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.

Story Circle Network

Story Circle Network also holds a special place for me. I have been a member for nearly twenty years. I am also a past president of the organization. Story Circles purpose is to provide an opportunity for women of all ages to share the stories of their lives through memoir, poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama, and to raising public awareness of the importance of women’s personal histories. They do so by publications, a website, classes, workshops, writing and reading circles, and woman-focused programs. These activities serve to empower women to tell their stories, discover their identities through their stories, and choose to be the authors of their own lives.