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 Gir
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This Place We Call Home – A Co-ed Hike and Write
Who: Kids age 9-14
When: Sunday, October 7th 1-4pm
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 bounty of nature, and spend time writing too!
Facilitated by Kelly Sage and Allison Distler.
NOTE: This class will meet on Wild Nature Project’s property off of Bethel Road. In an event of inclement weather, the class will meet at the Poplar Grove Schoolhouse.
What I Create Matters
Who: Girls in grades 4-6
When– 4 sessions- Sept 9, October 14, November 11, Dec 9. 1-4pm
Cost– $120 for the four-part series or $35 per single class
Girls in grades 4-6 are invited to explore what it means to create. What does being creative mean to us? What does it mean to the world? Using reflective writing and visual art projects, writers will find inspiration, explore various ways to tell a story and reflect on what it means to create.
Facilitated by Laura Lasuertmer and Angi Sullivan
Inward Bound; 4 Creative Writing Journeys
Who: Teen girls in grades 7-12
When– 4 sessions- 1-4 pm
September 16: Story-Catching; celebrating our natural instincts, exploring creative non-fiction.
October 21: PoemCrazy
November 18: The Many Characters Inside Us; Giving Voice/Fiction Play
December 16: Inward Bound; Writing Our Way Home
Cost– $120 for the four-part series or $35 per single class
Join us this fall in an exploration of forms to inspire our muses and deepen our writing practice. Using the safe circle process of Young Women Writing for (a) Change, we’ll explore a variety of written forms in a fun, not-exactly-like-school, way. Integrating music, art, and other crafting activities, we’ll hold themes with structure, but loosely enough for participants to pursue their own creative impulses, finding and sharing our voices along the way.
Facilitated by Beth Lodge-Rigal and Amy Oelsner