Write Like a Girl


Why I’ve Never Written about My Battle with Depression — Until Now

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 16.2 million Americans ages 18 or older had at least 1 episode of depression in 2016 and a 2016 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that suicide rates in the United States increased from 1999 to 2014 for everyone between the ages of 10 and 74.

Write Like a Girl: Nelle

Though women have made great strides in the literary world there is still work to be done.

Commencement Address

Permission to begin again By Javacia Harris Bowser Graduation season is upon us. In the months of May and June graduating seniors across the country will find themselves listening to speeches meant to help them tackle their futures fearlessly (or fearfully, if the speaker takes the shock and awe approach). But are they really listening?… Read More

Reading in Tandem

Silent Book Club is making noise in Birmingham. By Javacia Harris Bowser // Photo by Megan Tsang Hand Good writers read good writing—I say this a lot, especially when people ask me what they can do to improve their writing skills. But lately, I feel like a hypocrite. Because I am an English teacher I read all… Read More

Introducing the Magic City Poetry Festival

Bringing poetry to the people
By Javacia Harris Bowser // Photo by Cathleen Chambless

7 Things to Do at 37. Or any age.

By Javacia Harris Bowser

I believed the lie.

Resolutions for Writers Who Teach

Resolutions for Writers Who Teach Practice what you teach. By Javacia Harris Bowser Like most dreamers, I set goals and make resolutions every New Year. But as a dreamer, as a writer, who also teaches I make resolutions every August, too, at the start of the new school year. These resolutions focus on how I… Read More

December Is the New January

Resolve Yourself By Javacia Harris 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, HAPPY NEW YEAR! For as long as I can remember New Year’s Eve has been my favorite holiday. Not Christmas, not Valentine’s Day, not even my birthday can compare. Even as a kid, years before I was old enough to celebrate the start of a… Read More

Empowering Women

By telling her story. We women are our own worst critics—if you’re a woman, you’ve probably heard this before. And maybe this statement made you angry because you disagree. Or maybe it filled you with sorrow because you can say from first-hand experience that it’s true. When Mary Beth Gore heard this statement while watching… Read More

The Little Press That Could 

A New Beginning for Red Camel Press You could say that Liza Elliott thinks like a rock star. “Just like a musician can set up their own production company to write, produce, and sell their music, I thought, why not authors?” Elliott says. So six years ago she started Red Camel Press, a small publishing… Read More

Vive Les Conteurs

Where writers meet to be writers
By Javacia Harris Bowser // Photos by Amy Dobelstein