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They Gave My Husband Credit for Something I Wrote

Rhoda Jordan | Posted 04.03.2015 | Women
Rhoda Jordan

People just assumed that my husband must've been the writer who'd come up with the script. Because how could a woman come up with such words? How could a woman create such badass art? How could a young actress who looks the way I look create such sharp, dark, rude fits of expression?

Women Writers Live Life Out Loud at BinderCon LA

Meghan O'Dea | Posted 04.13.2015 | Los Angeles
Meghan O'Dea

Buying that plane ticket to BinderCon was also the best decision I ever made. It was a decision informed by the kind of gut instinct that comes only when your life is about to change. Today I'm sitting in sunny Los Angeles, still buzzing from another amazing BinderCon weekend.

Follow Your Gut, and Find a Trusted Editor: A Q&A With Carey Salerno of Alice James Books

Janice Sands | Posted 03.30.2015 | Books
Janice Sands

In this second installment of my conversation with Carey Salerno, Executive Editor of Alice James Books, a cooperative poetry press with an emphasis on women writers, Carey shares some additional insights on the future of publishing and achieving success as a writer.

What It's Like to Be an Evil Jewish Divorcee

Laura Lifshitz | Posted 03.25.2015 | Divorce
Laura Lifshitz

I will never understand why women don't have the right to write, perform, be, exist, divorce or lead without a man feeling the need to judge, lord and criticize us at every turn only to end the battle against us with 'Oh, and she's very ugly.'

6 Women Writers You Should Be Reading

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 02.25.2015 | Books

Last week, we asked editors at The Huffington Post to share which books they think all men should read, as a way of subverting the typically macho rou...

The School of the Heartist -- Days of Founding a New School

Yanna Bat Adam, Heartist | Posted 04.14.2015 | Arts
Yanna Bat Adam, Heartist

It was time for me to speak more directly than I could with paintings -- to speak with living people -- in particular, those for whom creativity is a strong impulse that is sometimes problematic.

6 Survival Tips for Women Writers

Holly Robinson | Posted 04.06.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

Leave home. I don't care if you borrow a friend's empty kitchen while she's away for the weekend, sign up for a writing retreat, or rent a motel room, but find a way to get out of your house. Your family will survive and you will come to embrace this time, making the almighty leap between caretaker and woman writer easier.

One Author, 100 Book Clubs: Meet Nomi Eve

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 03.16.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Nomi Eve launched a 100 Book Club Challenge. Through a mix of Skype and in-person meet-ups, Eve wants to discuss her book with 100 different book clubs across the globe.

Three New Mantras: Talk to Strangers, Say Yes, and Give Back to Others

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 03.11.2015 | Women
Brandi Megan Granett

While this is my blueprint for a Year of Awesome and yours may vary, I recommend the backbone of talking to strangers, saying yes, and giving back to others. Think about places to volunteer, new places to visit, or people you want to meet. You never know who or what you might find.

The Power of Words

Julie Barnes | Posted 01.14.2015 | Impact
Julie Barnes

Do you ever stop to wonder how the words you say to other people impact them? How about the words you say to yourself? Words can create doubt and negativity, or be the seeds of change and the start of something great.

Why Cornel West Loves Jane Austen

Kathleen Anderson | Posted 01.12.2015 | Books
Kathleen Anderson

A "great book," to West, is one that most effectively addresses "the challenge of trying to be a decent person in the world. There is no more fundamental question."

Why Turning 31 Is More Meaningful Than I Thought

Kaneisha Grayson | Posted 12.23.2014 | Women
Kaneisha Grayson

In my 30s, it's no longer a question of when my masterminded plans will pan out -- but whether I actually want the things I penned into my five-year plans, and if so, what I'm willing to give up to get them.

Is My Vagina the Most Important Thing About My Writing?

Carrie La Seur | Posted 12.06.2014 | Books
Carrie La Seur

Recently a literary festival asked me to appear on a panel of regional 'Women Writers.' I'm early enough in my career as a novelist that I'm damned grateful to be invited anywhere, but the panel title gave me pause.

At Home in the Airport: Lessons On Belonging From an Acclaimed Global Writer

Camalo Gaskin | Posted 11.22.2014 | Books
 Camalo Gaskin

Author Brittani Sonnenberg has received high acclaim globally, including The New York Times Books Editors' Choice, for her new novel Home Leave. In it she masterfully narrates the layers of stories, anxieties, and familiarities that seep in and out of the heads of women and their family members who embody this itinerant lifestyle.

INFOGRAPHIC: Are Women Better Writers Than Men?

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 08.14.2014 | Books

In spite of being shunned by most literary reviews, do women actually have better writing chops than men? It's an odd question -- one we wish wer...

If Only I Could Find the Time to Write

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 10.13.2014 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

If you want to be an actual writer that puts words down on the page, you may need to change how you look writing and make choices to do it. It isn't the forces of the world that conspire against your time for writing -- it's your own way of approaching the world.

When it Comes to Leveling the Playing Field for Women Writers, VIDA Reminds us that Women are Not Alone

Janice Sands | Posted 10.01.2014 | Arts
Janice Sands

With the pervasiveness of gender inequality in nearly every arena, it's heartening to know that there are passionate individuals and organizations out there working hard to affect change.

Maddie Crum

8 Great New Books By Women You Should Definitely Read

HuffingtonPost.com | Maddie Crum | Posted 07.29.2014 | Books

2014 has been deemed the Year of Reading Women. I wholeheartedly support this movement; after all, only diminutive steps have been made towards gender...

The Vida Count and the Cult of Literary Prestige

Christine Stoddard | Posted 08.31.2014 | Books
Christine Stoddard

We as advocates for female writers and editors should make an effort to celebrate the publications that employ large numbers of women. Community newspapers and journals do just that. Yet those publications tend to pay less than national ones pay.

Daily Meditation: Still You Rise

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.24.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

You're Not Alone: Women, Writing and Online Networking

Melanie Coffee | Posted 07.21.2014 | Books
Melanie Coffee

Writing is lonely, especially that first draft. You kinda know what you want to say, but aren't sure how to get there and there's always a surprise blip along the way that throws you off your game.

7 Writing Lessons Straight From Jennifer Weiner's Mouth

Galit Breen | Posted 07.20.2014 | Books
Galit Breen

"When you have an editor with deadlines and you wait for a muse to get you there, you're going to be out of a job."

Visiting Carolyn Kizer: Mentorship From a Woman Poet Is No Small Thing

Annie Finch | Posted 05.26.2014 | Books
Annie Finch

At that moment, as I gave Carolyn my last hug, it happened -- in a voice I will never forget. She looked right into my eyes, and she spoke.

Woman Authors You Need To Read From Every Genre

Zola Books | Posted 05.20.2014 | Books
Zola Books

We love the #ReadWomen2014 movement, but we find that the female authors and their books recommended often fall into the category of literary fiction.

What Does It Mean to Be a Professional Artist?

Janice Sands | Posted 04.23.2014 | Arts
Janice Sands

Artists and writers often face a major reality check when they leave the confines of academia. It can be a sobering experience to question whether you have the commitment it takes to pursue a career in the creative world.