WIT: Words, Ideas, and Thinkers Festival
September 22-24, 2022
Shakespeare & Company
Lenox, MA

The Authors Guild Foundation is excited to host our inaugural WIT: Words, Ideas, and Thinkers Festival this September in Lenox, Massachusetts, the heart of the Berkshires. WIT means to expand our understanding of critical issues, celebrate America’s literary culture, and amplify new voices and perspectives. It is free and open to the public so everyone can participate in the dialogue without barriers. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation in support of the Authors Guild Foundation and the WIT Festival, click here.

For our inaugural event, we will explore the theme Reimagining America through a series of thought-provoking conversations, presentations, panels, and speeches. Novelists, playwrights, journalists, scientists, and performing artists will discuss topics such as creating identity, reexamining history, how the arts accelerate social movements, the impacts of tech and artificial intelligence, and visions for our future. Festival attendees will have the opportunity to interact with speakers in Q&A sessions, book signings, and receptions. Dinners with speakers and additional special guests will be available for ticketed purchase.

When Religion Meets Science with Dan Brown
Does the Supreme Court Have a Future? with Linda Greenhouse and Nikolas Bowie
Identity and Belonging with Ayad Akhtar and Susan Choi
Reexamining American History with David Blight and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Climate Change Solutions with Elizabeth Kolbert
The Future of American Diplomacy with Simon Winchester and Admiral Harry Harris, U.S. Navy (Retired)

Registration will begin on Monday, June 6 for Giving Society members and Monday, June 20 for non-members.

By registering, you will save a spot to attend the WIT Festival. In the summer, we will ask you to select the sessions you plan to attend ahead of the festival to secure your seat. Session selection and tickets for hosted dinners will become available on Monday, July 25 for Giving Society members and Monday, August 15 for non-members.

Click here to learn more about the Giving Society and how you can become a member.

Check back soon for updates or click here to be added to the mailing list and be one of the first to know about new speaker announcements and registration opening.

Plan your weekend at the WIT Festival!

Special thanks to our WIT Festival partners and sponsors!

Epic Sponsor


Biography Sponsors

Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo
Hans & Kate Morris

Memoir Sponsors

Harper's Magazine
October Mountain Financial Advisors
Diana Rowan Rockefeller

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, click here or contact Lynn Boulger, Executive Director of the Authors Guild Foundation, at lboulger@authorsguildfoundation.org.