WNBA-Boston’s Centennial Celebration
In celebration of WNBA’s Centennial year, on June 1, 2017, acclaimed author Megan Marshall spoke about women and their involvement in the arts and literature in the Commonwealth Salon at the Boston Public Library. Megan Marshall is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in biography for Margaret Fuller and the author of The Peabody Sisters, which won the Francis Parkman Prize and the Mark Lynton History Prize and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2006. She is the Charles Wesley Emerson College Professor and teaches narrative nonfiction and the art of archival research in the MFA program at Emerson College. Her most recent book is Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast.
Using Your Writing to Make Your Voice Heard
WNBA-Boston, Zephyr Press, and the National Writers Union sponsored a free event on April 29 for writers of op-eds, letters to the editor, essays, and other short opinion pieces. Two editors and a roundtable of writers shared strategies (and submission tips) for how writers can influence media, legislators, and public opinion.
Female Literary Voices Today
WNBA hosted an afternoon with internationally acclaimed author Jenna Blum on Saturday, February 25, 2017, for a discussion of the crucial role of women’s literary voices in the current political climate, and the fusing of art, writing, and activism.
Jenna is the author of Those Who Save Us, The Stormchasers, the novella “The Lucky One,” and the audio course “The Author At Work: The Art of Writing Fiction.” Jenna has taught Creative and Communications Writing at BU and regularly leads workshops at GrubStreet. She was named one of Oprah’s Top 30 Women Writers.
Author Panel for National Reading Group Month
In honor of National Reading Group Month in October, WNBA-Boston hosted an evening with Sally Cabot Gunning, Michelle Hoover, and Katherine A. Sherbrooke at Trident Booksellers and Cafe. Lisa Duffy moderated the panel. Check out the history of National Reading Group Month and other events happening in October at http://
to Our Fabulous Executive Administrator Ann-Kathrin
This summer we had to say goodbye to our Executive Administrator Ann-Kathrin who had been with the WNBA-Boston since September 2014. She had a big part in the reconstruction of our chapter. We wish her all the best in her new adventures as she moves to Darmstadt, Germany.
WNBA-Boston held its first-ever query tutorial in May 2016. A query letter is your one chance to entice an agent or editor into reading your manuscript. Needless to say it must be just right. But what does a perfect pitch entail? Six agents and editors were on hand to critique your query letter and offer you suggestions on how to improve your chances of an agent or editor requesting your manuscript.
A big thank you for our amazing agents and editors:
In May 2016 we had the pleasure to host our first-ever Boston-WNBA Authors’ Night! We invited several of our members to give short readings of their published works at the Boston Public Library. The readings were followed by a networking session and conversations with the authors.
Diane Fresquez – A Taste of Molecules
Lisa Borders – The Fifty-First State
Jodi Daynard – Our Own Country
Anne Ipsen – Abigail’s Legacy
Anjali Mitter Duva – Faint Promise of Rain
WNBA-Boston’s first-ever networking event took place in mid-February and was a great success, despite the pouring rain! Thank you to all those who came out to Precinct Kitchen + Bar in the Loews Hotel to engage in lively, informal conversations with other publishing professional and book lovers. Missed out on all that fun? No problem! Due to all the positive feedback we have received, we are already planning a second networking event for the spring.
“The Challenge of Feminist Biography” – A Brunch with Susan Ware
Over 35 people joined WNBA-Boston for brunch with Susan Ware, acclaimed author and Senior Advisor to the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.
A pioneer in the field of women’s history and a leading feminist biographer, Susan Ware has written and edited numerous books on twentieth-century U.S. history, including, most recently, American Women’s History: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2015) and Game, Set, Match: Billie Jean King and the Revolution in Women’s Sports (University of North Carolina Press, 2011). A graduate of both Wellesley College and Harvard University, she has taught at New York University and Harvard, where she served as editor of the biographical dictionary Notable American Women: Completing the Twentieth Century (Harvard University Press, 2004).
The College Club of Boston, the oldest women’s college club in the United States, was founded in 1890 by a group of nineteen college-educated women who sought to form an organization where they could “enjoy sociability and companionship” with like-minded women. Located in Boston’s historic Back Bay, the College Club was, from its earliest days, host to literary luminaries such as Mark Twain, Vladimir Nabokov, poet Oliver Wendell Holmes, and novelist F. Marion Crawford, making it the perfect venue for a WNBA-Boston event.
Panel Discussion in honor of National Reading Group Month
In honor of National Reading Group Month, WNBA-Boston hosted an evening with Lauren Acampora, chapter member Jeannine Atkins, Heidi Pitlor, and Virginia Pye, Tuesday, October 27 at the Brookline Booksmith. WNBA-Boston member and GrubStreet instructor Lisa Borders moderated the panel. To check out the history of National Reading Group Month and other events happening in October visit http://
Alysia Abbott accepted the 2015 Dorothy O’Connor Award from WNBA-Boston Co-President Amaryah Orenstein. This award honors a woman who publishes an article of particular interest to her community in the spirit of the late WNBA-Boston chapter member Dorothy O’Connor, a staffer at The Melrose Mirror, an e-newspaper founded by a group of seniors who called themselves the Silver Stringers.
Boston Book Festival
WNBA-Boston co-hosting a panel, entitled “Portrait of the Artist,” at the Boston Book Festival 2015. The panel featured authors Elana Delbanco (Silver Swan), Courtney Maum (I am Having So Much Fun Here Without You), and WNBA-Boston member B.A. Shapiro (The Muralist). WNBA-Boston Co-President Nancy Rubin Stuart moderated the panel.