Exactly two years ago today See Jane Write began with a small gathering of 14 women at a local Mexican restaurant. We crowded around a table and discussed our writing adventures and aspirations and I asked them what they wanted from a group like See Jane Write. The women there that night I barely knew at the time, but some are now good friends of mine -- women like Chanda Temple, Erin Shaw Street and Karri Bentley. And it's crazy to think that some of See Jane Write's biggest supporters currently -- women like Sherri Ross Walters, Tanya Sylvan, Mandy Shunnarah, Jessica Jack Wyrick, Emily Lowrey, Darlene Robinson Millender, Jennifer Dome and Carol Marks, who has driven all the way from Huntsville to attend events-- are women I hadn't even met two years ago.
The second See Jane Write event -- a Twitter workshop -- drew about 40 people; the next event -- a panel discussion on blogging -- drew about 65. The See Jane Write email list has grown to nearly 300 addresses. And thanks to this wonderful group I've been featured on great websites like Magic City Made and The Cobalt Club and I received the SMART Award, an honor given by the Women's Fund of Greater Birmingham to innovative women in the city.
It's hard to believe that all this has happened in just two years. But I have a feeling that year 3 is going to be even more amazing.
If you'd like to give See Jane Write a birthday gift feel free to do so via the PayPal button to the right. But if you can't spare any extra cash there are other ways I'd love for you to be part of the See Jane Write movement.
Here are my goals for the next year and how you can help.
1. Start magazine.
As some of you already know, I plan to launch See Jane Write Magazine this summer. This will be a blog-style website offering information and inspiration for women writers, bloggers, and journalists worldwide. You can support this project now by following the new Twitter account @seejanewritemag.
2. Create a blueprint.
I've had requests to start See Jane Write organizations in other cities and even other states, which is one of the reasons I decided to start the magazine. But I want to do more. I want to one day be able to offer a detailed blueprint to future See Jane Write ambassadors in different cities. But See Jane Write is only two; she's a toddler that still stumbles when she walks. I need your help in getting See Jane Write where she needs to be before we can start showing her off to the rest of the country.
3. Have a See Jane Write conference.
I would really like to have a See Jane Write conference one day but the idea is so overwhelming it ties my stomach into knots. But with your help, I believe a See Jane Write conference could be fantastic. As author Jen Hatmaker says, instead of being overwhelmed let's be awesome.
If you're interested in helping with any of these projects, please email me at javacia@seejanewritebham.
com. I will be hosting a small planning party in the coming months.
Let's do this!