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Welcome to The Berkshire Writers Room, an organization that has been a literary staple of Berkshire County since 1992. We have monthly meetings in Poetry, All-genre, Memoir and Reading for Writers. We meet to read original work, give and receive constructive feedback and discuss the craft of writing. Our membership is as varied as The Berkshires, with students, parents, grandparents, professional published writers and 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 to cover all aspects of writing.

The Berkshire Writers Room publishes a monthly newsletter. They are open to all writers who wish to submit work. Watch this web site for further details on our upcoming publication.

You can request a free PDF of our newsletter at bwr.information@gmail.com or by writing 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 Fiction -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 - Sherri 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 "Till 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 Barnes & Noble.

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 Crazy 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

Meetings are temporarily
suspended until further notice.




                     POETRY
Second Wednesday of the month

     6:00 - 8:00 PM

     George Crane Memorial Center

     81 Linden

     Pittsfield, Ma 01201

 




   



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

All Genera cancelled for November and December

Last Thursday of the month
     1:00 - 3:00 PM
     Ralph Froio Senior Center
     330 North Street
     Pittsfield, Ma. 01201
    

 


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Board of Directors,

NEW DATE/LOCATION

Last Monday, Nov 24

at The George B. Crane Memorial Center,

81 Linden St.,

Pittsfield

 6:30 PM
     
     
     
    

 


Anyone interested in a Children's Literature Group please contact bwr.information.gmail.com

  
 

 

     

 

Contact The Berkshire Writers Room Inc at

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
 
Officers:
 
Jhena Faeran   
President
 
Marti Ceijas          
Vice-President/Membership
 
Donald Dermyer:
Treasurer    
 
Bess Tinkham: 
Secretary
 
Lynda Collins-Vilissidis
Director at Large

Dorothy Gonick
Director at Large

Peter Loboda
Director at Large

Daisy Lee
Director at Large
 

Marti Ceijas Editor, Newsletter
Jhena Faeran Co-Editor, Newsletter
 
Facilitators:
 
Marti Ceijas:
Reading for Writers
   
Lynda Collins-Vilissidis
Poetry
 
Victoria Passier / Mary Ryer
All Genre Workshop

 

 

 

 


W. C. Wampler
Poet Laureate


 
 
 
 
 
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:___________________________________
               ___________________________________
               ___________________________________
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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