Message From the Editor:

To All who have submitted and those yet to come, I want to share two organizations that have taught me, supported me and empowered me to write. I hope you will take some time to check them out.

Writing It Real

Sheila Bender, who founded in 2002 after writing several books on writing personal essays, poetry and keeping journals based on writers' strategies, believes that when it comes to work-in-progress there is no bad writing, only opportunities for good writing. A skilled developmental editor and writing teacher, she offers online classes, some by Zoom, to approximate in-person workshops. Whether you are beginning new work, reshaping older work, or thinking about getting started writing, Sheila and the Writing It Real community will help you look into your creative nonfiction, memoir, personal essay, poetry, short fiction, and writing starts for surprises and wisdom.

I Have recently discovered two wonderful writing communities exclusively for women. For Women Who Roar a storytelling platform and online magazine.

Also, a place for all women writers, which I strongly recommend is Book Year. This is a free to join writing community which has a free community page, group and one on one coaching. More about Book Year:

"At Book Year, we believe stories can heal the world, and that every person has at least one book within them that is meant to be written. That is why the Book Year was created-to help women write their book in a year or less, connect with a writing community, and cultivate their craft. On this platform, you will be able to connect with your writing community, share Friday features, receive weekly writing prompts, and get VIP access to paid workshops, courses and groups to amplify your writing experience. Created by Megan February, Writing Coach and founder of For Women Who Roar. Her passion around storytelling began at a young age with her own creative journey in writing and art as a form of healing trauma. She has published 1000+ works of women, edited and curated 10+ literary magazines, and coached hundreds of women in writing, healing trauma, and creative direction. She has seen women, both new and experienced, write memoirs, nonfiction and poetry books. Shifting doubts into confidence, resistance into routine, and fear into freedom with stories they are proud to tell.

Join the Book Year community today and find writing support you’ve been looking for, plus access a number of paid writing challenges, virtual meetups and courses."

Your Story is calling you!