Welcome to Yellow Wallpaper. We are four writers--Karen Burns, Mary Casey, Lynn Wiley Grant, & Christine Johnson-Duell--who meet regularly to write our own fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and memoir. We started this weblog so we can continue and extend our real-life conversations about writing, writers, and our compulsion to make things up.
Why "Yellow Wallpaper"? In Charlotte Perkins Gilman's story The Yellow Wallpaper, a woman who wants to write is told she is ill by her doctor husband and confined to a room. It has yellow wallpaper, which she at first abhors but later befriends, believing women live inside it. She ends up locking herself into the room and throwing the key out the window. Here's what this story says to us: DON'T let your family, job, schedule or responsibilites impede you. Write anyway. DON'T let others define you. Or your writing. DON'T wait to be locked in. Lock yourself in! Finally, whatever room you're in, LOOK for the women in the wallpaper. They are your community.