Nourishing women’s creative expression in the Berkshire region


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Building community among women of all ages and from many walks of life

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Celebrating the creative talents of women writers with an annual month-long Festival in March, Women’s History Month

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Encouraging women to share their perspectives in the public sphere

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About the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers

The annual Berkshire Festival of Women Writers is a collaborative, multi-venue event dedicated to nourishing and showcasing the voices of women writers of all ages, from many walks of life.  Only in the Berkshires is Women’s History Month celebrated with such an outpouring of creativity, with Festival events every day of the month of March.

In 2015 we’ll be celebrating the Fifth Anniversary Season of the Festival in our usual style, with readings, lectures, workshops, performances and screenings held at Berkshire County venues from Sheffield to North Adams.

Special events to look forward to include a keynote talk by memoirist Dani Shapiro on March 1; a special screening of Pamela Yates’ new film DISRUPTION with a talkback by the filmmaker, in honor of International Women’s Day on March 8; a behind-the-scenes interview with best-selling young adult author Mary Pope Osborne to open the Festival Book Expo event on March 29; a benefit performance directed by Jayne Atkinson-Gill on our closing weekend; and much, much more.

Please contact us to learn more about participating in the 2015 Festival–there are so many ways to get involved, from volunteering to becoming business sponsor or Friend of the Festival.  We can’t do it without you!

Festival News

Upcoming Events

Even before the March Festival begins, there’s a lot going on at the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers this winter!

January 31 and February 1, Writing Warrior Intensive with Winter Miller, co-sponsored by the BFWW, WAM Theatre, Barbara Newman and Jan Seward, hosted at Embody Healing Arts in Great Barrington.  Still some places left for the Sunday workshop: find more information and tickets here. 

February 8, Lean in with the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers–join our free drop-in monthly writers’ circle, hosted by Jennifer Browdy and Anastasia Stanmeyer at the Shaker Dam Coffeehouse and Stanmeyer Gallery in West Stockbridge.  More information about this popular gathering available here. 

Lean In with the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers

Lean In with the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers

February 22, BFWW Spring Reading Series begins with the Powder Keg Sessions, hosted by Suzi Banks Baum at No. 6 Depot in West Stockbridge.  Find out more here.

February 28, Amber Chand presents her one-woman show, “Searching for the Moon: A Heroine’s Journey,” as a benefit for the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers.  At No. 6 Depot, West Stockbridge; ticket information coming soon.

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A celebration of the Fifth Anniversary Season of the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers
A Festive Salon hosted by Jayne Atkinson, Johanna Janssen and Jennifer Browdy, featuring Amber Chand, Sally-Jane Heit, Alison Larkin and Anni Crofut Maliki
See more BFWW videos at Berkshire Women Writers on Vimeo.

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