Gathering Stories

2020, a whirlwind that just won’t stop. In keeping others safe, we’ve had to sacrifice rambling dinner conversations, public readings, writing workshops, and most importantly being close, gathering, hugs. It’s a lot to carry, and I hope that you all know that you are part of a community here at Storyknife.

Storyknife lost an advisory committee member, the world lost an amazing writer, and I, and so many others, lost a good friend last week. Sherry Simpson passed away unexpectedly, and the outpouring on social media and over phone lines showed how much one person can mean to so many. Sherry was an incredible teacher, writer, and friend. There will never be another like her, and here at Storyknife, we will miss how her advice was always to do what was kindest and most supportive for women writers.

A loss like this emphasizes our interconnectedness as people and writers. We are a community of voices when it can feel like all the world is trying to tell us that we are alone. In November, in order to celebrate this interconnection I’m gathering together stories to share with you through newsletters and social media. There’s still time to send one in…

Will you send me one lovely paragraph that:

  • recommends a really good book by a woman writer, or
  • tells us about a woman writer that has made a difference in your writing or reading life, or
  • contains an inspiring quote by a woman writer, or
  • tells us about what your writing means to you.

If you’re a writer, include your website or social media account details.
Send it to

We are so grateful to all of you for being part of the Storyknife community. Truly, remember that your story matters, your writing matters, your voice matters.

(And while we’re on that subject, YOUR VOTE MATTERS. Make sure you get to the polls either through the mail or in person.)

Be safe, be well, take care of yourselves,
Storyknife Executive Director

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