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The Vida Count and the Cult of Literary Prestige

Christine Stoddard | Posted 07.01.2014 | 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.

FACE IT: Broadway Is Still a Glass Ceiling

Michele Willens | Posted 04.20.2014 | Arts
Michele Willens

I went to 42nd St. over the weekend to see Machinal, a play that was new to me. I was particularly excited that it was created by a woman playwright and journalist whose name I did not know, Sophie Treadwell. Finally a new female voice in theatre! Then, I realized the play was written and last performed on Broadway in 1928.

Paul Auster on Poe, Pynchon, and 'Boy Writers'

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 03.29.2014 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

As someone who aspires to fit into Auster's definition of "boy writer," I'm wondering if he might extend his coinage to include "girl writers" as well. Who are they among women, the creative sparks, the gleeful, the ones who make you want to read?

How Old Is Too Old for a Main Character?

Holly Robinson | Posted 03.29.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

I adore my agent. He's one of the wisest and nicest men I've ever met in my life and I trust him completely. Still, I was nonplussed. Why shouldn't my book start with the point of view of a woman in her fifties?

10 American Muslim Women You Should Know

Samina Ali | Posted 02.09.2014 | Religion
Samina Ali

Each and every one of these women is included because she is noteworthy -- a cutting-edge artist or writer, a revolutionary who is upending her community's and the world's limited notions of what a Muslim woman is capable of doing, a pioneer fighting for women's and girls' rights.

6 Books Every Smart, Sexy Woman Needs To Read

Posted 10.25.2013 | OWN

Fear of Flying author Erica Jong reveals the inspiring titles that need a place on every woman's bookshelf. As told to Leigh Haber Before Sex an...

Why This Prize-Winning Author Is Treated Differently

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 10.23.2013 | Women

Do interviewers treat male and female authors differently? Eleanor Catton thinks so. Catton, who is the youngest writer to win the prestigious Man...

Is 'The Great American Novel' a Useless Concept?

Claire Fallon | Posted 12.17.2013 | Books
Claire Fallon

Our national preoccupation with the concept is somewhat odd -- no other country seems to share this need to score ambitious new novels by whether it's a "Great _____ Novel contender."

For Jamaican Writers, New Place of Opportunity Is in Brooklyn

Christina Brown | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Christina Brown

The smell of Jamaican patties and jerk chicken and the sounds of the West Indies Patois were very much in evidence during the annual Brooklyn Book Festival.

Queer People Don't Need to Be Understood

Collette Brown | Posted 11.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Collette Brown

Let's dive into it: We all know someone who is gay. And if not, you know someone who knows someone who is gay. And let's face it: According to popul...

The Year I Stopped Reading Men

Anna Szymanski | Posted 10.29.2013 | Books
Anna Szymanski

It was like when you turn on a TV set after spending a significant period of time streaming television online. Suddenly, you're covering your ears and asking why those Kia hamsters can't play a different song. You never used to notice the commercials, but now they're all you can hear.

Gender Parity in Musical Theater Starts at the Concert Level

Shoshana Greenberg | Posted 10.06.2013 | Arts
Shoshana Greenberg

It sounds like a typical night on the New York City musical theater scene but for one notable difference: The writers are all women, the performers are all women, the music director is a woman and the producers are both women.

8 Women-Focused Must-Reads for Your Summer List

Barbara Lee | Posted 09.17.2013 | Women
Barbara Lee

Sure, ad revenue-generating cover stories often hit on the trifecta of fashion, beauty and lifestyle. But women's magazines are aptly proving that these topics and "serious" journalism can seamlessly co-exist.

9 Awesome Movies Written By Women That Everyone Should See

The Huffington Post | Julie Zeilinger | Posted 07.15.2013 | Women

It's a frustrating, yet all too common, experience to go to the movies and be presented with female characters who are insultingly stereotypical and o...

11 Lessons Authors Should Learn

M.J. Rose | Posted 07.22.2013 | Books
M.J. Rose

Buy other authors' books when you go to their events. Even if you aren't going to read it. Even if you are going to give it away. Even if you aren't interested. Not just for the author but for the bookstore. It's karma and just plain good manners.

How 99 Days Can Transform Your Life

Menna van Praag | Posted 06.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Menna van Praag

Don't waste time lamenting the years that have passed when your dreams drifted by unfulfilled. It's a great waste of your creative spirit and won't effect anything except to make too depressed to take positive action.

In Bonnets or Sweat Pants, We're Cultural Historians

Holly Robinson | Posted 06.01.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

Whatever subjects we choose, as women writers we are cataloging historical and cultural events in ways that go far deeper than the two-dimensional stories told by photographs. We get into the heads of our audience in ways that movies still can't.

Rosie the Writer Needs to Flex Her Muscle

Catherine Clinch | Posted 05.28.2013 | Entertainment
Catherine Clinch

This week, the Writers Guild of America West announced a report of the hiring practices of networks and studios in regard to women and minority categories. As always, the progress was akin to the proverbial drop in the bucket.

How I Leaned In And Left My Law Job To Become A Writer

Rachel Sklar | Posted 05.19.2013 | Women
Rachel Sklar

I packed up my office. I received my last paycheck. At my goodbye party, numerous drunken lawyers wished me well and told me how lucky I was. And brave. (Is it brave if you don't yet realize just how hard it is to be broke?)