Bard College at Simon's Rock
The Berkshire Writing Workshop
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The Berkshire Writing Workshop

Intensive writing workshops for adults in a spectacular setting

NEW FOR FALL: Workshop director Alison Lobron will offer a weekly workshop on Tuesday evenings. Learn more.

About the Berkshire Writing Workshop

The 2014 Berkshire Writing Workshop invites published and aspiring writers to join us for one of two summer workshops. The first will be held July 14-18, 2014 and the second (with an identical program) will be August 4-8, 2014. Located on the bucolic campus of Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, MA, the program features five days of intensive writing workshops with a focus on creating new work. Under the guidance of a dedicated instructor, writers should expect one of the most productive writing weeks of their lives. Questions or want to register? Please email

2014 Course Offering

The Way In

July 14-18, 2014 (Session I - spots available)
August 4-8, 2014 (Session II - now closed for new registration)

Instructor: Alison Lobron

Many (if not most) writers have a theme or topic we have always wanted to write about, but haven’t found a good way into the piece. Maybe the problem is genre: You’re trying to fictionalize a true story, and it's not working. Or maybe you have a broad topic and aren't sure how to focus it. In this week-long class, we will explore different ways into your subject - different beginnings, different forms of narration, different genres - while reading and discussing published works. We will write a lot, read and talk some, and emerge from the week with a number of possibilities and fresh pages. This class is appropriate both for those new to creative writing as well as those with experience. Limited to 6 students.

About the instructor: Alison Lobron created the Berkshire Writing Workshop in 2012 after many years of teaching creative writing at Grub Street in Boston. She is a graduate of the Bread Loaf School of English and a frequent contributor to the Boston Globe Magazine and Berkshire Magazine.

Monday, July 14 - Friday, July 18. 9 am – 12 pm daily.
Monday, August 4 - Friday, August 8. 9 am – 12 pm daily.

Tuition: $650 (includes all materials, use of Simon’s Rock computer and athletic facilities for the week, mid-morning coffee break each day with light snacks.)

Registration: Please send an email to with a brief description of your goals for the course and any information you’d like the instructor to have in advance. Writing samples are not required. We will reply with a confirmation of space and instructions for payment. Once the class is full, additional interested writers will be placed on a waitlist.

Questions: Please email for quickest reply (and include a phone number if you prefer to talk by phone.)