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WIT Festival

Thursday, September 21-Saturday, September 23, 2023


10:00 am Eastern

Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble Street, Lenox, Massachusetts

We are excited to return to the Berkshires for the third annual WIT Festival September 27 – 29, 2024! Speaker and session announcements will be made after June 14, so keep an eye on your inbox for details. If you do not already receive our emails, click here to be added to our mailing list!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the second Authors Guild Foundation WIT: Words, Ideas, and Thinkers Festival! We hope you enjoyed exploring the theme of Changing the Narrative through our 9 thought-provoking sessions.

If you were unable to join us, or if you would like to rewatch any sessions you attended, click the link below!

If you would like to receive early registration for next year, consider joining the Authors Guild Foundation Giving Society! Members receive perks such as advance registration to all Authors Guild Foundation events as well as preferential seating at the WIT Festival and a special gift at check-in.

To learn more about the Giving Society and how you can become a member, click here.

If you are interested in a partnership or sponsorship opportunity for our 2024 WIT Festival, contact Lynn Boulger,, or Nikki Maniscalco,

2023 WIT Festival Sessions

Jane Smiley in conversation with Jennie Kassanoff: Politics and Prose
Margaret Verble in conversation with Oscar Hokeah: Who Are NDNs, Anyway? And Why Does It Matter?
Steven Levy in conversation with Mary Rasenberger: The End of Reality: A.I., Crypto, and the Metaverse
Emma Straub in conversation with Maya Shanbhag Lang: Parents on Paper
Rita Dove in conversation with André Bernard: Playlist for the Apocalypse
Michael Cunningham in conversation with Roxana Robinson: Mrs. Dalloway at 98
Isaac Fitzgerald in conversation with Saeed Jones: Memoir and Memory
Patrick Radden Keefe in conversation with Daniel Zalewski: The Cult of Secrecy
Martin Baron in conversation with Stacy Schiff: The Present, the Past, and the Historical Record

If you would like to make a donation in support of WIT and the Authors Guild Foundation’s mission to educate, support, and protect American writers, click here.

For information about our inaugural festival and to watch session recordings, click here.

Special thanks to our WIT Festival partners and sponsors!

Epic Sponsor

Cromwell Harbor Foundation

Anthology Sponsor

Hunter K. Runnette & Mark P. VandenBosch

Biography Sponsors

Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo
Taryn & Mark Leavitt
Hans & Kate Morris
Diana Rowan Rockefeller
Amy Davidson Sorkin & David Sorkin

Memoir Sponsors

Marie Arana & Jonathan Yardley
Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation
Mehrdad & Merilee Noorani
October Mountain Financial Advisors
Louise Hartwell White

If you are interested in a partnership or sponsorship opportunity for our 2024 WIT Festival, contact Lynn Boulger,, or Nikki Maniscalco,