Classes for Adults

Adult Programs

Whether you seek a weekly semester-long writing circle experience, a themed workshop, or a retreat, Women Writing for (a) Change® Bloomington is expanding to meet a range of interests and needs.

Core Semester Classes

circleroomphotoCore writing circles for adult women are the heart of what we offer at WWf(a)C. Presented as 13-week programs each fall and spring, these creative writing circles welcome women who are interested in making a weekly commitment to enriching their writing lives.

Each class session is two and a half hours long.  Certified facilitators offer prompts, activities, readings and other resources to support writing practice, encourage new creative forays, or inspire ongoing projects. Each participant is encouraged to choose and develop her own subject matter and explore this in whatever form they wish.

Weekly structure provides solitary writing time, sharing in large and small groups, and the regular opportunity to read aloud to a receptive audience. Journaling, memoir, poetry, and fiction are all welcome in the core class format. Writers learn to give and receive useful feedback to one another based on each woman’s motivation and intentions. Class size for the core circles is limited to 16.

 Samplers and Readarounds

Seasonal Samplers  are experiential and contain most elements of a typical WWf(a)C circle. This is a low-cost/low commitment way to get a feel for our circles to determine whether they fit your needs at this time. For new and returning women in search of supportive community for writing of all kinds, these circles, which tend to coincide with the changing seasons, are a chance to test the waters and, in some cases, reconnect. Space is limited to 16.

Would you like to host a home writing circle (facilitator provided)? Sharing the magic of our circles with women who might be hesitant to come to the schoolhouse is a way to help us spread the word and the work of Women Writing for (a) Change Bloomington. Bring the light into your home for a meaningful connective event among friends.

Twice a year, we offer public read arounds that showcase the writing of women from our circles and programs. These read arounds are free and open to women friends and supporters. Join the celebration, and see for yourself what emerges from the creative well of our community. Hear the truths of women’s lives spoken in poems, memoir, fiction, song, and more. Refreshments served!

Upcoming  Read Arounds Fall 2018:
WHERE: First United Church Chapel 2420 E. Third Street, Bloomington, IN -Please look for signs and park near 3rd Street entrance.  We’ll be in the small chapel near the North Side of the building.

Tuesday Evening November 6  7-9 PM  Celebrating all the Tuesday Morning Circle Writers 
Wednesday Evening November 14  7-9 PM-  Celebrating Wednesday Evening Circle Writers

Conscious Feminine Leadership Training: This Class is FULL and Closed for 2019

This Bloomington-based training is for women interested in exploring the transformation of culture though conscious feminine leadership, values, and practice. The training is an 80-hour, 12-week intensive program is bookended by retreats during which participants will explore and practice new ways of leadership, based on insights for healing, wholeness, and creating safe space, with writing as the transformational tool. Discernment for 2019 CFL Training will be offered again in 2019. Contact us to find out more.

Current Classes for Adults

REGISTER for classes online and pay via PayPal or by sending us a check. To register, click the payment option you prefer in the preceding sentence.

Please note: For 13-week circles and all other multi-session circles, a $50 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration to guarantee your seat in the circle. Registrations received without deposit will be held until your deposit is received.

Unless otherwise noted, all circles take place at the Poplar Grove Schoolhouse.


Winter/Spring Core Writing Circles Begin The Week of January 28th, 2019  

Early Bird Registration has ended. There are still openings in both Tuesday and Wednesday Core Classes.   Regular rate of $390 applies for the 13-week classes. 
Please note: For 13-week circles and all other multi-session circles, a $50 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration to guarantee your seat in the circle. Registrations received without deposit will be held until your deposit is received. 
Unless otherwise noted, all circles take place at the Poplar Grove Schoolhouse.

Tuesday Morning Core Women’s Circle  
When: Tuesdays Beginning  January 29, 2019 – April 30 , 2019  9:30 am – Noon
Cost: Early Bird $350 – $50 deposit required.     No class during Spring Break
Facilitated by Rebekah Spivey

Wednesday Evening Core Women’s Circle   
When: Wednesdays January 30-May 1, 2019   7-9:30 pm
Cost: Early Bird $350-  $50 deposit required     No class during Spring Break
Facilitated by Kelly Sage

NEW! Spring  SoulCollage® Saturday Series     
When: 6  Saturdays Jan. 26, Feb 16, Mar 9, Mar 23, April 13, May 4   1 10 am-2:00pm
Cost: $220.00 for series or $50/ per class.   Sessions, can be attended as a series or as single offerings.
Facilitated by Licia Weber  

When Specifically:  6 Saturdays: January 26-  May 4 see above.
SoulCollage® is a process that invites individuals to access deep intuitive wisdom through a guided collage-making process.  This experience evokes innate healing, personal integration, and in combination with writing, provides surprising inspirational forays.  Circles this fall will be offered 3 Saturdays.   High quality materials are provided each session. No art or writing experience needed.

