Upcoming Events at the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers

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The Butterfly Effect: Be the Change. Live the Change. Love the Change.

A Leadership Intensive for Teen Girls and Young Women

Nourishing women’s creative expression
in the Berkshire region

Photo by Sandra Jean W.

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

Photo by L. Najimy.

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

Photo by L. Najimy

Encouraging women to share their
perspectives in the public sphere

Photo by L. Najimy

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About the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers

The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, a program of the non-profit Women’s Collaborative for Creativity and Leadership, inspires, nourishes and strengthens women’s creative voices by offering stimulating workshops and events year-round designed to encourage women and girls to engage with one another and their communities, and develop as creative leaders.

For the past five years, hundreds of women writers of all ages, from teens to seniors, have participated in the annual Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, held in March, Women’s History Month, featuring workshops, readings, performances and screenings at venues throughout Berkshire County MA and the adjacent Berkshire region.

The Call for Proposals for the Sixth Annual Berkshire Festival of Women Writers will be posted in June–stay tuned!

The BFWW is a non-profit under the interim fiscal sponsorship of the Sandisfield Arts Center. Please support our efforts in any way you can–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

Look Forward to these Great BFWW Events!

The beat goes on at the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, with readings, talks, writers’ circles and more!

Dates to remember:

Get all the details here, on our calendar listings, and we’ll see you soon, at the Festival!

Join a warm and welcoming gathering of women writers of memoir at the lovely Rookwood Inn in Lenox, MA.  Under the seasoned guidance of Jennifer Browdy, Ph.D., memoirist and longtime college professor of memoir, we’ll embark on a writerly exploration of the places that have held–and still hold–resonant meaning for us in our lives. Registration is limited; reserve your place here.

Jennifer Browdy reads from her notebook at the July Lean In writing circle for women.

A special event kicked off the first annual Festival Book Expo! Jenny Laird hosted an in-depth interview with acclaimed children’s book author, Mary Pope Osborne.

See more BFWW videos at Berkshire Women Writers on Vimeo.

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Sally-Jane Heit delights her audience at The Mount, BFWW 2015.

Sarah van Gelder, co-founder and Editor in Chief of YES! Magazine, talked on the subject of her new book, Sustainable Happiness: Live Simply, Live Well, Make a Difference.

See more BFWW videos at Berkshire Women Writers on Vimeo.

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Media Sponsors

The Berkshire Edge   Berkshire Magazine

Massachusetts Cultural Council

Sincere thanks to the Local Cultural Councils of Alford-Egremont, Lenox, Lee, Northern Berkshire, Washington, and West Stockbridge.