Sorry to have missed this year’s Matera Women’s Fiction Festival

AMatera Women's Fiction Festivalround this time of year, I find myself engaged in the (pleasurable) task of writing up what I’ve learned at the annual Matera Women’s Fiction Festival.

Matera is a very special town in southern Italy where writers of women’s fiction and women writers of all genres gather to learn about changes in the industry, to take craft seminars, to meet agents and publishers, and to chat with fellow participants about books and writing.

Matera, ItalyThis year, the festival did not take place, but mark your calendars because it will be back next year. You can learn more about next year’s festival here.

As you wait for the schedule to be announced, you can take a look at my wrap-ups of the 2015 Festival and the 2014 Festival.

Hoping to see fellow writers and literature lovers next autumn in Matera!


  1. Ishita on October 7, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Thank you for sharing, cara. Next time I am in Rome we must meet. Also, can I as a writer visit the festival? or only writers?

    • kimberlysullivan on October 7, 2016 at 8:10 am

      Assolutamente! I’d love to finally meet when you’re next passing through Rome. Hope you will come to the festival, it’s a fabulous place. There have been travel writers, too, not just fiction. If you haven’t been to Matera yet, you’ll love it. L’anno prossimo?

      • Ishita on October 7, 2016 at 8:11 am

        I hope to make it next year again. Things just happen, I usually don’t plan. Italy just calls me 😉 Certo. Maybe.. I have to pay a fee to visit the Matera Festival?

        • kimberlysullivan on October 10, 2016 at 8:14 am

          Hope it will call next year! Yes, there is a fee for the festival – and hotel, of course.

          • Ishita on October 10, 2016 at 9:07 am


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