Thank you, Kamy, for the warm welcome. I'll be sure to
contact my writers group and creative writing colleagues.
These are exciting times. When I was on my blog tour, I felt
so affirmed hearing directly from women readers and writers.
We no longer have to wait for the old arbiters of taste and keepers
of the gate! We are the groundswell, and She Writes is a part of that.
I've already sent an email about the site to all of our board members. I think that's a good start. Not sure about the whole mailing list which we probably don't have permission to use for this purpose, however we can get a lot of us on her and it will bring more! I think there should be JPEGs of the movie and Tv show logos/posters just like the book covers. I think it would add a lot. How many are you up to now?
Is there an LA Salon of Women Writers? If not, perhaps we could/should start one!
Hi Kamy, I'm in Seabrook, which is halfway between Houston (to the south of) and Galveston (to the north of), on the coast. We got our fifteen minutes of fame last fall when Hurricane Ike hit here and CNN kept showing my flooded neighborhood. Thanks for telling me about the others!
Congratulations, Kamy. I have invited every female writer I know, and I know a lot. Wishing you so much success. What a great gift this is to all of us. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help in the LA film community.
All the best,
Kamy, Congratulations on your site, it's going to be a huge success!!
I'm doing great, just had (10 months ago) another baby. So that's the big news. How about you? From the looks of it you're doing great too. When things settle down after the hectic-ness of your launch, maybe we could grab a coffee. In the meantime, I will admire your growing success. Congrats again, Cristina
Hi, Kamy: Clearly, you're on to something! Congrats on this great site and the overwhelming response you're getting. As for humor writing, I'd say my Seventh Generation blog falls in the funny memoir/essay category. It's about my struggle to "green" my family and, it turns out, myself. I'm having great fun and I'm already getting a lot of response, pro and con. (Some of the ultra-green types were ready to tar and feather me after I wrote about using paper towels.) I'm also working on other projects, so I'm very excited to see how your group develops.
Thanks Kamy. Yes, right after I sent my note, things straightened out. I posted the link to the Wompos listserv today. I see some of these women poets have already signed on. I'll be finding my way around and taking advantage of the various options on this excellent site.
Hi Kamy - still finding my around the interface here, so forgive me if this is in the wrong place. I've actually blogged about the Afghan Womens Writing Project at Red Room, my personal blog through my website, and on my blog at Livejournal; I also tweeted it and talked about it extensively at Facebook. I'm going to be doing one of the teaching sessions in late autumn/early winter (I have a book coming out on 15 September so the autumn was insane for me, and Masha Hamilton was angelically kind, scheduling things so that I could come play). And yes, of course, link it to me here and I'll put a blog entry up about it here, as well.
I don't know Cari personally, but I put the request for the project's fundraiser out in email to a nice shortlist of people. No idea who got back to Cari on this one, although Ayelet Waldman pinged me back to say she'd done so, and blogged about it as well.
BTW, I'd love to get the cover for the new book, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, up in the header scroll. To whom do I send the jpeg, and where?
Will do, Kamy; thanks for the note. It's true! I feel as if teaching at Gotham is a rite of passage for many NYC writers (and those outside NYC, too, actually, what with the online contingent). We should start a group!
Hi Kamy, nice to "meet" you! And thank you for your interest in WOMEN READING ALOUD. We began in 2003 and continue to grow. Many of our workshops are held in private homes resembling a "salon" setting. I open my home - large, airy, spacious - to writers. Too often, writers are tossed around in an atmosphere less than gracious. WRA provides a supportive environment for women writers to write spontanteously, read aloud, and critique according to the Amherst Writers and Artists Method. Key is our response to "What is working?" This past spring, we held a Writer's Weekend Retreat by the ocean in New Jersey. 20 writers - including one from Greece, and others scattered throughout the northeast - every genre - came to write, think, relax, clarify and share their writing. WRA emphasizes the value in reading one's own work aloud so others may listen. Listening and receiving furthers the writer on her journey. On July 11th, I will be leading a Writing Wellness Day: writing and yoga, writing and meditation, writing and camaraderie, writing and organic food! WRA has hosted full day events for writers to read their work aloud in small groups, receive silent feedback, lunch (good food is a must), and settle back listening to an invited guest author like NYTimes best-selling authors Jacqueline Sheehan and Ilene Beckerman. Every fall and spring, I lead 8 week workshops. If my walls could talk, they would recite drafts from best-sellers. This fall, we are offering a 3 Saturday Series for a Work-in-Progress. We sell out and I believe this is due to the basics we offer: generosity, graciousness, and humanity.
I am a former dancer, choreographer and artistic director in NYC. I came to writing because the creative life is all I know.