Grab a pen and paper and get in touch with your inner writer.Are you itching to write? Maybe a book, story idea, or essay is calling you. Maybe writing helps you process emotions. Maybe writing terrifies you, but something tells you it’s exactly what you need to do. Maybe it doesn’t scare you at all but you’re just too busy to do it.
Welcome to Global Women’s Caucus Feminist Reading Group Writing Drop-Ins!Every week during the month of October during our inaugural Literary Fest, we will hold space for writing. Come one week or come every week!What is a writing drop in?Used by Creative writing programs, workshops, and writing groups across the world, a writing drop-in is a creative space that reminds us that writing is for everyone. You don’t have to be a published writer or an industry professional. You just need a pen, paper, or anything you choose to write with and an open mind!How it works:Facilitator Joy Notoma will provide a writing prompt. Participants can use the prompt or write on a subject of their own choosing. We turn off cameras. We write for 30 minutes. At the end of the period, we come back and share what we have written. Sharing is optional and only positive feedback is given.Our drop-in are inspired by The Amherst Writers & Artists workshop method. As stated on their website, “The method creates a space in which all participants can write, if they choose, and where everyone will be encouraged in their writing. This method was developed by Pat Schneider, and is described in her powerful book, Writing Alone and With Others (Oxford Press, 2003).” Visit the website here to learn more.About the facilitator:Joy Notoma is a fiction writer and journalist. Her reporting, essays, and fiction have appeared in CNN, Al Jazeera, Quartz Africa, Longreads, Epiphany Zine, and Zora Mag, among other digital outlets. She lives in Toulouse, France, where she is working on a short story collection that deals with African American women navigating life outside the U.S.Other resources:Read about The New York Writers Coalition Drop-Ins which our drop-ins will closely mirror here.WHENOctober 22, 2021 at 7:00amWHEREZoom
Diane Johnson with Alan Riding
The Global Women’s Caucus Feminist Reading Group welcomes Diane Johnson to our inaugural Feminist Literary Festival!
Diane Johnson’s latest book, Lorna Mott Comes Home, follows a middle-aged American woman living abroad in contemporary France, who needs to reclaim her professional identity. The heroine leaves France where she lives with her French husband and returns home to California. Where does she belong today? To her country of origin? To herself? Diane Johnson leads readers to ponder many pivotal questions facing people who live between two cultures.
A writer of both fiction and non-fiction, her heroines grapple with money matters, children, husbands, lovers and careers in seemingly light, but deeply penetrating, stories. Le Divorce, a ’90s sensation, was made into a stunning movie (2003) by James Ivory.
If you haven’t read Diane Johnson before, check out her bibliography, listed below, to familiarize yourself with her body of work:
- Persian Nights (Knopf, 1987)
- Le Divorce (Dutton, 1997)
- Le Mariage (Dutton, 2000)
- L'Affaire (Dutton, 2003)
- Lulu in Marrakech (Dutton, 2008)
- Lorna Mott Comes Home (Knopf, 2021)
- The True History of Mrs. Meredith and Other Lesser Lives (Knopf, 1972)
- Dashiell Hammett: A Life (1983)
- Terrorists and Novelists: Essays (Knopf, 1982).
- Flyover Lives: A Memoir (Viking, 2014)
Writer Alan Riding will be in conversation with Ms. Johnson, followed by audience Q&A.
Alan Riding was the New York Times Paris bureau chief before becoming the paper’s European Cultural Correspondent. He now devotes himself to writing. And The Show Went On, published in 2010, depicted the cultural life in Nazi controlled Paris. It was translated into at least 6 languages, Alan writes plays and is a devotee of Shakespeare!WHENOctober 20, 2021 at 1:00pmWHEREZoom
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Christina _Skovsgaard Skovsgaard published Let's cross that finish line in ERA Stories 2021-03-08 08:57:18 -0500
We have come a long way, but we still have not reached the finish line. In the United States Constitution women do not have equal rights under the law. Well over 80% of other nations do! When I tried to be an architect major at a state university in Ohio, in 1962, I was discouraged. Not because of grades but because of my sex. In 1963, my sister was denied the opportunity to complete her student teaching, when she revealed she was pregnant. A woman could not appear in front of a class “in that condition”. For my first car loan for a moderately priced car in 1967, which was repaid in 6 months, I had to find a man that would co-sign, even though I had an adequate stable income. While the situation has improved the current legal and judicial systems, often have a negative impact on women. The majority of legislators & judges that make critical decisions, have been male; thus, the male perspective & experience is the norm and not the female perspective & experience. This has affected wages, family planning access, views on violence against women and harassment, childcare options, maternity leave, promotions in the workplace, and much more. It is time women, be not just viewed as equals, but are equal under the law. We owe this to our children and grandchildren, both female & male. Christina - lives in Oslo Norway, and votes in Ohio.
Christina _Skovsgaard Skovsgaard published International Women’s Day in Norway in News 2019-03-29 04:47:40 -0400
Highlights of the March 8 events in Oslo
There is an irony in the fact that Norway, which is ranked as the second most female friendly nation (2018 ranking*1), is so dedicated to the International Women’s Day. Have they not already achieved equality? The strong engagement is a good barometer for Norway’s general commitment to support women’s rights. The laws here do support women both in the workplace and home. Norway, traditionally a farming nation, recognized the contributions of farmer wives, decades ago, by giving them the status of a regular workers, entitled them to increased social security and workman’s benefits. Now girls are taken over farms since the law on inheritance has changed, favoring the first-born child, replacing the first born “male” as the heir. The law now also states that all corporate boards must be minimum 40% female; however, women tend not to rise as rapidly as men on the corporate ladder. A major newspaper recently reported that more men are going into female dominated vocations, such as nursing and teaching, and a larger percentage of women now seek higher education than men.Read more
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