In our own lives as writers and educators, we have felt buoyed by, and
thirsty for, dialogue about the creative process. We think it is
particularly essential to gather a collection of process/craft-based
essays by women who span several different generations. We hope that an
anthology such as this will serve as both a historical document of the
times and lives of a sampling of women writers, but also as a rare look
into some of the concerns of a diverse body of writers writing about
craft, process, and their relationships to the literary arts in
different personal/socio-political contexts.
We are open to a variety of styles, from the more personal to the more
academic. Based on the suggestions of a guiding group of women writers,
we have drawn up a list of questions (see below) which can serve as a
guide for your essays. Please feel free to use them in any way that is
helpful to you (or not at all). We are also interested in re-publishing
relevant essays by some of our luminaries (dead and living): Audre
Lorde, Muriel Rukeyser, June Jordan, Cherrie Moraga, Adrienne Rich…
In addition to contributing your own, if you have read any essays that
you think should be included, please send them our way.
Please submit essays by March 15th, 2011, to discuss with publishers
who might be interested in April. Please send essays to
agia(at)hampshire.edu (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail).
We really hope you’ll consider contributing an essay to this important