We are not the first Mutual Admiration Society. We borrow our name from a group of women at Oxford in the early 1900s who studied at Somerville College before the university would even officially award degrees to women. In 1912, six or so of these women, including Dorothy Sayers, began meeting together every week to share their work—their poems, plays, short stories, and essays—with each other. Some of them continued corresponding and collaborating for the rest of their lives.
The women of the M.A.S. believed deeply in each other’s work, challenged each other, promoted each other, and spurred each other on in their writing. We believe in their sharing economy—that by working together, sharing our resources and connections, we can all accomplish more than we could by ourselves.
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