The latest issue of Lilith (spring 2009) features an excellent article about Jewish women's writing groups. From the table of contents: "From Austin to Boston and everywhere in between, Jewish women in writing groups are learning to take seriously their skills, themselves, and the bonds that emerge from these homegrown groups. The groups have become safe, intelligent places full of debate, ribaldry, neurosis, semi-colons, and food. Edited by Susan Schnur, with reports from the field by Karen Propp, Shelly R. Fredman, Mara Sokolsky, Esther Mizrachi Moritz and Michelle Brafman."
All the contributions are worthy, but I have to confess that reading Michelle Brafman's dispatch from Washington, D.C., I found myself envying the structure provided through the local JCC, which annually sponsors a four-day writers' retreat. Brafman, who is on the faculty, tells us that after completing the retreat (where the fabulous Faye Moskowitz also teaches), "participants are eligible to join the ongoing writers' workshop that meets every six weeks at the JCC." How wonderful does that sound?
And guess what? Lilith has made the article available for download (and discussion). Click here to be on your way.