Women’s Write Inn holds write inns, readings, and workshops for women. Currently, we’re hosting virtual Write Inns for women on the weekends. See the post below for information. We’re also a collective with rotating membership of women poets and writers who have created space to gather to write and support each other’s writing endeavors. Four of the current members have had virtual meetings on a weekly basis since April 2020. We write together, discuss our writing life, books, publishing, pets, family, politics, and music. And we workshop our creative nonfiction, memoir, poetry, essays, and fiction.
Over the years, members and event participants have represented several underrepresented groups in literature: women over 60, women of color, nonbinary, chronically ill, queer, disabled, immigrant, and transnational. We are dedicated to our writing, active in our local writing community, and committed to fostering inclusive spaces for and supporting underserved and underrepresented writers in their communities and beyond.
liz gonzalez, director of Uptown Word & Arts, held the first two Women’s Write Inns in September 2016 and January 2018 in North Long Beach, California. These events were private, and women from across Southern California attended. liz held the events to foster the arts in her North Long Beach area, build community with and support of women and nonbinary writers, including those from historically marginalized groups, and create a safe, supportive, and inclusive space for participants. At the second gathering, some participants wanted to continue meeting on a monthly basis, which has now developed into the Women’s Write Inn collective.
Weekend Write Inns
liz is hosting virtual Write Inns for Women from 11a-2:30p Pacific Standard Time on Saturdays and Sundays. We begin by briefly greeting each other and stating what we’ll be working on. Then we write for an hour. When we finish, we have a brief check-in about how our writing went, take a ten minute break, and repeat. Folks don’t have to stay the entire time. If you’d like to join us, send us a message at the bottom of this page.
PAST EVENT: Women’s Read Inn
Please join Women’s Write Inn members for a reading of our newer work. The reading will be followed by a brief question and answer session, during which we will discuss writing, our projects, and more. Zoom link will be posted on the Facebook event page three hours before the reading. https://www.facebook.com/events/385420169668714?ref=newsfeed
Mary Camarillo’s novel The Lockhart Women, published in June 2021 by She Writes Press, won first place in the Next Generation Indie Awards for first fiction. Her work has appeared in publications such as 166 Palms, The Sonora Review, Lunch Ticket, and The Ear. She lives in Huntington Beach, California. https://www.marycamarillo.com/
liz gonzález is the author of The Original OLG (Los Nietos Press forthcoming) and Dancing in the Santa Ana Winds (Los Nietos Press 2018). Her creative nonfiction and poetry recently appeared in Poets & Writers Magazine, The International Literary Quarterly, Puro Chicanx Writers of the 21st Century, and San Bernardino Singing. https://lizgonzalez.com/
Stephanie Barbé Hammer is a 6-time Pushcart Prize nominee in fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Her novelette Rescue Plan gives readers a peek into the haunted history of a small New England town. Stay tuned for her novel Pretend Plumber about a precocious Los Angeles teen, due out in Spring 2022. https://stephaniebarbehammer.net/
Ruthie Marlenée, novelist, screenwriter, and poet earned a UCLA Writers’ Certificate in Fiction. Her novel Curse of the Ninth was published in 2020. Agave Blues, Touchpoint Press, is forthcoming. Her poetry and short stories can be found in publications, including Shark Reef, The Coiled Serpent Anthology, SoToSpeak, and Silver Birch Press. https://ruthiemarlenee.wordpress.com/
Mary Anne Perez has written for newspapers in Colorado and Arizona and for the Los Angeles Times and the Southern California News Group. She is writing a family memoir, a fairytale and a few short stories in between.
PAST EVENT: Creating Space and Courage for Writing: Women’s Write Inn Creative Writing Festival
Saturday, February 8, 2020, 11a-3p
Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library, 5870 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90805
This FREE and inclusive event is for writers of different levels of writing experience, ages—teens to adults, backgrounds, gender, etc. We will inspire and offer strategies to uplift and encourage writers from all walks of life to stretch, make space for, and share their voices. Light refreshments included. Participants are encouraged to bring food to eat during the break.
This event is co-sponsored by The Long Beach Public Library, Poets & Writers, and Uptown Word & Arts.
Generative creative writing workshops conducted simultaneously:
Contemplative workshop: Alicia Vogl Saenz will help participants evolve a new writing by slowing down the internal chatter so that you can get to the essential good stuff, the material that makes strong work. Holding the Moment: liz gonzalez will guide participants in writing about one experience that occurred in one day or less. This generative writing exercise is a useful strategy to help writers focus, get started on a piece, excavate memories, and make a longer writing project easier to achieve by writing moment by moment.
Panel with Q&A: Creating Space and Courage for Your Writing: Each panelist will share how they create space and courage for their writing and offer strategies to start your own collective. Panelists: liz gonzález, Lucy Rodriguez-Hanley, Sehba Sarwar, and Alicia Vogl Saenz.
Reading and Open mic: liz gonzález, Lucy Rodriguez-Hanley, Sehba Sarwar, and Alicia Vogl Saenz will share selections of their work. An open mic will follow the reading. Participants in the open mic will read one piece that is under 3 minutes. A book signing will follow the reading.
Contact us about the virtual Women’s Write Inns or to present our work, give a panel or talk, or conduct a workshop at your campus, conference, organization, or community center.