Saturday, March 16
Writing Together: Moving out of the Garret
Panel discussion with Patricia Lee Lewis, Ellen Meeropol, and Jacqueline Sheehan
Lenox Library, 1–3 p.m.

Three authors and writing teachers discuss ways writers can move out of the solitary garret for their mutual benefit: manuscript groups and writing partners; low-residence MFA’s and conferences; writing residencies and retreats; and online discussion boards and regional literary communities.

Patricia Lee Lewis was born and raised in Texas, where her three children were also born. For over thirty years she has lived and worked at Patchwork Farm Retreat in western Massachusetts. She holds an MFA degree in creative writing from Vermont College and a BA from Smith College, Phi Beta Kappa. Beloved mentor of many writers and leader of frequent writing retreats, both nationally and internationally, she has also been the publisher of The Patchwork Journal. A grant in 2011 from the Massachusetts Arts Council enabled her to help establish a writing program at her local library. Her first book of poems, A Kind of Yellow, was awarded first place by Writers Digest International.   Patchwork Farm Retreat

Ellen Meeropol, photo by Miriam Berkley

Ellen Meeropol’s writing explores characters at the intersection of political turmoil, ethical dilemma, and family life. Publishers Weekly gave her debut novel, House Arrest (Red Hen, 2011) a starred review, calling it “thoughtful and tightly composed, unflinching in taking on challenging subjects and deliberating uneasy ethical conundrums.” Her dramatic program about the Rosenberg Fund for Children has been produced in four cities and is planned for June 2013 in Manhattan. Her short stories and essays appear in Bridges, Pedestal, Rumpus, Portland Magazine, Shaking Magazine, the Women’s Times, and the Writers Chronicle. She teaches workshops at Grub Street in Boston and Writers in Progress in Florence, MA.

Jacqueline Sheehan, PhD, is a psychologist and a New York Times best-selling author of fiction. Her novels include The Comet’s Tale, a novel about Sojourner Truth; Lost & Found, Now & Then, and Picture This. In 2005, she edited the anthology Women Writing in Prison. Jacqueline has been awarded residencies at Hawthornden Castle in Scotland and Jentel Arts Colony in Wyoming. She teaches workshops at Grub Street in Boston and Writers in Progress in Florence, MA. She has offered international writing retreats in Jamaica, Guatemala, Wales, Ireland, and Scotland.