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Petals & Wings: Opening Up Your Writing & Getting Yourself Out There!

It's April in Kansas, and this year, with spring ahead of itself and yet compressed into ecstatic blooming all at once, the green is electric, the flowers are vivid, and I've even seen the return of the winged beauties: butterflies and lightning bugs. To celebrate and explore being a writer in this season in our…


Added by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on April 9, 2012 at 8:03am — 1 Comment

Five Questions for Journalist Elana Ashanti Jefferson

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1) How has your career as a journalist evolved?  How did you get to features?


Even in grade school, writing was the way that I most comfortably expressed myself. I was the consummate journal-keeper. But I didn’t seriously…


Added by Elisabeth Kinsey on April 1, 2012 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Top 10 Don't-Miss Sites for Marketing Your Writing (Without Breaking the Bank)

How friendly are you, really? Do you have enough followers to qualify as a cult? Are you still blogging, or have you bought into the headlines announcing blogging is dead? Do you tweet?

Let’s pause for a minute to imagine those questions being asked of Hemingway or Austen. Dickens … well, maybe Dickens.

My third novel, The Four Ms.…


Added by Meg Waite Clayton on March 29, 2012 at 9:00am — 17 Comments

The Two-Hour Project: Surprises in small packages

I first met Barb Johnson in 2009, in Albuquerque. The newly-minted AROHO Gift of Freedom award winner was visiting the state to meet with the Board of the Foundation, and they’d asked me, as the outgoing recipient, to come down and check her out.


Even I—skeptic though I am—couldn’t resist the charm of this smart…


Added by Summer Wood on April 6, 2012 at 6:27am — 6 Comments

Who Cares About Your Family Story? Ten Tips to Ensure Readers Will Care

At this year's AWP conference in Chicago, Ellen Cassedy and Nancy K. Miller were part of a panel organized by the University of Nebraska Press on Family Stories.  Kamy Wicoff was in attendance, and loved what they had to say on the subject so much (memoir writers, don't miss these…


Added by Ellen Cassedy on April 5, 2012 at 10:30am — 45 Comments

Breaking Up With Traditional Publishing: It’s Not Me, It’s You (Part 2)

In Tuesday’s post I talked about why my love affair with traditional publishing hit the skids. One big factor was working for a venerable NYC publisher, which was a real honor – amazing staff, incredible authors – but it opened my eyes to the fact that I’m simply not patient enough to deal with traditional publishing’s slow pace.

It also forced…


Added by Deonne Kahler on April 5, 2012 at 11:48am — 9 Comments

Finding funding for creative projects, part two: Ace the grant application

You’ve look deeply into your soul and determined your passion, your project, your commitment, and your readiness. (That was yesterday, in part one.) You’ve settled on a grant possibility that’s just right for you. Now what?

Examine the grant carefully.  WHAT DO THEY WANT? Become an expert on this. Read everything on the website; check out past…


Added by Summer Wood on April 5, 2012 at 6:13am — 10 Comments

Finding funding for creative projects, part one: The Big Picture

I promised in my last post to follow with tips to writing a successful grant application. Tomorrow I'll lay out some of the nitty-gritty steps, but today I'm going for broke. This is the big picture, the "why" of it all. You have a dream, you have an ambition, you want to see it happen--but before you go answering questions on any application, take a crack at these.

The time you spend clarifying what you love, what you want to do, and why you are the person to do it, is time well…


Added by Summer Wood on April 4, 2012 at 6:01am — 7 Comments

Freshly Reborn: The Journal Trivia: Voices of Feminism

I am excited to share the news. Trivia -- one of the major feminist journals for women's writing, has found new editors and a new life.The first issue, Spring 2012, has a focus on south-western writers and poets, with gorgeous photography; there are critical…


Added by Renate Stendhal on April 3, 2012 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Breaking Up With Traditional Publishing: It’s Not Me, It’s You (Part 1)

Our love affair started innocently enough. I was writing songs and starting a band in San Francisco, and I saw an ad looking for personal essays about eating. Even though I’d only written lyrics at that point, I knew about eating, so I wrote one and submitted. Surprise! It was accepted, and I was officially hooked on seeing my words in print.

The Honeymoon Phase

After that I published more essays and freelanced for newspapers and magazines. I did that for more…


Added by Deonne Kahler on April 3, 2012 at 12:07pm — 7 Comments

Don't Cook Your Family, Rachael!

