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The Power of Words

Julie Barnes | Posted 11.14.2014 | 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 11.12.2014 | 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 10.24.2014 | 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.

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...