Berkshire Festival of Women Writers
March may be a “dead zone” for most of New England, but the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers (BFWW) injects life into this region every year. Now in its sixth turn, the festival is a Berkshire institution with marquee names like Jayne Atkinson and Dani Shapiro, as well as small workshops led by local authors. This year’s festival moves from a monthlong event to a ten-day amalgam of intensives for anyone with a voice—and a pen.
Festival founder and director Jennifer Browdy says the decision to condense the festival to March 12-20, 2016 was a strategic move with visitors in mind. “We decided to shorten the festival to make the experience richer and more intense, more like a destination conference where every day is packed with a wealth of stimulating events.”
With 34 events, the BFWW encompasses all angles of the craft. Highlights include a screening of Kathleen Foster’s documentary film, Profiled; and two weekend-long writing workshops/panels, one at Eastover Resort in Lenox and the other at Hotel on North in Pittsfield. Events continue under the BFWW banner throughout the year with monthly writers’ circles, retreats, and teen leadership intensives.
“There is a demand for camaraderie for women writers,” Browdy says. “Women of all ages are hungry for connection, and we open up the spaces to make it happen.”
For information, visit berkshirewomenwriters.org.