It is with a great deal of pleasure I found myself in the midst of this battle about sexuality and women’s rights. August is a great example of women and writers I’m honored to know and respect.
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” — Anne Frank
As you may have heard, the Ozarks Writers’ League conference coming up the weekend of February 21 was booted from its venue of 30 years this week, largely because I’m set to speak there.
My topic? Cultivating self-confidence for increased success. Not exactly controversial. My advocacy for female sexual empowerment, however, apparently is. The venue heads also disapproved of award-winning author Velda Brotherton‘s workshop on writing sex scenes. The conference program has never before been questioned or analyzed, but this one’s theme, Celebrating Women Writers, invited scrutiny.
“Doesn’t that make you mad?” an acquaintance asked me when she read the news. “I’d be so offended!”
Nope, I replied. It’s unfortunate that OWL had to scramble for a new venue, as they successfully did, but the venue’s response merely illustrates the importance of the kind of work I and…
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