Daily Archives for: September 7th, 2017

Silences by Tillie Olsen: On Being a Writer and a Mother

Silences by Tillie Olsen (1978), was a series of essays in which this author examined letters and journals of women authors of the past to comment on how personal circumstances affected their creative lives.

Best known for the classic short story Tell Me a Riddle, Olsen reflected on being a writer and a mother. She looked at how marriage and motherhood impacted output and chances for success. Issues of gender and class were central to these meditations.

Fast forward to the present, when many more women writers are successfully combining being a writer and being a mother. Still, it’s not easy, and women are the ones who have to think about it and make such choices. Read More→


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Contemplative Quotes by Eudora Welty

Eudora Welty‘s writing reflected realism in human relationships. Known as a Southern writer, a sense of place was often an important theme in her novels and short stories. She also captured the writer’s life in One Writer’s Beginnings (1984) and On Writing (2002). This author was contemplative and reflective, both in her fiction and nonfiction works, as these thoughtful quotes by Eudora Welty attest.


“It had been startling and disappointing to me to find out that story books had been written by people, that books were not natural wonders, coming of themselves like grass.”


“A good snapshot stops a moment from running away.”


“Write about what you don’t know about what you know.” Read More→


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