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 and Girls
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Unless otherwise noted, class series take place at the Poplar Grove Schoolhouse 4638 E. SR 45 (East 10th Street) on Bloomington’s N.East Side.
Amazing, Wonderful You!
Who: Girls in grades 4-6
When: Four Sessions- February 10, March 3, April 14, May 5. 1-4pm
Cost– $120 for the four-part series or $35 per single class
Girls in grades 4-6 are invited to explore, create and WRITE about themselves! In these circles, we will use poetry and stories to inspire writing about our individual gifts and the joy of being a girl. Each class will include a craft and snacks. Girls will have ample time to write and reflect. Join us for this celebration of girls!
Facilitated by Allison Distler and Angi Sullivan
Nourishment- A Self-Care Writing Retreat for Middle School Girls
Who: Young Women in Middle School
When: Saturday, March 2, 1pm-4pm
Yoga, meditation, poetry, and writing- Come nourish yourself and create a self-care plan to guide you throughout the year. Together we’ll tap into the things that make us feel good, inside and out. We’ll create, play, and care for ourselves.
Facilitated by Kelly Sage and Marybeth Obrien
Leading the Way- A One Day Writing Retreat for High School Girls
Who: Young Women in High School
When: Saturday, April 6th, 1pm-5pm
What does it mean to be a young female leader? Who are we leading? What kind of leader are we or do we hope to be? Together with the help of poetry and writing prompts, sharing and listening, we’ll examine the way we lead ourselves and others, and the gifts and challenges that come when we take the lead. We’ll also dive into leadership self-care because how we take care of ourselves matters.
Facilitated by Kelly Sage and Marybeth Obrien
Write Your Rebel Girl Story- A Writing Retreat for Mothers and Daughters
Who: Open to girls in grades 4-8 and their mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and female mentors.
When: Saturday, May 18th 10 am- 3 pm- Lunch is provided.
Cost– $75- Registration includes a place in the circle for 2 (child and adult) and lunch.
Rebel Girls are extraordinary women! Big or small, we make a difference! Come celebrate being an extraordinary girl!
This one-day Mother-Daughter Writing Retreat will use the books Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls as fuel to help us begin writing our own rebel girl stories. Together we’ll share in story, writing prompts, listen, and share what makes each of us a Rebel Girl!
Facilitated by Kelly Sage
Writers in the Wild – A Co-ed Hike and Write in Collaboration with Wild Nature Project
Who: Kids age 9-14
When: June 2nd, 1-4
Join us for a Sunday afternoon hike and write on forested grounds near Griffy Lake. During our class, we’ll enjoy an easy hike to get in touch with the natural world around us. Writers will have a chance to immerse in the wilds of nature, and spend time writing too!
Facilitated by Kelly Sage and Kevin Glenn
NOTE: This class will meet on Wild Nature Project’s property off of Bethel Road, rain or shine.