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Jennifer Browdy and Jana Laiz with a group of writers.

GREAT BARRINGTON, MASS. >> Berkshire Festival of Women Writers presents a 4-day writing workshop August 1 to 4, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Bard College at Bard College at Simon's Rock, led by experienced authors and educators Jennifer Browdy and Jana Laiz.

In this intensive, hands-on writing workshop, participants will be guided to turn their passions—whether it's the environment, food, fashion, humor, politics, health issues, women's issues or parenting—into powerful, hard-hitting prose. Over the course of the four-day workshop, each workshop participant will hone her message, target her audience, and explore different genres and publishing or media platforms.

"The landscape of digital information in the world today provides an opportunity to share our voices broadly, but it can also be daunting to be heard above the noise," says Berkshire Festival of Women Writers Director Jennifer Browdy, Ph. D. "Our aim is to help writers to find their voice and to write effectively for the audiences they wish to reach. We will introduce essential tools, strategies and approaches to the subjects our participants care about, whether they write fiction, memoir, essays or blog posts."

Jana Laiz, M.Ed, is the author of two award-winning novels, Weeping Under This Same Moon, about refugees in New York City, and The Twelfth Stone, an eco-fairytale. She has also published a young adult biography of Elizabeth Freeman, better known as "Mumbet," which is now being developed as a major motion picture. The first writer-in-residence at Herman Melville's home Arrowhead, Jana founded Green Fire Press in 2015, with Jennifer Browdy.


Jennifer Browdy, Ph.D, is a longtime college professor of literature, writing and media studies, with a special interest in media strategies for social and environmental justice. Her blog, Transition Times (, has received hundreds of thousands of visitors since its inception in 2011, and her articles have been published at Yes! Magazine, Kosmos Journal, Common Dreams, Berkshire Magazine and many other publications. Jennifer is the founder of the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers and the Butterfly Leadership Program for teen girls.

Tuition is $300; $350 after July 8. Space is limited; register at or email for more information.