The Butterfly Effect: Be the Change. Live the Change. Love the Change.
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
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!
The beat goes on at the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, with readings, talks, writers’ circles and more!
Dates to remember:
- September 13, “Gaia Calling: Writing in Nature, Writing For Nature,” writing workshop led by Jennifer Browdy at Bascom Lodge, Mount Greylock State Reservation, 3 – 6 p.m.
- September 20, Letty Cottin Pogrebin: a reading by the MS. Magazine co-founder, author and activist, West Stockbridge Historical Society, 3 p.m.
- September 25 – 27, Rookwood Writing Retreat for Women: “Memoir: Focus on Place,” led by Jennifer Browdy at the Rookwood Inn, Lenox.
- November 22, Creative Spirit: A Showcase for Women Writers, Artists and Artisans. Book your table now, this special Showcase is going to fill up fast!
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.
The Butterfly Effect Leadership Program for Teen Girls Takes Flight!
Click on the video to see a taste of what the first group of Butterfly Effect girls created as part of their closing presentation, with the expert guidance of co-leader Grace Rossman.