Judith's Room is a creative writing community, providing space for women to write, grow and be supported as they develop as writers in the disciplines of fiction, poetry, life and travel writing.
We recognise that for many women who are juggling multiple roles at work and at home, finding the confidence and encouragement to write and the means to pursue their creative ambitions can be challenging and problematic. All too often we can feel like our identities as writers aren't taken seriously, or, worse, we end up undervaluing our own skills and achievements by not feeling 'good enough'.
Here at Judith's Room we hope to empower you as women and writers, to take pride in your talent and achievements, to be ambitious, and to celebrate our journey through life as mothers, daughters, sisters and friends.
We welcome women of any age and any level of experience, from people taking their first tentative steps, to up-and-coming writers, and successfully published authors.
Our name takes its inspiration from the Virginia Woolf essay 'A Room of One's Own', in which she suggests that "a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction". In her essay, Virginia uses the fictional character of Shakespeare's sister Judith to explore issues surrounding the talent and potential of women writers and the difficulties they have faced. Judith may have been as equally gifted as her brother but as a woman of the time would not have been allowed to write or be published. She left for London to try her luck, but ended up dead on a roadside, just another Anon: another forgotten female literary giant that never was.
Here we hope to take up the mantle in Judith's name, providing you with a room of your own and all you need to grow as a writer, and fighting for the end of creative dreams left to die on the roadside.