Upcoming Events at the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers

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Focus on Place





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.  Read more >

Festival News

Submit a Proposal for the 2016 March Festival or Our New Year-round Writing Retreats and Workshops



The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers is expanding!  We now offer year-round events nourishing and showcasing the voices and visions of creative women. Our signature March Festival will take place as a more compact conference running from March 12 – 20, 2016.

Any woman writer is welcome to submit a proposal for the March Festival or for a workshop or retreat she would like to offer under the Festival banner at another time of year.  Just fill out this form and tell us what you have in mind. Deadline September 15, 2015.





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Join Festival Director Jennifer Browdy, Ph.D., memoirist and professor of literature and writing, in a warm and welcoming weekend retreat for women writers at the Rookwood Inn, Lenox.

The focus of the September retreat will be PLACE.  Join us for a detailed and nuanced exploration of the places in our lives that have meant the most to us, as experienced through the prism of memory. Space limited; register here.

2015 Creative Spirit Showcase

After a very successful Book Expo in March 2015, The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers is expanding once again! On November 22, in time for the holiday season, we will host Creative Spirit: A Showcase of Women Writers, Artists and Artisans. A select group of 50 women writers, publishing companies, artists, artisans and the businesses that love them will gather at the Berkshire Hills Country Club to sell to the public and network joyously with one another. Space is limited so, reserve your table today!

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

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Massachusetts Cultural Council

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