FAQ

  1. What is the Story Circle Network?
  2. What kinds of activities and services are available for members of the Network?
  3. How can I become a member?
  4. Do you publish books for your members?
  5. How can I learn more?
  6. I'm looking for a particular web page or specific information. Can I search your website for it?
  7. Who can I contact if I have questions?


  1. What is the Story Circle Network?

    The Story Circle Network is a national not-for-profit organization made up of women who want to explore their lives through life-writing—writing that focuses on personal experience—through memoirs and autobiographies, in diaries and journals, in personal essays, in poetry. We sponsor a variety of online programs, including a members-only Internet Chapter, the largest women's book review website on the Internet, online writing classes and a mentorship program, and an online editorial service. We also sponsor a biannual national conference, as well as workshops, and reading circles and writing circles.


  2. What kinds of activities and services are available for members of the Network?
    • Members receive a quarterly Story Circle Journal. Each issue includes ideas for writing chapters of your life's story, book reviews, members' writing, news about SCN activities and programs, notes from Story Circles around the country, and a calendar of coming events.

    • Members receive substantial discounts on classes and mentorships through our Online Class program.

    • Members may join our Internet Chapter and participate in writing and reading circles. activities. Members may also join our members-only SCN LifeWriters Group on Yahoo.

    • Members who offer writing-related classes, workshops, and writing circles are eligible to affiliate their programs with SCN. They may also post information about themselves and their work on our Speakers Bureau pages. For an example, click on Speakers Bureau, then choose a name from our list of speakers. Both workshop affiliation and the Speakers Bureau are free to members.

    • Members' work is featured and promoted online and in our eletters. Author members are listed on our authors page. Blogger members are listed in our bloggers directory. Members who make the news are featured in newspapers and magazines are listed on our Members in Print page.

    • Members may enter their work in our annual LifeWriting Contest.

    • Austin-area members are welcome to attend our ongoing and upcoming Austin-area events: Reading Circle, Writing Circles, Be Our Guest!, and OWL-Circle programs.


  3. How can I become a member?

    You can join the National organization and the Internet Chapter by filling out our on-line form and mailing your membership dues to our office (see address below).

    • National SCN Membership: U.S.: $45 (Canada & Mexico: $55, elsewhere: $60)
      • Friend: $75
      • Donor: $100
      • Supporter: $125
      • Contributor: $175
      • Sustainer: $225
      • Patron: $300
      • Benefactor: $400+
    • Internet Chapter Membership: $20
      Please note: Memberships in the Internet Chapter are available only to dues-paying members of the National Story Circle Network.
    • Organizational Membership: $100
    • Gift Membership (National, Internet Chapter, Organizational)


  4. Do you publish books for your members?

    We have published a number of books but are not actively soliciting new titles at this time.


  5. How can I learn more?

    We offer a free monthly eletter. If you would like to join one of our eLetter mailing lists, you can do so here.


  6. I'm looking for a particular web page or specific information. Can I search your website for it?

    Yes. Enter your search terms here or on our main web page:



  7. Who can I contact if I have questions?

    You can email us: storycircle at storycircle.org or call: 512-454-9833 or write to: Story Circle Network, PO Box 500127, Austin TX 78750-0127