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What’s Your Writing Word for 2017?

Some years ago I ditched New Year’s resolutions, which felt more like giving up something for Lent—i.e., depriving myself of something I wanted—than evolving myself into the person I wanted to become. In place of making a resolution, I began choosing a “word of the year,” a strategy I learned from then singer-songwriter Christine Kane. […]

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Free Women’s Writing Workshop: Raise Your Voice!

  Hello, writing sister!   The mums are in bloom here in Central Virginia. Their earthy scent brings to mind sweaters and scarves and school. I have always loved school. Not the mundane parts—those horrid clicks and grades and rules—but the learning parts.   Here at Writing Women’s Lives™, learning is never about clicks and […]

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The VIDA Count: Lifting Women’s Voices

Culture does not make people. People make culture. If it is true that the full humanity of women is not our culture, then we can and must make it our culture. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie     VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts is an organization that works for gender parity and justice for women writers. […]

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What Metaphor Do You See in This LIVE Eagles’ Nest?

photo © 2016 American Eagle Foundation, EAGLES.ORG   I was going to write this week’s blog about the universal truth in memoir writing—how the more specific we are in telling our stories, the more our writing transcends the personal and strikes a universal chord. I started the article last week and even gathered examples from […]

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International Women’s Day: Your Voice Is a Human Right

The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights. Gloria Steinem   As I write this, the world celebrates International Women’s Day. What is International Women’s Day? International Women’s Day began in New York City […]

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Her Imprint: A Memoir Essay

  Thank you for the many heartfelt emails and messages you sent to me after I published my newsletter last week for the first time since my “mastectomy retreat.” (A phrase I’m stealing from the brilliant wordsmith Lisa Hadden!) How grateful I am for this community of strong and compassionate women writers who know that […]

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On Writing and Healing

Maybe everyone needs to retreat once in a while, or you don’t know who you are or what you’ve become. Claire Dederer   Where’ve I been these many months? I’ve been writing and healing from a mastectomy.   Last summer I was diagnosed with breast cancer in my left breast. Because it was a recurrence […]

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