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

Festival Founder Featured on the Cover of the December Artful Mind Magazine

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If you’re in the Berkshires, pick up a copy of the December issue of The Artful Mind to learn more about Festival Director Jennifer Browdy–how she got the idea for the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, and where she wants to take the Festival in the future.

You’ll also learn more about Jennifer’s background–for instance, did you know that she grew up in Manhattan, and earned her Ph.D. in  Comparative Literature at New York University?

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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.

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