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The Beat Goes On at the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers!

THANK YOU BFWW

We are proud to have started the first month-long Festival of Women Writers in the country, and perhaps in the world, right here in Berkshire County MA, with 58 events at 36 different venues featuring more than 150 women writers of all ages and from many walks of life, sharing their perspectives in a glorious chorus of women’s words. More than 3,000 audience members enjoyed the Festival this year!  

But wait, there’s more!  

Jayne Atkinson-Gill and Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez at the gala following the Festival benefit performance of "Motherhood Out Loud."

Jayne Atkinson-Gill and Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez at the gala following the Festival benefit performance of “Motherhood Out Loud.”

What we love about the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers is how it amps up the energy of women and girls, giving us all wings to soar individually and collectively.

The good news is, we’re going to be keeping the momentum going in the coming weeks and months, creating more opportunities for women to share their perspectives and develop their writing and speaking skills here in the Berkshire region.  How?  Read on for more details!

Mary Kate Jordan enjoys a Festival workshop with Jana Laiz at Arrowhead, Herman Melville's home in Pittsfield MA

Mary Kate Jordan enjoys a Festival workshop with Jana Laiz at Arrowhead, Herman Melville’s home in Pittsfield MA

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for a special Mother’s Day reading on May 17, 4 p.m. at the Sandisfield Arts Center. Write a short essay or poem (750 – 1,000 words max) responding to the prompt “Questions you would like to ask your mother/Questions you wish you had asked your mother.”  Submission deadline April 15. See the Festival website for more information on how to submit.

LEAN IN: April 13, 3 – 5 p.m. Lean In with the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, a free drop-in community-building and skill-sharing group for local and regional women writers.  This final session of the year, led by Lesley Ann Beck and Jennifer Browdy, will focus on the theme “Imagining Community,” and will take place at a new venue: The Shaker Dam Coffeehouse and Stanmeyer Gallery in West Stockbridge, MA.

WRITING WORKSHOPS FOR WOMEN: Mark your calendars for June 8 – 13, when we’ll be offering another week of fabulous Writing Workshops for Women, this time at The Mount in Lenox.  Festival presenters Suzi Banks BaumJan HutchinsonSonia Pilcer and Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez will be offering lively writing workshops, kicked off by an evening talk on humor writing by everyone’s favorite Berkshire comedienne, Alison Larkin!

We want to hear from you!

Tell us about your experiences at this year’s Festival!  Whether you’re a presenter, a participant or an audience member, please fill out our online feedback form (link available on the Festival homepage) and let us know what we’re doing right and how we can make our Festival even better next year. You can also add your impressions of the Festival to our growing list of testimonials.
And please consider becoming a Festival sponsor or joining our Friends of the Festival this year.  Pledge cards, sponsorship brochures and donation baskets will be available at most Festival events for your convenience, or you can also make a secure, tax-deductible online donation on our website anytime.

Thank you for helping us nourish the community of women writers in the Berkshires!

Cast of Festival performance of ENUF!, who wrote and performed their own stories under the direction of Yvette Jamuna Sirker and Nakeida Bethel-Smith of R.O.P.E World

Cast of Festival performance of ENUF!, who wrote and performed their own stories under the direction of Yvette Jamuna Sirker and Nakeida Bethel-Smith of R.O.P.E World

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Mother’s Day Contest and Reading at the Sandisfield Arts Center ~ Saturday May 17th

The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers invites you to submit a short personal essay or poem in honor of Mother’s Day, written in response to this prompt:

Questions you would like to ask your mother / Questions you wish you had asked your mother

Submissions will be judged by a Festival panel for a special Mother’s Day reading at the Sandisfield Arts Center on May 17 at 4 p.m.
Mail submissions in hard copy (750 words maximum) to Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez, Bard College at Simon’s Rock / 84 Alford Road / Great Barrington MA 01230. Postmark deadline April 15, 2014.

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