Featured Blog Posts – June 2012 Archive (25)

Why She Writes Press, and Why Now

When She Writes first emerged in 2009, I knew it was something special. I’d already been acquiring books at Seal Press for five years at that point, and I’d witnessed firsthand how women writers (both in print and online) thrive in communities and environments that support and honor women’s unique perspectives, stories, and truths, so I was thrilled by the spirit and energy propelling…

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Added by Brooke Warner on June 29, 2012 at 8:04am — 24 Comments

It's About Time: She Writes Press!

Today I am thrilled, proud and downright giddy to announce the launch of a new venture: She Writes Press.

About six months ago, Brooke Warner, formerly the Executive Editor of Seal Press (one of my favorite presses, by the way), came to me with an idea.  What if, she asked, we started a press for authors who want to try their hand at publishing outside the…

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Added by Kamy Wicoff on June 29, 2012 at 7:00am — 84 Comments

And the Award Goes To…Socially Engaged Fiction

Are you writing a novel about "the world as it is with an eye for how it could be”? If so, Barbara Kingsolver may have a prize for you.  Check out the submission guidelines for the PEN/Bellwether Prize (and join the conversation below for a chance at a free book.)

Kingsolver launched the PEN/Bellwether Prize in 2000 to promote…

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Added by Ellen Cassedy on June 27, 2012 at 6:30am — 16 Comments

Writing ‘in-tense’ Memories

Writing ‘in-tense’ Memories

By Carol Clouse

 

I remember when I was only seven years old and my grandmother took me to the park.  There was a gentle stream with green headed ducks, and we would feed them bread.  I toss pieces out into the water, and watch them float briefly until a duck plunges into the water and smacks his bills and swallows my soggy duck treat.  They fight over the morsels, as wings flap and flutter.  And this…

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Added by Carol Clouse on June 26, 2012 at 4:48pm — 5 Comments

Give and take

I received an email recently from a self-published author with a description of his book and a link to where I could buy it. I had never met the man, and the email was generic, so it was obvious that he was spamming a lot of people with the same message.

I replied politely, asking him if he had read (or even bought) my books. He replied sheepishly that he hadn't, and I never heard from him again. Big surprise there.

I decided to blog about the incident because it…

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Added by Maria Murnane on June 26, 2012 at 7:23am — 9 Comments

We Are Three! Celebrating She Writes' Greatest Hits.

Hi everybody!  I am proud to announce that this Friday, June 29th, will mark the official third birthday of She Writes.  In keeping with the spirit of my sabbatical, we haven't attempted anything too ambitious on the organizing front (though please, do…

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Added by Kamy Wicoff on June 25, 2012 at 7:13am — 12 Comments

[TIPS OF THE TRADE] Oink! A Report from BookExpo America

When my publisher wangled me an autographing session at BookExpo America, the publishing industry trade fair June 5-7  at the enormous Javits Convention Center in New York City, I was thrilled.  Plunging into the stream of booksellers, agents, librarians, bloggers, readers, and writers, I had two…

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Added by Ellen Cassedy on June 22, 2012 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

Writing Video #4: Pay Attention to Detail Like Anne Lamott

Kendra Bonnett, She Writes Guest Editor and Co-Founder of Women's Memoirs

My business partner and co-author Matilda Butler and I have the great good fortune to work with many dedicated students in our writing classes. They not only have good basic writing skills but they take pleasure in writing. And that's a good thing because writing is work...

...unless it's something you love. We call it a labor of love, but it's not…

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Added by Kendra Bonnett on June 21, 2012 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

The She Writes Southern Writers 4th of July Countdown Blog Tour

Hello, She Writers! I have a very exciting announcement to share with all of you. The She Writes group Southern Writers, is have a blog tour! Spearheaded by former guest editor and current Reality Check columnist…

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Added by Caitlyn Levin on June 20, 2012 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

Writing Video #3: "Be Bold, be Free, be Truthful" and Write with Brenda Ueland as Your Guide

Kendra Bonnett, She Writes Guest Editor and Co-Founder of Women's Memoirs

Sorry I couldn't post a blog and video yesterday, but my own writing consumed my day. I'm making it up to you with this inspiring little video that my business partner and co-author Matilda Butler made to celebrate the writing genius of Brenda Ueland.

