Oral Stories Project 6: Ramadan (July 2014)


In this sixth feature in our Oral Stories series, AWWP writers went into the streets of Afghanistan’s major cities to gather the stories of poor and illiterate Afghan women during this holy month of Ramadan, which began on June 27th.

Oral Stories Project 5: Maternity and Childbirth in Afghanistan (July 2014)


Afghanistan has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the world, according to the World Health Organization, whose statistics show one in eleven Afghan women die from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Who is to blame?

Afghan Runoff Election


Voters in Afghanistan return to the polls on Saturday, June 14, 2014 to cast ballots in the runoff election between two men who seek to become president for the next five years.

Bring LA and Kabul Together in Poetry and Song


Maryam Zar previews the AWWP fundraiser at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles on Sunday, May 18th in the Huffington Post.

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.