Six powerful women’s voices in contemporary literature

By Victoria Zackheim

“If you stumbled in off the street tonight, you’d think you’d struck it rich,” Pam Houston, author.

San Miguel Writers’ Conference presents
“Women’s Voices and Their Impact”
Sandra Gulland, Hollye Dexter, Elizabeth Rosner,
Amy Ferris, Suzanne Braun Levine, Victoria Zackheim
Mon, Feb 17, 6pm
Real de Minas Hotel
Open to the public
US$25 or 300 pesos
Tickets available online at

Women’s Voices, a project focused on connecting local writers, writing students and book lovers with nationally and internationally recognized women authors, has been selected to close the 2014 San Miguel Writers’ Conference. After reading from their works—fiction and nonfiction, published and unpublished—Amy Ferris, Suzanne Braun Levine, Hollye Dexter, Sandra Gulland, Elizabeth Rosner, and Victoria Zackheim will open the microphone and conduct a give-and-take with the audience about writing. How to start a project? How to develop characters and plot? Questions about the heart, soul, and process of writing, no holds barred.

“I hit pay dirt! Six talented women authors from around the country were gathered to read from their favorite works. The vitality and soulfulness of this group took us through a myriad of emotions. I left enriched and inspired as a woman writer. Laughter is soul food, and I love that we laughed a lot that night,” Anita Jones, journalist.

Women’s Voices touches a nerve in everyone who writes, who hopes to write, who struggles to find the words, the time, the muse and sometimes the courage. This is an event where the voices of six writers come together like instruments in an orchestra, some powerfully quiet, others powerfully hearty. Whether reading an excerpt from a novel, memoir or poem, sharing a scene from a screenplay or stage play, even the lyrics to a new song, these voices resonate! Their words count.

“We expected vividly authentic writing from the accomplished authors. What we didn’t expect was the sense of community and connection that arises spontaneously each time we do our readings,” Mara Purl, author.

What is it about this program that audiences find so magical? After every reading, whether in a bookstore, library or large conference venue, the energy continues and the audience lingers long after the program has ended. Perhaps it’s because the momentum of the lively and engaging Q&A continues, but program creator Zackheim believes there’s more. “Take this mix of authors who not only love to talk about writing, but remain after the event to meet with attendees to share their thoughts and experiences, and then add men and women who relish the opportunity to meet with authors to delve into their shared love of writing, and you have an evening as memorable as it is inspiring…for the audience and the authors.”

Women’s Voices will expand its presence to the United Kingdom in 2014.

This unforgettable evening is open to the public. Tickets, US$25 or 300 pesos, are available on line at


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