Five College Consortium

Word! Festival

Currently seeking student writers of color!

expression of interest Deadline: December 15, 2017
Submission Deadline: January 12, 2018
Word! 2018 will be held on April 5, 2018 at smith College.

To be considered, students must contact their campus representative (names in flyer below) to express interest in participating by December 15.  Then, they will then need to submit the first 10 pages of a script that they’d like to develop by January 12. Selected students will workshop their plays in February with Playwright in Residence at UMass, Kim Euell. Winning plays will be presented at the festival on April 5 at Smith College, and winning writers will receive $100 from the James Baldwin Memorial Fund.

[Word! 2018 flyer] 

Word! A Five College Festival of staged readings (of recently written short plays or excerpts from them) builds on a highly successful model originated by the University’s New World Theater. The primary goals of the festival are to identify and nurture student writers who are engaging in multicultural themes and/or aesthetics; to increase contact between the departments of theater and the communities of color on the respective campuses; and to further Five College exchange through the mechanism of a rotating festival.

The writers of the works selected to be presented each year receive an award of $100 from the Five College James Baldwin Memorial Fund. The American writer James Baldwin spent several years at the five colleges as a Five College Distinguished Joint Faculty Appointee. Following his death in 1987, a memorial fund in his name was established by the Five College community. To date, over 100 students have been recognized with this award.

Word! is hosted by a different campus each year. it’s one of several activities supported by the Multicultural Theater Committee, which was established in 1986 by the chairs of the theater departments.