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Three ways to get involved this summer in the 2015 Berkshire Festival of Women Writers

Now it’s your turn!

The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers invites submissions from women writers in three categories:

Event proposals for the March 2015 Festival;

Essays, poems, short stories or personal narratives for the 2015 Festival Anthology;

Short films written or directed by women for the Gutsy Gals Inspire Me Film Awards.

Read on for more details!

 

At left, Judy Pieschel shares her writing at the BFWW Mother’s Day reading at the Sandisfield Arts Center in May.

Submissions for the 2015 Berkshire Festival of Women Writers now open

Above, Lorrin Krouss reads at the June Writing Workshops for Women closing reception (photo by L. Najimy).

It’s time to sharpen your pencils and think ahead to next March, when the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers will again be brightening up the Berkshires!

Event proposals are invited for a special track within the broader Festival, “Seeking Balance…Personal, Political, Planetary,” along with  general proposals for readings, lectures, workshops, performances, and screenings of, by and for women writers from the Berkshires region.
Submissions for the 2015 Berkshire Festival of Women Writers will be accepted by the selection committee until September 15, 2015

Proposals will be accepted via the online form only, though you may contact us with queries at bfww@simons-rock.edu.In curating the month-long Festival, our selection committee aims to create a mix of presentations by women of all ages and from many walks of life.  You don’t have to be a published writer to present in our Festival; in fact, some of our best sessions in past Festivals have featured writers sharing their work in public for the very first time.

The stimulating BFWW writing workshops held this month at The Mount in Lenox were a great success!  Pictured here are the four workshop leaders, from left: Jan Hutchinson, Suzi Banks Baum, Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez and Sonia PilcerPhoto by L. Najimy.

 

Call for Submissions for First Festival Anthology!

Festival Director Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez and author and publisher Jana Laiz invite submissions to Writing Fire, an anthology celebrating the power of women’s words and the first five years of the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers.

Poetry or prose in any genre is invited; fiction or non-fiction, up to 2500 words (10 pages, typed double-spaced). For complete submission guidelines, please see the Festival website.

Festival presenters are especially encouraged to submit their work for the anthology, but any woman, of any age, who has been inspired to write by the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers is welcome to submit their work for consideration.

Postmark deadline is June 18, 2014, but if you need more time please contact us at bfww@simons-rock.edu and explain!

 

 

Women Filmmakers:

Submit to the Gutsy Gals Inspire Me®

Film Award!

A special Gutsy Gals Inspire Me ® Film Award Screening and Ceremony will be held at the Fifth Annual Berkshire Festival of Women Writers in March 2015. The Film Award is intended to promote and showcase women writers and directors in film, and submissions are welcome from women of all ages.

All short films (45 minutes and under) will be considered, including narrative, documentary, animation, and student films.  See the Festival website for complete information on deadlines and how to submit your film.

Filmmakers whose work is selected for the Gutsy Gals Inspire Me Film Award will be notified by November 1, 2014. The winning films will be shown during March 2015 at the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers.

Janet Elsbach leads a community writing workshop at the Mason Library in Great Barrington as part of the 2014 Berkshire Festival of Women Writers. Photo by L. Najimy.

 

As Margaret Atwood wisely said, “A word after a word after a word is power.” 

This summer, it’s your turn to lead the way in stepping into the power of women’s words.