MuseWrite is a group of professional writers, Michelle Duster, Jen Cullerton Johnson, and Trina Sotira, who are focused on creating a connection between writers and the community, providing a platform for artists to unite in a nourishing environment. Their writing spans from children’s to adult books, fiction and non-fiction which draws from personal, family, or someone else’s history.

In addition to books, they have written for television, marketing, advertising, literary journals, newspapers, and magazines. Combined, the three writers have spoken to dozens of institutions and groups including the Chicago History Museum, Illinois Reading Council, American Library Association, NAACP, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. They were also featured in Ebony Magazine, The Examiner, and a half-hour segment on ABC-7’s Chicagoing with Bill Campbell.

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Alice Walker famously argued that a “woman is not a potted plant.” Whether we choose our paths or plant our own “seeds of change,” women strive to fit in to the skin we are given. In our own words, writers, teachers, and speakers share their stories of finding themselves through shifts–from great to small.


MuseWrite is seeking submissions for an anthology that will focus on stories about major life shifts regarding unspoken needs, social change, community, and defining self. This book will be written by and for women about change.

Submissions can be short stories, essays, plays and poems.  3,000 word maximum.  Submit to by June 1. 2013.