More than twenty years ago, I coauthored a book with an attorney. Not only did it get published, it was also translated into Spanish. The topic, the momentum for its topic, seems basically gone now. Some technical and business magazines published a few articles I wrote. I wrote some safety manuals, other technical stuff, rather boring, uninspiring. Then I discovered the Story Circle Network.
The Story Circle Network inspired me to write creatively again–once upon a time in high school my poetry was published. Then I quit writing for years. When I started again, it was technical or business writing. If you want to write your stories, read other women’s stories, just explore fiction, poetry, travel writing, you name it, join this organization. It changed not only my writing life, but my life in a broader sense. Through it I met not only other writers, I also became a board member, made new friends who write and share. This inspiring organization not only provides classes, publishes, but also hosts various writing contests and a biannual conference. In the middle of April, I will head to Austin for the conference. The keynote speaker is no other than Brooke Warner, the woman who founded She Writes Press. Go to http://www.storycircle.org to learn more about the conference and the just announced winners of the Sarton Women’s Literary Awards, become inspired, create, publish, grow. Without this organization, I seriously doubt I would have written my book of poetry, published by Uno Mundo Press in April 2014.
Because of comments from readers of this book, inspiration from friends, and personal interests, I am now working on another book.
I offer thanks to the Story Circle Network for renewing my writing life.
This month, January 2014, is the anniversary of my becoming a STAR BLOGGER with the Story Circle Network, an organization of women writers from all over the world headquartered in Austin, Texas. This month, I became a member of their board. Every other year they hold a conference in Austin, Texas. This year the conference will be April 11-13 at the Wyndham Hotel in Austin. You do not have to be a writer to attend the conference. I attended for the first time nearly two years ago and it changed my life. Yes, I had published a book previously, a book about preventing sexual harassment, co-authored with an attorney–written years ago when sexual harassment was a particularly “hot” topic in corporate America. It was even translated into Spanish. I had been paid to write technical manuals, paid to speak at a technical conference, that sort of thing. I wanted to write something different, something creative. This conference lead me to a new writing path for which I am very grateful.
The Story Circle Network provides all sorts of classes as well, memoir writing, travel writing, poetry, flash fiction, blogging, as well as editing services and advertising. First, I took a blogging course and started this blog–that anniversary will be next month–two years blogging.
Now to the big news: within the next couple of months my book of poetry, On the Rim of Wonder, will be published. Some of the poems or versions thereof were first published right here on this blog. Do you want to become inspired, change your life, meet fantastic women writers, visit Austin? Attend this conference!!! You will not regret it.