NEW! Marketing With Heart     
WhenFebruary 23rd  10 am-12:30pm
Cost: $45.00
Facilitated by Kim Evans, WWfaC Facilitator, Writer,Creativity Coach 

This workshop is geared toward any independent/entrepreneurial woman interested in honing skills  (with heart) to cultivate interest in their service or product. Whether you are building a clientele or are interested in learning the ABC’s (Audience, BIG Why, Compelling Offer) of mindful marketing, this workshop uses writing as a way to befriend the marketing process and help participants gain confidence in the art of creative and effective marketing. 

Celebrate National Poetry Writing Month with Us!

Kick-off Workshop for NaPOWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month): 
Cost: $55 for two- part series or $30/ per class.
When: Saturday, March 30th  1:00pm-4:00 pm 
National Poetry Writing Month invites participants to write a poem a day to selected prompts. In preparation for a marathon of poetry writing, we’ll roll up our sleeves and start generating verse. In this workshop we’ll explore several familiar and not so familiar poetry forms. We’ll discuss rhyme and meter, metaphor, and character in poetry. We’ll introduce participants to NaPOWriMo events and ways to participate (or observe) in the month-long challenge. Together, we’ll launch the joy and beauty of poetry. Think you’re not a poet? This workshop welcomes writers of all abilities.
Celebration Workshop for NaPOWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month): 
When: Monday Evening, April 29, 2019  7:00-9:00 pm 
Did you write some great poetry? Read some inspiring poetry? Did you write one poem? None, but observed with appreciation? No matter your level of participation, join us to close the challenge. We’ll come together with our poems, discuss the gifts and challenges, and write together in celebration of our poetic endeavors. These workshops are facilitated by multi-year NaPOWriMo Alums, WWf(a)C Facilitators, Amy Cornell and Lauren Bryant


For single session circles, payment in full is required at the time of registration to guarantee your seat in the circle. Registrations received without payment will be held until your payment is received. You will not be added to the roster without payment.   If we must cancel a session due to low registrations you will be notified at least 24 hours prior to the workshop and payment will be returned or credited as you wish.  If you must cancel, please make sure to do so with at least 24 hour prior notice. Late cancellations will not receive refunds.  
Unless otherwise noted, all circles take place at the Poplar Grove Schoolhouse.

A Season Turning; Welcome Spring Sampler
When: Thursday, March 21   7:00-9:00 pm
Cost: $25 recommended(on PayPal) but love offerings accepted at the door -Register BY CHECK or bring our love offering.  
An excellent opportunity to experience a typical writing circle with low commitment to a series.  See how we fit with your aims. Find out what this community has to offer you, celebrate the coming  spring with your words and by listening to the words of others.
Facilitated by Amy Cornell.

Ekphrasis Workshop; An Afternoon Writing to the Art of Georgia O’Keeffe
When: Saturday, May 11, 1pm-4pm
Cost: $40.00
Facilitated by Jamie Kirkley
An ekphrastic poem is a vivid description or reflection on a work of art. In this workshop, we’ll consider images produced by Georgia O’Keeffe as inspiration for our poetic musings.  Through the imaginative act of narrating and reflecting on the “action”(movement, color, depiction) in a selection of her paintings,  participants will explore ways  of seeing anew, expanding meaning, experimenting with form.  Poets and prose writers welcome.  Writers of all abilities welcome.

Summer Solstice Circle
When: Thursday, June 20th 2018  7:00-9:00pm
Cost: $25 
Facilitated  by Amy Cornell
Join us to celebrate the longest day, the turning light, in one of our  beloved seasonal circles.  This writing circle welcomes women who wish to connect around reflections on the passing season and celebrate what is to come. Whether you’ve ever attended a writing circle at WWf(a)C before or not, you are welcome to this gathering.  Bring yourself. Invite a friend.