Upcoming Events

Austerlitz Blueberry Festival!
Sunday, July 28, 2019 (All day)

Join Jana for The 20th Annual Blueberry Festival

Sunday July 28th 9:00-4:00

Rain or Shine-No Pets Please

This ever-popular event features early 19th Century craft demonstrations and wares, antiques, live music and entertainment, magic act, activities for children, animals, birds of prey, sheep-shearing, plus many unique and highly talented craft vendors, artisans and a special fiber art area.  There will be blueberries galore and a blueberry pancake breakfast, in addition to a wide selection of tasty food items and baked goods.
Blueberry Pancake Breakfast – 9am until 11:30am
Lee Library Booksigning - Blanket of Stars
Tuesday, July 30, 2019 -
11:15am to 12:15pm
Moby Dick Read-a-thon & Herman's 200th Birthday Bash
Friday, August 2, 2019 - 10:00am to Monday, August 5, 2019 - 5:00pm
Join Writer-In-Residence, Jana Laiz in the 3rd annual MOBY DICK READ-A-THON at Arrowhead, where Herman Melville wrote Moby Dick! AND Celebrate Herman Melville's 200th Birthday!
We begin on Friday August 2 and read daily from 10-5 until we are finished! Come and read for 10 minute increments, as many as you like! There are plenty of pages!
Herman Melville's Arrowhead
780 Holmes Road
Pittsfield, MA
Claiming Your Story - a 4 part writing workshop
Thursday, August 8, 2019 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm

Claiming Your Story:
The Art of Autobiographical Writing
with Jana Laiz

Whether you have wanted to write your memoir or create characters in fiction that you embody, there are myriad ways of working with your unique experiences to bring forth powerful stories. In this 4-week course, award-winning author and teacher Jana Laiz will help you explore memory with sensory exercises, engage in focused and open-ended “free writes”, choose from interesting prompts, then draw on what is deepest in you to write the stories you have always wanted to tell.
You will give voice to your story -- and have fun in the process.

Jana’s classes are nurturing spaces, where she holds the container so writers can share with ease, knowing their stories are safe.Registration Information:
Fees: $180.00. ($45.00 per session)

  • 2019 Dates: Thursday afternoons: August 8, 15, 22 and 29
    Times: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location: Becket Arts Center
    Registration: Email: office@becketartscenter.org

Writing From Charlemagne
Friday, August 23, 2019 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Friday, August 23:
Writing from Charlemagne - A Workshop for Writers and Others
"You must carry mountains in your brain” Oliver Wendell Holmes told Herman Melville about writing in the Berkshires.
Join award-winning local author and Arrowhead Writer-In-Residence Jana Laiz atop Herman Melville’s mountain muse at Bascom Lodge. Melville called Mt. Greylock “Charlemagne," the king of mountains and it was this view that inspired some of his greatest works. As we take inspiration from the breathtaking beauty that surrounds us, Jana will guide the group, using writing prompts and engaging writing activities to take our fiction, fantasy, essays or stories to the next level. 
$35 Advance Registration
$40 Walk-In
Preregister requested at jana@janalaiz.com
Walk-ins welcome.

Past Events

IS 183 Writing Workshop - Write Your Own Story
  • Thursday, July 25, 2013 -
    6:00pm to 9:00pm
Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival
  • Saturday, July 20, 2013 (All day)
Pittsfield's 3rd Thursday
  • Thursday, July 18, 2013 -
    5:00pm to 8:30pm
Author Storytime at Lee Library
  • Thursday, July 11, 2013 -
    11:00am to 12:00pm
Lee Library Author Visit
  • Monday, July 8, 2013 -
    11:00am to 12:00pm
Storytime with Jana ~ Chatham Bookstore
  • Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 10:30am
Thomas & Autumn Book Launch with Jana & Melody!
  • Saturday, June 8, 2013 -
    12:00pm to 3:00pm
Open Door Bookstore, Schenectady, NY Book Signing!
  • Saturday, June 1, 2013 - 1:00pm