Berkshire Festival of Women Writers events March 14-21



'Half the Sky': WAM Theatre and Sisters for Peace will screen film at 7 p.m. on women and girls living in, and struggling to change, extreme conditions. Film excerpts, conversation. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 castle St., Great Barrington.


Writing for Tweens: Reading and discussion led b ynovelist Lisa Greenwald, 11 a.m. Q&A and book signing will follow. Stockbridge Library.

Writing Together: 'Moving out of the Garret' Panel discussion with Patricia Lee Lewis, Ellen Meeropol and Jacqueline Sheehan, writers and writing teachers. 1 p.m., Lenox Library.

R2W Talks: Interviews with Powerful Women, hosted by Serene Mastrianni, 1 p.m. Sheila Keator, Joanna L. Krotz, Diane Patrick and Evelyn Resh join radio host Serene Mastrianni for a series of intense interviews, followed by a Q&A session. Kellogg Music Center, Bard College at Simon's Rock. Admisson $25; free for students. Tickets in advance at


'Water Children': Film presented by Berkshire International Film Festival, 11 a.m. Director Aliona van der Horst follows pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama's exploration of fertility and the cycle of life through a multimedia art project. The Triplex, Great Barrington.

From the Top: Alison Lobron, journalist and founder/director of the Berkshire Writing Workshop at Bard College at Simon's Rock, leads short exercises to help writers craft great beginnings to stories important to them. 1:30 p.m., Blodgett House, Bard College at Simon's Rock.

Writing with Prompts: Workshop for beginners interested in writing but unsure of how to get started. All welcome. 2 p.m., Bushnell-Sage Library, Sheffield.

Orion Magazine presents: ‘An Orion Reading at the Intersection of Nature and Culture' hosted by Hannah Fries, 3 p.m. Multigenre readings with poet Andrea Cohen and essayists Melissa Holbrook Pierson and Ginger Strand, all contributors to the locally-based magazine with international readership. Kellogg Music Center, Bard College at Simon's Rock.


Development of the Self: Simon's Rock students discuss the development of the younger female self in relation to culture, religion, family and geography. 7 p.m., Blodgett House, Bard College of Simon's Rock.


Writing for the Web: Susanna Opper, a pioneer in online communications, on making a story lively, interesting, brief and easy-to-read. Come with something to promote online in a newsletter, blog or website. 6 p.m., Lenox Library.

In Words Out Words Women's Own Words: Deb Koffman Gallery presents an open mic for storytellers, poets, musicians and performers. 7 p.m., reservations suggested. Snacks to share welcome. 137 Front St., Housatonic. $6 suggested donation.


Writes of Passage and the Final Journey: The End of Fertililty, Aging, and Death. Workshop to explore pivotal moments. 7 p.m., Sruti Yoga Center, 33 Railroad St., Great Barrington.

Illumination: Women's Interfaith Institute of the Berkshires presents ‘Memoir Writing as a Path to Peace.' Writer and teacher Laura Didyk will lead memoir-writing exercises and read from her memoir in progress. Potluck at 6 p.m., program at 7 p.m. Bring a dish to share. Stockbridge Congregational Church. Suggested donation, nonmembers, $5-$10.

Thursday, March 21

Jump-Start Your Memoir: 'Write it from the Heart' -- with Nancy Slonim Aronie. 7:30 p.m. Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Lenox. Register (800) 741-7353.

Garbage into Gold: Writing and editing orkshop with writing practice, writing exercises and on-the-spot assignments. 6:30 p.m. Berkshire South/Jenifer House, Great Barrington.


If you'd like to leave a comment (or a tip or a question) about this story with the editors, please email us. We also welcome letters to the editor for publication; you can do that by filling out our letters form and submitting it to the newsroom.

Powered by Creative Circle Media Solutions