Opening Hearts Full of Stories (Lake Oswego Review, Oregon)


The women of Afghanistan have many stories to tell, but they have not always had the opportunity to tell them. Now that situation is changing, thanks to the Afghan Women’s Writing Project. Continue reading on the Lake Oswego Review website.

Breaking Taboos With Our Pens: Afghan Women Shine in New Anthology


If you’ve wanted to hear directly from Afghan women, unfiltered by journalists and uncensored by male relatives, and do so in English, the best place to go since 2009 has been the Afghan Women’s Writing Project (AWWP) online magazine. Twice a week AWWP posts new work that include fresh takes on Afghan current events, as well as personal essays and poems.

The Afghan Women’s Writing Project Anthology Is Beautiful, Brave, and Inspiring All at Once

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We all know that being a writer is hard. Being a woman writer, with all that industry bias and those glass ceilings out there, is even harder. But nothing can quite describe the daring, sometimes terrifying, experience of being a woman writer in Afghanistan — except maybe the words that Afghan women writers produce themselves.

Our Second Anthology Has Arrived!


In works presented both in English and Dari (Afghan Persian), the women speak candidly of their lives and viewpoints, and do so unfiltered by family or news media.  Books may be purchased for $18 each at the AWWP market page.

An AWWP First! Please Support Our Campaign


Now you can show your support for Afghan women and their free expression any time you leave the house. For a donation of $50 or more, a brand-new, first-ever AWWP tote bag will be yours!

Afghan Women’s Poetry and Visual Art Event at the Corcoran in Washington, DC


AWWP in collaboration with the Corcoran Photojournalism Program presents an Afghan poetry reading and visual art event on Saturday May 16, 2015, from 1pm-4pm at Armand Hammer Auditorium of Corcoran School of Arts & Design, 500 17th Street NW, Washington, DC.

Mother’s Day 2015


This year, the Afghan Women’s Writing Project invited the mothers of our writers in Kabul to our offices and Internet café for women to celebrate International Women’s Day.

2015 Campaign for AWWP


We owe so much to our mothers. As you decide how to honor the special women in your lives, consider making a donation in their names to the Afghan Women’s Writing Project.

When Silence Is Not An Option: AWWP Writers Inspire at Nassau Community College in New York

Jillian Campion

On March 9th, AWWP writers Marzia and Mahnaz spoke to students at Nassau Community College as part of NCC’s Women’s History Month program. They wowed the crowd with their writings and their remarks regarding the status of Afghan women as well as their hopes for the future.

Her Force Lives On: Afghan Women Bear Witness to Farkhunda’s Murder with Poetry


As we begin National Poetry Month in the United States, we offer this powerful piece from Stacy Parker Le Melle, who shares the poignant work of poets from the Afghan Women’s Writing Project (AWWP), a program that helps women and girls write about their lives and dreams.