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“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…

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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)…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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!

TEN BEST LESSONS LEARNED THE HARD WAY:

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

The Reviews Come In: On Public Celebrations and Private Rants

 

The reviews of my book have started to come in, and to my relief and pleasure, they've been pretty great. You can read some of them here: Publishers Weekly; ForeWord Reviews;…

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Added by Julija Sukys on March 29, 2012 at 4:30am — 10 Comments

Is a New Print Magazine a Bad Idea? - Sandra Knauf

My guest today is Sandra Knauf, creator and editor of Greenwoman Magazine.  Please see information and bio at the end!

 

I came across a two-page ad in More magazine the other day–an ad for magazines. The heading read:

Will the Internet kill magazines? Did instant coffee kill…

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Added by Elisabeth Kinsey on March 28, 2012 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Top 10 (plus two extra) Fears of an Emerging Writer

Greetings SheWriters.

     As we look back through our writing lives, what kind of person do we see?  Is she confidant, plunging through crowds with her head held high, pen raised, agents begging at her heals?  Does she sit for 6 hours a day, fingers moving fluidly and in an organized fashion, hair perfectly coifed, rose petal smell emanating from her office?  (Of course she has a room of her own, right?!!) 

     Or is she engaged in fits of passion, clouds of self-doubt, all…

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Added by Elisabeth Kinsey on March 27, 2012 at 9:30am — 24 Comments

Three Grassroots Marketing Tips to Put in Place Today

For many authors, both traditional and self-published, marketing a book is harder than writing one. If you don't have a background in marketing, you may feel confused, overwhelmed, and even a little freaked out by the idea of it. Plus you may equate marketing with advertising and immediately think, Marketing is expensive, there's no way I can do it! But the truth is you can. You just need to be clever about how you go about it.

Here are three things you can do today - for…

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Added by Maria Murnane on March 27, 2012 at 7:50am — 19 Comments

Deborah Batterman - Autobiography in Fiction (What "to" do, and what not...)

Autobiography in Fiction

 

 

As a young girl growing up in a small Brooklyn apartment, I have strong memories of noise – aunts and uncles sitting and schmoozing around a table that sat nestled in an alcove just outside the kitchen. Cigarette smoke drifted across…

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Added by Elisabeth Kinsey on March 26, 2012 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Guest Editor for the Week: Theme - What Not to Do

Hi Writers - I will be your guest editor of the week.  I am not even sure this is the right place to post, but here goes.         

   Many of my favorite pieces of advice come from lists of "what not to do" and how to avoid "rookie" mistakes at all costs.  One of my favorite books that illustrates this principal is The Forest For the Trees by editor Betsy Lerner.  In it, she glides between descriptions of how the…

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Added by Elisabeth Kinsey on March 25, 2012 at 8:59pm — 6 Comments

FIVE QUESTIONS FOR...

(This post originally ran in October of 2009)

Five Questions for...KATHA POLLITT

asked by NANCY K. MILLER, author of the forthcoming"What They Saved: Pieces of A Jewish Past."



Writing itself is a feminist act, isn't it?



Q: It would…

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Added by Five Questions on October 9, 2009 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

"I Just Wrote '50 Shades of Grey Area! (By Which I Mean, FanFic PAYS!)"

When is copying not the sincerest form of flattery? When the copier stands to make millions off someone else's characters! Without so much as an acknowledgment to the author of the original characters!

Thoughts?

Added by Laura Zigman on March 23, 2012 at 6:49am — 2 Comments

Plus ça change... A Few Thoughts in the Wake of the Toulouse School Shooting

toulouse_013 by celine nadeau

A few months ago, a friend asked me before departing to France on sabbatical if she should be concerned about anti-Semitism there. "Oh no," I said, dismissing her concerns. Now, in the wake of the Toulouse Jewish school shooting, I see I may have been wrong to be so…

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Added by Julija Sukys on March 22, 2012 at 3:30am — 4 Comments

Around She Writes, March 20. 2012

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

 

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Added by Mary Keating on March 20, 2012 at 8:16pm — No Comments

Special Offer for She Writers Only -- Hedgebrook Weekend Retreat

In the spirit of my renewed commitment to my own writing this spring, and in the hopes of giving other She Writers more tools and sources of inspiration to invest in their own writing projects, too, today I want to share a special offer made by the women writers' colony of…

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Added by Kamy Wicoff on March 20, 2012 at 11:43am — 2 Comments

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