She Writes is a community, virtual workplace, and emerging marketplace for women who write, with over 20,000 active members from all 50 states and more than 30 countries. Leveraging social media tools and harnessing women’s collaborative power, She Writes is fast becoming the destination for all women who write.
Kamy Wicoff, Founder
Caitlyn is a graduate from Barnard College with a degree in English Literature and a concentration in creative writing. She has special interest in Young Adult and eats Meg Cabot novels like they're candy. She has been a contributor and editor for various literary magazines on the Columbia campus and abroad at Oxford, where she spent the entirety of her junior year. During her final year at Barnard, she organized events for the writing community and helped to run the Barnard writer's blog.
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Hosted by Ning, She Writes nurtures a growing community of women writers spanning location, experience, and age. Designed to foster community, professionally and socially, She Writes offers its members a number of ways of interacting. The following features that promote dialogue and reduce one of the most frustrating elements of being a writer--isolation:
Groups:Over 300 groups unite writers around genres, locations and themes giving members the option of private, focused discussion about a number of topics related to their group
Forums:Offer members the opportunity to engage with each other in an ongoing discussion, similar to those going on in groups, but open to the entire community
Blogs:Allow members to share what they do best: write!
Chats:Spontaneous private and scheduled group chats allow members to connect with fellow writers in real time; network-wide chats include those hosted by groups featuring high-profile writers discussing their craft and the business of writing, while community chats allow network creators to gain insight into what preoccupies members
Video:Allows members to upload videos of their favorite authors reading, their own book trailers and other relevant video content they wish to share with the network
Cutting-edge applications: Ning is continuously developing new applications that members can download to their pages to test out. Administrators on She Writes vet the most relevant of these to include on the site. NewsShare, an example of a recent addition, allows members to share and comment on news stories pertinent to their interests, creating discussion around important political, cultural and industry developments
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Deborah Siegel, PhD, a Founding Partner of She Writes, is an expert on gender, politics, and the unfinished business of feminism across generations. She is the author of Sisterhood, Interrupted: From Radical Women to Grrls Gone Wild, co-editor of the literary anthology Only Child: Writers on the Singular Joys and Solitary Sorrows of Growing Up Solo, founder of the group blog Girl w/Pen, and co-founder of the webjournal The Scholar & Feminist Online. Deborah’s writings on women, feminism, contemporary families, sex, and popular culture have appeared in venues including The Washington Post, The Guardian, Slate’s The Big Money, The Huffington Post, The American Prospect, Ms., More, and she has been featured on tv and radio including The Today Show, CBS This Morning, WNBC, WCBS, New York 1, Good Morning America Radio, Pacifica Radio, The Wendy Williams Experience, The Judith Warner Show, and The Joey Reynolds Show. She is a Fellow at the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership, serves on the Board of the Council on Contemporary Families, and has been a Visiting Fellow at Barnard College and the University of Michigan. Deborah lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their toddler twins and lives online at The Pink and Blue Diaries, where she blogs about gender, parenthood, writing, and life.
Marci Alboher, a nationally renowned career expert, is a Vice President at Civic Ventures, a think tank on boomers, work, and social purpose. A former blogger and columnist for The New York Times, Alboher is the author of One Person/Multiple Careers: A New Model for Work/Life Success (Warner Books, 2007). She is a regular contributor to the “The Takeaway” on public radio, wrote the blog “Working the New Economy” for Yahoo!, and has appeared on or been quoted by many other outlets including The Today Show, MSNBC, The Nightly News, CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, National Public Radio, More Magazine, and USA Today. Alboher is on the advisory board of The Op-Ed Project, an initiative to expand the range of voices we hear from in the world, with an immediate goal of increasing the number of women's voices to a tipping point. She holds an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from the Washington College of Law at American University. Photo courtesy of Marcia Ciriello
Gina Bianchini is an Executive-in-Residence at Andreessen Horowitz. Prior to Andreessen Horowitz, she founded Ning and served as its CEO from inception to March 2010. Ning is the largest social platform for interests and passions with over 2.3 million Ning Networks created and 5,000 new ones added everyday. 95 million people visit Ning each month. Prior to Ning, she was co-founder and president of Harmonic Communications, an early advertising tracking, measurement and optimization software company, which was acquired by Dentsu. She has also held positions at CKS Group and Goldman Sachs & Co. She graduated from Stanford University with honors and holds an M.B.A from Stanford Business School.
Jean Casella brings more than 20 years of experience in independent publishing to her current work as a freelance writer, editor, researcher, and publishing consultant. Jean served most recently as editorial director and then publisher of the Feminist Press at the City University of New York, where she raised sales and launched several successful new publishing initiatives in current affairs, international literature, and classic pulp fiction by women. Earlier in her career, she managed the editorial programs at Thunder’s Mouth Press and the Fiction Collective. Since she founded her consulting business in 2005, Jean has also developed long-range strategic plans for several small independent book and literary magazine publishers. She has also worked with both authors and publishers on some 50 book-length manuscripts, as well as magazine and web articles, and has written and edited a range of print and electronic materials for non-profit organizations and educational publishers. Jean is co-editor of two anthologies, Almost Touching the Skies: Women's Coming of Age Stories and Cast a Cold Eye: American Opinion Writing. Her work has been published online by Mother Jones and Counterpunch, among others, and this year she co-founded the Solitary Watch website, for which she blogs several times a week. Found in Translation, her monthly blog on international women's writing, will appear on She Writes.
