Meet Our New Reviewer:
• Janet Brantley lives in Southwest Arkansas where she feeds deer and writes mysteries, historical fiction, and memoirs. She is retired from Texarkana College, and feels her Ph.D. in history gives her a great background for conducting research for her writing. She enjoys reading, traveling, crafts, friends, and her grandchildren. Her first novel, Murder by Any Other Name, debuted in March 2015, and she's currently working on a sequel, tentatively titled Fool's Gold. She's also working on a WWII novel, Leaving Dixon's Crossing. She plans to finish both in 2016.
Our editors and reviewers are active writers and writing teachers/coaches. Here are some of their projects:
• Barbara Heming's mystery Death Wins the Crown was chosen by the Taos Mystery Book Club as their December selection. She met with the members for lunch and discussion.
• Cheryl Bazzoui (aka Ann McCauley) blogs at AnnMcCauley.com. She recently reviewed Time Underground for Bookmark for her regional NPR station, WPSU.org.
• Trilla Pando's poem "Montrose Monostiches" appears in the newly released book Untameable City: Poems on the Nature of Houston published by Mutabilis Press.
• Are you... Craving creative inspiration? Looking for new insight to fuel your words? Searching for the heart of your work? Needing an intense immersion in your writing? Join SCBR reviewer and award-winning author Susan J. Tweit, and acclaimed educator and writer Dawn Wink (also an SCBR reviewer) for the next Write & Retreat Workshop at the historic Murray Hotel in Silver City, NM, February 19-22, 2016. We'll write, workshop our writing, talk writing as a craft and as a business, and we'll also take breaks to wander the arts and gallery district of Silver City, eat great meals, and learn the surrounding landscape. This is a small-group workshop (limited to 15-20 participants), and participants also have the opportunity for an individual consult with either workshop leader. Go here for more information (click on the W&R pdf for the brochure).
• Debra Winegarten had two articles recently published: one on Oveta Culp Hobby's leadership style, which came out in Houston Woman magazine, and a wonderful article that was printed in the Killeen Daily Herald.
• SCN Online Classes, the only online writing program designed exclusively for women. General writing skills, organization, and critical editing; book design and development, online marketing, blogging, and more. An Independent Study Program, too. For full class listings, faculty bios, enrollment, and more, visit our website.
• Browse through our listing of books by women about American women in their cultural and historical contexts. At Story Circle, we are passionate about women's stories and are grateful to the authors who bring these stories to us. The books on this list deserve to be read and appreciated. They are books that matter, about strong women who have played significant roles in all fields of human endeavor. (Special thanks to Susan Schoch, who compiled this list for us.)
• If you'd like to learn more about SCN, the best place to start is with our leadership team: women who have devoted their energies to making SCN a home for women who want to write about women's lives. Go here to meet these nine remarkable women.
• Advertising with SCN.
As you plan the marketing campaign for your book, writing program, or writing-related workshop or conference, please consider Story Circle as a partner in your promotional efforts. Story Circle provides a unique voice and a wide range of services for women readers and writers. Partnering with us allows you to target your promotion efforts and take advantage of SCN's growing reputation in the international community of women writers. Depending on your budget, you can choose from five packages.
• HerStories and One Woman's Day.
SCN hosts two blogs and dozens of bloggers. The HerStories bloggers are a dozen women writers and teachers who regularly share their passion for the how-to and why, the art and craft of lifewriting. The One Woman's Day bloggers share occasional stories of the special days of their lives. If you're a member and would like to contribute to OWD, visit the blog and see how to get involved.
• Here at SCBR, we always receive more wonderful books than we can possibly review. So we've created a new feature on our website: a section called Briefly Reviewed, a selection of titles, briefly described, that represent the wide range of recently-published memoirs written by strong women who have been there, done that, and lived to tell the tale. Recommended for your reading pleasure!
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