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National e-Letter  
June 2018, Vol. 19, No 6  

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Sarton Women's Book Award

SCN's women-only writing conference offers 30+ sessions, including workshops, panels, two keynote lunches, coaching sessions, networking events, Sarton awards, booksigning, and open mic readings. Whether you're writing for yourself or gearing up to enter the marketplace, this is the conference for you. Join writers, storytellers, poets and other creative women for a fabulous gathering in Austin, TX, gateway to the lovely Texas Hill Country.

SCN members and conference attendees, get your creative juices going by entering our Flash Fiction contest for a chance to win $100 prize. Click here for more information.

SCN's Online Writing Classes

Summer is a great time to start a novel writing class, delve deeper into poetry or get extra one-on-one help on a writing project. Our instructors here at Story Circle Network are dedicated to providing both support and in-depth knowledge in their areas of expertise. Not only do our small women-only classes offer the opportunity to develop real relationships with your fellow students and instructor, but the 3-8 week classes allow you to work around any potential scheduling conflicts.

Please check out our current class offerings. Our Spring II Term runs through July 9 and we have several classes starting in June. We encourage you to enroll now.

Teachers, are you interested in nurturing all levels of women writers? Have you taught memoir, journaling, life-based fiction, poetry and other life-writing forms online? If so, please see the course proposal page for details and to submit your proposal. Fall term runs from September 17 - November 12 and the deadline for proposals July 29, 2018. Please feel free to email Len Leatherwood if you'd like to discuss your proposal ideas.

SCN's One Woman's Day Blog

One Woman's Day blog is an opportunity to read brief tales from Story Circle Network members like Sara Etgen-Baker, who took us back in time with her words and imagery. Every woman has a unique voice and story and we want to hear yours. Visit, ponder, and please consider submitting your own One Woman's Day blog post!

Use our Blog Post Submission page to submit or contact blog coordinator Kali' Rourke to reserve a date for a future post. Writing for One Woman's Day is a big benefit of SCN membership, and we are eager to meet YOU!

SCN's Telling HerStories Blog

Author Madeline Sharples makes a pitch for daily journaling. Check it out!

If you'd like to contribute to HerStories, go here to learn how. Did you know you can also read Herstories on your Kindle? Go here to subscribe.

Members In Print & In the News

SCN member and Sociosights Press publisher Debra Winegarten's Jewish-themed illustrated children's book, Almost a Minyan, has won three awards in the last month. The book Debra co-authored with Dr. Zvi Yaniv, My Life on the Mysterious Island of Nanotechnology has won two! Caren Umbarger's second novel, The Passion of Marta, has won a 2017 Nautilus Book Awards Silver Medal for small press fiction. Two of Susan Wittig Albert's standalone novels, Loving Eleanor and The General's Women, have been selected for inclusion in the Library Journal's Self-e Overdrive program.

And there's good news from other SCN writers! 4 members published 4 blog posts in One Woman's Day and HerStories; and 4 members published 4 book reviews & interviews at StoryCircleBookReviews. Read all the fine print on our Members in Print page.

SCN members, please let us know about your magazine, book, and on-line publications and other important writing-related recognitions, so we can brag about you, too!

SCN Bloggers: Antoinette Truglio Martin

Antoinette Truglio Martin is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer, recently named a Finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards (Women's Issues - Non-Fiction). She also just completed the Blogging From A to Z challenge — Food Stories Remembered. Many of those posts will make you hungry! She has a fun, ongoing feature answering the prompt, "If we were having coffee." Overall this is a delightful blog experience, pop over and visit her there.

If you are an SCN blogger, tell us so we can add you to our growing list of member bloggers. We added several new blogs to our blogroll recently: we're currently at 159!).

Real Women Get Involved

"Rest and you rust," says Helen Hayes. Be a good literary citizen and help us help women writers. Check out our Get Involved page, where you'll find several important projects waiting for you. What we're looking for now:
  • Jurors, Sarton Women's Book Award™;
  • Story Circle facilitators;
  • Reviewers, StoryCircleBookReviews
Interesting jobs that will help SCN—and help you learn and grow!

SCN In Print, Online

See Your Work in Print! We publish original stories from SCN dues-paying members in the "True Words" section of our quarterly Journal, and we want your submissions! We accept prose up to 350 words, poetry up to 30 lines. Deadline for September's Journal: July 15. The suggested prompt is "Words of Wisdom" (optional) and submission details are online & in your Journal. Multiple submissions welcome. BONUS: All members whose work appears in the Journal will be entered into a random selection for a one-year complimentary membership renewal.

Print or e-Delivery — Story Circle Journal is Great Both Ways! Members, take a look at the online edition of the Journal. We're sure you will like what you see! You can switch to the online edition by sending us an e-mail with "SCN Journal via PDF" in the subject line. Your online subscription saves postage—and saves a tree, too!

Real Women Write...2018
It's Spring, with renewed energy in the air, and surely your thoughts are turning to the 17th volume of our members-only anthology, Real Women Write: Sharing Our Stories, Sharing Our Lives. It's time to get busy writing with RWW in mind!

This venerable Story Circle publication continues to inspire and showcase a broad range of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Every edition is a fresh collection of voices, styles, and subjects, reflecting the diversity of women's lives, and the common threads of our experiences. You can get a taste in SCN's newest book, drawn from past anthologies, Inside and Out. Find out more on the SCN website.

Submissions open on July 1, 2018, via our online submission form. All the publication details are there. We hope you take advantage of this great publication opportunity. Remember, your participation is truly vital to the creation of our best-ever Real Women Write!

LifeWriters' Market

Festivals, competitions, magazines—short fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, you name it. Lifestory markets are hot right now, and we're listing plenty of them. Check them out in our LifeWriters' Market Watch. And hey—if you know of a market, don't be selfish! Email us with details.

