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…
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…Continue
Samantha’s translation of Sonia Hernandez’s story “The…Continue
Added by Women in Translation on March 29, 2011 at 1:00am — No Comments
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…Continue
"I'm organizing an event for the Divorce page based on the popular slideshow on our site, '…Continue
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…Continue
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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…Continue
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…Continue
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?
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
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…Continue
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…Continue
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.
To honor history-making women, the Open Road Project offers video of authors Susan Minot, Lisa Alther, Josephine Hart, and Ruth Gruber talking about the suffragettes, poets, novelists, daughters and grandmothers whose…Continue
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…Continue
Here is what you might have missed around She Writes this past week ---
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