We are a consortium of women who write. We've lived, and we value and understand the contribution women make to the world of the arts, especially the art of the practical and the improbable.
A CONSORTIUM OF WOMEN WHO WRITE...
We know what it's like to feel undervalued and alone, and occasionally to revel in the sense of woman's power and wild exultant truth. We've been on pilgrimages both by airplane and inner planes, looking for our own personal piece of the spiritual landscape, and we've enjoyed the excesses of the physical when we could. We've watched our children (and in some cases our grandchildren) growing and becoming. We've fought the good fight with incorrigible husbands, partners, and lovers. And we've had the pleasure of putting it on paper in our different ways as amateur and professional writers.
Barbara Bamberger Scott
Barbara started A Woman's Write because she herself is an avid fan of writing contests. She is the winner of: * Honorable Mention, Writers Digest Creative Non-Fiction Competition, 2003* First Place, Reading Writer's Contest, May 2003* The Story Cove Award, Word Smitten 2004* Honorable Mention, Mount Arrowsmith Novel-Writing Contest, 2005* First Place, Personal Essay, Pilgrimage Magazine, 2005* Third Place, Memoirs, Writers Digest, 2005
Barbara reviews books for local newspapers and some of her articles can be seen at. She is the principle editor for A Woman's Write.
"I've been writing since I was five years old, when I was sure my scribbles were cowboy stories. The first time something I wrote got a laugh, I was hooked. I've kept a diary for the past 24 years - the introvert's haven. I lived overseas for 15 years and much of what I write is informed by that experience.
"My first nonfiction book, Golden Thread, was published in India last year and is on its 2nd printing. My second book, With It: A Year on the Carnival Trail, is a recounting of my years in the carnival. It was released by Behler Publications in 2004. I am co-author of Love Bade Me Welcome, a biography of South Carolina artist Phyllis Ott (Behler Publications 2006). I run a web-based business called Butter'n'Eggs, buying and selling used books and distributing an info packet to help others do the same. I read and review 5-10 books a month for various websites, newspapers and a library journal. I love deadlines and can always find time to write. I enjoy helping other women to get started with a writing career or serious writing hobby. In my day job I'm an administrator in a workshop for intellectually challenged adults. I like to think of myself as a 'woman of letters' but I may just be a word nerd."
"Do a little bit each day."
"I was ten years old before I realized that all children weren't chased home from school by camels--that was when I landed in my mother's hometown of Lynchburg, Virginia. As a military brat, I spent my early years growing up in Germany and outside of Casablanca, Morocco, where I read every Nancy Drew Mystery my parents could import. Now I'm a produced and published playwright and make my living as an English professor teaching literature, playwriting and creative writing. I live in New York City. My first novel Strange Angels: The Book of Damaris will be available in bookstores in 2004."
"As well as being a writer who reads her work in public, I also teach verbal communications to college students and require them to give speeches and to read their essays and poems in front of an audience. I have found that my students often make some of the same mistakes I've seen writers make at book signings when reading excerpts from their novels, so I thought I'd post some tips. If you are already familiar with these tips and think I'm an idiot for mentioning these things, then let me apologize in advance. If not, take the advice you need and leave the rest."
"When I was a babe, my mother, not finding Golden Books stimulating enough for her darling, wrote her own stories for me, some of which are still intact. She also read to me with such frequency that I have no recollection of actually learning to read; I just always have known how. In my books from that time, I can find, usually in crayon, my comments and observations of the day. So I guess I'd have to say that I don't remember learning to write either. In college, I was an associate editor of The Carolinian, the campus rag, and Coraddi, the literary/arts mag. In my real life, I have translated Oedipus Rex and Antigone from ancient Greek into contemporary English and both plays were well received when they were performed. But most of my writing since college has been for my own enjoyment. I have many years experience in editing the works of others for publication, so much experience, in fact, that I sometimes read novels with a red pen in hand. I love the sound of the English language and am convinced that it should be heard out loud as well as internally, perhaps because my mother read to me. At present, I am fighting off my dotage by substitute teaching at high school/college prep level, and entertaining my mother, as well as fixing her meals, cleaning (ugh!), shopping, etc. And I visit my granddaughter whenever possible. I have two grown children (well, mostly grown), two beautiful cats and three dogs, and I live in the country in Rockingham County, NC."
"Always read aloud what you have written. If it doesn't sound right, it isn't."
"I grew up in Chapel Hill, NC, where I spent most of my school years with my head in a book, avoiding the awkwardness of growing up by living in a different world. I have always loved science fiction, which puts the seal on my qualifications as a true geek. I moved to Nashville via Georgia and Iowa in 1995. In between I had a son and completed a degree in English at the University of Iowa (at the same time). I have past experience as a technical writer, and I have been working as a user experience designer for many years. I come at writing mostly from a technical angle, in terms of structure, readability, and usability."
"Always have someone else read your work before submitting it."
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