
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Jennifer Browdy, Ph.D., leads a lively two-hour Saturday afternoon memoir writing workshop, with a focus on mothers and mothering. We’ll write and share about some of the highlights or low points of our experience as daughters, and think together about which of the lessons gained from our mothers we want to preserve and pass on to future generations, and which might be better off jettisoned. How have you mothered your own children, or if you are childless, how have you…

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What I Forgot…And Why I Remembered: A Reading and Book Talk with Jennifer Browdy

May 27 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Bookloft, 332 Stockbridge Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230 United States
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Join Jennifer Browdy for a gripping book talk that interweaves the personal, political and planetary in the compelling style of purposeful memoir!  You will enjoy this book talk if --You appreciate lyrical, honest, compelling personal stories --You are concerned about the environment and are wondering how we got here and what to do about it --You appreciate the value of the voices and visions of women --You have thought about writing a memoir of your own --You just enjoy listening…

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