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Do Great Writers Make Bad Editors?

Sunil Rajaraman | Posted 07.15.2014 | Media
Sunil Rajaraman

During the last three years, we've built a network of thousands of freelance writers who have been vetted by a writing test. This week we launched a new editing test that we hope will help us identify strong editors within our network.

Aziz Rafiee: 'We Have Not Yet Diagnosed the Pathology of the Problems That Infect Afghanistan'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The most important factor is the conservatism that prevails with respect to social issues. Lack of education and economic poverty are other factors. Women are consistently used as a means of labor in families."

Warrior Women and the Work of Abigail Pesta

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact
Ola Ojewumi

The written word is a vehicle for social change. The stroke of a pen can incite a call to action against unquestioned forms of injustice. For decades, journalism has been used as a medium to advance women's rights movements.

Dispelling the Myth of the Poet: Why All Writers Should Defend Their Craft

Lisa Marie Basile | Posted 07.14.2014 | Books
Lisa Marie Basile

I cannot blame people for their lack of understanding. Most educated individuals who spend countless dollars on university expect that other people are on a similar trajectory.

Mohammad Ismail Qassemyar: 'Poverty and Unemployment Have Paralyzed the Lives of Most Afghans'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The key to our success, as testified by history, is our national unity. We must protect our Islamic unity and brotherhood and adhere to it."

Why Do You Have to Market Your Book? 10 Ways to Focus Your Marketing

Ken Atchity | Posted 07.12.2014 | Books
Ken Atchity

Your book is about to be published or already published, and now it's time to talk about the simple facts of marketing.

On This Matter of Learning to Write

Bill Stieger | Posted 07.13.2014 | Books
Bill Stieger

If a would-be writer is serious about his intention to become a fine writer, he would do well to get his head out of the vampire/zombie dreck that somehow passes for literature and discover the masters.

Massoud Hassanzada: 'The Biggest Challenge Facing Afghanistan Is Absence of True Progressive Forces to Combat Ignorance, Corruption and Fanaticism'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"Poverty, violence, ignorance, plunder, and deception are the fruits of the class society, based on profit-making at any cost."

Abdul Hamid Mobarez: 'Democracy Is the Choice of the People and It Is Up to Them to Protect It'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"Against such a backdrop of fundamental, structural changes, the Taliban will not be able to dominate Afghanistan again. The free people of Afghanistan would never allow that scenario to be repeated."

A Mother's Day Letter to My College Daughter

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 07.09.2014 | College
Kathleen Buckstaff

As we celebrate Mother's Day and your upcoming graduation, let yourself fall in love with older women -- women you deeply admire. Let their grit, humor, strength and wisdom inspire you, permeate you, and change you on a cellular level.

Wahida Samadi: 'The Taliban Will Never Really Change'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"My greatest fear is that after 10 years of efforts to promote women's rights, a group may take over the political power that does not believe in women's identity or even the fact that they are human beings."

The Fearless Confessions of Sue William Silverman

Loren Kleinman | Posted 07.08.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

Just having a voice, using that voice to write one's truth, is a powerful thing.

Dr Saheb-Nazar Moradi: 'We Must Unite Against the Extremists to Defend the Achievements of the Past 10 Years'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"We are living in a society where political despotism, social and economic injustice, unbalanced culture and education and cultural and identity authoritarianism prevail."

Tweet or Die

Mark Matousek | Posted 07.07.2014 | Books
Mark Matousek

The thing I loved most about my career -- disappearing into a book for years, being public only to publicize it -- disappeared overnight. Now it was tweet or die, post or perish, build a platform or sink in the mud. It wasn't enough to write a book. You had to become an advertisement for yourself.

Mahbuba Jamshidi: 'It Would Be a Tragedy for Women to Lose Their Legal Status and Rights in This Political Game'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"I only fear instability and insecurity. I fear that the insecurity may lead the political powers to strike some kind of bargain that trades away women's rights. It would be a tragedy for women to lose their legal status and rights in this political game."

What to Do When You Cannot Write

Jill Robinson | Posted 07.06.2014 | Los Angeles
Jill Robinson

One year, one month and six days ago I was sitting at Sami's Ground Floor Café. The writers used to go there after our workshop at the Last Bookstore in Downtown L.A. The café is stark white.

Aziz Deldar: 'My Greatest Fear Is a Day When I May Not Be Able to Express What I Think'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The courts should be one of the important sources for women to rely on in this country. Unfortunately, the courts are very corrupt and are permeated by a strongly misogynist attitude, which seeks to use gaps in the law to punish women."

Sonia Iqbal: 'We Have Not Planned for Economic Recession, But It Is Sitting on Our Doorstep'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"International statistics indicate that we will have around 400,000 to 500,000 unemployed people after the withdrawal of the international forces and a fall in foreign aid."

3 Things I Learned About Becoming 'Unstuck' When Writing My Memoir

Dorit Sasson | Posted 07.05.2014 | Books
Dorit Sasson

Because the writer is so close to the story, it's easy to get stuck in one's head. Add the memories and the sabotaging inner critic, and it's easy for a writer to suddenly become derailed from the original goal of finishing a memoir.

From AIDS Reporter To Children's Author? Why It's A Natural Step

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 07.02.2014 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

It's a normal and deeply human need we have to nurture the next generations. It's not exclusive to heterosexuals. Judging from my own experience, it's not even necessary to want children of your own to feel this desire to "pass on" and share what you have learned.

A Writer Gets a Residency

Ronnie Citron-Fink | Posted 07.02.2014 | Arts
Ronnie Citron-Fink

After that first doubt-filled day, a new plan emerged, focusing on nothing but what I came to do -- write my book.

Bakht Mohammad Bakhtiar: 'We Will Return to the Dark Days of the Past If We Are Not Careful'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"My two daughters were forced out of education under the Taliban. We were forced to migrate to Pakistan and my family had to weave carpets with me to make a living. It was a hard work that we had to do in awful, unhealthy underground workshops."

Hasina Safi: 'One New Phenomenon Is the Men Who Believe in Women and Their Power'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The traditional society is one of the biggest deterrent factors. Even educated members of society attempt to prevent women from working outside the home. Another factor is the extensive level of illiteracy, and general lack of skills, amongst women."

The Good Girl

Julie Gray | Posted 06.27.2014 | Religion
Julie Gray

Yesterday at dusk, as the call of the muezzin drifted from a nearby mosque, I walked into a courtyard of a sprawling concrete compound. A dog barked s...

Rafi Behroozian: 'I Strongly Support the Media Revolution'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"Our society is not an intellectually independent one. It has not taken decisions for itself; others have always decided on its behalf. But nonetheless, I believe that the young generation of today will not be prepared to accept such a dark and evil scenario."