Writer’s Fest week

April 07, 2011 11:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
“The Woodstock Writers Fest has it all: A marvelous setting, a smart and passionate audience, a sense of purpose, and a cast of exceptional writers,” said New Yorker stalwart Susan Orlean after her appearance in town last week. “I loved being part of it.”

The time’s come around again and as many may have already noticed, published and unpublished writers are already around town. It’s been workshop week since Sunday, with a few dozen special festgoers spending their days honing their memoirs and other writing tools in some of the festival writer’s own homes. But getting out to eat in Woodstock’s restaurants every night.

“Appearing at The Woodstock Writers Fest was one of the highlights of my book tour,” noted Dani Shapiro, author of Family History, Black & White, and Devotion. “Fabulous, warm, inviting hosts, terrific audiences, and a really fun panel. I want to come back every year.”

The public aspect of the WWF gets underway Friday and continues through into Sunday evening.

Things kick off with an afternoon session on April 8 memorializing the late poet Lucille Clifton, then formalize with a reading by Jon Katz from his new Bedlam Farm. On April 9, events include a midday “In the Beginning was The Word: Books, Spirituality and Consciousness” panel discussion, an afternoon “Behind the Scenes of Rock & Roll” forum, a fireside chat with noted novelist Gail Godwin, and a Saturday evening session with Nick Flynn (Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, The Ticking is the Bomb), Marion Winik (Glen Rock Book of the Dead, First Comes Love) and Shalom Auslander (Foreskin’s Lament). On April 10, Bar Scott reads and sings, and everything closes with a reading by Colm Toibin (The Empty Family, Brooklyn, The Master).

Scattered throughout are hosts of other events, from a Mystery Panel to talk about food, cook books, and culinary memoirs. And yes, there is a panel on the publishing industry, with a panel of local and in-from-afar publishers.

“In the middle of February, the Woodstock Writer’s Fest was a deliciously warming experience, both creatively and emotionally,” remembers Winik, from last year. “It was a turn-on in the best hippie sense of the word.” 

And now it is April…things are budding and we’ve all spent a winter reading.

Thank heaven there are still some tickets left for a few of the Woodstock Writers’ Fest’s many events.

It happens all around town and is hard to miss, but for further information at your fingertips, visit

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