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Writers hope their work will resonate with readers. There must be truthfulness permeating our work for it to connect with audiences, no matter what genre we're writing in. Fiction and nonfiction are not as disparate as some might claim. In fact, outdated historical notions that polarize "fact" and "fiction" have long been called into question and deemed erroneous by many. We understand that real life experiences necessarily shape the content of fiction just as ... Read More
  From Mrs. Dalloway to To The Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf’s stories of human connection, empathy, and love span immeasurable distances of time, space, and circumstance; in their most resonant moments, her words make the complexities of our individual minds seem a little less isolating. To my utter delight, Brain Pickings’s Maria recently Popova recently offered the internet this glimpse into the emotional and intellectual realm of a ... Read More
  Happy Hallow's Eve's Eve, BUSTies! As another year comes to a close we don our carefully crafted outfits and munch on yummy candy, new controversies erupt over what costumes are socially acceptable or too revealing. And a lot of times, these conversations revolve around what women are entitled to wear. So before you head out tomorrow, take a listen to this awesome slam poetry from Washington D.C’s Brave New Voices Grand Slam Finals 2013. Because ... Read More
The always incredible David Sedaris recently wrote an essay for The New Yorker that recalls a family trip to the beach following the suicide of his sister, Tiffany. Though the piece reflects on loss, and its subsequent effect on the Sedaris family, it is also filled with childhood nostalgia, and, ultimately, a sense of hopefulness.   Sedaris's signature humor is omnipresent as he recollects the oft-laughable, but sometimes somber family dynamics both prior to ... Read More
Ahh Wikipedia...truly my oldest and most treasured childhood friend. Without ye, so many A- papers would be mere C+’s...So many useless facts would remain unknown...Truly a bleak world would exist if not for Wikipedia. Yet, statistics show that less than 15% of Wikipedia contributors are female. Could it be that my heart and soul has been devoted the most patriarchal website of them all?! Say it ain’t so! The debate on why such a huge gender gap exists ... Read More
Amy Poehler, the world’s most fabulously awesome human being x1000, wrote a wonderfully thoughtful piece for The New Yorker about her experience as a 17-year old working at an ice cream parlor. The essay, which takes place in 1989—the summer before Poehler’s first year at Boston College—details the tribulations of working in the restaurant business, and explores a familiar topic: adolescent unease about the future. Recalling her ... Read More
It's easy to get down about the state of being female; every day it seems the world dreams up a new way to shame and oppress women. But for every "legitimate rape," war on choice, and violent reaction to empowered femininity, there's an amazing organization working tirelessly to support and honor women. Too often, these groups don't get the cred they deserve.Today we're giving some mad ups to Girls Write Now, a NYC-based non-profit that connects female high school ... Read More
Have you ever thought about writing a novel? Well, you can, and will, write one in a month. Seriously. November is National Novel Writing Month, and NaNoWriMo will help you crank out a 50,000-word novel by the last day. Register on their website and get set up with a bunch of awesome and helpful resources, including email pep talks from successful writers, forums to chat (or whine) with other NaNoWriMo participants, and compare your word count (if you're into that ... Read More
Ever wonder where your brilliant and not so brilliant sentences come from? In this grand age of social media, more writers than ever have access to an audience, and vice versa. Writers are feeling the pressure to craft flawless sentences in order to gain prominence and, more importantly, avoid scrutiny.  While many argue that certain insights, observations, emotions, and other right-brained qualities that an effective piece of writing requires cannot be ... Read More
We want to say a great big early happy birthday to Girls Write Now! The first organization in the United States with a writing and mentoring model exclusively for girls, Girls Write Now celebrates its 15th anniversary on Thursday, September 20.       Girls Write Now matches high school girls from underserved neighborhoods in New York City with women professional writers as their personal mentors. In this program, mentees develop their ... Read More