Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The 2012 Aroho Day Conference for Women Writers (Austin, Texas)

Post date: Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Date: 6 October 2012

The second biennial AROHO Day Conference for Women Writers 2012 will take place in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, October 6th. We welcome all women writers, and want to extend a special welcome to LGBT writers and writers of color.


Austin’s second biennial AROHO Day Conference for Women Writers will take place Sat., Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Casa De Luz, 1701 Toomey Road.

The conference invites women writers to gather for creative inspiration and artistic development, offering workshop sessions in fiction, poetry, screenwriting, spoken word performance, journaling, and creativity through movement.

Mary Johnson, author of the memoir An Unquenchable Thirst about her years of service as a Missionary of Charity under Mother Teresa of Calcutta—named one of Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2011—will deliver the keynote address. Johnson’s work has been widely featured in O, the Oprah Magazine,, Poets & Writers, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, National Public Radio, and “The Rosie Show,” among others. She is creative director of AROHO retreats.

AROHO is short for A Room of Her Own Foundation, formed in 2000 to support and advance the work of women in the literary and artistic marketplace. Virginia Woolf, one of the foremost modernist literary figures of the twentieth century, famously wrote “a woman must have money and a room of her own, if she is to write.”

Amanda Eyre Ward, author of a short story collection and several novels—most recently CLOSE YOUR EYES, also named one of the best books of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews—will teach a session on structuring the novel.

Donna M. Johnson, author of critically acclaimed memoir Holy Ghost Girl, awarded the 2011 Books for Better Life award and the Mayborn Creative Nonfiction Prize as a manuscript-in-progress in 2007, will lead a session called “Memoir: the Two-Way Mirror.”

ire’ne lara silva, author of poetry collection furia and two chapbooks ani’mal and INDíGENA, will guide participants to tap into inner creative resources in her session “Gritos: On Finding the Sources of Our Voices.” Silva is Co-Coordinator for the Flor De Nopal Literary Festival and leads the Voz te Viento discussion series on diabetes, illness, healing, and creativity.

Liz Belile, writer, performer, mother and yoga teacher—and perhaps best known as contributor and editor of the anthology Gynomite: Fearless, Feminist Porn—will lead an experimental, experiential workshop combining yoga (no experience necessary) with spontaneous writing exercises. Belile’s session is called “Lit from Within: Breathe Move Write.”

Debby Wolfinsohn, screenwriter of independent feature film "Nowhere" and short film "Dogslife," will work with participants to polish their TV and film scenes, discuss the pitching process and show video clips in “Writing Great Scenes for TV and Film.”

Sheila Black, poet, veteran editor, and recently hired executive director of Gemini Ink, will lead “Five Little Poetry Projects: A Craft Workshop.”

Lyrical artist Jennine "Doc" Krueger along with her teammates recently won second-place at the National Poetry Slam 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina—the largest team performance poetry event in the world. Krueger brings a vast breadth of experience and talent performing her poetry for audiences across the U.S. to her session “From Page to Stage: the Art of Spoken Word.”

Ramona Reeves, writer-in-residence for Badgerdog Literary Press in Austin, produced the first biennial AROHO Day Conference for Women in 2010. Reeves will lead conference attendees on an experiential hike with exercises designed to heighten sensory awareness as a method of revision in her session “Journaling the One Into Twenty.”

Writers won’t want to miss the discussion panel on Literary Publishing, which will include seasoned literary editor Sheila Black and editors from Texas-based literary journals Bat City Review and Gulf Coast.

Registration for the day conference is $110, with proceeds benefiting A Room of Her Own (AROHO) Foundation. For more information or to register for the conference, go to

A Room of Her Own Foundation (AROHO), is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed in 2000 to support and advance the work of women in the literary and artistic marketplace. It has expended more than $600,000 on behalf of creative women through its Gift of Freedom Awards, Orlando Prizes, scholarships, retreats, public readings, Day Conferences, Book Club, and web-based resource center.


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