Poet Michelle Gillett Photo by Christina Lane

At the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, we’re always thinking about new ways to nourish the voices and visions of women writers in our region.

We are delighted to announce that our traditional Festival Program will expand in 2016 to include poetry, short stories and essays by our talented local writers. This glossy, four-color publication will be called WOW! Women of Words: The Magazine of the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers.

There is no submission fee, and the deadline is November 1.

Submit your work here. We look forward to hearing from you!  


Calling Creative Women: Reserve Your Table at the BFWW Creative Spirit Showcase for Women Writers, Artists and Artisans 


Expanding on last year’s oh-so-successful Book Expo, the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers is hosting Creative Spirit: A Showcase for Women Writers, Artists and Artisans from 1 – 4 p.m. on November 22 at the lovely Berkshire Hills Country Club in Pittsfield.

Businesses and individuals are invited to join our vibrant community: display your books, art and crafts in time for the holidays, and network with other creative spirits from the Berkshire region. Click here to check out what vendors had to say about last year’s popular event.

We are offering just 50 tables for this special Showcase, and they are already going fast!  To avoid disappointment, reserve your space today!

 Women memoirists, get ready to embark on the writing journey of your life!



Join veteran memoirist and writing professor Jennifer Browdy for a warm and welcoming weekend retreat at the lovely Rookwood Inn in Lenox, dedicated to helping you move more deeply into the landscapes, both interior and exterior, that you seek to express in your personal writing.

Bring your memoir-in-progress or your enthusiasm for delving into something new.  Registration information available here.

Space is limited: register now

Upcoming Events at the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers

September 13, writing workshop led by Festival Founding Director Jennifer Browdy, Ph.D., “Gaia Calling: Writing in Nature, Writing for Nature,” at Bascom Lodge, Mount Greylock State Reservation.  3 – 6 p.m., $30.  Registration information here.

September 20, reading by MS Magazine co-founder Letty Cottin Pogrebin, of her new book exploring the personal side of Jewish – African American relations in America.  At the West Stockbridge Historical Society, 3 p.m. with reception to follow at the Shaker Dam Coffeehouse and Stanmeyer Gallery. Limited seating; purchase your $15 ticket here.