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Book Giveaway: Mamas Write

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In June and July, we're featuring the work of our Literary Mama editors. This week Profiles Editor Joanne Hartman is giving away one copy of Mamas Write: 29 Tales of Truth, Wit, and Grit.


Deadline to enter:  July 23


Profiles Editor Joanne Hartman is the editor of Mamas Write: 29 Tales of Truth, Wit, and Grit.

The essays in this collection range from finding one’s calling as a writer through adopting a toddler; a tribute to a dying wife; an account of a premature birth; raising a transgender child; the joys of sharing a favorite childhood book. In a concluding interview, authors share funny and heartfelt responses to questions such as: “How does a busy parent make time for writing?” “Why do you write, and where?” “What writing books inspire you?” and “What holds you back from writing?”

Mamas Write is a product of the California-based writer’s group, Write On Mamas, which boasts 40 members from California, Oregon, Minnesota, Maryland, and Alberta, Canada. They meet monthly—both online and in person—to write, read, revise, and share.

To enter the drawing, leave a comment below or email lmblogcontact (at) literarymama (dot) com. Deadline to enter: July 23


Joanne lives with her husband and daughter in northern California. She wrote the Literary Mama column, Mother Angst, for 2 1/2 years and was also a columnist for San Francisco’s J. Prior to motherhood, she worked for a New England public television station on an award-winning feature magazine show, was a reporter and photographer for a sailing magazine, an editor at a wire service, and spent a decade teaching middle school.


The Literary Mama Blog Editor searches for mama-centric news you can use — including information about publishing opportunities and literacy efforts; essays and writing prompts that motivate and inspire; and announcements about events, classes, and workshops. The current blog editor is Rudri Patel; read her bio here.

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These essays sound perfect for me.dealing with issues of parenting sharing a favorite childhood to read other peoples life experiences.
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