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I Am Subject: We Write What We Need to Learn

I Am Subject: We Write What We Need to Learn

Meet US Author Diane DeBella. She’s is our Site Sponsor through early June 2014. Her book “I Am Subject” is highly relevant to each of us as women, and as women writers. It is about being subject of our own lives, not objects, not adjuncts to the lives of others. Stay a while. Linger here and […]

April 24, 2014 | By | 19 Replies More
The Holy Grail of Writing

The Holy Grail of Writing

Someone once asked me why I write and I was stumped. Later, I thought ‘because I can’. And then I added ‘because I can’t’. What I mean is that, beyond the thrilling shock of recognition when one happens on a story which aches to be told – the ‘did that really happen?’ moment – it’s […]

April 24, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
What Recent Book Made You Cry?

What Recent Book Made You Cry?

What recent book made you cry? — Women Writers (@WomenWriters) April 13, 2014   @WomenWriters …my bank book… — Gillian Cornwall (@KilaNalu) April 13, 2014   @WomenWriters Me Before You. I sobbed so much i was nearly sick. Thanks for that @jojomoyes x — lisa thompson (@lthompsonwrites) April 13, 2014   @lthompsonwrites sorry! and – […]

April 19, 2014 | By | 3 Replies More
On Being a Writer

On Being a Writer

Writing was always something I’d considered as a career. I was good at it; it gave me a voice, and it helped me get through rough patches of my childhood. As a person who always felt unheard, telling stories through writing came quite naturally, and it gave me an outlet to announce my feelings to […]

April 18, 2014 | By | 4 Replies More
Are You a Real Writer?

Are You a Real Writer?

When I was in my twenties, I considered myself a writer. After all, I’d been the editor of my college literary magazine, and had won several writing contests while in school. It didn’t matter to me that the only writing I’d done since graduation was in notebooks kept under the bed, or that it was […]

April 17, 2014 | By | 16 Replies More
An MA in writing – is it worth it?

An MA in writing – is it worth it?

Last month, the novelist Hanif Kureishi declared creative writing courses ‘a waste of time.’ The statement seems counterintuitive – Kureishi himself is a teacher of creative writing at Kingston University. Nevertheless, his statement sparked an energetic discussion, with Jeanette Winterson defending her professorship at Manchester University, while the novelist Lucy Ellmann wrote ‘I can’t stand […]

April 14, 2014 | By | 3 Replies More
My Five Favorite Pieces of Writing Advice

My Five Favorite Pieces of Writing Advice

Since graduating college, I’ve been a magazine journalist. The first half of my career I spent on staff as an editor at various women’s magazines, the second half as a freelance writer. I have loads of advice to share for the newly graduated who have the same dream I did — to see your name […]

April 10, 2014 | By | 12 Replies More
Failure First, Success Second

Failure First, Success Second

I failed at getting my first novel published and I stopped writing. I wrote a young adult science fiction novel while also playing Division I college basketball at the University of Richmond. Writing helped me cope with the various pressures and expectations in athletics and academics. Working on that story allowed me to escape when […]

April 8, 2014 | By | 9 Replies More
The #iamsubject Project with Diane DeBella

The #iamsubject Project with Diane DeBella

Join the #iamsubject project! Diane DeBella, our Site Sponsor through June 5, 2014, is launching the #iamsubject Project inviting girls and women to participate in increasing awareness of the need for girls and women to stay subject of their own lives. She is inviting you to write your own #iamsubject story on your blog or […]

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How to Be Human: Diary of an Autistic Girl

How to Be Human: Diary of an Autistic Girl

Florida Frenz is the autistic teen author of “How to Be Human, Diary of an Autistic Girl”  She explains to us what writing means to her. I have special needs. There. No hiding, just the straight up blunt truth. I have autism, hypotonia, dysgraphia and, before intense therapy, some kind of reading disability. There’s also […]

April 2, 2014 | By | 9 Replies More