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 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!

Festival News

Much to Be Thankful For at the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers

Much to Be Thankful For at the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers

Festival presenters and supporters Jayne Atkinson, Anni Crofut Maliki and Amber Chand raise a toast to the Festival at a recent fundraising event.  Photo by Peggy Reeves.

We’ve been hard at work this fall curating our exciting Fifth Anniversary Season, and once again we’ll be bringing together an amazing group of women of all ages and backgrounds to brighten up the month of March, Women’s History Month, with their powerful voices and visions.

The Festival Program will be available in the New Year, but we’ll be giving you regular sneak peeks of what’s in store.  Scroll down for more info about the March 1 opening keynote lecture by acclaimed author Dani Shapiro, as well as what we’ve got planned for our gala closing weekend (hint: Jayne Atkinson and Mary Pope Osborne are among the highlights!) read more…

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Introduction to the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers featuring Peggy Seeger, Sally-Jane Heit, Sharon Coleman, Barbara Dean and more.

See more BFWW videos at Berkshire Women Writers on Vimeo.