About Women Writers School

Women Writers School is dedicated to gaining more attention and accolades for women writers. After all, we do the majority of the reading, writing and studying of literature. To this end, we run courses, webinars, online events and a Twitter account dedicated to promoting writing by women. We consider our work to play a part in exposing the social consequences of patriarchy, which we see as a pervasive system with negative effects for people of all genders and backgrounds.

Here are some highlights of our work so far:

  • Teaching courses on DIY online marketing with a friendly, supportive atmosphere.
  • Running a Twitter chat on women’s writing that has been written up in The Guardian, BookRiot, The Bookseller, Stylist Magazine and other press including an interview on Irish National Radio.
  • Founding a network of former students and other colleagues that has been continuously running for three years.

Women Writers School is also an alternative to the study of creative writing at university. As an online learning provider, we can provide flexibility and much lower costs of study. Our students only need to have a good internet connection to attend our courses and events.

About Laurie Garrison

Laurie Garrison is a former academic, a writer of historical fiction and a supporter of women writers. Through Women Writers School, she is working to promote women writers of the past and present. Her manifesto for Women Writers School, written and published in 2016 was described by The Guardian as ‘hearteningly radical.’

In her former career as a university lecturer, Laurie’s publications were reviewed in the TLS and shortlisted for the international ESSE award. She was regularly commissioned to give talks on her research and has more recently spoken at literary festivals. Laurie’s lecture on forgotten Victorian women writers at Ilkley Literature Festival was delivered to a sold-out crowd. She has a popular piece forthcoming in the Dangerous Women collection with Unbound and she is currently drafting a novel about William Morris’s 1871 trek around Iceland. More links to her work can be found here.

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