Guidelines and information for prospective Festival presenters

We’re delighted that you are interested in being part of our creative community by supporting our mission: to collaboratively inspire, nourish and strengthen the voices and visions of women of all ages and from many walks of life in the Berkshire region.

Before you propose an event for the 2016-2017 season, please read through the following information carefully, as we have made some important changes to our Festival format.

Significantly, you are now welcome to propose a free or ticketed event for co-sponsorship by the Festival at any time of year. Our expectations of you as a presenter, and of us as a co-sponsor, are spelled out below. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Participants at a 2016 BFWW panel Photo by L. Najimy

Participants at a 2016 BFWW panel
Photo by L. Najimy

 

Year-Round Ticketed BFWW Events (Readings, workshops, seminars, retreats, etc.)

  • Presenter determines ticket price, location, title, format and topic
  • Presenter provides BFWW with image and graphics for promotion
  • Presenter provides written description of event to include in promotions
  • Presenter will promote via email, social media, etc.
  • Presenter provides all tech and materials required for event
  • BFWW will provide basic support with venue arrangements and hosting
  • BFWW will add event to website, a FB event, and promote on social media & via newsletter
  • BFWW receives 25% of gross ticket sales to cover cost of promotions
  • BFWW can refer consultants for hire upon request (graphic design, photographs, video, etc.)

 

Lean-In Events – up to 12 per year, co-sponsored by Anastasia Stanmeyer, Editor of Berkshire Magazine

These free monthly gatherings, held from 3 – 5 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon, are aimed at nourishing and inspiring women writers of all ages and building creative community in the Berkshires. If you want to host or be the featured guest at a Lean In, here are some guidelines:

  • The first hour is dedicated to writing and sharing writing on a pre-established theme and giving positive feedback
  • The second hour can include a guest reading from her work and/or speaking about the theme, with Q&A
  • The guest sells books and shares materials as desired
  • BFWW promotes Lean In events on our website, on Facebook and other social media, and via our e-newsletter
  • Guest speakers are expected to co-promote via email, social media, etc. and encouraged to purchase BFWW newsletter display ad, as well as to send out a press release to the local media

 

Year Round Free BFWW Events

  • BFWW will provide basic support with venue and event arrangements
  • BFWW will add event to website, create a FB event, and promote on social media & via newsletter
  • Presenter determines ticket price, location, title, format and topic
  • Presenter provides BFWW with image and graphics for promotion
  • Presenter provides written description of event to include in promotions
  • Presenter will promote via email, social media, etc.
  • Presenter provides all tech and materials required for event
  • BFWW can refer consultants for hire upon request (graphic design, photographs, video, etc.)
  • Presenter agrees to make a one-time tax-deductible donation of $250, which contributes to BFWW promotional costs

 

To propose an event, please use the online submission form.

Email us at info@berkshirewomenwriters.org with any questions.

See you at the Festival!