Episode 158 – Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves!

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Guest: Laura McHale Holland

Sisters Born, Sisters Found

Sisters Born, Sisters Found

Our guest today was Laura McHale Holland editor of Sisters Born, Sisters Found.  Full disclosure, Catharine’s poem is included in the Anthology, which is why she asked Laura to be our guest today.


Sisters Born, Sisters Found: A Diversity of Voices on Sisterhood

Sisters: For many of us “sisters” is a powerful word that evokes a range of deep emotions. The word speaks of bonds like no other and jogs memories of intimate conversations, brutal fights, belly laughs, celebrations, secrets, long walks, solace, betrayal, camaraderie, home.

For the last few years, Laura McHale Holland, has produced events at SISTERS Consignment Couture in Sonoma, Calif., where local authors present readings on the theme of sisterhood. With the blessing of shop owner, Chris Johnson, talented writers (some of whom are pictured in the photo above) have shared memoir, essay, fiction and poetry by and about sisters, either born or found. The readings have been multifaceted, ranging from intense and painful to lighthearted and celebratory. All of the work has been heartfelt and memorable.

This anthology began as an effort to capture some of the magic of those readings and soon grew into something much bigger. This exciting new book contains writings on sisterhood from every continent except Antarctica and features renowned storytellers Laura Simms, Ruth Stotter, John Boe, and Erica Lann-Clark. Also included are memoirists, poets and fiction writers both prominent and newly published. All share unique perspectives on the sister bond.

Word of the week:

From Arlene Miller – our guest in March 2014

And author of the new The Best Grammar Workbook Ever

This is from Arlene’s Miller’s Weird and Wonderful Words Series found on her blog http://bigwords101.com/

kickshaws – noun – A cheap worthless article, trinket.


From Amy Knepper.

“So your narrator is drunk, what story does he tell?”

Tortured Sentences:

Whether it is at, school, home, work, or restaurants, take a look at our environment lets us see a significant number of people being to their smartphones.



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