Lauren Cerand (www.laurencerand.com) is an independent public relations representative specializing in innovative campaigns, dynamic events and strategic consultation, whose clients this year include Barnes & Noble ("Upstairs at the Square"), the bands Japanther and The Growlers, and the authors Meg Cabot, Maria Semple, Diana Balmori, and Terese Svoboda. Lauren has been called one of the “cultural gatekeepers in the literary world” by Time Out New York and the “Best of New York” by The Village Voice and featured in an article by The New York Observer on “The New Nice." She is “known for her stellar taste” according to Flavorwire, and her work has been described as “honorable, uber-modern, and interactive” by Daily Candy. She speaks often and widely, such as at Book Expo America in New York and Penguin Books in London, and appears this year at New York University (January), Columbia University (March), Rider University (March), “Writing the Future” (Maryland, March), Oxford University Press (New York, March), University of the Pacific (California, April), Nebraska Summer Writers Conference (June) and Squam Art Workshops Readers Retreat (New Hampshire, September). Her talk, “Innovative Publicity Now,” is now available. Lauren serves on the board of directors of both Girls Write Now and The Writers Room. She writes about art, politics and style at LuxLotus.com. Lauren is a graduate of Cornell University.
Meg Waite Clayton is the bestselling author of The Four Ms. Bradwells, The Wednesday Sisters, and The Language of Light, which was a finalist for Barbara Kingsolver's Bellwether Prize. Her novels have been translated into languages from German to Lithuanian to Chinese, and her shorter work has been heard on public radio and appeared in national print and online magazines. A graduate of the University of Michigan and Michigan Law School, she lives with her family in Palo Alto, California.
Amy Fox is a playwright and screenwriter. Her plays include: By Proxy, Summer Cyclone, One Thing I like to Say Is, Heights, Honeymoon Hotel, and Farm Boys (co-writer). Her work has been produced by Clubbed Thumb, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Cockeyed Optimists, and CAP 21, as well as theaters in London, San Francisco, Austin, and St. Paul. She was a member of Youngblood for five years and is currently a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre. Fox adapted her one-act play, Heights, for the screen, and the resulting Merchant Ivory film was released in theaters nationwide in 2005.
Tayari Jones is the author of Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling, and winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and the Lillian C. Smith Award for Southern Writing. Her writing has appeared in Callaloo, The New York Times, MacSweeney's, The Believer, and other publications. She serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Girls Write Now and is an Assistant Professor on the MFA Faculty of Rutgers-Newark University.
Christina Baker Kline has been a freelance editor and writing coach for 20 years. The author of four novels: Bird in Hand, The Way Life Should Be, Desire Lines, and Sweet Water, she is co-editor, with Anne Burt, of About Face: Women Write about What They See When They Look in the Mirror and co-author, with Christina L. Baker, of The Conversation Begins: Mothers and Daughters Talk about Living Feminism. She has edited three other anthologies: Child of Mine, Room to Grow, and Always Too Soon. Currently Writer-in-Residence at Fordham University, Kline has taught literature and creative writing at Yale, NYU, the University of Virginia, and Drew University. She is a graduate of Yale (B.A.), Cambridge University (M.A.), and the University of Virginia (M.F.A.), where she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow in Fiction Writing. She is a recent recipient of a Fordham Research Fellowship and a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Fellowship, and has been Writer-in-Residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Born in Cambridge, England, and raised there as well as in the American South and Maine, Kline lives outside of New York City. Her website is www.christinabakerkline.com and her blog, Writing/Life: Notes on Craft & the Creative Process, is http://christinabakerkline.wordpress.com.
Kathleen Sweeney’s work lies at the intersection of video, text, and social change. As a web content producer, she works with authors, artists and non-profit organizations to locate the unique DNA of their stories through web clips, book trailers, and mini-documentaries. Her video art has exhibited internationally at South by Southwest, Walker Art Center, DiVA/New York, and other venues, along with many guest artist talks at colleges, universities and media art centers. At The New School, New York, her media studies courses map trends in viral media, art activism, comedy and superheroes. A contributor to Publishing Perspectives, Afterimage and Women and Hollywood, she has been featured on NPR, Gannett News and Womanity.com and is the author of Maiden USA: Girl Icons Come of Age, a post-90s chronicle of pop culture. Her screenplay, The Lodestar, was shortlisted for the Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab. An advocate for girl mediamakers, she has produced collaborative video and writing projects at DIA: Beacon, Girls Inc., and Reel Grrls, and served as Guest Editor on It’s Your Planet—Love It! published by the Girl Scouts. She currently serves on the Advisory Board for GirlsWriteNow and is a SheSource expert for the Women’s Media Center.
is the founder of Warner Coaching Inc. and former Executive Editor at Seal Press. Brooke has been in the publishing industry for thirteen years and has been coaching and consulting individual writers for the past five years. Brooke works with writers across many genres, including writers of nonfiction, from women’s issues to mind/body/spirit, novelists, memoirists, poets, and essayists. Read more about Brooke on her website at www.warnercoaching.com and see her list of acquisitions from her time at Seal Press.
Brooke is available for a She Writes Virtual Lunch—
a comprehensive hour-long phone consultation for 100 bucks!
She Writes actively seeks out relationships with nonprofits and philanthropies aligned with our mission of supporting girls and women who write. We are fiercely committed to finding innovative ways to use our expertise and our community to extend this important work.
Girls Write Now
The world-changing and award-winning Girls Write Now has been a philanthropic partner since we began. As an organization, part of our mission is to grow with GWN and support it in every way we can, by identifying writers to teach Craft Workshops, by inviting authors to speak at GWN events, and through fundraising.
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