Fierce Womxn Writing - Inspiring You to Write More

Fierce Womxn Writing - Inspiring You to Write More

Level up your writing practice with readings from a diverse array of womxn writers, and discover their tips and tricks. For writers and would-be writers looking for a dose of confidence, Fierce Womxn Writing delivers weekly inspiration and information. Host Sara Gallagher interviews guests on their practice and process, and the author reads from their work. The show ends with a writing prompt for you to use at home. Join the community conversation between episodes on Instagram @fiercewomxnwriting.

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June 2, 2021 29 min

Nana Nkweti is the author of Walking on Cowrie Shells, a book that spans genres – literary realism, horror, mystery, YA, science fiction – and features complex, fully-embodied characters. The stories aim to entertain readers while also offering a counterpoint to prevalent “heart of darkness” writing that too often depicts a singular “African” experience plagued by locusts, hunger, and tribal in-fighting.

“Boisterous and high-spirite...

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Jennifer Craven is the author of All That Shines and Whispers, a re-imagining of what happens after the credits roll on The Sound of Music. The book explores themes of betrayal, sacrifice, consequences, and redemption, set against the backdrop of Nazi-era Europe.

In this episode, we discuss her writing process, and:

  • That words have power and that we can use them for positive or negative purposes
  • How her book was inspired by The Sound ...
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    Marina Carreira is a queer, Luso-American poet artist and the author of Save the Bathwater, a poetry collection, and the curator of Divine Feminist: An Anthology of Poetry and Art by Womxn and Non-binary Folx, both published by Get Fresh Books.

    “Her poet soul sings—like a Portuguese saudade—in service to safeguarding what has been lost and what should never be forgotten, “to remember it all—sweat and tears, / Luso ancestry, to run r...

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    Kathleen Basi is the author of the new novel, A Song for the Road, a story of a womxn’s healing road trip after profound loss. 

    "Basi's exquisite, gut-wrenching debut is filled with loss, hope, and secrets.” - Booklist 

    In this episode, we discuss her writing process, and:

  • The brick wall that is an invitation
  • Feeding your creativity when supporting your family
  • And more
  • I would love to hear from you. Please visit my Contact Page a...

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    Tashie Bhuiyan is the 22-year-old author of Counting Down With You, a YA “own stories” novel about a Bangladeshi teenager who agrees to a fake relationship with her school’s resident bad boy when her parents are out of the country. 

    "This 'love letter to young brown girls; explores a topic that can be taboo in desi culture: anxiety. Bhuiyan guides Karina through it with care … Hand to fans of Netflix hit Never Have I Ever.&#...

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    Cassandra Lane is the author of We Are Bridges, a memoir that explores reclaiming violent family history in order to create a more free future for one’s children. 

    “In this narrative, Lane seeks an origin story, searching for what facts are available and wondering about the legacy she is passing on. . . . A multiangled exploration of family trauma and the forging of an identity.” — Kirkus Reviews

    In this episode, we discuss her writi...

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    Ellen Hagan is the author of two new releases: a YA novel in verse called Reckless, Glorious, Girl, and a poetry collection called Blooming Fiascoes. Hagan is also the co-author of Watch Us Rise with Renée Watson.

    A gorgeous, inter-generational story of Southern women and a girl's path blossoming into her sense of self, Reckless, Glorious, Girl explores the important questions we all ask as we race toward growing up. 

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    Heather Ostman is the author of the new novel, The Second Chance Home for Girls. Told through three interwoven narrative voices, it’s a story of friendship and freedom, loss and grief, set in a halfway house for troubled teenage girls. She is also the author of the forthcoming Rhetorical Lives, a history of women activists of the 20th and early 21st centuries.

    “An atmospheric yet entertaining read with an enigmatic, charismatic hero...

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    Elle Marr is the author of The Lies We Bury, a newly released thriller. She strives to tell powerful and compelling stories of womxn who demonstrate resilience in the face of great obstacles. She is also the author of a 2020 thriller release, The Missing Sister

    “The suspenseful plot is matched by the convincing portrayal of the vulnerable Claire, who just wants to lead a normal life. Marr is a writer to watch.” - Publishers Weekly

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    Meg Medina is the author of Merci Suárez Can’t Dance, the sequel to the Newberry-award winning young adult novel, Merci Suárez Changes Gears. She is a New York Times bestselling Latina author of books for kids of all ages.