The other day, a friend who shares my passion for good grammar posted the following picture on Facebook:

Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog? Yikes.

While this example may be a bit extreme…


Added by Maria Murnane on April 3, 2012 at 6:59am — 4 Comments

“Be audacious, be fierce, dream big—” The $50,000 Gift of Freedom from A Room of Her Own Foundation

About five years ago I was visiting Portland, Oregon, when my cell phone rang. I was getting ready to attend my son’s college graduation, and almost didn’t answer. I’m glad I did.

On the other end of the line was Mary Johnson, calling to tell me I’d been selected to receive the 4th Gift of Freedom, a $50,000 award from A Room of Her Own Foundation. 

Imagine my surprise! I’d spent a lot of care and effort on the application, but I knew the odds of my winning the prize…


Added by Summer Wood on April 3, 2012 at 6:48am — 4 Comments

On Adrienne Rich, Letting Go of Genre, & Celebrating the April 3 Paperback Release of DON'T KILL THE BIRTHDAY GIRL (Book Giveaway!)

"The most notable fact our culture imprints on women is the sense of our limits. The most important thing one woman can do for another is to illuminate and expand her sense of actual possibilities."

- Adrienne Rich (1929-2012)…


Added by Sandra Beasley on April 2, 2012 at 12:00pm — 11 Comments

New Facilitator for the Submission Mission chats

After participating for six months, April marks the first month I’m officially taking over the reigns as facilitator for the monthly Submission Mission chats.

A lot has happened since discovering the chats: my first piece as a literary writer was accepted. The ninth cloud is mine to ride as I await the actual publication of “Burqa to the Loo”, a memoir about the liberation found in wearing hijab…


Added by Nichole L. Reber on March 29, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

April Fools!

Early this year, my partner Kathy Namba and I made a trip to New Orleans to visit friends. It was terrific, of course--coffee and beignets at Cafe du Monde, music in the French Quarter, a bottle of wine down on the bayou, more gumbo and jambalaya than should be legal in the course of a week--but we missed out on one crucial thing.

We saw no alligators.

To remedy this lack, I purchased a synthetic version of the real thing at the airport gift shop. It was meant to be a gift for…


Added by Summer Wood on April 2, 2012 at 6:00am — 6 Comments

When In Doubt, Read it Out (Loud) - Julie Hammonds

As promised, as an addition to my Bonanza today, a repost from Julie Hammonds.  Her blog: Words4Wildlife: Notes from the field.


I worked on a piece of writing over the past weekend. It was the first new writing I’ve done, of any substance,…


Added by Elisabeth Kinsey on March 31, 2012 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

Ten Lessons Learned by Author/Agent Natalie Essary


Hi She Writers!  Today I have a bonanza, so keep checking back.  Thanks, Natalie, for these words of wisdom!


1. Write what you know. Writers get sick of hearing this, but successful authors keep repeating it, because it's true. I spent (wasted) a lot of…


Added by Elisabeth Kinsey on March 31, 2012 at 7:00am — 6 Comments

Bella Stander on "What Not to Do at a Book Festival or Writers Conference"

(picture, courtesy of VABook Fest)


Greetings Shewriters - Get out your highlighters for some sound advice!


Bella Stander is the proprietor of Book Promotion 101 and publisher of Bella Terra Publishing. For the past dozen years she’s worked with the Virginia Festival of the Book, where she…


Added by Elisabeth Kinsey on March 30, 2012 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

Five Questions About Michele Harvey's Poetry Fan Page

As promised, my second feature today: Michele Harvey and her Poetry Fanpage: Poetry for Living an Inspired Life 


Why start a fan page as a poet?



I recently wrote a self-help book called, From Confusion to Clarity. The book blends genres as it includes narrative non-fiction with…


Added by Elisabeth Kinsey on March 29, 2012 at 5:53pm — No Comments

Kathy Leonard Czepiel - Five Questions

Greetings Shewriters - I am so grateful for our authors answering questions today.  We have Kathy Czepiel and later I will be posting a poet: Michele Harvey

Kathy Leonard Czepiel is the author of A Violet Season, forthcoming in July 2012 from Simon & Schuster. The novel, set on a Hudson…


Added by Elisabeth Kinsey on March 29, 2012 at 9:16am — 3 Comments

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