Festival Day 7: Julia Cameron LIVE at Kripalu

Festival Day 7: Julia Cameron LIVE at Kripalu

One thing I learned from Julia Cameron’s Festival presentation at Kripalu on March 7 is that she was once married to the director Martin Scorsese, and helped him write the screenplay for TAXI DRIVER! Cameron shared the outlines of her early life, showing over and over...
Festival Day Four: Fleeting Reality

Festival Day Four: Fleeting Reality

Lynnette Lucy Najimy and Marie-Elizabeth Mali explored the ways in which photography and writing could intertwine. Marie-Elizabeth shared her gorgeous underwater photographs and film clips from recent scuba trips in Indonesia, and read powerful, poignant and often...

Become a Founding Festival Godmother!

The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers warmly encourages you to support our mission of providing more opportunities for women of all ages and from many backgrounds to share their talents with Berkshire audiences. This year for the first time we are starting...
All-Festival Events Guide 2013

All-Festival Events Guide 2013

Click links below to view festival events organized by week or by event type. Full List of Festival Events Week 1, March 1–9 Week 2, March 10–16 Week 3, March 17–23 Week 4, March 24–30 Film Screenings Lectures Multimedia and Arts Panel Discussions Performances...

Berkshire on Stage Heralds 2013 Festival

The buzz is beginning to build for the 2013 Festival! Check out the latest post on Berkshire on Stage, where Larry Murray focuses especially on the performances and films that will grace this year’s Festival, including the trailers for the International...
All-Festival Events Guide 2013

All-Festival Events Guide 2013

Click links below to view festival events organized by week or by event type. Full List of Festival Events Week 1, March 1–9 Week 2, March 10–16 Week 3, March 17–23 Week 4, March 24–30 Film Screenings Lectures Multimedia and Arts Panel Discussions Performances...

Call for Writers!

wodahs press at www.indearts.org Dedicated to Introducing the Most Eclectic and Innovative (short) Writings from Around the World. CALL FOR WRITERS! 3 Line Poetry: no more, no less. Monologs: less than 149 words Poetry: less than 19 lines Flash Fiction: less than 199...

Winning Essays from the 2012 Essay Contest

First prize winner was Hilda Banks Shapiro.  Her essay can be read here: Hilda Banks Shapiro essay First runner-up: “Mothering by Moonlight,” by Suzanne C. Fowle An Excerpt: ….My friend, Carla, hiked the Appalachian Trail a few years ago. The whole...

Self-publishing panel draws a big crowd

The Stockbridge Library hosted a capacity crowd on Friday night for the panel on self-publishing organized by Carole Owens, with Hester Velmans, Jana Laiz and Melissa Batalin. Each author had her own take on the relative merits of self-publishing, as opposed to trying...

This Woman’s Work Offers Diverse Bounty

Made in the Berkshires co-curators Hilary Somers Deely and Barbara Sims hosted a benefit performance entitled “This Woman’s Work,” featuring Berkshire women writers reading their own work, staged readings of new works by local women playwrights, and...

Heroic Girlz A Hit!

Educator/filmmaker duo Cindy Parrish and Meg Agnew screened their film HEROIC GIRLZ at Simon’s Rock as part of this year’s Festival of Women Writers.  The film, starring four 11-year-old girls including Cindy’s daughter Emma Parrish Post, invites...

Bard College Faculty Read in the Festival

Bard writing and literature faculty members Celia Bland and Susan Fox Rogers came over to Simon’s Rock to read their work as part of this year’s Festival. Celia Bland read powerful poetry about her ancestry and family legacies that persist into the...

Gastronomica/Orion event a big success!

Friday night’s event cohosted by Orion and Gastronomica magazines (and held at Williams College Museum of Art) offered a rich array of poetry, prose, and reflection for the hundred people gathered there to listen. Celebrated writers Francine Prose,  Ellen Dore...

WAMC Interview with GRANITO filmmaker Pamela Yates

Pamela spoke on Friday, March 16 with The Roundtable producer Sarah LaDuke.  She was on location in Peru, where she is currently working on her next film, which she discusses in the interview. Click here for interview. Pamela will be presenting GRANITO: HOW TO NAIL A...

Festival Films Highlighted in Berkshire Eagle

  Jenn Smith of the Berkshire Eagle has provided us with a wonderful round-up of the Festival films, including the documentary film on Chinese women’s oral histories presented by historian Danke Li, last week’s sold-out screening of MISS...

Ramsdell Library Poetry Reading a Winner

Tonight at the Ramsdell Library in Housatonic, five poets took the stage to share their lyrical observations, memories, dreams and desires. It was a beautiful series of presentations, moving from images of grieving daughters at a mother’s bedside, to solitary...

Festival highlights on Radio2Women!

Festival founding director Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez talks with Serene Mastrianni and Gabrielle Senza of Radio2Women, live in the studios of WBCR-LP, Great Barrington. Check it out here: Radio2Women Interview 3-6-2012.   Share...

Writing as a path to positive transformation

On Day 4 of the Festival, Maria Sirois offered a writing workshop, “Happiness: Writing as a Path to Positive Transformation.”  Having seen Maria in action before, I knew she would be giving us something very special, and I was not disappointed. She led us...

Women of a Certain Age Tell It Like It Is

If you ever were under the impression that it’s all downhill after 50, the gutsy, lusty, deeply honest stories and poems shared today at the “Women of a Certain Age” reading quickly set the story straight. Led by host Sonia Pilcer, a longtime writer...

Out of the Mouths of Babes Come Great Things!

A capacity crowd packed Blodgett House at Bard College at Simon’s Rock tonight for the eagerly anticipated Out of the Mouths of Babes event, organized by Suzi Banks Baum of Laundry Line Divine with Alana Chernila, Janet Elsbach, Michelle Gillett, Gina Hyams,...

Berkshire On Stage

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers 2012 Features 100 Women, 40 Events « Berkshire On Stage http://berkshireonstage.com/2012/03/01/berkshire-festival-of-women-writers-2012-features-100-women-40-events/ Share...

Berkshires Week focuses on the Festival

Kate Abbott pens a wonderful in-depth story on Festival participant Suzi Banks Baum as well as the March 16 Gastronomica event and the Festival overall. Kate, will you participate in next year’s Festival?  We’re asking you a year in advance! Share...

Press Release—Second Festival Week 2012

Click here to download this page. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Berkshire Festival of Women Writers Announces Second Full Week of Events Name of Event(s): Berkshire Festival of Women Writers Date/Time: Thursday, March 8 to Wednesday, March 14 Place(s): See details below...

Press Release—First Festival Week 2012

Click here to download this page. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Berkshire Festival of Women Writers Opens with a Full Week of Events Name of Event(s): Berkshire Festival of Women Writers Date/Time: Thursday, March 1 to Wednesday, March 7 Place: See details below Contact:...

Inside Communion with some Potent Companions

Writing enables me to answer that longing by bringing forth not only a group of real-people-other writers, but a larger group of unknown potential readers; anonymous but nevertheless potent companions on a similar path. Maria Sirois’ blog post on the ‘Out of the...

2012 Festival Calendar

Download the PDF of the BFWW 2012 Festival program. Click on the events below to view full information, or scroll down to read descriptions of all the events. 3/1 Story-Truth: How Writing Keeps You Honest 3/2 Out of the Mouths of Babes: An evening of mothers reading...