Industry & Advocacy News
June 6, 2022
Registration opens June 6 for Giving Society members and June 20 for the general public
New York (June 6, 2022): The Authors Guild, the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit organization for published writers, launches its inaugural WIT: Words, Ideas and Thinkers Festival on September 22-25. The three-day festival in Lenox, Massachusetts, will bring together award-winning novelists, historians, playwrights and academics for a series of thought-provoking conversations that celebrate a rich literary and intellectual culture and amplify new voices and perspectives.
Thanks to the generous support of sponsors and donors to the Authors Guild Foundation, the educational and charitable arm of the Authors Guild, all discussions, book signings and authors’ Q&As will be free and open to the general public.
“America stands at a crossroads as to what and who we collectively want to be and stand for. That is why we selected ‘Reimagining America’ for the theme of this year’s WIT Festival,” said Lynn Boulger, Executive Director of the Authors Guild Foundation. “Our featured speakers will explore the core issues at stake and share insights into what our future may look like.”
Below are the featured speakers and panel discussions scheduled so far. Additional speakers will be added shortly.
Though WIT Festival panel discussions are free and open to all, seating is limited, so registration is required. To thank them for their support, members of the Authors Guild Foundation’s Giving Society receive preferential seating for all events and early registration beginning June 6. They can then reserve tickets for one or more panel discussions starting July 25.
General registration opens June 20. Once registered, attendees can sign up for free tickets for one or more panel discussions beginning August 16.
Those interested in attending one or more scheduled dinners with event speakers and other special guests must purchase tickets separately. Dinner ticket sales begin July 25 for Giving Society members and August 16 for the general public. Become a member of the AGF Giving Society today.
Weather permitting, some WIT Festival events may take place in outside venues on the Shakespeare & Company campus. The WIT Festival will follow CDC and Massachusetts Public Health COVID-19 rules for gatherings.
Register or find more information, including hotel accommodations and dining options, at authorsguild.org/witfestival.
With more than 12,000 members, the Authors Guild is the nation’s oldest and largest professional organization for published writers. It advocates on behalf of working writers to protect free speech, freedom of expression and authors’ copyrights; fights for fair contracts and authors’ ability to earn a livable wage; and provides a welcoming community for writers and translators of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and journalism. Free programming to teach working writers about the business of writing, and public events that highlight the importance of a rich, diverse American literary culture and the authors that contribute to it, is made possible through the Authors Guild Foundation, the Guild’s educational and charitable arm.