A Bumper Crop of Books

Join us in the Hobart Book Village for a glorious celebration of women writers. Our writers have published a stunning variety of books. There are story collections, poems, and novels. We are pleased to promote these new publications by our 2022 authors.

Welcome Festival Participating Writers for 2022

We’re already celebrating! Spring is here and The Hobart Festival of Women Writers is returning to an in-person gathering on the weekend of September 9, 10 & 11, 2022. We’re ecstatic to be able to return to our signature weekend of celebrating the work of women writers. We’ve invited a stellar group of Participating Writers who’ve published their work in all genres and styles. They will offer workshops, will read from their work and their books will be available for purchase. Join us in the Hobart Book Village for a glorious celebration of women writers.

Women’s History Month

Hobart Festival of Women Writers has, since 2013, brought together an array of writers of poetry, fiction, essay, and theater for a weekend celebrating the work of women writers.

A Tribute: Kamilah Aisha Moon

In shock and grief, the Hobart Festival of Women Writers Planning Committee offers our deep condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Kamilah Aisha Moon, who died last week.

Fall Workshops 2021

Announcing A NEW workshop with Breena Clarke:  How They Must Have Felt: developing an emotional landscape in historical fiction.  This workshop created and led by Breena Clarke is one of six being offered as part of the Hobart Festival of Women Writers’ Fall Workshop Series. We’re entering our ninth year of platforming the work of women writers…

Expanding Ideas: Words into Poems and Artists Books with Bertha Rogers

Before poets could read and write, they spoke their poems, and they drew and carved on available surfaces. When the monks began copying holy texts, they weren’t satisfied with words only; they began illuminating the manuscripts with both sacred and profane drawings and paintings. William Blake was famous for his poems rich with watercolors. What we call “outsider art” frequently features words and images. – B. Rogers

Spotlight: Breena Clarke and Stephanie Nikolopoulos

Books symbolize a desire to preserve history, to dream, to create, to share, and even if I can’t read the language they’re written in I believe in their power. Though aspects of our cultures may differ, when we read we discover that we’re all looking to be seen and understood, to be loved, and to feel like our lives are meaningful.

Spotlight: Words & Images

It was a childhood of inspiration and creativity. Some summers were spent in the mountains of upstate New York, helping my grandmother at the tourist home she owned on Main Street waiting tables and hanging crisp white sheets on the line, singing and entertaining guests after dinner. At college, I had the opportunity to spend my junior year in Siena, Italy. My early experiences gave me exposure to a world of creative minds and alternative life styles. 

Spotlight: Margot Farrington

I never consider how I’ll read a poem while writing it. When reading it to listeners, the greatest gift I can give them is spontaneity. Something in the read or recited poem should always remain fluid, open to surprise.

Spotlight: Yolanda Wisher

My goal isn’t usually project completion or “making” time for everything. It’s simply about acknowledging and honoring my impulses to create, however or whenever they emerge. I like to let a project take shape on its own, let it evolve around my life and living, rather than force it to adhere to a certain timeline.

Spotlight: Marya Hornbacher

Voice, to the extent that it is a thing in itself, is not a static or stable thing. A writer’s voice changes with time, and all the time. With every piece, every character, every subject, perhaps with every line, a writer’s voice has to change. I would worry that writers whose voices do not change over time would get tired of hearing themselves talk. This is not to say that that voice is fully and wholly new each time a writer writes; but each time a writer changes, so too does her voice.