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Focus on Female Creativity

Help us celebrate the Baltimore Museum of Art’s 2020 Vision initiative and share the story of an artist, a caregiver, a frontline worker, a mentor, or friend in our living mosaic honoring female creativity and the women who have inspired you!

In honor of Sally Bernaethy and Jacqueline Sheehan

Mentorships of writer Harriet Rogers Jacqueline Sheehan This NYT bestselling author is one who believes in giving back to her community. When I first started writing, she was an established author. I found her books on my Nook listing and then discovered that she lived close by. I was still in Western Massachusetts then and she was sponsoring a Writer’s Night Out through Straw Dogs Writer’s Guild. She invited me to attend and I discovered the art (and fear and terror) of speaking and reading one’s work in public. This is a very necessary skill for a writer and Jacqueline has helped so many of us find a receptive audience to try out and hone this skill. She also has willingly read and critiqued manuscripts of many emerging authors, myself included. The first steps are always the most difficult in any artistic endeavor. Jacqueline has made those steps so much easier for so many of us. Sally Berneathy Laughter is necessary to the soul of each and every human being. I was struggling with my writing and I really needed to laugh. I started going through the free books on the internet and found Death by Chocolate. Since I was also using a fair amount of chocolate chip cookies to get through my writer’s crisis, I started reading. And started laughing. I reached out to the author, Sally Berneathy, and discovered that she is very supportive of new Indie authors. She read my books and proceeded to push me forward to get them up online and actually published. Of note is that both of us are women of age. She is 75 and I’m 73. No one retires anymore, we just change direction. She was a computer programmer and I was a Main St. retail store owner. I am from Massachusetts, finally making the move to Baltimore. She is from Kansas. In this time of uncertainty, laughter is one thing that can’t be cured but can cure so much. Sally helped me laugh my way through the trials of becoming a published author. I have a photo of Sally also but I'm not sure if you will take two. Let me know.

Shared by Harriet Rogers — BMA Member

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