Women of Words: Local Group Provides Support System for Writers at All Levels

Women of Words, otherwise known as WOW, was started in 1994 by five women writers. There are now four chapters of WOW throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Author Kate Shannon joined the group in 2013, and has found great success. “It’s a community for all literary efforts,” she says.

It’s about more than just writing. Along with authors—both published and aspiring—the group welcomes editors, bloggers, poets, designers and women in radio, to name a few fields. The goals of WOW are to offer guidance and expand opportunities for women at all writing levels who want to promote their words and wisdom. Women are given equal opportunities to share what they are working on and critique is only given upon request

Author Megan Bearce is a Maple Grove resident, licensed marriage and family therapist, published author and WOW member. Her book, Super Commuter Couples: Staying Together When a Job Keeps You Apart, was published before Bearce joined the group in fall 2014, but she says the group was helpful in giving her marketing strategies. “It’s a nice combination of professional and personal advice,” she says. “There’s a wide range of people and [variety] of backgrounds that make it very supportive and very inspiring.”