Featured Blog Posts – March 2011 Archive (22)

Writing for Survival

Tsuris (noun): trouble, aggravation, or misery

      I’ve just completed a memoir in essays I’m calling, How I Lost My Bellybutton and Other Naked Survival Stories, in which I try to make sense of the ridiculous amount of tsuris I’ve had in my fifty-seven years. As I begin sending it out into a publishing world that’s become quite weird, I’m feeling surprisingly Buddhist. Of course I want to entertain, illuminate, and move others with published work, but…


Added by Fran Dorf on March 31, 2011 at 8:30pm — 7 Comments

Help Us Grow, And See Your Book/Blog/Project Featured on SW's Main Page!

Dear all,


A few days ago, we hit another milestone: 14,000 members worldwide!  (We know this because Kamy got an email from her dad, who always emails her when we hit another 1,000, which is kind of adorable.)  But 14,000 members just doesn't have quite the ring to it that...15,000 members would!  So we had an idea.  We added a profile question for new members asking, "Who referred you to SheWrites?"  And from here on out, we…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on March 29, 2011 at 6:46am — 1 Comment

Crossing the Border: Meet Mexican Author Carmen Boullosa

In the first installment of Women in Translation's version of the Five Questions, Heather Hewett and Jean Casella discover an exciting and prolific writer, thanks to Words without Borders founder Samantha Schnee.


Samantha’s translation of Sonia Hernandez’s story “The…


Added by Women in Translation on March 29, 2011 at 1:00am — No Comments

An Interview With Chimamanda Ngozi Adidchie

Tonight in New York, girls participating in the award-winning mentoring program designed by our philanthropic partner, Girls Write Now, will be reading from their work alongside the fiction writer EMMA STRAUB.  The evening is part of Girls Write Now's CHAPTERS series (please come tonight to meetup with other…

Added by Kamy Wicoff on March 25, 2011 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

A Good Problem to Have...

You guys are ROCKING the chats -- there were 80 people online this afternoon for the Marketing chat hosted by SWer (and book marketing expert) JENNIFER WILKOV, and I loved the energy on the Romance/Erotica chat hosted by FRAN LEE last Wednesday evening, among others!  This is a new…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on March 22, 2011 at 12:30pm — 9 Comments

HuffPo and She Writes Ask: When Was the Moment You Knew (It Was Over)?

A few weeks ago, a friend forwarded me an email she'd received from Sara Wilson, the divorce editor at the Huffington Post. 

"I'm organizing an event for the Divorce page based on the popular slideshow on our site, '…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on March 22, 2011 at 8:30am — 7 Comments

How Do You Know if You Are a "Real" Writer?

How do you know?  This question has plagued me for a long time, and I saw it recently on a writing web site, so I am not the only one who has asked it.  For a long time, I was unpublished and wrote in the “closet.”  I was afraid if I admitted to doing it (writing, folks) I would have to face that dreaded question:  “Oh, what have you published?”  To which, I’d have to say, “Well, nothing… but my mother loves my… Continue

Added by T. K. Thorne on March 21, 2011 at 7:36am — 35 Comments

Five Questions for...Susan Piver

In her latest book The Wisdom of a Broken Heart: An Uncommon Guide to Healing, Insight, and Love, Susan Piver speaks from her own experience of heartbreak, sharing wisdom, stories, insights, exercises, and beginning meditation instruction. Here, Susan answers five questions from Jenna Hollenstein…


Added by Jenna Hollenstein on March 21, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

Get Over Yourself! Some musings on the art and craft of memoir

In my years as a memoir teacher, editor, and coach, and as a memoirist myself, I’ve found that the greatest challenge for a personal writer is to create work that is meaningful to others. And the most crucial question a personal writer can ask, and keep asking, her material in an effort to meet that challenge is, WHO CARES?


An inspiring, tough-love quote that any serious memoirist should put on a post-it above her…


Added by Sarah Saffian on March 15, 2011 at 5:00pm — 18 Comments

Heartsick for Japan--She Writers Respond (and HELP)

This is a disaster for which there are no words.  But process it--and help--we must.  Please use the comments on this post as a space to share links to writing, links to organizations in need of donations, and words for our fellow She Writers based in Japan.


For starters, please check out…


Added by Deborah Siegel on March 15, 2011 at 4:07pm — 37 Comments

Authors! Can't find your book in a bookstore? You may be luckier than you think!

Authors dream of finding their book on sale in bookstores. It's something to brag about, and rightly so! Authors should feel proud to see their work on sale. There's a sense of pride that something you created has made it into the marketplace for others to enjoy.


But what if your titles can't be found in a bookstore? Is that really a bad thing?



Added by Zetta Brown on March 15, 2011 at 8:30am — 10 Comments

Five Questions For Renée Watson: Charity, Children’s And Young Adult Books & Teaching

Renée Watson – author of the new Bloomsbury young adult novel…


Added by Five Questions on March 14, 2011 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

National Book Critics Circle Award Winners: Egan, Bakewell, Wilkerson, Cavanagh, Wright &

March 10 was a great night for women at the National Book Critics Circle Awards.  Six of the eight awards went to women, including the Nona Balakian Award for Excellence in Reviewing, which went to Parul Sehgal.

All finalists (including winners) here:…


Added by Jane Ciabattari on March 12, 2011 at 8:40am — No Comments

Pink and Blue Diaries: 5 Tips for Staying Calm in the Eye of the Creative Storm

Deborah Siegel, author/blogger and mama of toddler twins, shares notes and strategies on writing/life fit as she works toward her next thing.

Standing under the clock in Grand Central Station waiting for my friend to arrive, I breathed deeply.  All around me people were scurrying to their meetings and lunches (with their editor? their agent? their…


Added by The Pink and Blue Diaries on March 11, 2011 at 3:30am — 9 Comments

Twelve Great Literary Ladies, Twelve Valuable Lessons for the Writing Life

Learning how to stay disciplined, grappling with doubt, failure, and rejection, finding one’s voice, struggling to stay solvent—we’ve all dealt with these issues. It’s comforting to know that Charlotte Brontë, George Sand, Louisa May Alcott, and others did, as well. But in the end, it’s not so much about…


Added by Nava Atlas on March 9, 2011 at 3:30pm — 9 Comments

Around She Writes - March 9, 2011

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


Here is what you might have missed around She Writes this past week --- And for those who have become so fond of this post – enjoy it this week. I will be on some beach, somewhere for the next two weeks! Aloha - chat with you when I return.



Added by Mary Keating on March 9, 2011 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Women's History Month: Our History is Our Strength

To honor history-making women, the Open Road Project offers video of authors Susan MinotLisa AltherJosephine Hart, and Ruth Gruber talking about the suffragettes, poets, novelists, daughters and grandmothers whose…


Added by Julia Barry on March 8, 2011 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Shout Out a She Writer for International Women's Day!

As we all know too well, women writers -- not to mention directors, producers and other creative women -- are up against it when it comes to making our voices heard.  As VIDA's 2010 edition of "The Count" laid bare, men review more books, more books by…


Added by The Salonniere on March 8, 2011 at 10:00am — 19 Comments

Around She Writes - March 2, 2011

Here is what you might have missed around She Writes this past week ---

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Added by Mary Keating on March 2, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

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