Nourishing women’s creative expression
in the Berkshire region
Photo by L. Najimy.
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 Lee Rogers.
Encouraging women to share their perspectives in the public sphere
Photo by L. Najimy
About the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers
The annual Berkshire Festival of Women Writers is a collaborative, multi-venue event sponsored by Bard College at Simon’s Rock with many local partners, celebrated county-wide in the month of March, Women’s History Month.
In 2015 we’ll be celebrating the Fifth Anniversary Season of the Festival in our usual style, with women of all ages, from many walks of life, sharing their talents through readings, lectures, workshops, performances and screenings held at Berkshire County venues from Sheffield to Williamstown.
Special events to look forward to include a keynote talk by memoirist Dani Shapiro on March 1; a special screening of Pamela Yates’ new film DISRUPTION with a talkback by the filmmaker, in honor of International Women’s Day on March 8; a Book Expo event showcasing all our Festival authors as well as local presses, bookstores and other vendors; a benefit performance directed by Jayne Atkinson-Gill on our closing weekend; and much, much more.
Please contact us to learn more about participating in the 2015 Festival–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!
The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers Strengthens the Voices of Women and Girls in Our Communities
Did you know that a serious gender gap still persists in the U.S. media and literary landscape?
According to the 2013 VIDA Count, along with the 2014 Status of Women in the Media Report produced by the Women’s Media Center, male voices still dominate every form of media, from film and TV to newspapers and broadcast networks to news wires and social media news outlets.
There are many reasons why we are less likely to hear from women in the public sphere, but experts from Carol Gilligan to Mary Pipher to Deborah point to a tendency for women of all ages to be more cautious in expressing their ideas in a classroom or professional setting, and thus to have less experience in speaking up in public.
Introduction to the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers featuring Peggy Seeger, Sally-Jane Heit, Sharon Coleman, Barbara Dean and more.