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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 more than 50 readings, lectures, workshops, performances and screenings held at more than 30 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.

Join us and feel the marvelous momentum of this grand collaborative community celebration!  And 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!

Jennifer Browdy, Jayne Atkinson, Anastasia Stanmeyer.  Photo by Peggy Reeves.

Founding Festival Director Jennifer Browdy with actress and Festival support Jayne Atkinson and Berkshire Magazine Editor Anastasia Stanmeyer. Photo by Peggy Reeves.

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BFWW: The Most Extensive Celebration of Women’s History Month Anywhere!

Remember when March used to be all about maple syrup and mud, and you didn’t even notice Women’s History Month going by?

Well, here in the Berkshires, those days are over! Now March is the month to celebrate the creative expression of women of all ages and from many walks of life, whose talents will be on display every single day of March in the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers.

disruption_bannerThis Sunday is International Women’s Day, and we’ll be celebrating with a screening of the new film DISRUPTION by Pamela Yates. Pamela was the first filmmaker to interview Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu back in the 1970s, she’s been advocating human rights through the arts ever since!  Pamela will be joining us to discuss her work at the March 8 screening. Join us!  

Pick up a copy of our beautiful Festival Program, or go to the online calendar and start planning your busy month!

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Call for Submissions!

The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers seeks submissions from Berkshire region women of all ages on the theme of LABOR, for a public reading to be held on Saturday, May 2 at 4 p.m. at the Sandisfield Arts Center. We’re looking for engaging poetry, stories and personal narratives exploring the topic of LABOR from many different angles: labor of love, labor in childbirth, hard work, career work, craft work, the labor of relationships–you name it, we want to hear from you!  Maximum length 750 words.  Mail submissions in hard copy, with your contact information and bio included, to Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, PO Box 377, Housatonic MA 01236.  Deadline April 15.

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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.

Would you like to be part of our Festival documenting team this year, with still photography or video?  If so, email info@berkshirewomenwriters.org for information on how to get involved!

The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers thanks our generous sponsors:


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.