September inkmail

Greetings Friends,

I spotted orange leaves littering lawns this morning as I drove to work and caught myself heaving a sigh of relief. Whether it is nostalgia for new notebooks and the lure of meeting a world of new authors in high school English or the promise of a future weekend in front of a roaring fire with a good book, there is something about fall that comforts me like no other season.

This month, we have two big events planned, as well as a wonderful playwriting workshop. Please read through for all the important bits.

-Amy Stevens, for the Inkberry Board



Saturday, September 13 –WordPlay featuring Upstreet #4, 7 pm, Papyri Books, 45 Eagle St., North Adams, (413) 662-2099. Poets Daniel Hales of Greenfield and Richard Jordan of the Mount Holyoke College faculty will both read from their work in the newest edition of the literary anthology, upstreet. Vivian Dorsel, upstreet founder and editor, will also read an excerpt from the Michael Martone interview that appears in the same issue. Open mic to follow.

Reading Series

Thursday, September 18, Inkberry and MCLA Berkshire Cultural Resource Center present author Susan Quinn reading from her latest book Furious Improvisation: How the WPA and a Cast of Thousands Made High Art Out of Desperate Times, 7 pm, at MCLA Maya III Gallery, 73 Main Street, North Adams, MA. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Susan Quinn’s reading will be accompanied by a sequence of rare archival film clips from the 1930s, which have been tailored to go along with her telling the story of the WPA Federal Theatre Project. Refreshments will be served. Papyri will provide books for sale at the event. Book signing will follow.

Playwriting Workshop

Writing Workshop: Short plays and skits
Saturday, September 27, 1-5 pm,
Main Street Stage, 57 Main Street, North Adams. $25 (10% discount for Inkberry members and Main Street Stage members.) Register by calling Inkberry at 413-664-0775.

Taught by Kelli Newby, adjunct professor of playwriting at MCLA. Time will be divided among a brief lecture, discussion, writing prompts and a conversation with actors. The class will address basic craft issues, the difference between plays and skits, the limitations and strengths of writing for the stage, and the unique presence of other people collaborating in your work that comes with playwriting.

Call For Writers

The Write Stuff is seeking writer/mentor volunteers to work with Conte Middle School students for one hour per week at the writer’s convenience. Under the guidance of Inkberry and Conte teacher Linda Neville, writer/mentors will assist one or two students with weekly creative writing projects. For more information, contact Linda White.

Halloween Graveyard Tour is still looking for one or two more scriptwriters to work on this event. For more information, contact Juliana .

Writer in Residence
Kidspace at MASS MoCA in collaboration with Inkberry

Kidspace and Inkberry announce an exciting opportunity for a writer to serve in residency in the North Adams and North Berkshire public elementary schools. The writer will conduct creative writing workshops using Kidspace exhibits Illuminations: Adam Chapman (fall 08) and CRIBS (spring 09) as the inspiration for projects. Working with Kidspace staff, the writer will design and implement 5 sessions per class for 3rd graders in North Adams and 2nd – 4th graders in Savoy, Florida, and Clarksburg. Writing projects may reflect the expertise of the writer; for example, last year the writer designed projects that involved script and poetry writing and storyboarding. Sessions will take place once a week for much of the school year beginning on October 15. The writer will be provided with a stipend. Interested writers should contact Linda White at Inkberry (413-664-0775).

UNITY Teen Writing Workshop Instructor

Grant-funded, 2-hr/wk position facilitating a creative writing workshop for teenagers in a community setting. Workshop held weekly after-school November through May, culminating in publication of student journal and public reading. Ideal candidate will be able to incorporate their own teaching style into this existing program’s established curriculum. Competitive stipend. Qualifications: Experience teaching creative writing; MFA preferred, BA required. Must enjoy working with youth.

The Workshop is a project of UNITY (United, Neighboring, Interdependent, Trusted Youth), the youth development program of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition. Please send resumé with letter of interest, by September 26th, to Kate Merrigan, UNITY Program Coordinator, Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, 61 Main Street, Suite 218, North Adams, MA 01247 or e-mail Kate.


Inkberry seeks a coordinator for its creative writing program at Conte Middle School. This is a grant-funded position that involves weekly meetings with the Conte in-school coordinator and two MCLA student coordinators to plan and facilitate The Write Stuff program. Other responsibilities include a weekly one-hour mentoring session with two Conte students, recruiting community volunteers, staffing monthly field trips, assisting with production of Student Authors Night, submitting student work for publication and management of grants. For more information, contact Linda White or call the Inkberry office at 413-664-0775.


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