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…Continue
"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)…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Nichole L. Reber on March 29, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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,…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Elisabeth Kinsey on March 29, 2012 at 5:53pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
(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…
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!
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…Continue
Added by Mary Keating on March 20, 2012 at 8:16pm — No Comments
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…Continue