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The Butterfly Effect: Be the Change. Live the Change. Love the Change.

Monthly Leadership Circles for Teen Girls and Young Women







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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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 >



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Sneak Peek of the Week: Guess Who’s Coming to the Festival This Year?

We know you’ll be as delighted as we are to welcome the talented sisters Breena Clarke and Cheryl Clarke, co-founders of the Hobart Book Village Festival of Women Writers, to the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers!

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Rookwood Memoir Writing Retreat

Breena ClarkeBreena Clarke’s debut novel, River, Cross My Heart, was an October 1999 Oprah Book Club selection. She is the author of two other historical novels exploring the African American experience, and teaches writing at the Stonecoast MFA program. Breena, pictured at right, who has survived the death of her only child, writes with depth and clarity about grief. Her work is marked by compassion and magnificent use of language.

Cheryl ClarkeCheryl Clarke, left, is the author of four books of poetry, including Experimental Love (Firebrand Books, 1993), which was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. Her newest volume is due out in April 2016 from The Word Works Press. Her essays have appeared in numerous publications since 1979. A professor of English and Women’s Studies at Rutgers University, she was also the founding Director of the Rutgers Office of Diverse Community Affairs and Lesbian-Gay Concerns at Rutgers University, and retired recently from her position as Rutgers Dean of Students.

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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