Philly SheWrites birthday bash was a success

This week the Philadelphia contingent of SheWrites marked the first birthday of It was a small group with diverse writing interests. The event began with introductions and connections. As the conversation progressed we found that there were ways we could help each other in our business, writing process, strategy and creative approach.

Fairly early on one of the participants asked, “How do you use SheWrites?” It turned out that one participant is new to SheWrites, and two others have only visited the site once or twice. That’s when I began to evangelize. I told them of all the ways SheWrites has helped me as an emerging writer.

Now maybe I’m really good at this. Or, maybe I was so self-depricating the participants felt bad for me. Either way, everyone seemed to relax and have a good time. Everyone walked away with contact information and new ideas. And, I had an excuse to go to the bookstore and buy a SheWriter’s book. I’d say it was a good time had by all.

Head to a She Writes birthday bash near you

On June 29, She Writes, the largest community and resource for women writers online, will celebrate its one-year anniversary.

Since the launch of She Writes, with 40 founding “alpha” members, including Amy Sohn, Hope Edelman, Katha Pollitt, Gretchen Rubin, and Alix Kates Shulman, growth has been explosive. The site now boasts nearly 10,000 members from 30 countries and all 50 states, including well known writers like A.M. Holmes, Francine Prose, Kathryn Harrison, and Jacquelyn Mitchard.

To celebrate the one-year anniversary on June 29, local groups will host meet ups in 16 cities—including London, Nashville, St. Louis, Austin, San Francisco and New York. In addition, She Writes founders Kamy Wicoff and Deborah Siegel will announce a contest, The Passion Project, open to an emerging author and member of She Writes who has a non-fiction project in the works.

Click here to find a meetup near you in one of the cities listed below:

Orlando, Florida! (our latest city)
Chicago, IL
St. Louis, MO
Denver, CO
Portland, OR
Seattle, WA
San Francisco, CA
Central Coast, CA
Philadelphia, PA
Austin, TX
Nashville, TN
New York, NY
Washington, D.C.
Boston, MA
Madison, WI
Los Angeles, CA

If you can’t attend a local meetup, connect with other SheWriters on Blogtalkradio.

The site was founded by Wicoff, a Columbia MFA in Creative Nonfiction, in partnership with Siegel, a PhD in English and American literature. “As authors ourselves, we know how much heavy-lifting writers are expected to do when it comes to marketing and promoting their books,” said Wicoff. “She Writes changes that, providing a place where writers can help each other, and find curated services and support.”

She Writes offers one-on-one consulting by a hand-picked team of experts in publishing, book marketing, social media, website design, agent-advisement, editorial advice, author photography, and more. Members have already organized themselves into over 200 groups based on geography, affinity, genre, and profession, with new groups forming constantly.

Epilepsy? Yep, there’s an app for that.

There are apps to find the best restaurant or to find you when you’re lost, but an app for epilepsy? Now that just blows my mind. In a two second Google search, I found links to information on at least three apps relating to epilepsy. Here’s what I found:

First, there’s the one launched by The National Society for Epilepsy (NSE), which promises to offer essential first aid information, including a step by step guide to the recovery position, along with information about epilepsy.
Get Epilepsy Guide

Next, there’s the one launched by called My Seizure Diary. The promote it as a state-of-the-art, comprehensive data-gathering and reporting tool designed to improve epilepsy care.
Get My Epilepsy Diary

Then, there is the Epilepsy Detector which is an accelerometer based mobile phone application that uses advanced signal processing to detect epileptic seizures.
Get Epilepsy Detector

There are probably even more apps for epilepsy out there and in development. I can’t wait to see what’s next.

Check out Epilepsy by the Numbers

A friend said to me, “I can’t wait to learn more about who has epilepsy when I check out your blog.”

GULP. I realized I didn’t have information on who has epilepsy on my blog.

In response to that perfectly reasonable request, I have created a page called “Epilepsy by the Numbers.” It provides statistics that may surprise my friend (and most readers) along with a little commentary to give a frame of reference to the numbers.

Take a look and let me know what you think. And let me know of any other gaping holes. I will happily fill them in.

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