Ann Kennedy Smith: ‘The Cambridge Ladies’ Dining Society’ 1890-1914
Ann Kennedy Smith’s site celebrates the twelve extraordinary women who formed the Ladies Dining Society in Cambridge 1890-1914: Caroline Jebb, Mary Paley Marshall, Ida Darwin, Eleanor Sidgwick, Kathleen Lyttelton, Ellen Darwin, Mary Ward, Louise Creighton, Margaret Verrall, Maud Darwin, Fanny Prothero and Eliza Von Hügel.
Beyond Eden Rock
Jane always knew that the world was full of people who loved books, but she didn’t find many people who shared her particular loves until she looked online. Beyond Eden Rock is where she writes about books, and about other things that interest her.
Blogging Woolf is created by Paula Maggio, and focuses on Virginia Woolf and her circle, past and present.
The Book Edit
Every writer needs an editor. The Book Edit offers developmental edits and editorial consultancy for writers of fiction and non-fiction. Many of the writers its founder Emily Pedder has worked with have gone on to publish with traditional publishers or with indies.
Book Oxygen is a place to celebrate writing and writers, in particular novels and novelists. It’s a site where interesting new writing is aired and appreciated, chiefly through the reviews of industry professionals – writers, publishers, journalists. It’s also a place for writers to discuss writing, and for readers to sample extracts of published work, selected for quality and variety.
The Everyday Sexism Project exists to catalogue instances of sexism experienced by women on a day to day basis. They might be serious or minor, outrageously offensive or so niggling and normalised that you don’t even feel able to protest. Say as much or as little as you like, use your real name or a pseudonym – it’s up to you. By sharing your story you’re showing the world that sexism does exist, it is faced by women everyday and it is a valid problem to discuss.
For Books’ Sake
With daily news, reviews, essays, features and interviews, For Books’ Sake shines spotlights on classic and contemporary writing by both iconic and emerging women authors, from reading recommendations to in-depth analysis.
gal-dem.com is a creative online magazine comprised of almost 50 women of colour. The aim of gal-dem is to open up their take on the world to a wider audience. They want people of different shapes, sizes, genders and ethnic backgrounds to engage with the work they are doing. They say: ‘It is no secret that the mainstream media doesn’t represent or reflect us, so we are doing it for ourselves’.
Literary Ladies’ Guide to the Writing Life
The Literary Ladies’ Guide to the Writing Life celebrates classic women authors who wrote enduring literature. On this site you’ll find their words of wisdom for readers and writers; enjoy their life stories and quotations; learn more about their books; read their advice on the writing life; and enjoy contemporary voices on the writing process.
National Centre for Writing
The National Centre for Writing is a literature development agency based in Norwich. They are interested in both the artistic and social impact of creative writing, and work with writers, readers and diverse communities on a wide range of ongoing and one off projects and events. They work locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, and have developed productive partnerships with many organisations.
Persephone Books reprints neglected fiction and non-fiction by mid-twentieth century (mostly) women writers. All of their books are intelligent, thought-provoking and beautifully written and are chosen to appeal to busy people wanting titles that are neither too literary nor too commercial. They publish novels, short stories, diaries, memoirs and cookery books; each has an elegant grey jacket, a ‘fabric’ endpaper with matching bookmark.
Sarah Emsley is a writer and editor with a particular interest in the lives and works of Jane Austen and Edith Wharton. From time to time, she also posts about other writers she admires, such as L.M. Montgomery, and about places she loves (especially Nova Scotia and Alberta).
Kathleen Dixon Donnelly shares her research about the groups of writers and artists of the early twentieth century who gathered in living rooms, drawing rooms, pubs and cafes to discuss the latest happenings in the arts, read to each other from their latest works, and gossip. These include the Irish Literary Renaissance, the Bloomsbury Group, the Americans in Paris, and the Algonquin Round Table.
VIDA seeks to explore critical and cultural perceptions of writing by women through meaningful conversation and the exchange of ideas among existing and emerging literary communities.
The Writes of Womxn
Naomi Frisby reviews books written by womxn – old and new, literary and commercial, fiction and non-fiction with the occasional YA title. Her preferences lean towards literary fiction although she tries to read as broadly as possible. Naomi is particularly concerned with covering translated fiction and books by women of colour and women who identify as LGBT.
The WoMentoring Project exists to offer free mentoring by professional literary women to talented up and coming female writers who would otherwise find it difficult to access similar opportunities. Their mission is simple: to introduce successful literary women to other women writers at the beginning of their careers who would benefit from some insight, knowledge and support. The hope is that they’ll see new, talented and diverse female voices emerging as a result of time and guidance received from our mentors.
Women Writers, Women, Books
Women Writers, Women, Books was launched in 2011 to be another platform for contemporary women writers and authors around the world writing in English. Their mission is to encourage and promote the visibility of women writers. They are particularly interested in the edges, the intersections between genres, nationalities, languages, arts, cultures. They are interested in giving opportunities to unknown writers to be published, as well as publishing posts by well known authors.
Writers & Artists
Writers & Artists is the essential resource for writers, artists and creative types in need of some good advice. Stemming from the century-long success of the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook, they offer comprehensive listings, articles packed with advice on all areas of publishing, competitions, inspirational interviews, editorial assistance, regular conferences, an industry-first self-publishing provider comparison service, and a vibrant online community.
A Year of Reading the World
In 2012, the world came to London for the Olympics and Ann Morgan went out to meet it. For A Year of Reading the World, she read her way around all the globe’s 196 independent countries – plus one extra territory chosen by blog visitors – sampling one book from every nation.