2021 DOWNING Journalism Award Finalists

Exciting News! The finalists for the 2021 DOWNING Journalism Award are as follows in alphabetical order:  Wild Women of the West: Jenny Murphy by Chris Enss,  Ripple Effect: Will the West Figure Out How to Share Water? by Sophia Jeremias Living Space by Susan Tweit.  Congratulations to all! The winner will be announced at theContinue reading “2021 DOWNING Journalism Award Finalists”

Finalists Announced – 2021 LAURA Short Fiction Award

I’m pleased to announce The 2021 Women Writing the West LAURA Short Fiction Award finalists in no particular order: “The Pretender” by Karen Jones “Lila’s Song” by Jane Perry “Mountain Trout” by Heather Ormsby Final placements will be announced during the 2021 Women Writing the West virtual conference in October.  Congratulations, ladies!Betsy Betsy Randolph2021 President-ElectTheContinue reading “Finalists Announced – 2021 LAURA Short Fiction Award”

Literature For All

Why adjust The WILLA Literary Award categories? Romantic fiction has been around since the 18th century, but it was Jane Austen who set the world on fire with a new form of fiction focusing on the lives and everyday struggles of female protagonists–particularly their romantic lives. Pride and Prejudice, published in 1811, did not identifyContinue reading “Literature For All”

Bringing Portland to You

VOODOO Doughnuts Barb Froman, WWW President If we could be in Portland during the 2021 Conference, I guarantee you’d walk 40 yards from the hotel to the famous VOODOO Doughnuts.  Founded in 2003, with the tongue-in-cheek mission of “world doughnut domination,” you can no longer get the Pepto doughnut which made the company renowned.  CoveredContinue reading “Bringing Portland to You”

Summer Workshop

Have you registered for WWW’s  FIRST Summer Workshop?The very successful author, Christina Dodd once said, ‘Submitting your work is like getting on stage, pulling down your pants, and asking for comments.’ Pitching is the same. Let’s face it; the thought of it is enough to make the strongest shudder and run.  Ahhh yes, we’ve allContinue reading “Summer Workshop”

J.v.L. Bell Guest Blog

The Sandhill Cranes of Kearney, Nebraska When pioneers crossed the Great Plains in their wagon trains, were they awoken by screams and by a sky dark with birds? In the evening, did they hear noises on the Platte River and wonder what new terror was approaching? After visiting the Sandhill Cranes in Kearney, Nebraska, I’veContinue reading “J.v.L. Bell Guest Blog”

Write, Share, Renew

In this month of thankfulness, let us remember the women whose small, quiet contributions have allowed us to walk proudly. Write their stories. Share your knowledge. Give Thanks to be in a group which encourages forgotten lives to step into the light. WWW Membership (Renewal or To Join) now open and waiting to welcome youContinue reading “Write, Share, Renew”

The Spanish Flu : Guest Post by Margaret Hanna

It began as a rumour. People overseas were dying of a new disease. No one gave it much thought. It was summer of 1918. Millions of young men had already died in the Great War. The death of a few more from disease seemed of little consequence. It wasn’t. The Spanish Flu exploded in NorthContinue reading “The Spanish Flu : Guest Post by Margaret Hanna”