Javacia Harris Bowser talks about founding SeeJaneWrite-Birmingham when she couldn’t find the writing group she was looking for.
Javacia Harris Bowser, my guest for Week 3 of the Birmingham Shines podcast, is a writer, teacher and entrepreneur. She’s also a successful blogger and founder of See Jane Write Birmingham networking group for women writers that has turned into a business.
As we learn in episode 3 of Birmingham Shines, Javacia moved to Birmingham several years ago from Louisville, Kentucky to teach English at the Alabama School of Fine Arts. Before
embarking on her teaching career, Javacia worked professionally as a journalist and she continues to do freelance writing work today.
Do one thing every day that scares you.
That’s the inspirational quote that Javacia shared with me when I asked her for something to inspire others to Discover. Grow. Shine.™
If you want to grow, you must be willing to get out of your comfort zone, even just a little bit. When you do, you usually find that it wasn’t so bad after all—especially if you’re taking little steps. No
need to take up hang-gliding. Just send an email to someone you admire and don’t know and invite them to coffee. Take a different route home from work. Or maybe do your grocery shopping in reverse order from your usual routine. It’s pretty clear that Javacia is willing to take her own advice.
When Javacia couldn’t find the type of writing group she was looking for, she decided to start one. The first “official” meeting of See Jane Write Birmingham
was a simple dinner meet-up on March 24, 2011 at a Mexican restaurant in Birmingham.
That meet-up led to a “next event,” which was all about using Twitter to network, connect with others and build a blogging audience. The successful Twitter event led to a blogging workshop and into one-on-one consulting and even bigger events. See Jane Write Birmingham has grown immensely in the four years since that first informal meet-up and today Javacia offers consulting and online courses for women who aspiring writers and entrepreneurs. Find out more about the See Jane Write Birmingham story by listening to episode 3 of Birmingham Shines—if you haven’t already!
What to read…..
Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
Where to eat in Birmingham….
Where to caffeinate in Birmingham….
Church Street Coffee & Books
Goddess by Banks
Anything by Beyoncé
Where to get fit….
Jennifer Dome King: Stellar Fashion and Fitness
I love Jennifer Dome King’s blog Stellar Fashion and Fitness. It has such a great message about body positivity.
Get up early.
I’ll echo this one—I got up before 5 a.m. to start writing this blog post. I’m a big believer in “early to bed, early to rise.” If you know me at all, you probably know how I go on all the time about Ben Franklin!
What makes Birmingham Shine……
The Creative Class
I hope you are inspired by Javacia as I am!