Some Like it HOT!


Stay tuned for more details about our First Ever Erotic Writing Challenge!

We’ll have a fabulous Celebration at the end, open to all members, featuring readings from your steamy work, and prizes for all participants.

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Are you a feminist writer? Check out this opportunity!


Fellowship Program

Everyday Feminism is offering a Fellowship Program in order to grow the number of intersectional feminists who can write about social justice issues in a way that reaches a more general progressive audience.

The Fellowship is a 6-month training and mentorship program for activists who write at the intersection of personal and social liberation. Fellows will learn the very writing approach that has helped Everyday Feminism reach 3-4 million people per month in less than 4 years and made more radical politics accessible, appealing, and relevant to a more mainstream audience.

This is a virtual program and Fellows can be anywhere in the world as long as they have Internet access and can participate in the webinars, which will be held during US business hours.


A Woman Writer Walked into a Bar…

… and answered the question “What do you do?” This is a collection of the comments that she received from men. Have you ever heard any of these lines?

An edited selection reblogged from LennyMen in Airport Bars Ask: “What Do You Do?”

“My daughter is a literature major.”

“If you heard my story … oh, boy. I’ll tell you this: if you wrote even half my story, you’d never have to work another day in your life.”

“Do you have anything published? Oh, yeah? Where do you sell your books? Can I get one at my library? I’m going to promise you something: I’m going to get your book from my library and read it and then I’ll give you my honest opinion. Stop looking at me like that. You think I’m not going to borrow your book from the library?”

“I thought about doing something like that. But then I realized, you know what? I gotta make a living. The real world doesn’t let you sit around scribbling in a notebook.”

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Writerly April

There are so many writerly events in April!  Of course, we have meetings April 11th for the Main Meeting, April 4th for the Memoir Group.

But there’s lots going on in all over! Here’s just a taste:

Small-Blue-RGB-National-Poetry-Month-LogoIt’s National Poetry Month

there are so many ways to celebrate. (Does anyone want to volunteer to post poetry-related content here in April? Leave a comment or drop me an email. Or, just do it!) has lots of cool suggestions like:

  • Follow the thousands of National Poetry Month celebrations taking place using #npm16 and follow the Academy of American Poets on Twitter @POETSorg.
  • Participate in National Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 21, 2016.
  • Sign up for Poem-a-Day.
  • Host a Poetry event!
  • there’s more suggestions at their page, HERE

camp_10_poster_mainIt’s time for Camp!

NaNoWriMo is holding the first Camp NaNoWriMo of the year. (there’s another one in August.) It’s a chance to join a ‘cabin’ of fellow or sister writers, encourage each other and write like the wind around the virtual campfire every day this month.

Here’s your Camp NaNo to-do List so you’re ready for April 1!

Bethesda Literary Festival

Downtown Bethesda MD celebrates the diversity of modern literature from April 15 through 17. This is the 17th year for the festival which includes more than 20 free events, including readings, talks, book signings, and contests. Featured authors include Joanne Bamburger, Cokie Roberts, Kater Alcott, David E. Hoffman and more. Learn more HERE.

Split this Rock Festival

Running in Washington DC from April 14 to April 17, this annual poetry festival is dedicated to “calling poets to a greater role in public life and fostering a national network of socially engaged poets.”

Visit their Featured Poets page or check out their Poet Interview Series on the blog to read more about the line up for 2016.


How to Write a Great Book Review

Hey, we all need to get reviews of our writing. And I’m sure you get asked for reviews too! So come and learn how to take the mystery and the chore out of leaving reviews for your sister writers.

How to Write a “Great” Book Review Workshop

About this FREE workshop:

This hands-on workshop will explore writing tips and strategies for creating unique and engaging book reviews. We will look beyond just writing a book review and I will effectively help you to write a great book review. In addition, you will learn how to better express your personal response to a book you have read. 


  • Improve your book review writing skills
  • Learn what to include in a great book review
  • Learn how to plan and structure a quick and easy book review
  • Write and publish a great book review of your own on Amazon

Pre-requisites and Preparation:  Basic understanding of writing a book review

WHEN: Friday, March 18, 2016
Potomac LIBRARY (off of Rt 210 in Bryans Road, MD)
3225 Ruth B Swann Dr
Indian Head, MD 20640
Cheryl Holloway

March Submission Deadlines: 20 under $20

Check this out — and submit your work!

Women Who Submit

By Lisbeth Coiman

As part of our ongoing effort to encourage women to submit to top tier literary journals, Women Who Submit has put together a monthly submission call round up, hoping women writers find it useful and come back to it again and again. For our first list, we have included 19 publications with under $20 submission fees, and one publication with a slightly higher fee.


  1. The Indiana Review

Reading Period: Opening date not listed – March 10

Submission guidelines

What They Like:  They’ve received a ton of stories about cancer, so he could do without seeing any of those for a while and would prefer to see stuff that’s “different.”

  1. James Franco Review

Deadline: March 31

Submission guidelines

Genre: Poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction

Rotating Editors

Blind reading

  1. The Masters Review

Reading Period: January 15 – March 31

Submission guidelines

What They Like: Emerging fiction from new…

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Unpopular Opinion: Freelancers’ Rhetorical Inconsistency between Paying and Getting Paid for Services

Are you guilty of this contradiction — expecting to be paid, but being reluctant to pay for good services to help you be a better writer? Food for thought….

Contemporary Contempt

Contently’s “The Freelancer” published an article by Yael Grauer today entitled 5 Free Alternatives to Must-Have Freelance Tools. Being relatively new to freelance writing, I read it with great interest, and appreciated Grauer’s helpful breakdown of the pros and cons of various software options. But the underlying conceit of the article (money-saving tips!) is a familiar one, and when contrasted with another common refrain among freelancers (F-you; pay me!), it left me with a nagging feeling that there’s a growing cognitive dissonance that we should address.

While advocating that “freelancing isn’t free,” freelancers as a group persist in searching for free alternatives to the tools critical to doing business. This is characteristic of a prevailing, individualistic attitude among freelancers when it comes to compensation: we’re all looking out for number one and are encouraging each other to do so. This individualism is borne out of necessity. After all, we are…

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Embrace Your Ignorance and Just Get Started (again)


Women Who Submit

by Rachel Sona Reed

The best part about having to repeat Algebra in high school was the amount of class time it gave me to write fiction. I had been doing this since 4th grade, using interstitial moments gained by finishing work early to scribble the stories, scenes, and sentences bubbling up into my consciousness before they spilled out of my brain and evaporated.

Like the tragedy that follows any bout of hubris, these epiphany-fueled, frantic (epi-frantic?) creative outbursts struck less and less, until writing became “something I used to do.” By college, my fiction, much like reading for pleasure, seemed to have officially left my life. My irrepressible urge to write hibernated so I could allocate energy to more intense academic work. Xanga, LiveJournal, and the many blogging platforms that have come since also played a role in redirecting my creativity away from its first love: fiction.

In truth…

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