This collaborative effort is an ongoing project started by myself and Jessica of School of Smock. We will be sharing essays on women’s friendship, both our own, and hopefully some of yours! Read on to learn more about this series and how you can submit an essay.
Links to Our Essays:
By Stephanie Sprenger: Introduction to HerStories: Tales of Friendship
By Jessica Smock: How My Grief Twin Helped Me To Mourn
By Emily Tedeschi: From Natural Disaster To the Mall: A Tale of Working Friendship
By Elura Nanos: A Friendship Story: Marissa
By Julie DeNeen: Friendships Form In the Most Unlikely of Places
By Kimberly Bither: Vulnerable and Open to a New Life After Divorce
By Hollie Deline:Friends Are The Family We Choose For Ourselves: My Sole Sisters
By Wendy Heckert: Love Me Friendly
By Carisa Miller: Leslie and Me
By Christine Woodruff: A Dog, Two Families, and Amy
By Dana Hemelt: A Friendship Mourned
By Stephanie Sprenger: An Open Thank You Note To My Friends
By Jessica Smock: What Moms Need To Know About Friendfluence
By Pam Moore: Pen Pals
By Julie Burton: You and Me
By Kate Hall: My Sister, My Friend
By Stephanie Sprenger: Baby Friends
By Nina Badzin: A Case For A Friendship Break
Introduction to HerStories
I recently finished a remarkable book, She Matters: A Life in Friendships by Susanna Sonnenberg. As a writer and a woman who may be a bit obsessed with memorializing life events and people, this book ignited a spark inside me. As I devoured each chapter, I found myself imagining, if I were writing a book about the friendships that were formative in my life, who would I write about? I couldn’t stop thinking about the book, and reflecting on my childhood, college years, and adult life, and the women who were instrumental in shaping me during these years.
I told my friend and fellow blogger, Jessica of School of Smock, how much I was enjoying the book, and she picked it up and also finished it quickly. As it turns out, reading the book evoked the same response in her as it did in me. An idea was born.
We would like to introduce you to:
Female friendship is an extremely rich and complex topic. From the childhood friend who broke your heart to the college roommate who witnessed you at your highest (literally?) and lowest, from the lost friendship that ended bitterly to the devoted companion who is still in your life, from the bond that was forged due to shared grief to the shaky connection born with new motherhood, we would like to explore as many layers of friendship as we can. We want to hear about the friends that have been influential in your lives.
Friendship with other women can be awkward at times; I have often felt like I was going out on a nerve-wracking first date when making new friends. These bonds can be more intimate than marriage, and just as essential to emotional health. Some of us may reveal more of ourselves to our girlfriends than we do to our partners. I believe we get something unique out of each individual friendship, and even those friends who are no longer in our lives are still a part of our history.
With HerStories: Tales of Friendship, we are excited to hear your stories of these relationships, be they lighthearted, gut-wrenching, or somewhere in between. Send your essays to: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will ask for a 500-1000 word essay (approximately) as well as a 2-3 sentence author bio.
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