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.