Spring Events at the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers

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Rookwood Writing Retreats for Women: Focus on Memoir
Writing the Journey of Your Life

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.

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!

Founding Festival Director Jennifer Browdy

Festival News

BFWW Events to Look Forward to This Spring & Summer

The beat goes on this spring at the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, with readings, talks, writers’ circles and more!

Dates to remember:

  • June 5-7 Rookwood Writing Retreat for Women, “Writing the Journey of Your Life,” led by Festival Director Jennifer Browdy, a longtime memoirist and college teacher;
  • June 28, Lean In women writers’ circle; the theme is “Picnics” and the special guest will be Gina Hyams, author of the new Tanglewood Picnic Book.
  • July 20 – 24, writing-intensive Leadership Institute for teen girls and young women at Edith Wharton’s home, The Mount; led by Jennifer Browdy and college senior Grace Rossman

Get all the details here, on our calendar listings, and we’ll see you soon, at the Festival!

At the BFWW, our goal is to nourish and strengthen the voices of women and girls of all ages, because we know that our communities benefit from the perspectives of women.  Stand with us and make a difference not just for women and girls, but for everyone.


Rookwood Writing Retreats: 

Writing the Journey of Your Life

Founding Festival Director Jennifer Browdy, Ph.D., will lead a weekend retreat for women writers on memoir writing June 5 – 7 at the Rookwood Inn in Lenox.  Women writers at any stage of their writing journey are welcome.  Full details here.

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Festival Director Jennifer Browdy with Festival special guests Jenny Laird and Mary Pope Osborne

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Sally-Jane Heit delights her audience at The Mount, BFWW 2015.

A celebration of the Fifth Anniversary Season of the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers
A Festive Salon hosted by Jayne Atkinson, Johanna Janssen and Jennifer Browdy, featuring Amber Chand, Sally-Jane Heit, Alison Larkin and Anni Crofut Maliki

See more BFWW videos at Berkshire Women Writers on Vimeo.

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The Berkshire Edge   Berkshire Magazine

Massachusetts Cultural Council

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