Our market list is available to members only. Not a member? We'd love to have you join us so we can share our markets with you!

SCN Circles Program

Reading Circles

The Austin Reading Circle (open to non-members) selection for June: There will be no book discussion in June.

The Internet Chapter (members only) selection for June: The Johnstown Girls by Kathleen George.

Browse the 2018 Austin-area book list and Online Reading e-Circle book list. When you buy a book from our website, your purchase helps fund our Story Circle programs!

Writing Circles

Our community writing circles, online writing circles, and reading circles are now gathered beneath the umbrella of our new SCN Circles Program. We also now publish stories by writers from both our community and online circles in our quarterly Journal, an opportunity never before available to community circle members, who have not been members. Community circle members whose writing published will receive a free one-year SCN membership while w-ecircle members selected for publication will receive a free one-year renewal of their current SCN membership.

Community Circles
If you have ever wished to join a writing circle in your community but couldn't find one, we hope you will consider starting one. Circles are easy to start and maintain, and the women who join with you will often amaze you with their stories and the bonds that those stories evoke between your members.

We are delighted to let you know that we will present four workshops about how-to-start-a-writing circle at our Stories from the Heart IX Conference. You'll learn the nuts and bolts of each step and will be able to obtain facilitator's guides and detailed weekly writing plans to use and take home. A community that is committed to women's writing circles is one that celebrates and sustains the richly-layered gifts that writing, sharing, and hearing our stories bring to their lives. I often wish that every community in our world could have one available.

We hope to see you in Austin at one of the workshops.

Community writing circle facilitators, kindly check our Writing Circles Around the World webpage. If your active circle information is not listed there, or if you need to update your information, please contact Mary Jo Doig so we can include your circle there.

Online Circles
Gather with friends to discuss your writing and get gentle feedback. We have writing circles: your life stories, poetry, or fiction. We also have a reading circle that discusses a memoir or fictional memoir each month. If you'd like to join one of our circles, email Sonja Dalglish, IC Circle Coordinator.

Janice Kvale (member of writing e-circle #6) was chosen for the "Story of the Month" award for June. Congratulations, Janice! Chapter members can read the story, as well as previous honorees' stories, on the Story of the Month web page. (Not a member of the chapter? Read a sample Story of the Month.)

SCN's Older Women's Legacy Circles began with a grant-funded program designed to help senior women chronicle their life experiences. To learn more, visit the OWL-Circle website. Be sure to check out the sample pages from the OWL teaching manual, as well as the booklet, Your Life, Your Story, which offers a comprehensive outline for older women not able to attend or find an OWL workshop.

If you would like to attend an OWL-Circle in Austin or other areas, please contact Mary Jo Doig. Or, if the notion of assisting older women in writing their legacy stories resonates with you, why not consider starting an OWL program in your community. Contact Mary Jo to get started.

Story Circle Network Books

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What Wildness With Courage & Common Sense KTS Starting Points Work of Her Own: Writing From Life:

Who We Are & How to Join Us

If you're receiving this e-Letter but aren't a member, please join us. Learn more about how SCN can help you tell your story. We offer
  • a quarterly newsletter with features on women's lifewriting
  • opportunities to publish your work
  • workshops, classes, online courses
  • writing circles
  • an Internet Chapter
  • Speaker's Bureau
  • much more
Membership categories:

  • Member:
    • Online publications: $55 worldwide
    • Print publications: $65; Canada & Mexico: $85; International $90
  • Friend: $90
  • Donor: $125
  • Supporter: $150
  • Contributor: $200
  • Sustainer: $250
  • Patron: $325
  • Benefactor: $400+
  • Organizational Membership: $125

Internet Chapter membership: $20
(To join the Internet chapter you must also be a member of the national organization; chapter dues are in addition to the national dues.)

To join, see our online membership form. You can pay online, or send a check to Story Circle Network, PO Box 1616, Bertram TX 78605-1616.

2017 Sarton Winners Announced!

2018 Sarton Women's Book Awards

Open now for books published 2015-2018.

Early Bird Deadline: July 31

2017 Sarton Women's Book Awards
(click on the images for more info!)
Dark Lady: A Novel of Emilia Bassano Lanyer
by Charlene Ball
Gathering From the Grassland
by Linda M. Hasselstrom
Lincoln's Generals' Wives: Four Women Who Influenced the Civil War
by Candice Shy Hooper
Defiance on Indian Creek
by Phyllis A. Still
Venetian Blood: Murder in a Sensuous City
by Christine Volker

Inside and Out

SCN's collection of 76 members' essays, gathered from our anthologies, 2009-2016, with introductions by Susan Wittig Albert and Susan Schoch. Available in both print and ebook. Go here for more information.

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Professional Membership

If you offer professional services to the writing community (editing, writing, marketing, publishing, speaking, teaching/coaching), consider becoming a Professional Member of SCN.

You'll be listed in our online Professional Services Directory, and your ads may appear on our websites.

Four levels of membership—one is sure to fit your needs.

Real Words from
True Women

"The wind drops us where it will and there we have the choice to either fight our fate or grow roots and bloom." —Jayne Castel

Read more from "Real Words from True Women".

Give a Gift Membership

Give a gift membership using our online form. Then create a gift membership card to mail or email to your friend. See an example of a gift card. Each card contains occasion-appropriate quotations and writing prompts.


We publish four monthly e-Letters:
• This National e-Letter brings you writing tips, quotes, and book reviews.
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• The Story Circle Online Classes e-Letter brings you information about our upcoming online classes and workshops.
• The Internet Chapter e-Letter is sent only to members of the Internet Chapter; it features chapter news and events.

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