S150. So You Want to Build a Platform: But What is It & Why Do You Need One? Women Writers & Editors Speak Out

Room 608, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Saturday, March 1, 2014
10:30 am to 11:45 am


While women’s voices are underrepresented in print publishing, online activism can balance the scales. Cultivating an online presence is not as easy as DIY and shameless self-promotion tales make it look. Creative thinkers, to highlight minority and emerging voices, develop unique online resources to build ever-expanding communities and celebrate accomplishments. Panelists explore empowerment, utility of web-based writing, maintaining professionalism, and ways to keep viewers returning and sharing.



Sheila McMullin received her MFA from George Mason University. She runs the feminist artists' and resource website Moon Spit Poetry. She is an intern for VIDA, after-school creative writing, and college prep instructor, and social outreach partner for Kirkridge Retreat. She blogs for So To Speak.

Molly Gaudry is the author of the verse novel We Take Me Apart, which was named 2nd finalist for the 2011 Asian American Literary Award for Poetry and shortlisted for the 2011 PEN/Joyce Osterweil. She teaches at the Yale Writers' Conference and is the creative director at The Lit Pub.

Rosebud Ben-Oni is the author of Solecism, a poetry collection. She is a graduate of the Women's Work Lab at New Perspectives Theater. She was awarded a CantoMundo Fellowship in 2013. She is co-editor for Her Kind, an online literary forum for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.

Sheryl Rivett is a Sally Merten Fellow and currently studying fiction at GMU. She is the blog editor for So to Speak. Her nonfiction has appeared in various print and online publications.

Arisa White is a Cave Canem fellow, the author of Post Pardon, Hurrah’s Nest, and A Penny Saved, an advisory board member for Flying Object, and co-editor for Her Kind, an online literary community powered by VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.


March 8–11, 2023
Seattle, Washington

Washington State Convention Center