AWWP Reading in Ridgewood, NJ on April 7th


A selection of poems, essays, and stories by participants of the Afghan Women’s Writing Project will be read by audience members, AWWP staff and volunteers, and special guests. AWWP believes that to tell one’s story is a human right, and this work testifies to the bravery of Afghan women and to the power of their words. Author and AWWP founder Masha Hamilton will also read from her latest novel What Changes Everything. Admission is free.

The Indomitable Spirit of Afghan Women Writers

Phil Latham of the News Journal (Longview, TX), praises AWWP’s Marzia at the recent Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference in Seattle.

International Women’s Day, March 8 2014


The work presented here was written by AWWP writers in honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2014. Please click to read all of the pieces.

AWWP Writing Reprinted in Tethered By Letters

The literary journal, Tethered By Letters, has reprinted several pieces by AWWP writers in their Winter 2014 edition. Thanks to TBL Editor—and AWWP mentor—Dani Hedlund for sharing with her readers. 

Love, Forgiveness, and Pens with Blue Wings: A Curriculum

AWWP Workshop Director Stacy Parker Le Melle has published an article about the AWWP/Fetzer Love and Forgiveness Campaign for the Huffington Post.

The AWWP Love and Forgiveness Curriculum Is Here!


Lessons from Afghanistan: A Curriculum for Exploring Themes of Love and Forgiveness is hot off the presses and ready to be shared. A collaborative project of the AWWP and the Fetzer Institute’s Campaign for Love and Forgiveness, we seek teachers, writing group leaders, and facilitators of all stripes and interests who might be interested in exploring the lessons crafted by educators Elisabeth Lehr and Suzanne Scarfone. We provide the curriculum free of charge.

Afghan Girls Speak Their Minds Through Poetry

Schoolgirls in Afghanistan are too often told to be quiet, to keep their thoughts to themselves. Worse, many are sold or traded into early marriage or kept from school to help run the home. A group of students in Kabul fights on behalf of all Afghan girls by spending hours each week working in online writing workshops to craft poems and stories in English to share with readers around the world.

Another Review of AWWP Reading in Queens, NY

Sarina Trangle reviewed the January 13 AWWP evening at Richmond Hill library in Queens, NY. Her review was published in the Times Ledger on January 20, 2014.

Review of AWWP Reading in Queens, New York

A review of the January 13, 2014 AWWP event at the Richmond Hill Library, Queens, by Bianca Fortis, published January 16 on The Forum South and West.

Afghan Women’s Writing to Be Discussed

An article by Luis Gronda published in the Queen’s Tribune (New York) about the upcoming AWWP reading at the Richmond Hill Library on Monday, January 13.