Berkshire Festival of Women Writers first week of events



Laundry Line Divine Presents: ‘Out of the Mouths of Babes: An Evening of Mothers Reading to Others,' hosted by Suzi Banks Baum and Gina Hyams, with Susan Engel, author and professor at Williams College -- Readings by Suzi Banks Baum, Alana Chernila, Nichole Dupont, Janet Reich Elsbach, Michelle Gillett and Jenny Laird. Dewey Hall, Sheffield, 7 p.m. $5 suggested donation.


Why Sedna Matters

Sedna, an ancient Inuit archetype, matters to women who honor the rich possibilities of their own life stories. Storytelling and Q & A with Mary Kate Jordan. Mason Library, Great Barrington, 10 a.m.

Women of a Certain Age

Reading hosted by Sonia Pilcer, with Allyson Dineen, Barbara Janoff, Susie Kaufman, Ellen Meeropol and Lee Schwartz: Older women share their passions and what they know. Followed by discussion and Q & A. Mason Library, Great Barrington, 1 p.m.

Graphic novelist Barbara Slate

'Getting Married and Other Mistakes' Reading with Barbara Slate, graphic novelist, from her autobiographical novel. Slate and talks about her career in the fiercely male-dominated world of comic books. The Bookstore, Lenox, 4 p.m.

Made in the Berkshires

Exquisite Dilemmas: Women and Choices, hosted by Hilary Somers Deely and Barbara Sims, featuring Sally-Jane Heit, Susan Merrill and Joy Spivak. Eavesdrop on women who are exploring the exquisite dilemma of choosing how to live their lives. Unicorn Theater, Stockbridge, 7:30 p.m. $20 admission to benefit the 2013 Made in the Berkshires Festival. For tickets, contact the Colonial Theatre box office.


The Role of the Editor

Hosted by Anastasia Stanmeyer, editor of Berkshire Magazine, with Robin Catalano, Nichole Dupont, Ellen G. Lahr, Gladys Montgomery and Abby Wood. A panel discussion on the challenges of being a woman journalist today, with women who are juggling jobs, keeping a household going, and trying to sustain a writing career.

Cows save the planet

The New Economics Institute presents: Cows Save the Planet: How to Find and Tell Stories of Ecological and Economic Restoration. Reading and discussion with Judith Schwartz, Billie Best and Alice Maggio. This panel focuses on stories for the new economy and new solutions to problems in which we feel stuck; narratives of resilience and renewal. American Institute of Economic Research, Great Barrington, 3 p.m.


Fleeting Reality: Interpreting Place

Marie-Elizabeth Mali and Lynnette Lucy Najimy share their creative works in photographs and words inspired by places on opposite sides of the earth. Leibowitz International Center, Bard College at Simon's Rock, 7 p.m.


Power, Passion, and Play:

‘Letting Your Soul Have Its Way with You,' workshop led by Mary Campbell. Sruti Center, 33 Railroad St., Great Barrington, 7 p.m.

Cuatro Mujeres, cuatro géneros

Four Women, Four Genres: Multimedia presentation and discussion hosted by Holly Brown will highlight women writers from Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia and Brazil -- a bilingual event with four student presenters, round-table discussion, and creative writing activity. Leibowitz International Center, Bard College at Simon's Rock, 7 p.m.


WRites of Passage

The Age of Becoming: 'Puberty and the Onset of Fertility' writing workshop hosted by Angela Vuagniaux, with Anni Crofut and Suzi Fowle, will explore some of the pivotal moments in their lives through writing prompts, discussion, free writing and sharing. Sruti Yoga Center, 33 Railroad St., Great Barrington, 7 p.m.

Coming to America: A Reading

The Berkshire Immigrant Center presents a reading hosted by Greta Phinney. Immigrant women are invited and supported to share their unique and compelling stories, each facing the challenge of writing and reading in a second language. They have taken the theme ‘Coming to America' in many directions. Griffin Hall, Williams College, Williamstown, 4:15 p.m.

Thursday, March 7

Salmon in the Stream

A lecture on writing presented by Julia Cameron, best-selling author, who shares her insights on writing and the tools she has used in her own three-decade career in writing for movies, music, poetry and journalism. Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Lenox, 7:30 p.m. $25 admission. Registration is required. To register, call (800) 741-7353.

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