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Monumental Writers to Celebrate Women's History Month


March is Women’s History Month, and it’s a time to highlight, honor and celebrate the vital role of women in American history. Here at Write On!, we’re highlighting a few of our favorite women writers and novelists that have had a lasting impact on the literary world. Let’s kick this off with two writers to celebrate this month!

Maya Angelou 

One of the greatest poets and writers of all time, Maya Angelou continues to inspire writers with her words. Her bestselling memoir, “I Know Why the Caged Birds Sing,” is considered her most famous work and has made literary history as the first nonfiction bestseller by an African American woman. She wrote and published a seven part autobiography series and several collections of poetry and essays. 

Fun facts: 

  • She was the first Black to write a screenplay for a major film release for the movie, Georgia, Georgia which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

  • She was the first female inaugural poet in U.S. presidential history, reciting her poem, "On the Pulse of Morning," for President Bill Clinton's inauguration in1993. 

J.K. Rowling 

I’m sure many of you are familiar with the Harry Potter series. J.K. Rowling is the literary genius behind these novels! The seven book series was a record-breaking success, selling over 500 million copies. J.K. Rowling has also written three companion volumes, she published her first novel for adults in 2012, and also has written several crime novels as well. 

Fun facts: 

  • She actually wrote her first book at age six and her first novel at age eleven!
  • She conceived the idea of Harry Potter in 1990 while sitting on a delayed train from Manchester to London King’s Cross, and spent the next five years mapping out the entire Harry Potter series.

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