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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 | 2 Replies More
The Poetic World of Emily Brontë

The Poetic World of Emily Brontë

We have all read a novel or poem at one time in our lives, maybe in high school or college, and then read it later in life and experienced the work in a different way — usually finding meaning that was absent the first time around. For example, I read Catcher in the Rye in […]

July 18, 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
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
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
Mighty Forces

Mighty Forces

The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or what you will and the solution comes to you and you don’t know how or why. – Albert Einstein. We’ve all experienced magic when writing. Writers speak of the process and the product as: […]

June 30, 2014 | By | 5 Replies More
How quickly do you share your work?

How quickly do you share your work?

We asked you on twitter… How quickly do you share you work with others? Straight away when you have an idea? The first chapter? Or only once you’ve finished? — Women Writers (@WomenWriters) June 27, 2014 @WomenWriters I used to never show anyone anything. Now I try to make it a regular challenge to share, […]

June 28, 2014 | By | 3 Replies More
Clichés – drag or opportunity?

Clichés – drag or opportunity?

In my Twitter profile, I define myself as an ‘enemy of set phrases and cliches.’ Nothing makes me feel like putting down a novel like two, three, four, five cliches strung together without any self-awareness, any twist or turn, not even the faintest attempt at turning into something mildly interesting – what kind of original […]

June 23, 2014 | By | 8 Replies More
Richard and Judy Book Club Choice

Richard and Judy Book Club Choice

‘ Your book has been chosen for the Richard and Judy book club.’ It was a weekday morning in late February, I was alone in my house, and I was on the phone with my agent. I yelled down the phone, ‘Are you joking?’ I knew that my publisher had put forward my book, Dear […]

June 21, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
Handmade Books: The Story of a Book Artist

Handmade Books: The Story of a Book Artist

What I love about writing is the imagination: the play with language, the weaving of words into story. Being born and raised in the South guaranteed that I’d be a storyteller of some kind, and a compulsion to make art soon led me to making handmade books. I discovered letterpress printing as an undergraduate and […]

June 19, 2014 | By | 11 Replies More