Soapstone: Celebrating Women Writers
Soapstone provides grants to support ad hoc events and short-term study groups that introduce or offer the opportunity to delve into the work of women writers. All events and study groups are open to the public. Events are free of charge; there is a small fee for study groups, with scholarships available.
Small Grants to Support Events and Study Groups
The application process is simple and the time between applying and notification short.
Recent study groups include: "Reading the Poetry of Syvia Plath" led by Kate Gray and "Reading the Poetry of Maxine Kumin" led by Andrea Hollander and Judith Barrington.
Upcoming study groups: "Sappho and her Sisters: Greek and Roman Women Poets" led by Paul Merchant, June 11, June 25 and July 9 from 9:30 to 2:30, TaborSpace. The fee is $82 which includes the book that will be used. Email email@example.com to sign up. "Reading Jane Austen" led by Annie Lighthart. Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12 and Dec. 10, 10 to 1, TaborSpace. The fee is $60. The group will read Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, and Persuasion. Registration will be open starting June 1.
Recent events include "Queen of the Night: An Evening with Shirley Jackson" organized by Karen Munro, with Leni Zumas, Lara Messersmith-Glavin, and Jemiah Jefferson who each read one of Jackson's short stories, along with clever surprises and raffle winners; and our annual International Women's Day Feminist Poetry Reading, organized by Brittney Corrigan McElroy with readings by Leanne Grabel, Kate Gray, Brandi Katherine Herrera, Kaia Sand, Annie Lighthart, and Wendy Willis.
Upcoming events: "Women Writers in Discussion" at Another Read Through Bookstore, organized and moderated by Elisa Saphier. Saturday April 16, from 1:30-3, a discussion with Ellen Urbani, Rene Denfeld, and Karen Karbo about "flawed" women characters, and finding strength in both adversity and imperfection. Saturday June 25, from 1:30-3, a discussion with Liz Prato, Margaret Malone, and Monica Drake focusing on "unlikeable" female characters and publishers', reviewers', and readers' reactions to them.
To be notified about these programs and those of many other literary organizations, sign up for our community email announcements that come out every other week with information about readings, workshops and opportunities for readers and writers in Oregon and Southwest Washington.
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