The Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) hosted The Afghan Women’s Writing Project (AWWP) last Saturday afternoon at the Temescal Branch Library in Oakland. A small, but enthusiastic group attended. The AWWP was founded in 2009 by American author and journalist, Marsha Hamilton. The project provides women writers in Afghanistan to join together in secure, online workshops and are mentored by American professional writers and educators. A curriculum for personal exploration and reflection on the themes of love and forgiveness was designed to assist groups and individuals to explore their personal relationships through writing.
The curriculum provides a rich array of weekly material from which facilitators can choose what is best suited to their groups’ goals for self and social reflection. The Afghan participants want to write and find that it helps to release their feelings regarding the extreme difficulties they’ve had in their lives. If anyone is interested in supporting the project or for working as a teacher or in some other capacity, or if one would like to receive the poems and essays that are published each week, go https://awwproject.org
Photo by Teresa LeYung Ryan
November 1st at the Temescal Branch Library in Oakland, Lori Noack will discuss how the Afghan Women’s Writing Project provides a platform for Afghan women to share the stories of their lives. She is the Executive Director, Marketing and Development, and brings to the Afghan Women’s Writing Project several years of writing, editing, arts management, and nonprofit leadership experience as executive director of the Sunriver Music Festival (Oregon) and Midsummer Mozart Festival (San Francisco), editor of the Sunriver Scene; founder of Lori Noack Arts Management and of the Written Word. In 2009, she earned her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of San Francisco.
*The Afghan Women’s Writing Project was founded in 2009 in defense of the human right to voice one’s story. Online writing workshops partner international writers, educators, and journalists with English-speaking women in six Afghan provinces. Poems and essays are published each week at awwproject.org.
*Founder of AWWP Masha Hamilton was the winner of the 2010 Women’s National Book Association Award! “Her activism reveals the depth of Masha’s commitment to the world of literacy and books beyond her own career. She is a sterling example of what the WNBA Award truly intends to honor—meritorious work in the world of books beyond her profession,” states Valerie Tomaselli, WNBA New York Chapter President.
We five Women’s National Book Association board members enjoyed an afternoon at Barb and Rich Santos’ home along with other writers and friends from the San Francisco Writers Conference.
From left to right, WNBA President Kate Farrell, Secretary Julaina Kleist-Corwin, Webmaster Linda Lee, Social Media Manager Frances Caballo, and Membership Chair Jane Glendinning.
The San Francisco Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association seeks to create a network within our local literary community while promoting literacy, a love of reading, and women’s role in the world of words. I’m happy to be a member and their new secretary. If anyone is interested in joining our chapter, go to http://www.wnba-sfchapter.org.