In 1929, Virginia Woolf argued for the need for women to have a place of their own in which to write. She understood that women, because their lives were tethered to children, housework, and husbands, were thwarted creatively. Without fighting for the right to the time and space to express themselves, they were doomed always to sit on the margins of the arts, never fully participating.
It’s almost 100 years later, and much has changed. But much has stayed the same. It’s still hard to find writing time. It’s still hard to wean ourselves away from the daily challenges and demands of friends, family, work, to make time to put pen to page, to craft our stories, to share our truths. And sometimes it takes great courage to cut loose from the everyday and retreat to a world where writing holds primacy of place.
This is the invitation, however, to make a room of one’s own–sometimes in little pockets of time–just a few minutes a day, a few hours a week. Or, and this is the most important of all, to gift yourself real, extended time to write and share in community, with other women who long to do the same.
Please join me for the Women’s Writing Experience, a Women’s Writing Retreat, June 8-10, in Santa Cruz California. For more information contact: email@example.com. Phone Number: (415) 484-8993 or (415) 484-8WWE.
This year, don’t put aside that writing project. Make room to write.