WEST STOCKBRIDGE — The work of 10 female Monument Mountain Regional High School student writers will be featured Friday at the sixth Monument Girls Write On performance.
Write On started as part of the annual Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, but has since become its own event.
Featuring about an hour of reading, girls will share works of poetry, science fiction and essays with the audience. Hosted by the West Stockbridge Historical Society at the Old Town Hall on Main Street, the show begins at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.
"This is something people look forward to," said Monument Mountain English teacher and Write On organizer Lisken Van Pelt Dus. The girls have done "exceptional writing, and are invested in writing, and care about it — it's a pretty good list of names."
On average, female writers face a more difficult road to success than men, making events that highlight female authors important. There are more female writers than men in America, according to the U.S. census, but female writers earn about $20,000 less, on average, compared with their male colleagues. Female writers are reviewed in newspapers and magazines less often than men, win fewer awards, and books about women receive less attention than books about men, according to research by VIDA, a national nonprofit that seeks to amplify the voices of women, people of color, writers with disabilities and LGBTQ writers.
The writers are nominated for the performance by their high school English teachers, and the list is winnowed to 10 students. The selected writers then rehearse and receive feedback from English and drama teachers to make the delivery of their words more exciting.
Printed copies of the students' poetry, short fiction and creative nonfiction might be for sale at the event.
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