Women Writing Their Lives - we stand by our word
With all the misogyny and upheaval in the world, women’s voices and women's stories are urgently vital and needed. It begins with a word. A sentence. A first line - it's a moment - that moment, that moment ignited. Activated. Whether it’s deeply personal or greatly imagined when it lands on the page.
Most of us have a story we want to share, write about; a secret or two we want to spill. And most of us don’t know where or how to begin. It’s daunting… that first word, or sentence; it is even more daunting when you realize you have that power: extraordinary power; daunting and extraordinary.
Join authors Corie Skolnick, Linda Schreyer, Alexia LaFortune, Barbara de Vries, Ellen Meister, Kitty Sheehan, Angela M. Giles along with moderator (SheWrites Press Publisher/Co-founder) Brooke Warner, as they discuss the irrefutable power of the written word whether it's a memoir, or a piece of fiction; whether it's traditionally published or self-published; how writing has changed and even saved their lives.
At the Waterwheel Bar, Sunday September 17th at 1.30pm
This event is free
Brooke Warner (Moderator) is the Publisher of SheWrites Press. For eight years she was the Executive Editor at Seal Press, where she shepherded hundreds of books through the publication process. She sits on the Executive Board of the Independent Book Publishers Association, and The National Association of Memoir Writers. She is the author of five Non-Fiction books (link) on writing a memoir and how to get published. She writes a monthly column for Publishers Weekly.
Brooke lives in Berkeley, California.
Corie Skolnick is the author of two novels, America's Most Eligible and Orfan. She has contributed to numerous anthologies, and is a featured author on David Core's podcast, Thrills and Mysteries. She is an honorable mention recipient in the short story category from The Oregon Writers Colony. She has been published in magazines, and literary works. Her novel, Orfan, has been optioned and is being developed as a feature film by Ron Shelton (Bull Durham).
Corie lives in Portland, Oregon.
Ellen Meister is the author of five novels, including Dorothy Parker Drank Here (Putnam), Farewell, Dorothy Parker (Putnam) The Other Life (Putnam) and The Smart One (HarperCollins). Her Parker books have been optioned by HBO for series. Her non-fiction has been published in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Writers Digest, Daily Beast, and Huffington Post. She teaches creative writing at Hofstra University.
Ellen lives on Long Island, NY.
Alexia LaFortune is the author of the memoir, Sex, Love and a Spirit, A Memoir. A Clinical therapist, she has spent a lifetime devoted to the restorative power of transformation through creative arts.
Alexia lives in Los Angeles, and… in Santa Fe (as often as she can).
Linda Schreyer is an author, television/screenwriter, and writing teacher. She began her career as a music composer, studying music with Steve Reich, and Phillip Glass. She composed film scores, and television commercials, and was nominated for a few Clios (most notably, When the Heat Hits The Streets - Laura Branigan for Chrysler). In the 80's, her career as a writer shifted to words instead of music. She has been nominated for a Writers Guild Award, and received both a Christopher Award and an Ollie Award. In 2004 she traveled to Moscow for Sony Pictures Television International to teach screenwriting. Her most recent novel, Tears and Tequilla (2012) has been optioned as a television series.
Linda lives in Los Angeles.
Kitty Sheehan Writer and editor Kitty Sheehan is a former elementary teacher, corporate trainer, consignment store owner and graphic designer. A native Iowan and graduate of the University of Iowa, Kitty founded and directs the Dartbrook Writers Retreat. A freelance copywriter, she is also a social media editor and consultant for several brands. She’s participated in several panel discussions on social media trends. Kitty’s essay, “Irish Wake-up Call” was published in the anthology Shades of Blue, edited by Amy Ferris. She is editorial director for the annual Woodstock Bookfest in Woodstock, NY, and a regular workshop teacher at the event. She is a past contributor to Hudson Valley magazine.
Kitty lives in the Hudson Valley, NY.
Barbara de Vries is the author of Stupid Model, a memoir of her days as a young model in Paris and Australia. She is the co-founder of GdeV Studio, a small bespoke imprint that she started with her husband, author Alastair Gordon, in 2009. As designer and publisher she has created numerous books like Savor, Theater of Shopping, Fire Island Modernist, Unfolded, The Beatles -on the set of HELP!, Qualities of Duration and more. As a Plastic Pollution activist, Barbara was featured in the Sundance movie One Beach, has done a TED talk on ocean pollution and is the recipient of the 2015 Dutch American Heritage Award.
She is working on a book of her days (in the early nineties) as Director of Design at CK, Calvin Klein - a memoir that focusses on "the women behind Calvin's back."
Barbara lives in Milford and Miami Beach
The women's panel is organized by Amy Ferris