Berkshire Writers Workshop Series

November 19, December 17, January 21, February 18, March 18, April 15, May 20,  2 – 5 pm

This new series of writing workshops will take place at Herman Melville’s historic Arrowhead and be led by a different writer/facilitator of note for a series of informative, inspiring, and productive writing workshops. The program will facilitate different aspects of writing in varying genres using prompts and exercises that enhance the writing process. The workshop is open to anyone who has an interest in writing at any level. No writing experience is necessary, but participants must sign up for the entire series.

The series will begin with an in-depth tour of Arrowhead, the life and works of Melville, and an opportunity to write in Melville’s study. Each subsequent workshop will build on the previous, adding new levels of interest and experience. Participants will come away with a new or renewed interest and appreciation of Melville and his works, as well as a toolbox of techniques, prompts and exercises they can use as they progress in whatever writing project they undertake. 

Fee for the series is $175. Participation is limited, and pre-registration is required by November 11.

To register, click here. 

November 19, Melville Unplugged:  Writing about Place with Jana Laiz, Writer-In-Residence Emeritus, Education Coordinator at Arrowhead. Foreword Review and International Reading Association Award-winning author of Weeping Under This Same Moon, A Free Woman On Gods Earth, Billy Budd in the Breadbox, Thirty-Five Days to Baltimore. Visit her at

December 17,primordial bellowings”: Beginning the Poem with Dante Micheaux, author of Circus, winner of Four Quartets Prize from the Poetry Society of America and the T. S. Eliot Foundation, and Amorous Shepherd. His poems and translations have appeared in African American Review; The American Poetry Review; CallalooLiterary Imagination; PoemADay; PoetryPoetry London; PN Review; and Tongue—among other journals and anthologies. Micheaux’s other honors include the 2020 Ambit Magazine Poetry Prize, and a fellowship from The New York Times Foundation. He is Poet-in-Residence at Amy Clampitt House and the Director of Programs for Cave Canem Foundation, Inc. Visit him at 

January 21, The Lost Art of Letter Writing with Maria Black Maria earned her MFA in Fiction in 2015 and her stories have been published in numerous literary journals, including Indiana Review, Harvard Review, Gulf Coast, and others. She was awarded a 2022 Pushcart Prize and a Bentley Prize by The Seattle Review. Her fiction has been included in several books on writing.  Visit her at

February 18, The Art of Description with Barbara Newman, Nautilus Award winning fantasy author of The Dream Catcher Codes.  Visit her at 

March 18, Poetry Everywhere:  Collage, Erasure, & Found Poetry  with Laura Didyk, published poet, nonfiction writer, illustrator, and mixed-media artist; MacDowell fellow and Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellowship recipient. Visit her at 

April 15,  Travel Writing From Home with Lara Tupper, Leapfrog Global Fiction Prize winner; author of Amphibians, Off Island, and A Thousand and One Nights; founder of Swift Ink Stories, a platform for creative expression.  Visit her at 

May 20,  The Art of Playwriting withTammy Denease, Historian/Playwright and Executive Artistic Director for the Hidden Women Stage Company which produces the Hidden Women Series. Visit her at

This program is supported by a grant from Housatonic Heritage.



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