As we all know too well, women writers -- not to mention directors, producers and other creative women -- are up against it when it comes to making our voices heard. As VIDA's 2010 edition of "The Count" laid bare, men review more books, more books by…
10 REASONS WHY YOU (and Everyone You Know) SHOULD GIVE BOOKS AS GIFTS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON ONE:When
you give someone a book, you create a way to share an experience that
will continue long after the holidays. Months later, you can…Continue
Last night at the salon of women writers I started years ago with Nancy K. Miller, our guest was the novelist, essayist and poet Siri Hustvedt, who prepared a talk for our group on the neuroscience of creativity, a field in which she is a well-known expert. It was one of the best, most… Continue
So while I would like to forget about the whole Wasserstein Prize thing, I just can't. Partly because the Director of Communications for the Theater Development Fund, David LeShay, emailed me the day after my blog post about the fund's decision not to award a prize this year because none of the 19 finalists selected by THEIR process was good enough for it. (And yes, they blamed the playwrights, not their own process, until they ran into a firestorm of protest and suddenly changed their minds.)… Continue
First of all, let's just give it up for Publishers' Weekly this year. They have announced their "Ten Best Books of 2010," and guess what? There are WOMEN on it! And one of them isn't white! Wow! (Is anyone else wondering, however, why these knuckleheads had Patti Smith, the rocker of all time, make a kind of Britney-fied "oops I did it again"… Continue
The singular pleasures, and irreplaceable results, of writing by hand.
A few weeks ago, my mother sent me an email to thank me for a book I'd sent to her. And in her email she wrote: "I need to write you a real letter. Hard copy, by hand."
I knew just what she meant. An email is not a letter, and a letter means much more. Which got me to thinking. What is it that is so precious about hand-writing? Why does a letter from my mother, pulled like a jewel from… Continue
Last month, Dawn Davis, editorial director of the Amistad imprint at Harper Collins, was promoted to be its publisher, and also given the job of Executive Editor at Ecco, another Harper imprint. Dawn is one of the most influential women in publishing, and is particularly a woman-to-watch when it comes… Continue
Help us celebrate the opening of the She Writes Cafe Press store by entering our latest writing contest.
On Monday, I wrote about Gloria Feldt's powerful new power-book full of power-tools (more power to you!), No Excuses, because I believe it's a book every woman writer should read. And I called out one of my favorite of Gloria's… Continue
She Writers, what are you reading? We are introducing a new feature on She Writes (well, new-ish), an invitation to ALL She Writers to tell us what you are reading now. We have had the wonderful luck to have several of you contribute columns to our "What She's Reading Now" series (if you want to pitch us on one, check out the submission guidelines… Continue
Titles matter. A lot. Every writer knows this, and so does every publisher, producer and reader. Titles draw us in or turn us off; titles are clear or disastrously muddled; titles stick with us or slide off our brains without leaving a trace.
Last night, I had the pleasure of sitting in on a mini-writing workshop, of sorts, with the editor, author and agent Betsy Lerner, in conversation… Continue
Over the years, I have had an extremely clever, utterly delightful list of words forwarded to me accompanied by a variety of subject lines -- sometimes it's the Washington Post Mensa Invitational, sometimes the Style Invitational, sometimes just "I never forward things like this, but I couldn't resist!"
Have you seen it too? It's a list of words given alternate definitions, and it is indeed hilarious.
You know you have a great idea, but is it a BOOK? (As opposed to an essay, a magazine article, or a compelling blog?) Three of our Passion Project judges -- an agent, a publisher and an author -- talked with Kamy Wicoff about how you can tell the difference.