Women Writers Accountability Group (WWAG)

Women Writers Accountability Group (WWAG) is a new program to encourage women writers at all levels and in all genres.

Four 10-week sessions take place Tuesday evenings at 7 PM (via Zoom currently) where women writers and aspiring writers gather for informal conversation about writing projects and to set goals for the duration of the session.

Arts at the Palace’s executive director, Elizabeth Douglas, a multi-genre writer and published author, serves as the program director. WWAG also features guest professional writers to offer a different point of view on creating space and time for writing.

Special thanks to our guest writers for joining us!

  • Session I: Jennifer Brice is the author of Unlearning to Fly (University of Nebraska, 2007; Bison Books, 2010) and The Last Settlers (Duquesne University, 1998). Her essays have appeared in In American Nature WritingThe Dolphin ReaderPloughsharesRiver TeethManoa, Under the Sun, Iron Horse, Permafrost, The Gettysburg Review, and The Sonora Review, among others. She is Associate Professor of English at Colgate University.
  • Session II: CJ Hauser teaches creative writing and literature at Colgate University. Her novel, Family of Origin, was published by Doubleday in 2019, and her novel, The From-Aways, was published by William Morrow in 2014. Her first full length work of nonfiction, The Crane Wife & Other Essays is forthcoming from Doubleday in the US and Viking UK in Spring 2022. Her work has also appeared in Tin House, Narrative Magazine, The Paris Review, TriQuarterly, Esquire, Third Coast, The Kenyon Review, The Guardian, and The New York Times. She holds an MFA from Brooklyn College and a PhD from Florida State University.
  • Session III: Anne Valente is the author of two novels, The Desert Sky Before Us (William Morrow/HarperCollins, 2019) and Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down (William Morrow/HarperCollins, 2016), as well as the short story collection, By Light We Knew Our Names, which won the 2014 Dzanc Prize. Her short stories appear in American Short Fiction, One Story, The Kenyon Review and The Chicago Tribune, and her essays appear in The Believer, Guernica, Catapult and The Washington Post. Originally from St. Louis, she is an assistant professor of creative writing at Hamilton College.
  • Session IV: Sauda Aziza Jackson, originally from Chicago, has been based in NYC since 1993. Over the last two decades she has worked with in many NY-based theatre companies including: Little Lord (Now is the Time); International Wow led by artistic director Josh Fox (Expense of SpiritLimitless Joy); and Sponsored by Nobody (The ArtsBehind the Bullseye). Jackson studied theater at Eastern Illinois University, graduating with a B.A. in Theater Arts. She continued on to The Neighborhood Playhouse summer program (Ron Stetson Scene Study) and finally matriculated to the MFA program in acting at Brooklyn College.

WWAG is not a writing education program but is designed as a supportive community to help women reach their own goals and establish a writing practice. Participants receive a program tote bag and a copy of the book Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg.On December 19, 2021, there will be a reception at the Palace Theater with an optional presentation opportunity for participants from any of the 10-week sessions to read excerpts of their work to friends, family, and community members.

WWAG is open to women 18 years old+ and is free of charge.

WWAG is made possible by a New ERA Women Writers Program Grant from the Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation.