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Happy Birthday Molly Ivins!

Melinda Welsh | Posted 08.30.2016 | Politics
Melinda Welsh

As a journalist, I've always loved Molly for her wisdom, politics and wicked sense of humor. My favorite quote of hers lately is the salient one to vote "with your heart" in primary elections but "with your head" in the general.

5 Dating Lessons Learned From The Ever-Quotable Dorothy Parker

The Huffington Post | Jillian Capewell | Posted 08.28.2016 | Arts

Dating is hard. And while we millennials may think it’s especially difficult with the commodification of desire that quick-swiping apps and hookup c...

3 Questions Every Creative Person Must Ask

Janice Sands | Posted 07.12.2016 | Arts
Janice Sands

This summer, Pen + Brush is teaming up with experts in both the visual and literary arts to bring our readers a guest blogger series focused on insigh...

Author Mary Elizabeth on Fandom and Bad Boys

Mara White | Posted 07.07.2016 | Books
Mara White

Mary Elizabeth is a contemporary fiction and new adult romance writer with a huge and loyal fan base. She lives in Southern California with her family, styling hair by day and crafting addictive stories by night. Her latest novel, Low, was an Amazon best-seller and chronicles two bank robbing bandits in love and on the lam.

Here Are 32 Plays By Women That Deserve Your Attention

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 06.22.2016 | Arts

Where are all the women playwrights? According to the Dramatists Guild of America, only 22 percent of the plays being produced in the United States ar...

Book Review: "The Ice Child"

Thelma Adams | Posted 05.23.2016 | Books
Thelma Adams

The Ice Child by Camilla Läckberg My rating: 5 of 5 stars Wow. This is a gripping Nordic noir in Camilla Lackberg's series that, in part, charts the ...

Mary Kubica on Motherhood, the Midwest, and Naturally Following the Darkness

Mara White | Posted 05.13.2016 | Books
Mara White

Mary Kubica is a Chicago based writer who hit the New York Times best-sellers list with her compelling debut novel, The Good Girl.

How Writing Helped Me Reclaim My Voice After a Painful Childhood

Michelle Wisdom-Ellis | Posted 04.20.2016 | Women
Michelle Wisdom-Ellis

People say that when you are molested or raped, your innocence gets stolen. After having experienced this, which is something I don't often talk about, I can tell you that more than that gets taken.

Women: Stop Apologizing As a Preface to Comments

Suzette Standring | Posted 04.08.2016 | Women
Suzette Standring

Ladies, can we stop apologizing for over-explaining our work? As nurturers we crave rapport, and pooh-poohing ourselves is a form of bonding. At best our intent is humility, but it conveys, "Forgive me for having thoughts."

Lies and Other Acts of Love: An Interview With Kristy Woodson Harvey

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 04.06.2016 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Kristy Woodson Harvey's, Lies and Other Acts of Love, calls on one of the oldest questions: what would you do for love? What would you do to find lov...

A Survey Of Inequity In The Literary World Paints A Troubling Picture

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 03.30.2016 | Arts

If you think it's tough in the literary world as a woman, try being a woman of color, an LGBTQ woman, or a woman with a disability or impairment. The...

Women Writers Get Less Credit. So, What Are We Doing About It?

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 03.22.2016 | Arts

Have you heard? Women writers are less than. They’re reviewed less often than their male counterparts, and they win fewer awards. Even fictional wom...

11 Women Throughout History Who Wrote About Sex

The Huffington Post | Tricia Tongco | Posted 03.11.2016 | Arts

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we've decided to honor women writers of the past and present who have written fearlessly about sex. Today, ...

Women over 50, Keeping Your Voice in Transition

Staci Greason | Posted 03.08.2016 | Fifty
Staci Greason

When I was eight, my favorite game was Authors. Each card in the deck had an image of the author's face with the title of one of the author's books. Y...

That Time I Attempted to Cure My Writer's Block by Throwing My High School Reunion

Brie Berman | Posted 02.26.2016 | Comedy
Brie Berman

All in all, it was a fine evening. I'm glad I hold a small piece of responsibility for putting it together. But just a heads up: In 30 years there's no way in hell I'm making 400 laminated badges. That's on you, Malibu!

Harper Lee Through Grandma's Eyes

Kat Katsanis-Semel | Posted 02.22.2016 | Women
Kat Katsanis-Semel

In honor of Harper Lee, I call on all goofballs to take their talent to heart. You never know what could emerge from you, if you give it a sincere shot. And you might be so successful that someone will - one day - tell her grandchild about you.

5 Hard Lessons You Learn After Becoming a Writer

Lori Stevenson | Posted 03.01.2016 | Books
Lori Stevenson

While those of us who have prepared to be writers know the challenges and frustrations of acquiring the skills, the realities of finally joining the occupation can be shocking.

Millennial Writers on Writing

Constance Renfrow | Posted 02.16.2016 | Books
Constance Renfrow

Millennial writers are seeking what writers have always been in search of: comfort and connection, reasons for existence and answers to the unanswerable. They will keep reading and writing and they will keep improving, and inexorably, they will become old writers and readers--and, hopefully, will urge on the generation that comes next.

George Clooney and Groups -- Confessions of a Non-Joiner

Janet Bertolus | Posted 02.05.2016 | Women
Janet Bertolus

I've never been much of a joiner. From grade school right up until today, I have, whenever humanly possible, avoided joining any groups. I've never b...

Platinum Doll: A Conversation with Anne Girard

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 01.25.2016 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Long before Marilyn Monroe, another blonde bombshell glittered from the silver screen. Jean Harlow captivated audiences during the Golden Age of Holly...

Worthy of Her Words

Poetry Foundation | Posted 01.20.2016 | Books
Poetry Foundation

Why Lola Ridge is ripe for rediscovery. By Kathleen Rooney The early-20th-century radical poet and feminist Lola Ridge, a popular poet during her lif...

Women's Media Center 2015 Media Awards

Madinah James | Posted 01.13.2016 | Media
Madinah James

Last fall, the Women's Media Center celebrated a milestone marking it's 10-year anniversary during the 2015 Women's Media Center Awards ceremony held ...

Conjuring Lilith's Demons

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Julie R. Enszer

Lilith's Demon started with insomnia and a feral cat. The feral cat, Liza (with a z), came into our lives one day stalking breakfast near the tree where my wife feeds the birds.

Happy Birthday To Joan Didion, The Original Icon Of Impostor Syndrome

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 12.05.2015 | Arts

Today, Joan Didion turns 81. Most of the writer's devotees and critics agree upon the fact that in her carefully woven sentences, whether fictional, ...

Book Critics Don't Exist To Flatter Your Taste

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 11.25.2015 | Arts

“Unlike critics who write about film or food or music, book critics are rarely required to engage with popular material,” Jennifer Weiner wrote in...