“Even now, when the phone rings late at night, I think it’s her. I stumble out of bed ready for the worst. The last time my mother called was in 1990. I was thirty-one and living in Chicago. …
The first collaboration I'd like to share with you is one that Kathleen Sweeney and I embarked upon at the St. John the Divine Cathedral, in Manhattan. St. John the Divine is a holy place of contemplation, and this time one reflects on The Value of Water: the art of water, the scarcity of water, and the sanctity of water. Dozens of artists are shown together, smattered throughout the far flung chapels and corners, creating a unique convergence of meditation around that compound of hydrogen…Continue
Added by Rachel Aydt on February 7, 2012 at 5:00am — No Comments
by Sherrie Wilkolaski
Let’s get real about social media. It’s like exercise, right? Not everyone is as focused on their social media footprint as they would like. It takes time and effort. So I thought, why not do it together. I ran this blogging campaign at Infinity Publishing and it was a huge hit, so I'm bringing it here to www.shewrites.com. This is your opportunity to make some viral waves in the world of…Continue
This week I'm going to be guest blogging about the theme of collaboration. I was never a collaborator- writers write alone, right? But when I met Kathleen Sweeney, a fellow adjunct professor at the New School University, and a communications expert and social media guru, something about our interests…Continue
One of the pleasures of my recent stay at Virginia Center for Creative Arts was the chance to spread out pages of my manuscript-in-progress. This is something I've been able to do with each of my collections, first on the walls of my studio at the Millay Colony…Continue
Added by Sandra Beasley on February 3, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments
It seems appropriate to admit to a forum of women that I was the girl who never made female friends easily. As a teenager, talking wasn’t my thing, hugs were a struggle, and I just felt out of place among groups of girls/women. Yet, in the summer of 1999—as a young mother stuck in an unhealthy relationship, having learned that my mother, who had long since been emotionally unavailable to me, was dying—I could have really used some female…Continue
Aquarie Stein is having another virtual birthday, Feb. 3rd. She is turning 138. Looking back at the year she just spent, culturally speaking, it was the 99% Gertrude Stein year.
The excitement created by her modern art collection and her still shockingly modern personality was not just for the ususal 1 % of avant-gardists and art enthusiasts.…Continue
It took three weeks to clean, paint and reorganize my office—my garret, my sanctum sanctorum. Part of that time was to transition this space from graphic design workplace to writing/teaching space, another part was to empty it out after 25 years of packing things in, and the other…Continue
What electrifies me? You! I have been utterly, deeply inspired and moved by the response to my book giveaway. Thank you, everyone, for sharing your passions, for sharing what makes you tick as writers and women, for giving me windows into your lives, into your fiery, electric hearts. I so loved reading about how you are inspired by truth, by connection, by food, by the body, by nature, by…Continue
When I was ten years old, if you had asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would have said “I want to be a poet.” I memorized John Berryman (“Life, friends, is boring,”) T.S. Eliot, and E.E. Cummings.
But, growing up, my path was guarded by practical desires – I needed to be able to support myself, I needed to make…
Here is what you might have missed around She Writes this past week
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The Adventures of a Query Queen
By Sarah Pinneo
Today it is finally true. After years of work, two manuscripts, and who knows how many queries, my novel hits bookstore shelves, published by Plume, an imprint of Penguin USA.
Julia's Child is a Cinderella story about a mom who wants very much to see…Continue
A smart way to get the word out about your book is to position yourself as an expert in a particular subject. You can write a regular blog, contribute articles to magazines and websites, speak at events, and even make yourself available to the press to help with their stories.
However, when I suggest this approach to authors I'm often surprised at the response, which is usually something…Continue
Added by Maria Murnane on January 31, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments
The first ever writing retreat I attended was in 2002. I’d been married for five years, had a poetry chapbook published the previous year, my husband was applying for business school, and we had just broached the subject of having kids once he had earned his MBA.
At the retreat, I had the opportunity to speak with one of the organizers, Christina Daub, about being a writing parent. While Tina was not the first poet I’d ever met who had to juggle writing with parenting, she is…Continue
I'm happy to serve as a guest editor for the SheWrites blog this week--especially knowing we can create some precious creative space for co-founder Kamy Wicoff to work on her own book. Go, Kamy, go! Today, I thought I would give you a glimpse of where I am; each day this week I look forward to featuring a…Continue
This morning I read a really interesting conversation with Michael Scammel, the biographer of Alexsandr Solzhenitsyn and Arthur Koestler. A lot of what Scammel said about his path to biography resonated with me. He describes having wanted to become a fiction writer in his twenties…Continue
In a recent post, I emphasized the importance of writing down your ideas quickly so you won't forget them. Today, I strongly suggest you also write down something else: your successes. Marketing a book isn't easy, especially if you are independently published, but if you work hard at it, eventually you're going to experience some cool things. You may speak at a local library or bookstore, or…Continue
Yesterday we got psyched about the power of curiosity. Now let's get that curiosity interacting online with a book by social media guru and zany feminist, Deanna Zandt: …Continue
Added by Julia Barry on January 24, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments
Creativity used in tandem with the power of community is what makes the social web tick, and what is usually the most rewarding way for each of us to share, promote, correspond, and learn online.
This week's cross-section hints that there are as many ways to personalize our social tech use as there are goals we're…Continue
Added by Julia Barry on January 28, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments