...and our very own Laura Didyk is leading two workshops!
The festival says it best: "The annual Berkshire Festival of Women Writers is a collaborative, multi-venue event sponsored by Bard College at Simon’s Rock with many local partners, celebrated county-wide in the month of March, Women’s History Month." This month there are over 50 events being held in the Berkshires; workshops, panels, readings, and performances of all kinds. There's something for everyone! See more here.
Our own Laura Didyk is hosting two memoir-themed events. Laura is an accomplished writer, editor, and teacher. Be sure to catch her this month at:
Illumination: Memoir Writing as a Path to Peace
Wednesday, 3/20 from 6:00-8:30 PM at the Stockbridge Congregational Church
Writing about your own life means more than merely reporting on your past. When you bring the perspective of who you are today to bear on stories from your life, not only will the stories shine with new and surprising significance but you, the writer, will be transformed in the process. Approached in the spirit of discovery, memoir writing becomes a vehicle for illumination, insight, and wisdom that can bring the writer a sense of peace while inspiring and changing her readers. Writer and teacher Laura Didyk will lead memoir-writing exercises and give a short reading from her memoir in progress. Following the usual format of Women's Interfaith events, the potluck dinner starts at 6 PM, and the program will begin at 7:00. Please bring a dish to share.
Garbage into Gold
Thursday, 3/21 at the Berkshire South/Jenifer House 6:30-8:30 PM
There's a myth about successful writers: they know what they want to write; they sit down and write it, brilliantly, on the first try. Wrong. Sometimes, most times, we need to write (and write and write) to find our subject matter, to arrive at a turn of phrase, an image, or a piece of dialogue that will bring us to the gold of our own work. In this workshop, writing practice, writing exercises, and on-the-spot assignments will help us quiet our inner editors long enough to surprise even ourselves.
Both sound good, eh? The even better news is that there are 53
events like that, and most of them are free!