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Who I am:
I'm Miriam Peskowitz, bestselling author of The Daring Book for Girls (and other books besides!) Welcome to my new project, The Daring Writers Guide, written expressly for SheWrites.

Every Thursday this Spring, I'll be posting on She Writes my post-bestselling-author thoughts about writing; my motherly views on the dailiness of life as a writer and parent; how I manage to keep at a creative, writing life, and what I'm learning from my new interest in bodywork (and how it relates to our lives as writers). It's all united under the theme of daring, of summoning the courage to step into the daunting unknown.

The Daring Writers Guide will come in sixteen or so segments, depending.

Most importantly, thank you for reading. I'll love to hear everyone's comments and thoughts, and topics you would like to hear about.
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
The Daring Book for Girls. Fourteen weeks on the New York Times Bestsellers List, and an inspiration to girls everywhere.

The Double-Daring Book for Girls. The follow-up.

Two cute little pocket versions of the Daring Book for Girls: Things to Do, and Wisdom and Wonders.

Lots of foreign translations of The Daring Book for Girls, and special English language editions for Australia, and for the United Kingdom, and even a video game called The Daring Game for Girls, for Wii and DS.

And though it's not a book, after all this, I got to host a one-hour TV special called Daring Kids with Miriam Peskowitz, which aired on PBS. Loads of fun, and available as a DVD at

The Truth Behind the Mommy Wars. A non-fiction, journalistic account of how the Mommy Wars debates were created, and the implications for our everyday lives as mothers. Seal Press, 2005.

Spinning Fantasies: Rabbis, Gender and History. An academic exploration of the gendered origins of a classic religious tradition. Not easy reading, but much-loved by feminist students of religion, ancient history and gender, published by the University of California Press in 1998 and amazingly, still in print.

Judaism Since Gender. Sometimes you just have to take on a classic religious tradition, and imagine what would be different if women's lives and insights were taken seriously, and if it wasn't filled with constricting identities for both women and men. Published by Routledge back in the late 90's glory days of cultural studies and co-written with the awesome Laura Levitt.
Media outlets that I currently write for:
My writing is:
Nonfiction, Memoir, Blog Posts, Theory
Outlets where I review books, TV, or film:
Services I offer to other writers:
I offer coaching and ms development help to non-fiction writers, and I generously share what I've learned about agents, editors, and book marketing, and the book world in general with new writers.
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
Yes, Wordspace
My professional associations:
I found out about She Writes from:
Deborah Siegel

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The Daring Writers Guide #5: Eight Things To Consider When You Are Stuck

Posted on June 2, 2011 at 8:11am 12 Comments

I can write fast when I have to and the flow is there. I can write normal speed. I can also write so slowly and torturedly that it’s like the scene in Back to the Future where Michael J. Fox and his siblings are slowly disappearing from view: I am so stuck that the words aren’t just slow in…


Daring Writers Guide #4: Four Reasons You Need a Writers Group

Posted on April 28, 2011 at 11:28am 14 Comments

It may be virtual. It may be your SheWrites connection. It may be a real-live flesh-and-blood meet-where-you-live writers group. Whatever form it takes, whether you read each other’s work, or coach each other through the finding-an-agent, dealing-with-your-editor, marketing-your-book end of things, if you’re going to be a writer, and a daring writer at that, you need pals. You need allies. You need a writers group. 



Here are…


The Daring Writer's Guide #3, I Have No Time

Posted on April 22, 2011 at 5:56am 7 Comments


  To the vexations of matching creativity and thought-work with the ticking clock of daily life I have two things to offer. 


The first is a gentle organization of what we know about this conundrum.The second is a…


The Daring Writers Guide #2, Can You Write and Breathe at the Same Time?

Posted on April 14, 2011 at 7:00am 11 Comments

The old joke is about not being able to walk and chew gum at the same time, but here’s a takeoff that questions our work as writers: Can you write and breathe at the same time? I ask because I think that we tend not to breathe much when we write.


“Of course we…


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At 12:26pm on February 3, 2011, Julia Barry said…

Hi Miriam,

We're psyched about your feature!  Glad you're here. :)

Julia Barry

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