This year we are trying out pre-orders for some of our Featured Panelists. Please select the form under the author's image and fill it out. Don't forget to pick up your ticket for Saturday October 14th! GET TICKETS HERE
Mariah Ankenman Pre-Order Form - Deadline September 20th
As we get closer to year five - YAY FOR SO MANY AMAZING WOMEN AUTHORS - we want to give an announcement about year six. We will not be having The Write Women Book Fest in 2024.
We have found it more and more difficult to plan our event in September and October. September so many mothers and grandmothers are very busy and we have a lot of women authors who fit those categories. And October is chock full of local book events - two of them we very much don't want to hinder in any way or make people choose, so we are moving our event to July. Now that we are indoors we don't have to worry about the summer heat and that means summer opened up as a possibility. We have not solidified a date yet, but it will be one of the last two weekends of July 2025. Due to the timeline being moved forward, and it taking a full year to plan this event, we are just moving straight into planning 2025 instead of rushing to plan 2024 and possibly not doing the best we can. We'd rather just take our time and keep leveling up and evolving the quality of the event.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED in being a participating author, publishing professional, or book-related vendor please fill out this interest form and you will be notified FIRST when registration opens.
Love books? Meeting authors? Buying books for yourself or for gifts? Getting books signed?
Get your tickets for Saturday October 14th - an event where you can meet 100 women authors in a variety of genres from romance and fantasy to self-help, history, and spirituality. Your new favorite author could be at this event! Tickets are only $29. The event will be held at the Bowie Comfort Inn and Conference Center in Bowie, Maryland.
This year the Maryland Romance Writers (MRW) will be in attendance with some of their membership authors. Due to the nature of the controversies surrounding Romance Writers of America (RWA) we wanted to post this statement from MRW:
One June 1, 2022, Maryland Romance Writers (MRW) submitted notification to Romance Writers of America (RWA) that its membership voted to disaffiliate from RWA as of July 1, 2022. References to RWA have been removed from MRW's website, and we are in the process of establishing ourselves as an independent non-profit organization in Maryland.
The mission of Maryland Romance Writers is to promote excellence in romantic fiction and advance the professional interests of career-focused romance writers through networking and advocacy, dissemination of information, professional education, and other appropriate activities, and to provide continuing support for writers within the publishing industry.
To learn more about MRW and how to become a member, visit their website.
We are continuing the conversation about fat representation in fiction! This edition is moderated by Mary Warren, author and founder of www.fatgirlsinfiction.com.
You can find her on TikTok @marywarrenwrites and Instagram @fatgirlsinfiction sharing the news about fat representation in books.
We want to continue the discussion about fat representation in fiction. With this in mind author Cardyn Brooks, our Outreach Coordinator, moderates this Desirable Women of Color panel.
The Write Women Book Fest
Fat Women in Fiction
Desirable Women of Color 2022
With Moderator & Author Cardyn Brooks
TWITTER & INSTAGRAM @CardynBpresents
Cardyn Brooks on Amazon, Facebook, Goodreads, SheWrites, Smashwords, Tumblr
Cardyn Brooks, outreach coordinator for The Write Women Book Fest, is a reading fiend, compulsive writer, swim enthusiast, and inventor. She created the "Trope Spin" and "Literary Canon Fodder" book review columns for MediaDiversified.org, and riffs on bookish topics on BlerdyBingeReader.blogspot.com. She's reviewed books for InDtale.com and currently reviews books for RomanceDailyNews.com. She writes edgier erotic fiction as C. X Brooks (in which the X honors her enslaved ancestors who were forbidden by law to learn to read and write). Her most recent title is When She's on Top by C. X Brooks, published by BlackOpalBooks.com.
Shai August is a country girl with a big imagination, more than a touch of wanderlust and a never-ending desire to live in both an RV traveling the world and a library. Her love language is words of affirmation followed by books, bacon, and bourbon. She's a born and bred Louisiana native, but has lived in ten states and visited forty-two. She is fluent in English, sarcasm, and memes. Her goal is to write face-paced, character driven paranormal fiction for women of color.
Pamela D. Beverly is the author of the contemporary romance novels Relations and The Love Labyrinth, as well as a children's picture book, What if an Octopus Followed Me Home? She writes about down-to-earth characters with regular jobs and lives, attempting to live and love through it all. Her latest, a novella, is titled, A Type of Hunger. You can find her at pameladbeverly.com
Delaney Diamond is the USA Today Bestselling Author of sensual and passionate romance novels. She reads romance novels, mysteries, thrillers, and a fair amount of nonfiction. When she’s not busy reading or writing, she’s in the kitchen trying out new recipes, dining at one of her favorite restaurants, or traveling to an interesting locale. To get sneak peeks, notices of sale prices, and find out about new releases, join her mailing list. And enjoy free stories on her website at delaneydiamond.com.
