Women Writers Network on Twitter


Follow Us on Twitter @womenwritersnet

The Women Writers Network is a small-ish group of women writers working collaboratively and on a volunteer basis to promote our books and other writing.

We are keen to make women’s writing more visible and to raise awareness about the challenges women writers have faced historically and up to the present moment.

As a part of that agenda, we use our Twitter account to support our members and others’ working toward the same goals.

#womenwriters Chat

Our Twitter chats are one of our favorite ways of promoting women writers. We hold an hour live session on a specific topic, usually from 6-7pm BST on a weekday and often with a special guest host.

Our chat got lots of press in 2016: we were in the Guardian Books Blog amongst others and Laurie was interviewed on Irish National Radio. Check out the press page for more links.

To get involved, follow the hashtag #womenwriters and make sure you follow @womenwritersnet on Twitter.

Never attended a chat before? Take a look at these tips for getting the most out of a chat.

We welcome attendees of all genders and backgrounds though the focus will usually be on work by and challenges faced by women and other marginalized writers.

Facebook Group

We discuss upcoming chats, share tips and talk about all things women’s writing in our Facebook Group. We’re always looking for more volunteers to take part in the chats and/or pitch in the manage the Twitter account as well. Head over here to join the group.

Our Volunteers

Gail Aldwin, author of The Paisley Shirt.

Laurie Garrison, founder of Women Writers School.

Rita Gould, blogger and freelance writer.

Helen Taylor, author of The Backstreets of Purgatory.

Past Sessions

12 April 2017: This month we’ll be welcoming guest host Anne Charnock, a supporter of women writers chat from the beginning, to lead the session on science fiction by women writers.

15 March 2017: Poetry by women writers was led by guests Jen Campbell and Afshan Lodhi. We had an especially vibrant set of recommendations this time and you can view the highlights here.

15 February 2017: We’ll be celebrating LGBT History Month with a chat on queer writing by women for our first chat in 2017. Brush up on your favorites and come along to tell us about them!

30 November 2016: We’ll be discussing the best of 2016 and the most anticipated of 2017 in the November chat, the last one for 2016. Come along and tell us about your favorite releases and reads of 2016 as well as the titles you’re most excited to get hold of next year.

26 October 2016: For October, we have a spooky-themed chat guest hosted by writer, editor and publisher of dark fiction by women, Hannah Kate. We want to talk about horror, gothic and other dark fiction as well as the challenges faced by women writing in this genre.

28 September 2016: Writing about Women Writers with guest host Lesley McDowell, author of Between the Sheets: The Literary Liaisons of Nine Twentieth-Century Women Writers. Brush up on your biographies and histories and join us to look at how reputations of women writers have been made and unmade. View the highlights here. 

24 August 2016: DIY online marketing for authors. Bring your best tips and be prepared to learn plenty. We’d love to hear about websites and initiatives that help women writers especially. View the highlights here.

27 July 2016: A group discussion about women writers in translation with guest host Meytal Radzinski, organizer of Women in Translation Month (taking place this August). Come along to tell us all about your favorite women in translation and to get recommendations for new authors to read. View the highlights here.

29 June 2016: A group discussion about our favorite women writers. Come along for a chance to meet us as well as others interested in the topic. View the highlights here.