Ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to present Elementary Sisterhood: a women writers’ collective.
I set up Elementary Sisterhood in 2017 to create a support network for the female writers I work with. The aim of the group is to provide a support network and to increase each woman’s confidence. We also talk writing, share books and have the odd cocktail!
It may be one hundred years since some women secured the right to vote but recent research shows that women are still encountering prejudice in many walks of life, including publishing. For example, during the last decade, there have only been three female winners of each of the major literary prizes (the Booker Prize, Nobel Prize for Literature and Pulitzer Prize).
Personally, in my work as a Creative Writing tutor, I have noticed the difference in dynamics between women-only writing workshops and those in a co-ed setting. When there are men in the group, some women are less likely to share their work for feedback.
Elementary Sisterhood comprises of ten women from diverse backgrounds, ages and writing styles including journalism, screenwriting, non-fiction and fiction. The collective also features a mix of professional playwrights, published novelists, bloggers and award-winning authors. Check out our Facebook page for updates on the group members. So what better way to make our mark than publish a book?
The anthology, which is edited by writer and copy-editor Emma Whitehall, will be available in special limited edition copies on the launch night and as an e-book. All proceeds from ‘Sisterhood’ will be donated to Newcastle Women’s Aid.
We have each written a new piece of work on the theme of sisterhood for inclusion in our first anthology. ‘Sisterhood’, is a collection of ten short stories which explores the wide-ranging issues which affect women today, celebrating and promoting collaboration and friendship as the ultimate empowerment tool.
Stories featured include a mermaid who befriends a girl who reads to her, a tap-dancing octogenarian and a gripping tale about a murderous female friendship.
‘Sisterhood’ will be launched on Saturday, June 23 at Women of Words, an evening of poetry and readings celebrating the centenary of women’s suffrage, at Old Low Light Heritage Centre, North Shields from 7:30pm to 10pm.
Tickets cost £10 and can either be bought in advance or on the door. To find out more visit Old Low Light’s website.