Nourishing women’s creative expression
in the Berkshire region

Photo by L. Najimy.

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 Lee Rogers.

Encouraging women to share their perspectives in the public sphere

Photo by L. Najimy

About the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers

The annual Berkshire Festival of Women Writers is a collaborative, multi-venue event sponsored by Bard College at Simon’s Rock with many local partners, celebrated county-wide in the month of March, Women’s History Month.

In 2015 we’ll be celebrating the Fifth Anniversary Season of the Festival in our usual style, with women of all ages, from many walks of life, sharing their talents through readings, lectures, workshops, performances and screenings held at Berkshire County venues from Sheffield to Williamstown.

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 Book Expo event showcasing all our Festival authors as well as local presses, bookstores and other vendors; 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

New Publishing Opportunity for Berkshire Women Writers

1001921_486123311488274_185670560_nThe Berkshire Festival of Women Writers is proud to announce a new partnership with The Berkshire Edge, the online newspaper published by Marcie Setlow and David Scribner.  The Edge will publish Edge Wise: Voices, Views and Visions of Women in the Berkshire Region, a weekly column curated by Festival Director Jennifer Browdy.

The Festival has always been about opening new doors for women to step into their full potential as writers with important perspectives to share.  We do it with our month-long, multi-venue March Festival; with our monthly Lean In writing circles for women; with our forthcoming Festival Anthology; and now we’ll also be providing weekly opportunities for women from the region to spark new conversations in the public sphere.

If you’re interested in writing a column, please read on for guidelines and be in touch!

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Introduction to the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers featuring Peggy Seeger, Sally-Jane Heit, Sharon Coleman, Barbara Dean and more.

 See more BFWW videos at Berkshire Women Writers on Vimeo.