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The Berkshire Writing Workshop

Intensive writing workshops for adults in a spectacular setting

July 13-17, 2015

The 2015 Berkshire Writing Workshop invites published and aspiring writers to join us from July 13-17, 2015. 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

2015 Course Offering: How To Tell A Good Story

Instructor: Alison Lobron

The title of the class may sound obvious (maybe even simplistic) to some because, well, of course, writing is about storytelling. Yet the art of narrative - determining which events and details to include (and which to leave out) and what order best suits them, and above all, how to make them interesting - is far from simple. In this class, we will start with stories of interest to you (factual or imagined) and experiment with different ways of getting them on the page. 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 8 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 13 - Friday, July 17. 9 am – 12:30 pm daily.

Tuition: $650 (includes all materials, use of Simon's Rock computer and athletic facilities for the week, light breakfast and coffee available during the session.)


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.


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