If you want to dig deeper, look farther, write more often and more expressively, or discover other ways to tell and share your experiences, we're here to help. But SCN is like anything else—the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. Here are some ways you can get more out of what we offer.
Go here to join SCN.
Contact us via email: storycircle at storycircle.org
or write to:
Story Circle Network, PO Box 1616, Bertram TX 78605-1616
- Journal every day. You'll find journaling tips and guides in each issue of our Story Circle Journal. If you're a member of the Internet Chapter, you'll also receive weekly writing prompts by email—perfect for keeping your journal on-track.
- Join a Story Circle in your community. Here are the community-based Story Circles that we know of. Can't find a Circle in your community? Then start one. Our Facilitator's Guide will show you how easy it is to do this.
- Join a Story Circle on-line.
- Contribute your writing to our Story Circle Journal. And read the Journal from cover to cover—it's full of great ideas for writing your life story.
- Take an on-line writing class.
- Read, read, read! Women's memoirs are "hot" in today's publishing world, and we try to keep abreast of the best. Here's a list of books our Austin TX reading circle is reading this year. We've also reviewed a great many other books about women's lives—visit our StoryCircleBookReviews site for a look. Want to write reviews of women's memoirs and related books? Read our Reviewers' Guidelines.
- Join our on-line Internet Chapter Reading Circle, or our Austin TX Reading Circle, or start a Reading Circle of your own. You can choose books from the SCN reading list and print out our on-line reading guides.
- Join one of our Writers' Online Roundtables to discuss the issues and questions arising from our writing practice, learn how other writers work, and share ideas that enrich our writing lives.
- Serve as a judge in our member-only writing competitions and/or a juror in our important Sarton Women's Book Award program. Reading and evaluating others' writing will help you improve your own work.
- Read Telling HerStories, our Story Circle blog.
- Contribute to our One Woman's Day blog.
- Attend our events. We offer Writing From Life weekends in Austin twice a year, a LifeLines writing retreat every two years, and a national conference every two years. We offer several Be Our Guest programs in the Austin area each year. Want to attend events but can't join us in Austin? Start a Story Circle Chapter in your own community and create your own calendar of women's events! Chapter Guidelines are available to members only.
- If you're sixty-plus, you may be interested in our Older Women's Legacy (OWL) Circle project.
- If you offer writing-related classes, workshops, or programs, you are eligible (as a member) to post information about yourself and your work on our Speakers Bureau pages. Posting on our site does not obligate you to any payment to Story Circle. You will have your own individual URL and will be able to put it on your brochures, handouts, and business cards. For an example, go to the Speakers Bureau, then choose a name from our list of speakers.
- When you're ready to tell your story to a wider audience, our Market Watch (available to members only) will help you current publishing opportunities.
- Share the story of your writing achievements with us. To see what other lifewriters have been doing, take a look at our Members in Print and in the News page.
- Give a gift membership to a friend or favorite relative. Let them know that you value their stories and hope that they'll write them down!
- Stay informed. We're continually offering new programs and services. To stay up-to-date on what we're doing, subscribe to our monthly eletters.