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WNBA-SF "Womens Fiction" panel

WNBA-SF Womens Fiction panel, 3-29-14: (l-r) Marsha Toy Engstrom, Rayme Waters and Anita Amirrezvani

I just wanted to say…Congratulations to everyone connected to another successful Meet the Agents, Editors, and Publishing Consultants WNBA-SF* Event!

WNBA-SF’s  Annual Pitch-O-Rama gave Women’s History Month a grand send off and even took place in the historic Women’s Building in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District.

This event is a rare opportunity to pitch to some of the best publishing professionals in an intimate, informal setting. The rom was buzzing with lots of energy as aspiring authors sought the advice and encouragement from industry professionals. WNBA-SF has witnessed the launching of many writing careers from conversations started at this event.

Immediately following our two-hour pitch session was a panel discussion with audience participation on the topic of Categorizing “Women’s” Fiction:  Helpful or Hurtful?  Women’s fiction…not simply books written by women…books that get into a female character’s head and heart! Directly focusing on what gets into a woman’s head about what’s going on in her life, and delving deeply into her relationships and her emotions. The panel was  moderated by WNBA-SF member/author Rayme Waters, with Book Club expert and blogger, Marsha Toy Engstrom, and acclaimed historical fiction author, Anita Amirrezvani.

I have to say in full disclosure that I have been a member of this national organization for almost as long as I’ve been a resident of California. It has been a source of encouragement, inspiration, friendship and support on my journey as a writer. I would encourage anyone who is interested in writing and reading to consider joining today. And if there isn’t a a chapter near you…become a Network member with the many on-line benefits.  

The Women’s National Book Association, established in 1917, before women in America even had the right to vote. WNBA is a vibrant national organization. There are chapters with individual Active Members in ten cities, individual Network Members across the country, numerous corporate Sustaining Members, and chapter Honorary Members in the world of books and beyond. WNBA is a broad-based non-profit organization with some 800 members across the country, three distinguished national awards, and a history of lively events in chapter cities and elsewhere.



About Mary E. Knippel

Mary E Knippel, Writer Unleashed and the founder of Your Writing Mentor supports women to take pen in hand to unleash their story worth writing...to leverage their impact through their stories...reclaim their voices...to polish their words so that they sparkle and shine from the start...and go from making dinner to making a difference. Contact her at mary (at) yourwritingmentor.com.