6th Annual Berkshire Festival of Women Writers!

We are thrilled to announce the schedule for the 6th Annual Berkshire Festival of Women Writers March 12 – 20, 2016! The Sixth Annual Berkshire Festival of Women Writers features 33 events celebrating the voices and visions of women writers of all ages and from...

Upcoming Events

Even before the March Festival begins, there’s a lot going on at the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers this winter! January 31 and February 1, Writing Warrior Intensive with Winter Miller, co-sponsored by the BFWW, WAM Theatre, Barbara Newman and Jan Seward,...
Mother’s Day Celebration in Words and Music on May 17

Mother’s Day Celebration in Words and Music on May 17

Join us on May 17, 4 p.m. at the Sandisfield Arts Center for a very special celebration of the daughter-mother relation.  Nine daughters will read short pieces they wrote in response to the theme “Questions for your mother.” The event will also feature songs by the...

Propose an Event for the 2015 Festival!

Submissions for the 2015 Berkshire Festival of Women Writers are now open!  It’s time to sharpen your pencils and think ahead to next March, when the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers will be brightening up the Berkshires again! Submissions for the 2015 Berkshire...

2014 Festival press

Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez, Carmen-Maria Mandley and Gwendolyn Hampton VanSant were guests on WAMC’s The Roundtable with Joe Donohue on March 7, 2014. Kate Abbott, editor of Berkshires Week in the Berkshire Eagle interviewed Festival presenter Bushra Rehman, a...

News and updates from the Festival

  2014 Festival Sneak Peek: Motherhood Out Loud Jayne Atkinson, Susan R. Rose and Kristen van Ginhoven will be bringing us three special performances of Motherhood Out Loud, conceived by Susan R. Rose and Joan Stein.  The show, which has been successfully produced all...

January Writing Workshops for Women Writers!

The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers announces something new for 2014!  Three 6-hour writing workshops for women will be offered during the week of January 13 at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, MA.  Open to women of all ages and at any stage of...

BFWW Presents Nikki Giovanni this June

Acclaimed poet Nikki Giovanni will present a special workshop for women writers on June 27 at 2 p.m., sponsored by the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, in partnership with the Lift Ev’ry Voice Festival and The Mount. In her seminal essay “Poetry is not a Luxury,”...

Festival party a big hit!

Hosts, presenters, organizers and Festival friends met at the Y-Bar in Pittsfield to mingle and raise a toast to the close of an extraordinarily successful 2013 Festival season. Approximately 2,000 people attended the 56 Festival events held throughout the county...

Festival Day 28: What’s Your Story?

  The final session in the four-part Festival series at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health featured author and writing teacher Lara Tupper.  Festival rep Lorrin Krouss spoke glowingly of her experience: “Lara Tupper is a teacher with the ability to bring...
It’s a Festival Party!

It’s a Festival Party!

It’s a Festival Party! Join us to celebrate the great success of the 2013 Berkshire Festival of Women Writers. Mingle with your favorite presenters and hosts, network and make plans for next year’s Festival, while you enjoy delicious Mission tapas! Tuesday, April 2,...
2013 Essay Contest Winners Announced!

2013 Essay Contest Winners Announced!

Essay contest hosts Nina Ryan and Michelle Gillett are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Essay Contest, as selected by judge Katherine Bouton.  Please join us at the Mount on Saturday March 23 at 3 p.m. for the Gala Essay Contest Reading! And the...

Festival Day 14: Writing the Wild Heart

For hundreds of generations, our ancestors’ primary relationship was with the earth. They felt themselves part of an intricate community of life. Today, most of us live in towns, cities, and suburban neighborhoods. We may no longer live in the wilderness, but it still...