Spring Events at the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers

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Rookwood Writing Retreat 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

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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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About the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers

The annual Berkshire Festival of Women Writers is a collaborative, multi-venue event dedicated to nourishing and showcasing the voices of women writers of all ages, from many walks of life.  Only in the Berkshires is Women’s History Month celebrated with such an outpouring of creativity, with Festival events every day of the month of March.

We celebrated our Fifth Anniversary Season of the Festival in our usual style, with more than 50 readings, lectures, workshops, performances and screenings held at more than 30 Berkshire County venues from Sheffield to North Adams. There is more coming up this spring and summer–stay tuned!

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!

David Joseph and Gwen Loeb in “Can You Hear Me Baby?” by Lisa Rafel, directed by Jayne Atkinson, at the 2015 BFWW.

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BFWW: The Most Extensive Celebration of Women’s History Month Anywhere!

Remember when March used to be all about maple syrup and mud, and you didn’t even notice Women’s History Month going by?

Well, here in the Berkshires, those days are over! Now March is the month to celebrate the creative expression of women of all ages and from many walks of life, whose talents will be on display every single day of March in the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers.

Special events still to come in the Festival include a gallery talk by graphic artist and comic pioneer Barbara Slate on 3/31.

And the beat goes on!  Check out our calendar listings for special events coming up in April and May!

Call for Submissions!

The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers seeks submissions from Berkshire region women of all ages on the theme of LABOR, for a public reading to be held on Saturday, May 2 at 4 p.m. at the Sandisfield Arts Center. We’re looking for engaging poetry, stories and personal narratives exploring the topic of LABOR from many different angles: labor of love, labor in childbirth, hard work, career work, craft work, the labor of relationships–you name it, we want to hear from you!  Maximum length 750 words.  Mail submissions in hard copy, with your contact information and bio included, to Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, PO Box 377, Housatonic MA 01236.  Deadline April 15.

Kuukua Yomekpe introduces a reading of young women of color at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, BFWW 2015.

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Jennifer Browdy, Jenny Laird and Mary Pope Osborne at the 2015 BFWW Book Expo

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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

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