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Welcome to The Berkshire Writers Room, an organization that has been a literary staple of Berkshire County since 1992. We meet monthly in the genres of fiction/creative nonfiction, poetry, scriptwriting, and an 'all genre' in South County. We meet to read original work, give and receive constructive feedback, and discuss the craft of writing.  Our membership is as varied as BerkshireCounty from students to parents, grandparents, professional published writers as well as beginning writers. 

Although primarily Berkshire Based, we have writers who reside in New York and Connecticut.  Our meeting are informal as well as informative

Beside these monthly forums, the Berkshire Writers Room periodically  brings speakers covering all aspects of writing.

The Berkshire Writers Room publishes a Newsletter as well as several other publication featuring 'peer reviewed' material.  They are open to all writers who wish to submit work.  Watch this web site for further details on our up coming publication.  

For a free copy of our newsletter send your name and address to:

THE BERKSHIRE WRITERS ROOM

P.O. Box 243

Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01202

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Third Annual Contest

FLASH FICTION

Announces Winners

 

Our Third Writing Contest - Flash Fictionr -was conduct during March thru June.  There were two categories - less than 100 words and 100 - 250- words.

Flash Fiction is a difficult challenge for writers.  The concept is pretty simple, the execution is daughting.  Write a short story in just a few words.  If you haven't tried it we encourage you to do so.  It can be fun!


The Judges have chosen the winners!!!

100 WORDS OR LESS - CATEGORY

          First Place - Dorothy Gonick for "Our Spring" 

          Sceond Place - Margaret Cahill for "A Rewrite"

          Third Place - Sherr Steiner for "Mechanical

                                 Portabellas"

100 - 250 WORD CATEGORY

          First Place - Victoria Passier for "Crazy Annie"

          Second Place - David Spangler for "Into Me

                                    See"

         Third Place - David Robinson for "Tell The End

                               of Time"   

The first place prizes were $50 Barnes & Noble gift certificates.  Second prizes were $25 Barnes & Noble gift certificates.  And third prizes were $10 gift certificates to Juice & Java.

Thanks to all who participated and keep writing!!

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READ THE WINNING ENTRIES BELOW

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Dorothy Gonick   -    "Our Spring"

 

Lets mosey over to the spring,

Gather sprigs of watercress

On this warm sunny morn.

 

Wade into the cool spring water,

Bare feet splash in squishy mud.

Feel it ooze between the toes.

 

Water bugs do skim the surface,

Tadpoles swiftly scurry by

As they dart for safe dark shelter.

 

Bullfrog waiting for an insect

Sprawls upon a nearby log,

Patient, jungry, bug eyed frog.

 

Green and lacy watercress

Bids us pluck a fresh bouquet.

Gift for Mother's sandwiches.

 

Victoria Passier  -  "Crazy Anne"

 

We never laughed at Crazy Annie.  She'd walk into the Snack Shack twice a day wearing a black dress, coat, and hat, carrying packages and bags that bumped against her when she walked through the cafe.  She never looked left or right, just straight ahead like a tightrope walker trying to keep her balance above the crowd.  Some said she'd lost her husband and wasn't able to find her way alone.  I, being seventeen at the time, summer-jobbing it to save money for college in the fall, thought she was old, but she was only in her forties, trying to keep her head, her heart above the water line.

We never looked too closely at her, none of us, not the young or the old or the in between.  We sensed that she was due some respect.  But if we glanced at her coming or caught a reflection of her leaving in the window, we might say "Here comes Crazy Annie" or "There goes Carzy Annie", softly like a prayer, solemnly, knowing in some hidden part of ourselves that one day we might be her, walking along in black, not really seeing the world, bags banging restlessly against our knees.

 

 


The Berkshire Writers Room is ready to offer you a chance to join us at any of our workshops to sit in a just listen, bring something you'd like to read to the group and get feedback.  But the most important thing we do is to offer support and encouragement.  Even if you're not a writer but think you might like to try it, you're welcome to join us.
 
BERKSHIRE WRITERS ROOM WORKSHOPS
 
     FICTION/NON FICTION
First Wednesday of the month
     7:00 - 9:00 PM
     Lichtenstein Center for the Arts
     28 Renee Avenue
     Pittsfield, Ma 01201
 
First Friday of the month
    GROUP FOR CLOSE READING
     2:00 PM
     Ozzie's Restrauant
     Hinsdale, Ma

Second Sunday of the month
   GROUP FOR CLOSE READING
     1:00 PM
     Jhena's Place
     11 Orchard Street
     Pittsfield, Ma 01201
  
    POETRY
Second Wednesday of the month
     7:00 - 9:00 PM
     Litchenstein Center for the Arts
     28 Renne Avenue
     Pittsfield, Ma 01201
 
    WRITERS INTENSIVE WORKSHOP
Third Wenesday of the month
    12:30 PM
    Jhena's Place
    11 Orchard Street 
    Pittsfield, Ma 01201  

    Confirm meeting site and time
    For more information contact:
    JazzyJhena@yahoo.com

    MEMOIR WRITING WORKSHOP
Third Wednesday of the month
     1:00 - 3:00 PM
      Froio Senior Center
      330 North Street
      Pittsfield, Ma 01201

    ALL GENRE WORKSHOP
Third Thursday of the month
     1:00 - 3:00 PM
     Ralph Froio Senior Center
     330 North Street
     Pittsfield, Ma. 01201
    
 
Persons interested in either a Script Writing or a
south country workshop should contact Diana Gomez
  
 
     
 

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
 
Officers:
 
Diana Gomez:   
President
 
Jhena Plourde         
Vice-President/Membership
 
Donald Dermyer:
Treasurer    
 
Bess Tinkham: 
Secretary
 
Lynda Collins-Vilssidis
Director at Large

Dorothy Gonick
Director at Large

Daisy Lee
Director at Large

Bob Balogh
Director at Large

Marit Ceijas Newsletter Editor
 
Facilitators:
 
William Strange:
Fiction/Non Fiction
 
Bob Balogh/Bobby Renier:   
Poetry
 
Jhena Plourde
Intensive Workshop 

Victoria Passier/Cheryl Madden
Non Ficton Writers Workshop

W. C. Wampler
Poet Laureate


 

The Berkshire Writers Room can be reached by email here.

REMINDER - REMINDER - REMINDER
 
The Berkshire Writers Room Newletter is published ten times a year and features news about our group, selected works by members, and upcoming events as well as works written by our members. 
  
 

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APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP
 
Name:_____________________________________
Address:___________________________________
               ___________________________________
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City:______________________St____Zip________
 
Phone (home)_______________
            (work)________________
 
E mail:____________________________________
 
optional - Members may attend any and all groups
 
I would like to participate in the following:
 
____Fiction/Nonfiction
____Poetry
____Group for Close Reading
____Memoir Writing
____All genre
____Intensive Writing Workshop
 
____$25.00 for a 1 Year Membership
 
____$5.00 Student
 

 
Send completed application with check made out to:
 
The Berkshire Writers Room
P.O. Box 243
Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01202

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