A Unique Celebration of Women’s Creative Expression
Nowhere else in the United States is Women’s History Month celebrated with a month-long calendar of events dedicated entirely to recognizing the creative force of women writers. The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers in western Massachusetts is also unique for its inclusiveness, welcoming women of all ages, from emerging writers to professional authors.
Now entering its Fifth Anniversary season, the non-profit Festival showcases the voices and visions of a wide range of women writers, from teens to seniors, with more than 50 workshops, readings, performances and screenings. There is at least one event every day of the month of March, taking place at more than 30 venues throughout Berkshire County, MA, from public spaces such as libraries, schools and theaters to more intimate settings, such as Edith Wharton’s former home, The Mount.
“The Festival is designed to inspire, nourish and strengthen women’s creative endeavors by offering an intensive series of stimulating events that encourage women and girls to engage with one another and develop as writers,” said Festival Founding Director Jennifer Browdy, a professor of literature at Bard College at Simon’s Rock.
A celebration of the Fifth Anniversary Season of the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers
The March 2015 Festival will include the First Annual Berkshire Festival of Women Writers Book Expo, a book fair for regional writers, publishers and other vendors. The Expo will feature special guest Mary Pope Osborne, who will discuss her successful career as a best-selling children’s book author.
Acclaimed author Dani Shapiro will offer a keynote lecture entitled “The Permission to Write” on March 1, and throughout the month events featuring well-known creative women such as Jayne Atkinson and Karen Allen will be interspersed with writing workshops and readings by professional authors as well as students from various local schools and colleges.
The Festival began as a grassroots effort in 2011, under the fiscal sponsorship of Bard College at Simon’s Rock. In response to growing interest and momentum, the non-profit organization has evolved into a hub for women writers in the Berkshire region and beyond, now offering year-round events, workshops, retreats, and publishing opportunities.
The Fifth Anniversary Season of the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers runs from March 1 – 31, 2015. For a complete listing of Festival events visit