The third annual Berkshire Festival of Women Writers (BFWW) held throughout March—or Women's History Month—is a multi-venue, cross-county event that gathers more than 150 women of all ages and writing backgrounds to give lectures, workshops, readings, and performances across Berkshire county. All 55 events are open to the public and most are free.
Throughout the month, there will be writing workshops ranging from the creative to the technical to the professional. Some of the workshops focus on journaling while others focus on specific topics, such as motherhood, spoken word, and adventure.
There will be three film screenings throughout the BFWW. Sweet Dreams, the documentary that travels to Rwanda a decade after the 1994 genocide to film the first female drumming group, is part of Bard College at Simon's Rock's 12th Annual International Women's Day observance, "Sweet Dreams of Women's Human Rights," on March 10 from 2 to 5pm at McConnell Theater in the Daniel Arts Center. On March 15, the WAM Theatre and Sisters for Peace present the documentary, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center from 7 to 9:30 pm. On March 17, the Berkshire International Film Festival presents Water Children: a Film by Aliona van der Horst, a Japanese film following Japanese-Dutch pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama as she explores fertility and the cycle of life.
There will also be multimedia panels, lectures, and presentations about a wide variety of topics, including Little Women, writing as a full time job, and antiheroines in fiction. Other events include celebrations of young and old women writers, interviews with "women experts," and public multi-genre readings.
There will also be a benefit for the BFWW on March 9. Stage and screen actress and stand-up comedian Alison Larken gives a preview of her new one-woman show "Alison Larkin Live!" which is based on her autobiographical novel, The English American. The show is at Stockbridge's Unicorn Theater at 7:30pm and tickets cost $20.
For a full listing of events or more specific information, visit the Berkshire Festival of Women Writer's website.