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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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Second Annual Contest

Announces Winners

 

Our Second Annual Writing Contest - A Memoir -was conduct during March and April.  Almost 50 entries were received and our judges, Michael Houlihan and Bob Balogh both were impressed with the overall quality of the entries and found it difficult to eliminate anyway.


Winners were chosen!!!

There was a first place tie---(each to receive $50 gift certificates)

LYNN ROBERSON for her memoir "Animal Dreams"

DIANA GOMEZ for her memoir "Secret Beauty"

Second place was awarded to BETTE CRAIG for her memoir "Two Months Later" ($25 gift certificate)with Third place awarded to Jonathan Hankin for his memoir "Call of Crows" ($10 gift certificate and collectible books.  Honorable Mention was award to Dorothy Gonick, David Robinson, and Don Dermyer.

A reception for the winners will be help on May 29th at 7:30 at Morningside School in Pittsfield where certificates and prizes will be rewarded.



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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

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

Victoria Passier/Cheryl Madden
Non Ficton Writers Worksho

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 and upcoming events as well as works written by our members.  For information about submitting work and deadlines contact  our Editor Sharon Mack at:
 
  
 

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APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP
 
Name:_____________________________________
Address:___________________________________
               ___________________________________
               ___________________________________
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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click here to download March newsletter

Newsletter
Our March 2014 newsletter is available for download.  Click on the link below to review the newsletter


The Member's Corner
 
The following works were done by our members.  Enjoy, reflect, contemplate!  Get out that piece of paper and send us your own messages.  Happy writing!


 
 
 
A CAPTIVE BIRD
SHARON MACK 2011

I heard the high pitched tweet
Almost as a scream
In early morning hush
And found the small bird
At the end of the walkway
Backed against the wall
Fluttering
Frightened
Not able to find
His way out.

I set my bundles down
And moved slowly
Speaking softly
His tweets became
Twits
And then...
Silence.

I scooped him gently
Into my hands and
Felt the small
Fast heartbeats.

I remembered the words
To an old song.
...like the trembling heart
of a captive bird
That was there at my command.

I walked to the opened end
And lifted my hands to the wind
My fingers parted,
He looked at me with
One eye
Cocked his head twice,

A tweet
And he was gone---

LIGHTNING STORM STRUCK!
                                                         Dorothy Gonick and Ivy Ciaburri
 
The day grew dark
We switched on the lights-
Boom, crash, we shook
Out went the lights.
 
Joe checked upstairs,
I looked about
Nothing wrong there
Though power was out.
 
Ventured outdoors,
I sight met our eyes,
One tall spruce,
Split-now 1/2 its size.
 
Proud spreading crown,
Lying prone on the grass,
Bark in all places
Thrown by the blast.
 
Twisting round the trunk
Where lightning had hit
Like a zipper, had opened
a deep gaping split.
 
The charred pointed trunk
Looked like a spear
None else was damaged
So gone was out fear.
 
 
BWR Poetry Word Session with Bill Wampler - Word is 'sprite' 
                                                                                             Eliot Thaul
 
 
SPRITE = Theasurus and dictionary as a Goblin n, an elf, a Fairy, etc.,etc., etc.  Also a commercial beverage "sprite"
 
Hear Ye ! -- Hear Ye !
Sprite ! - Sprite !
The foaming Bubbles
Chase all the troubles !
Give me sprite !
It's just right
I can sip it all night
It's a cool - refreshing drink -
That tastes better
Than water from the sink.
Of course -
There are many other drinks
That equally rate !
But - You must always remember -
NOT TO OVER CARBONATE!!!
 
 
 
10 THINGS THAT START WITH 'SP' THAT ONE COULD BE YET I WOULD RATHER BE A
                                                  SPRITE
                                                   Linda Bratcher Woldyka
 
spinster
spelunker
spokesman
spook
spotter
sparrow
specialist
space cadet
spelling bee champ
 
 
A LOVE STORY
                                                                                       Diana Gomez
 
It was the summer of my 35th year.
Green lush around me ridiculed
the dark, dank, death
of a shadowy inner existence.
 
I met her one afternoon
immediately attracted to her lightness
I fell in love.
 
We corresponded in writing at first.
Hers -- huge, swirling, emphatic
in her distaste for the confines of lines.
 
She became the rainbow of my tears
the artesian well of joy.
 
Her image was small, filmy
primarily a mischievous grin
with an aversion to gracity
lifting me to heights
long buried beyond memory.
 
That summer we planted a garden
walked in moonlight
wrote poetry, painted pictures
dared to dream.
 
Her name, Sprite, was one I consulted
a dictionary to understand, this child=like being
playmate, muse.
 
We no longer need to write.
I see her atop trees or clouds
smiling, inviting me to look up
and not get lost in the earth's gravity.
 
LAUNDRY DAY
                                                                                Cheryl A. Madden
 
Frau Schmitt hung out the wash.
White over the hill, machine guns roared.
As she pinned up a dress, women cried,
When she hung up a shirt, children died.
 
She pegged his tunic on the line.
Wild dead men fell into pits of lime.
She picked up her basket
As the bullet whined.
 
She walked back inside.
While the bodies burned.
The wind turned early in the day
and blew the smoke the other way.
 
Herr Schmitt came home form the hill,
From his work at 'Some kind of mill'.
(Just what he did, she never knew!
He read his paper as the ash pile grew.
 
He ate his holiday meal in peace.
Leaned back in his chair and asked Elise
"What did you do today, dear wife."
Shyly she confided her daily life --
 
"I hung out the wash to dry in the sun.
Then baked your favorite holiday bun."
His good little wife in every way.
she never asked how he spent his day.
 
WARNINGS
                                                                                Molly Tabachnikov
 
The bedroom sprite
Kept me up all night
With dreams of you
The evil you do.
The garden gnome
Who guarded my home,
Said, "He'll do you dirt.
He'll make you hurt."
The attic elf
Said, "Keep to yourself.
Harden your heart,
He'll rip you apart.
But the whispered word
Wasn't truly heard
When faced with the fire
That you inspire.
I tender my love,
My treasure trove,
And if you're wrong,
I'll still treasure your song.
 
ROOT / PEOPLE
                                                                                      Jhena Plourde
 
There are people who are like roots
and exhaust the soil,
drinking all its water
until it is parched and thirsty.
 
They suck the life out of it,
fingers closing in,
choking the poor earth
and leaving it
gasping for breath.
 
Soon the dirt dries,
of oxygen deprived.
It's nutrients depleted.
 
Yes, some people are root
and treat you like dirt.
 
 
THE FIRE DANCE
                                                                                      W. C, Wampler
 
All it took was fuel and a spark.
brought together by chance.
Now we had tools in the dark,
such tremendous advance.
 
We felt the air rushing in,
saw the smoke flying away,
Now we were able to begin,
to put to work some day.
 
We had heat, we had light,
illuminating our stance.
We could meet in the magical night,
and watch the fire dance.
 
 
 

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