The 2014 Festival has completed—to submit an Event Proposal for the 2015 Festival, please click here.
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!
In curating the month-long Festival, our selection committee will aim to create a mix of presentations by women of all ages and from many walks of life. You don’t have to be a published writer to present in our Festival–some of our best sessions in past Festivals have featured writers sharing their work in public for the very first time.
We will give priority to Berkshire women writers, or writers with a connection to the Berkshires, although we may invite other presenters to join us if we feel their work would be of special interest to Berkshire audiences.
We will also strive to create a variety of types of presentations, from intimate workshops and readings to panel discussions, performances and lectures aimed at a large audience. We’ve asked on our submission form that you consider the type of event you’d like to offer, and suggest a Berkshire venue that would be appropriate.
This year, in addition to general proposals for readings, lectures, workshops, performances, and screenings of, by and for women writers from the Berkshires and environs, we are also soliciting event proposals for a special track within the broader Festival, “Writing the Self, Righting the World: New Visions of Personal and Planetary Health and Healing.”
Presenters in this thematic track are invited to create events that use writing to explore the links between personal and planetary health and wellness, prompting inquiry into the intimate interdependence between our individual, social and environmental landscapes.
In submitting a proposal to the Festival, you are agreeing to serve as the lead organizer for your event. If your proposal is accepted, a Festival representative will contact you to help with making arrangements for the venue and format, but if your event involves more presenters than just yourself, you will be the primary liaison with your co-presenters, and will serve as the host at your event.
We rely on individual event organizers to help publicize their events. The Festival committee works to publicize all Festival events via our website, social media, print advertising and our glossy, full-color Festival Program, which we distribute throughout Berkshire County and in adjoining areas of New York, Vermont and Connecticut. We also submit press releases and work with editors and writers for local, regional and national media to ensure good coverage of the Festival overall. However, press releases for individual events are generally the responsibility of the event organizer, and you are also encouraged to use social media, radio and other media channels to publicize your event widely.
The Festival depends on the integrity, good will and generosity of its participants. As a community collaboration, we strive to keep most Festival events free and open to the public, and expect that presenters will offer their participation freely. However, we will consider ticketed events that are offered as benefits for the Festival or other local causes, or that feature a woman writer of national stature whose work will be of special interest to Festival audiences.
Submissions for the 2014 Berkshire Festival of Women Writers will be accepted by the selection committee until September 15, 2013. Please click on image above or visit http://goo.gl/JSkrC to view the online submission form. Proposals will be accepted via this form only, though you may contact us with queries at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your interest in the 2014 Berkshire Festival of Women Writers!