For Carla de Guzman there is always something new to share with the world through her art and her writing in order to give her readers maximum amounts of kilig. She believes that every person needs a safe space, and she hopes her books provide that too. She is part of #romanceclass, an online community of writers, readers and creators of Filipino romance in English, and will always say yes to a cafe invite.
Jamie Pope is an award-winning romance writer, teacher and boot-buying addict who sometimes goes by the names of Sugar Jamison and Ginger Jamison. When she isn't juggling her split personalities, you can find her hanging out on social media or at authorjamiepope.com
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Stephanie Rabell with Book and Wine Lovers Marketing has some suggestions for last minute gifts for the book lover in your life!
1. Can You Hear Us Now? by Cheryl Benton
Wine Pairing: Wolffer Estates’ Summer in a Bottle Rosé. This tastes exactly how summer would taste; fruity, fresh, and refreshing.
2. The Eves by Grace Sammon
Wine Pairing: Vodka all the way! Grey Goose is my favorite vodka, it is extremely smooth and delicious!
3. Thine Eyes of Mercy (Birth of the Fae Book Two) by Danielle Orsino
Wine Pairing: Bodega Aleanna’s El Enemigo Malbec. This wine is rich, concentrated, and full-bodied with flavors of spice, blackberry, black cherry, and pepper.
4. Sledgehammer (Dirty Boys Do It Better Book Two) by Jc Jaye
Wine Pairing: WeldWerks Brewing Co. Juicy Bits IPA Beer. Nothing to say, but juicy!
5. Ignite (The Terrible Love Memoirs) by Marie Whishert
Wine Pairing: 7 Deadly Wine 7 Deadly Zins; it's a Zinfandel, medium bodied.
6. Champagne Widows by Rebecca Rosenberg
Wine Pairing: Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut Champagne. The perfect and only choice to drink while reading this book.
7. The Secret of Jaipur by Alka Joshi
Wine Pairing: Cascinetta Vietti Moscato d’Asti. Sweet and delicious. Notes of peaches, candied ginger; goes excellent with Indian food, especially lamb curry.
8. The Best of No Small Thing and Mindful Meditations by Deborah Hawkins
Wine Pairing: Stag’s Leap Winery Petite Sirah 2017. Includes blackberry, blueberry, and hints of walnut. Overall, a lovely, bold flavor.
9. The Stakes Of Faking It by Joanne Rock
Wine Pairing: La Marca Prosecco. This wine has fruity flavors with a sweet and refreshing finish.
10. My Christmas Wish by Jeannie Moon
Wine Pairing: Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio is a nice dry white wine with an aromatic aroma and extreme versatility.
Last Minute Bookish Stocking Stuffer Ideas
We are excited to announce that EC Poetry and Prose will be partnering with The Write Women Book Fest 2022! The group was a big presence at this year's festival and we know they'll add something special to next year's event. We want to thank Patti Ross "little pi" and Terri Simon for doing such an amazing job this year!
To learn more about EC Poetry and Prose visit their website HERE
We were happy to announce this year that Aressa V. Williams is our Poet Laureate. She has closed out the book fest with a poem since the first year and this year she wrote a poem just for us! We are so honored and happy to have her energy and talents as part of what makes our festival special.
September 9, 2021
The Write Women’s Book Fest
The Write Women’s yearly call
Invites eminent word-crafters
Authors, editors, publishers
Diverse literary drafters
Marietta House enchantmentLuscious lawns and rolling hills
Scribes’ choose on-site or virtual
They fellowship, network, make deals
The book festival validatesCreatives showcase word-wares
Memoirs, fiction, poetry, more
Cogent, poignant messages to share
The Write Women’s Book Fest excels
Wordsmith marketplace, writers’ guild
Creatives celebrate word-art
The founder’s noble dream fulfilled
By Aressa V. Williams
The Write Women’s Book Fest Poet Laureate
Aressa Verdell Williams, a retired DC Public School teacher and a retired Assistant Professor of English at Anne Arundel Community College, is also a teacher consultant, creative writing presenter, and poet. Professor Aressa is an active member of Pen in Hand, Poetry X Hunger, and Poetry Nation. Equally important, the poet accepted the new role as a Literary Leader for the Prince Georges County Arts and Humanities Council.
In the sixth grade, the aspiring message-maker wrote her first book of poems to earn a Girl Scout badge for Creative Writing. Today, Aressa has three self-published books, entitled Soft Shadows, The Penny Finder, and the most recent Pancakes & Chocolate Milk. Her inspiring poems strike universal notes about family, friends, resilience, and hope. Aressa believes that poems are word snapshots of our experiences. Moreover, she defines poetry as word music.
The word-weaver enjoys walking at School House Pond, journaling, and interpreting dreams. Other interests are reading short stories, posing poll questions, and sky-watching. A good day for Aressa includes morning meditation, afternoon tea, and if possible, a nap. The poetess is the proud mother of Aaron Coley and grateful grandmother of Aressa Coley.
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