    "Medina writes about the joys of multigenerational home life (a staple of the Latinx community) with a touching, humorous authenticity. Merci's relationship with Lolo is heartbreakingly beautiful and will ...

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    adrienne maree brown is the author of We Will Not Cancel Us, Pleasure Activism, Emergent Strategy, Changing Worlds and the co-editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements. Her new book, Holding Change: The Way of Emergent Strategy Facilitation and Mediation, comes out in April. She is the co-host of the How to Survive the End of the World and Octavia’s Parables podcasts.

    “adrienne maree brown urges us to ...

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    Amy Solomon is the editor of Notes From The Bathroom Line, an anthology of all new humor pieces (essays, satire, short stories, poetry, cartoons, artwork, and more) by 150 womxn and nonbinary writers in comedy. 

    “The beautiful thing about some books is their time-capsule quality, how they perfectly preserve a cultural moment between two covers. Amy Solomon has created just such a book with Notes From the Bathroom Line, an eclectic m...

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    Layla AlAmmar is the author of Silence is a Sense, a profound and life-affirming novel that follows a mute Syrian refugee grappling with her experiences during the Syrian Civil War, and as a refugee traveling through Europe as she is gradually and unwillingly drawn into the lives of her neighbors.

    “With gut-punching clarity, AlAmmar unpacks the complicated identity of a refugee discovering that safety is not what it seems, as she le...

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    Patricia Engel is the author of Infinite Country. The novel follows teenager Talia as she and her family grapple with their mixed-immigration statuses, offering an intimate perspective on an experience that so many have endured - and are enduring right now.

    Rich with Bogotá urban life, steeped in Andean myth, and tense with the daily reality of the undocumented in America, Infinite Country is the story of two countries and one mixed...

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    Kate Hope Day is the author of In the Quick, a novel about an ambitious young astronaut whose love affair threatens the rescue of a lost crew. 

    “I read In the Quick with wonder at the deeply imaginative world Kate Hope Day created. Feminist and thrilling, this novel centers around a precocious, brilliant character named June. I happily followed June into deep space, but I would have followed her anywhere. What a wonderful story. I h...

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    This week we hear highlights from some of your favorite episodes:

  • Episode 15: Brittney Morris - Author of the YA novel, Slay
  • Episode 14: Kim Krans - Author of the graphic memoir Blossoms and Bones: Drawing a Life Back Together
  • Episode 33: Melissa Valentine - Author of the memoir, The Names of All the Flowers
  • Episode 39: Rebekah Taussig - Author of the memoir, Sitting Pretty: The View from My Ordinary, Resilient, Disabled Body
  • Episode 27...
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    Sonya Renee Taylor is the author of The Body Is Not An Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love, an invitation to reconnect with the radical origins of our minds and bodies and celebrate our collective, enduring strength.

    “This book took my breath away. It’s an unexpected and urgent embrace of truth.” - Brené Brown, Ph.D., author of the New York Times #1 bestseller, Dare to Lead

    “Through lucid and courageous self-revelation, Taylor sh...

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    Arianna Davis is the author of What Would Frida Do?: A Guide to Living Boldly, an exploration of the feminist icon’s signature style, outspoken politics, and boldness in love and art, even in the face of pain and heartbreak. She is also the Digital Director at Oprah Magazine.

    "A modern take on a woman who was modern beyond her time. Arianna Davis's book paints a colorful picture of the strength, courage, and love that uplift...

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    Isabel Ibañez is the author of Written in Starlight, a YA novel that continues the story of Woven in Moonlight, where Catalina, the rightful heiress to the Inkasisa throne, has been abandoned in the Yanu jungle, and needs to find her way back to her power and her home.

    Packed with growing pains, adventure, and self-realization, Written in Starlight is an important, entertaining tale about community and resistance.” – Foreword Revie...

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    Stephanie Big Eagle is the author of Thunderbird Rising, a memoir about reconnecting, resilience, and empowerment.

    In this episode, we discuss their writing process, and:

  • Writing from your heart and your passion
  • Finding the right agent and publisher
  • And more
  • I would love to hear from you. Please visit my Contact Page and tell me about your writing challenges.

    Follow this Writer

  • Visit Stephanie’s Website and TikTok
  • Buy her memoir, Thunderbi...
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