I love this video both for its sage advice and for the fact that Matilda brought me back to Ueland. I didn't know who Ueland was when Matilda first made…

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Added by Kendra Bonnett on June 20, 2012 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] What Editors Do

This week on “Reality Check,” Elizabeth K. Burton, editor-in-chief and owner of Zumaya Publications, gives her insight on what…

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Added by Zetta Brown on June 20, 2012 at 6:00am — No Comments

Imply vs. Infer

In last week's post I explained the difference between recommend and refer, which people sometimes confuse. This week, I want to discuss imply and infer, which people OFTEN confuse. In fact, I hear these two words used incorrectly at least once a week and sometimes more than…

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Added by Maria Murnane on June 19, 2012 at 7:45am — 1 Comment

Writing Video #2: Celebrate Your Writing Journey to Its Destination Like Annie Dillard

Kendra Bonnett, She Writes Guest Editor and Co-Founder of Women's Memoirs

I look at my slightly yellowed, dog-eared, highlighted, underlined and Post-it note-laiden copy of The Writing Life, and I say, "Kendra, you certainly got your money's worth out of this book."

And I have. For it was after first reading Annie Dillard's little book--little in length only--that I finally understood the idea that writing is a…

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Added by Kendra Bonnett on June 18, 2012 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

Writing Video #1: Practice Your Craft Like the Late, Great Ray Bradbury

Kendra Bonnett, She Writes Guest Editor and Co-Founder of Women's Memoirs

In preparation for developing our new book Writing Alchemy: How to Write Fast and Deep, my co-author and business partner Matilda Butler and I spent a lot of time studying the writing advice of the masters of our craft.

Last week, Matilda shared the words and wisdom of Dorothy Parker. This week, I want to give you a…

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Added by Kendra Bonnett on June 17, 2012 at 8:30am — 7 Comments

Writing Prompt #6: Dorothy Parker and Writing About Emotions

Matilda Butler, SheWrites Guest Editor and Co-Founder Women's Memoirs

 

Writing Prompt #6, Dorothy Parker and Descriptions of Emotions

Emotions. Whether associated with traumatic events such as the…

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Added by Matilda Butler on June 15, 2012 at 1:00am — 4 Comments

Writing Prompt #5: Dorothy Parker and the 5 Senses

Matilda Butler, SheWrites Guest Editor and Co-Founder Women's Memoirs

 

Writing Prompt #5, Dorothy Parker and Unique Uses of the 5 Senses

Welcome back for day 5 of seeking guidance and insight from…

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Added by Matilda Butler on June 14, 2012 at 7:45am — 4 Comments

Writing Prompt #4: Dorothy Parker Tackles Dialogue

Matilda Butler, SheWrites Guest Editor and Co-Founder Women's Memoirs

 

Writing Prompt #4, Dorothy Parker and Writing Dialogue

 

Dorothy…

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Added by Matilda Butler on June 13, 2012 at 2:00am — 5 Comments

Writing Prompt #3: Dorothy Parker and Character Development

Matilda Butler, SheWrites Guest Editor and Co-Founder Women's Memoirs

 

Writing Prompt #3, Dorothy Parker and Your Character Descriptions…

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Added by Matilda Butler on June 12, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

Refer vs. Recommend

I watched a movie the other night in which a revered contagious disease specialist facing a lethal epidemic delivered a line to a nervous patient that made my own skin crawl. It was something along the lines of: "That's not my area of expertise, but I'll refer a doctor."

Ugh. Apparently no one is immune to bad grammar, not even the upper echelon of Hollywood scriptwriters.

Refer and recommend have different…

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Added by Maria Murnane on June 12, 2012 at 7:22am — 14 Comments

Writing Prompt #2, Who is Dorothy Parker and What's She Doing Here on SheWrites?

Matilda Butler, SheWrites Guest Editor and Co-Founder Women's Memoirs

 

Writing Prompt #2, Who is Dorothy Parker?

 

Yesterday, I began a series of blogs…

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Added by Matilda Butler on June 11, 2012 at 11:00pm — 2 Comments

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