Young Women Writing for (a) Change®
The YWWf(a)C mission is to foster healthy writing communities where words of girls, teens, and young women from all walks of life are nurtured, developed, and celebrated. Our writing circles for young women and girls adhere to an inclusive definition of “girl”/”young woman”. As such our young women’s circles welcome any female identifying person. We are committed to making sure any girl or young woman including but not limited to trans and non- binary young women feel welcome in our community. Please scroll down to see a list of our current program offerings.
Why Must Young Women Find Their Voices? In spite of perceptions that we are evolving as a society in support of young women’s voices, there continues to be an expectation that young women be nice, look good, and behave in ways that support prevailing cultural standards. We continue to live in a world where there are many messages and situations in which girls and young women are devalued. In order to cope or fit in, girls and young women may shut out their inner wisdom and disconnect from true self. In short, they “lose their voice.” We offer a counterpoint to that experience.
Our programs are designed not only to empower the creative writer in each participant, but also to empower each girl’s ownership of her unique experience and point of view. By exploring themes of identity, family, community, and culture, within a structure that allows the freedom to create, girls become more articulate and confident authors of their own lives.
Our goals are to help girls and young women…
- enhance self-esteem
- build skills in creative self-expression
- learn to receive and give honest support
- cultivate deep listening skills
- develop practices for building and keeping community
- seek and recognize role models who inspire creative life choices
- enjoy and appreciate their writing processes
- discover their unique voices
Young Women Writing for (a) Change® is a place where each individual is held within a community of practice through writing, sharing, and presence. Ours is a unique process where clear boundaries allow opportunity for self exploration and expression in a safe and supportive environment.
from young women
“Thank you Young Women Writing for (a) Change. I feel very complete being here. I enjoy being here.”
“…I’m kind of a shy, perfectionist kind of kid, so I was nervous at the beginning. But when I sat on the comfy pillow and welcomed myself into the room, I was so happy I almost cried…”
“As a circle member, I was nervous, but excited to share my words. I loved hearing the other girls’ best pieces.”
“The gift was being able to share my writing with so many people and hearing all that great reading.”
“This is the best class I have ever taken (heart).”
“Gifts: Hearing my lines read back (and hearing all the other girls; Drumming all together Having fun!
“It feels good to stare at my words and know that those were the words people chose as their read back line. It warms my heart.”
from parents and supportive others
“The deep wisdom of these girls rings true in their words, their energy and their growing confidence. This circle of young women writers is such a gift.”
“The freedom and openness provided by this class has been wonderful for my daughter to express herself. Thank you!”
“I am astounded by the higher-level thinking taking place in this room. What an amazing gift this program is.”
“Wonderful outlet for creative energy. You are all such a blessing to these young women.”
“The peace of mind and joy I have in my heart knowing that this camp experience for my daughter has been safe, enriching, soulful, fun, loving, and will stay with her as a flicker of light in her childhood. Thank you.”
“Seeing these daughters grow into confident writers is a real gift. Thank you.”
“Hearing the writers be courageous in sharing their words was a treasure. The drums and music in the beginning brought joyful tears to my eyes. It inspires and motivates me to hear others share their written words.”
Current Classes for Young Women, Teens, and Girls
Writing to Know Ourselves
Who: Teens and Young Women in Middle and High School
When: 4 sessions, the second Sunday of the month, September 10th, October 8th, November 12th, and December 10th 2017; 1pm-4pm
Cost: $120 for the four-part series or $35 per single class
Participants are encouraged to sign up for the series. Once a month, come gather with other writers to tell stories about our past, present, and future. We’ll use poetry and writing prompts, craft and create, listen to each other in a safe space, and discover how our writing can help shape our dreams and our lives. Facilitated by Kelly Sage and Laura Lasuertmer
The Magic of Our Senses
Who: Girls, grades 4-6
When: Sundays, Oct 29, Nov 5, Nov 12 12-3PM
The autumn is a time of changing sights, sounds and smells, how can the changing season inspire our creativity? Join us for a 3-week girl’s class series writing and through the magic of our senses. In this class, we’ll explore sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the season and use this as inspiration for our writing. Facilitated by Allison Distler and Angi Sullivan