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April 25, 2013: Grub Street, the independent writing school in Boston, will hold its 12th annual conference the weekend of May 3-5, and has graciously agreed to allow all students of the Berkshire Writing Workshop to attend at the rate normally reserved for its own members. Held at Boston's Park Plaza, the "Muse and the Marketplace" offers 110 sessions on creative writing, craft, and publishing with authors, literary agents and editors from around the nation. Learn more at (Email if you need help getting the discount.)


March 18, 2013: We are excited to announce that Joel Lovell, deputy editor of the New York Times Magazine, will join us for a conversation on Friday, July 19. Details to be announced to students.



Joel Lovell is a deputy editor of the the New York Times Magazine. In addition to the Times, he has written and edited for GQ and Harper's, and is an occasional contributor to the radio show This American Life. He has taught in the graduate non-fiction program at the University of Pittsburgh, and now lives in Brooklyn.


February 9, 2013: We are delighted to announce that author Susan Orlean will be a guest of the workshop on Monday, July 14. Time and place will be announced to registered workshop participants.


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Susan Orlean is the bestselling author of eight books, including The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup; My Kind of Place; Saturday Night; and Lazy Little Loafers. In 1999, she published The Orchid Thief, a narrative about orchid poachers in Florida, which was made into the Oscar-wining movie Adaptation, written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Spike Jonze. Her 2011 book, Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend, an account of Rin Tin Tin’s journey from orphaned puppy to international icon, was a New York Times bestseller and a New York Times Notable Book. It won the Ohioana Book Award and the Theatre Library Association’s Richard Wall Memorial Award.

Orlean has been a staff writer for the New Yorker since 1992. Her work has also been published in Esquire, Rolling Stone, Outside, Smithsonian, and the New York Times. Orlean graduated with honors from the University of Michigan and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 2003. In 2012 she received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Michigan. She has served as a judge for the National Book Awards, the Associated Writing Program literary awards, the Bakeless Prize, the Bellevue Literary Awards, and the Iowa Review literary award. She lives in Los Angeles and in upstate New York with one dog, three cats, eight chickens, three ducks, and her husband and son.

February 4, 2013:Registration is now open for Summer, 2013 workshops. Please visit the 2013 workshops page for details.