The Feminine Pen

Book Festival Celebrates Local Women Writers

by Claudia Hartman

Why do women write? What pushes them to pick up their pen or laptop and get words down on the page?

Of course, it might be that writing is their job, such as a blog or technical writing. Others are moved to write because there is something deep inside them that wants to be expressed or healed. Some write to help them make a little more sense of the world. Writing is both cathartic and exploratory; women write to learn, to express, to reflect, to communicate, to educate, to inspire and discover their fullest potential. And some write to take us into a whole new fictional world of their own creation.

Then again, it may be because women readers are relieved to see that we are not so alone in the oddity of our beliefs. It’s reassuring to see the women we thought were so different, and whom we swore would never laugh at the same things, actually do.

WingSpace of Prescott is hosting a small-scale celebration of local authors who have pushed through their barriers to write a book or blog, called The Feminine Pen - Festival of Women Authors, on May 22. This indoor event will feature presentations and signings throughout the day by authors of both national and local acclaim, professional editors, self-publishing trainers, published and self-published exhibitors, book sales, and a social mixer. The book festival is open to everyone who wants to celebrate the written word to meet local writers and other creative people in the community.

Chris and Gena Maselli from Writing Momentum will be giving a workshop on the best way to get your book published today. Do you need an agent? What if you want to see your book at Barnes and Noble? Chris and Gena Maselli have published through traditional, hybrid and self-publishing and helped others do the same. In this workshop, they discuss all three options and which may be best for you.

One of the festival’s featured writers is Nadia Clark, a French tutor and EFT coach. She was inspired to write When Words Take You Down because as a sensitive person she noticed the pain that hurtful words can provoke. In her book she brings attention to those wounds and how to address them with loving care and empathy. Nadia shares her insights on this sensitive topic and the tools she uses as an EFT coach. Her book offers hope and practical solutions to anyone who has been hurt and is seeking healing.

Another local writer, Claudia Hartman, was invited to be part of a collaborative book project called Heroine Tales: So No Woman Has to Slay Her Dragons Alone. In this book 15 women share deeply personal stories of overcoming major obstacles in their lives. These true stories touch on a variety of themes ranging from abuse and mental illness to alcoholism and loss, and how each coped with them. Claudia’s story “Stand Tall” involves her mother’s depression and suicide when she was only 16, and how she dealt with the challenge of that traumatic event.

Other featured local writers will include award-winning writer Melanie Banayat (Stretch Your Brave, Hack Your Story: Break Through Chronic Disease with Storytelling), Betty Parsonage (Creative Journeys/The Healing Powers of the Expressive Arts),Mercedes Ogden (The Gathering of the Clouds), Andrea Ramey (Best New Poems – AZ Writers), Hilary Dartt (Women's Fiction: Nine different titles), Linda King (That Fluffy Bitch), Jenn Flaa (The Happiness Handbook), KathyWilliamson (Emotional Freedom from COVID-19), and Anita Farrelly (Becoming a Warrioristic Woman: Creating Confidence, Boundaries and Peace of Mind).

Browse books for summer reading. You may be inspired to work on your book this summer and join the festival next year!

The first Feminine Pen Book Festival happens on Saturday, May 22 from 10 am to 6 pm at WingSpace Coworking, 371 Garden St. Ste. A, Prescott. For more info check

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