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”

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”

Goodbyes Were Few

When the sun was setting on the 2020 Women Writing the West Conference, the music played, and the accolades for this historic event started to roll in. Goodbyes were few, the memories are many, and “See you next time” reverberated from rooms across the land.  Whether you are a first-time attendee or a seasoned veteranContinue reading “Goodbyes Were Few”

Memory Road

It’s Women Writing the West (WWW) conference month, and we would like to take a drive down the memory road.   Have you attended a WWW conference in years gone by? Sharing your memories might be just the thing to open up the memory vault for others. Anecdotes captured in the words you have writtenContinue reading “Memory Road”

Sara Dahmen is Hitting the Trail

In August 2017, Women Writing the West member, award-winning novelist, and coppersmith Sara Dahmen, accepted the invitation to volunteer as the WWW Blog Coordinator. During her tenure, she switched the hosting platform from Blogger to WordPress, which offers more customization features. However, for members who contributed to the Blogger platform, and for anyone who wantsContinue reading “Sara Dahmen is Hitting the Trail”