The Literary Ladies Guide to the Writing Life site was started in 2012 as an outgrowth of the book of the same name by Nava Atlas, a writer, visual artist, designer — and major book nerd.
Our goal: To be the web’s most comprehensive resource on classic women’s literature, focusing mainly on women who wrote in the English language (plus a few who were translated extensively).
Our mission: To elevate the voices and stature of women writers, and to be inspired by those who came before us. The Literary Ladies’ Guide also honors the contributions of women to literature and literary history.
Our hope: To inspire readers and writers from all walks of life through the lives and words of the women authors of the past, and to help readers discover or rediscover those who have been forgotten or under-appreciated.
The women authors featured on this site have already passed on. Fortunately, there are many more women writing today, so we want to focus on the achievements of classic authors who paved the way for today’s writing women.
Some of our most popular features:
- Writing tips from classic authors: Advice that’s timeless!
- Dear Literary Ladies: Similarly, a classic author “answers” questions and dilemmas about the writing life
- The Literary Ladies Almanac: Birthdates and other literary anniversaries featuring the authors on this site
- Film and stage adaptations of classic novels: Sometimes the movies and plays are well known, but not the authors behind them
- Literary Musings: Wide-ranging topics about literature as it pertains to our classic authors, their lives and work. Book round-ups, literary friendships, fascinating facts, and lots more
Our Wish List: We need contributions of content! For now, this would be on a volunteer basis, as the site is not yet monetized. As a thank you, contributors will get a signed copy of The Literary Ladies Guide to the Writing Life book (see above).
A large part of our Wish List is comprised of the authors who need main pages on the site, plus a slew of other topics for those who’d like to contribute and need prompts. Full instructions on how to create these main pages are at the top of this aforementioned list. This isn’t Wikipedia or a final exam; posts should be reliable, but you don’t need to cite sources nor adopt an academic tone!
We’d also love to expand our offerings on book-adjacent topics including literary travel, pioneering women journalists, special libraries and bookstores, and more. If you have ideas of your own, or older articles or essays you’d like to repurpose, pitch me via the content form.
Other ways to get involved
- Share our articles and graphics on your social media pages.
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