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The Effects of Hormones on the Creative Process: the secret ingredient

The Effects of Hormones on the Creative Process: the secret ingredient

As a researcher and writer, beyond other things, I am a woman and I feel the natural fluctuation of hormones throughout the month. I recognize these recurring periods as a time that brings about changes in moods, interests, desires, and concentration – all components to which influence my creating and thus my writings. In general, […]

July 26, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
You don’t need support to write: you own your own words

You don’t need support to write: you own your own words

This week @WomenWriters asked on Twitter: How does your family view your writing? Are they supportive? — Women Writers (@WomenWriters) July 20, 2014 My initial response was pretty harsh. @WomenWriters Conversations like this can mislead. We don’t need family support or approval to write. — Racheline Maltese (@racheline_m) July 20, 2014 Who needs support? And […]

July 23, 2014 | By | 5 Replies More
The Truth in Fiction

The Truth in Fiction

At the age of 40, I decided to pursue a long-held dream of writing and started with a young adult, coming-of-age novel. It gathered only rejections. While plugging away at my next novel, a work of adult commercial fiction, I was tasked with writing a nonfiction piece for a communications class. After passing it in, […]

July 21, 2014 | By | 4 Replies More
Succesful Querying: It’s Not All About The Letter.

Succesful Querying: It’s Not All About The Letter.

I don’t remember the year, but I remember the date. It was December 26th and I was at my parents’ house for the holidays. My guard was down. Without a thought, I opened my email and found in bold face font yet another agent’s rejection. There was nothing cruel about the rejection. It was probably […]

July 16, 2014 | By | 13 Replies More
Writing Tips: 10 Mistakes to avoid

Writing Tips: 10 Mistakes to avoid

Joanne Harris, @Joannechocolat, is one of our favorite authors on twitter. If you do not follow her yet, you should! We collected ten of her writing tips from last week: Today’s #TenTweets continue my series of tips for writers. Today, it’s Ten Mistakes To Avoid. And yes, I’ve made them all at one time… — […]

July 14, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
La Belle Creole: Cuba’s earliest Female Author

La Belle Creole: Cuba’s earliest Female Author

Alina García-Lapuerta is the biographer of María de las Mercedes de Santa Cruz y Montalvo (often called La Belle Créole), Cuba’s earliest female author. What does writing a biography involve? We asked her. How do you decide to recreate someone’s life? What drives you down a path that twists and turns and often leads to dead […]

July 11, 2014 | By | 5 Replies More
Introducing Chialin Yu

Introducing Chialin Yu

I’m Chialin Yu, a recently graduated high school student born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. My parents taught me the value of literature. They are both avid readers who read all kinds of authors, settings and genres. My father always brought me books as gifts from his business trips. Because of their influence I’ve grown […]

July 10, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
What is the best book by a woman writer you’ve read this year? #readwomen2014

What is the best book by a woman writer you’ve read this year? #readwomen2014

What is the best book by a woman writer you’ve read this year? We asked you on twitter. Here are your answers! #readwomen2014 @WomenWriters It’s a draw between Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places and Donna Tartt’s The Little Friend. #readomwne2014 — Isabel Ferreira (@isa_m_ferreira) July 10, 2014 @WomenWriters A God in Every Stone by @kamilashamsie — […]

July 10, 2014 | By | 3 Replies More
Creative Writing Groups for Children

Creative Writing Groups for Children

Jilly Henderson Long set up a creative writing group for children, and shares her experiences with us! How lucky was I back in the spring of 2012 to get the chance to start a creative writing group for local 6 – 11 year olds?  As someone who had also started young – and with several […]

July 6, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Putting flesh Upon The Bones ~ Using Creative Non-fiction to Tell Her Story

Putting flesh Upon The Bones ~ Using Creative Non-fiction to Tell Her Story

When Judy Pollard Smith came across an article on missionary Alice Seeley Harris, whose photographs brought down the Belgian Congo, she couldn’t believe she’d never heard of her before. Intrigued, she began to research, which led to her writing a biography of Alice, the woman she calls the mother of all human rights work. This […]

July 3, 2014 | By | 4 Replies More