I’m thrilled to share my first essay for NextTribe.com, an awesome site that empowers women. I loved visiting Nemacolin and pushing myself WAAAAY outside my comfort zone with a little help from my awesome new friends–Karen, Nicole, and Vanessa.
I was so honored and excited to be chosen as an “Inspirational Woman in Journalism” by Jade and Wilnona, the fabulous “And I Thought Ladies,” who themselves inspire and connect women across the country. Our topic was courage in both life and writing, and we heard some impressive women speak, both live and virtually at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD.
In my own speech, I shared details about the nonfiction book proposal, GET HEARD!, that my daughter, Sam, and I are working on. We aim to give young writers and activists the writing tools they need to be heard by those in power. I also shared a personal anecdote about “The Girlfriend Pep Talk” which helped me conquer a 40-foot-high ropes course. I’m thrilled to be writing about that soon for NextTribe.com.
In particular, I enjoyed getting to know Tara Lynn Masih and hearing about her writer’s journey and can’t wait to read My Real Name is Hanna, her YA novel about the Holocaust in Ukraine that was inspired by actual events. Annapolis author, Janice F. Booth also shared her insights about a lifetime of writing and teaching writing, while Ruby Lopez Harper shared her story of fighting for her place as both an artist and arts advocate.
Eve Hurwitz, a former Navy pilot and now reservist, graciously subbed in for another speaker at the last moment and pumped up the crowd with her incredible energy and vision for the future. I hope I get to vote for her one of these days!
In part, the day supported Powerful Beginnings, a nonprofit in Georgia that helps courageous women leave abusive situations. I was excited to meet and listen to Monika Thornton, the group’s founder and look forward to supporting her much-needed work.
I’m thrilled that Arlington magazine ran my article about this thoughtful and eye-opening exhibit at Jamestown Settlement in Jamestown, Virginia. Tenacity showcases both the struggles and courage of some our country’s earliest women. I found their stories both horrifying and inspiring. You don’t want to miss this year-long exhibit!
I had a great time researching this article on Yorktown, VA, for Chesapeake Views magazine. Yorktown’s new American Revolution Museum is state-of-the-art and particularly fun for family travel. Kids will appreciate all the hands-on and experiential exhibits, such as an immersive theater of the battle of Yorktown and holograms. The museum also focuses on telling all sides of these pivotal stories — not just the male, white gentry perspective.
In that vein, nearby Jamestown just opened a must-see, relevant and inspiring exhibit, Tenacity, on women of three cultures — the Anglo settlers, the indigenous tribes, and the African slaves — in 17th century Virginia. This absorbing exhibit finally gives voice to these amazing women whose stories have been buried for centuries.
My annual free talk on “Writing Your College Essay” is only one week away! Next Sunday, June 3rd, at 7:30 pm in Arlington Central Library’s auditorium, I will share what colleges look for in personal essays and why these essays matter. I’ll also share lots of tips for brainstorming, hooks, and making your college admission essays shine.
If you haven’t read it yet, check out my helpful article on the admissions process, which appeared last year in Arlington magazine. I hope to see you on the 3rd!