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  Spring 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 April 10  7-9 PM  Celebrating all the Tuesday Morning Circle Writers 
Wednesday Evening April 18  7-9 PM-  Celebrating Wednesday Evening Circle Writers

Conscious Feminine Leadership Training

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.


FALL Core Writing Circles, September 4/5 Through December 4/5 2018

Early Bird Registration has ended.   Regular rate of $375 applies until core class registration cuts off early September.  
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   CLASS IS NOW FULL!
When: Tuesdays Beginning September 4- December 4, 2018    9:30 am – Noon
Cost: $375 – $50 deposit required.         No class during Thanksgiving Break
Facilitated by Rebekah Spivey

Wednesday Evening Core Women’s Circle   There are still openings in this circle!
When: Wednesdays September 5- Dec 5, 2018   7-9:30 pm
Cost: $375-  $50 deposit required       No class during Thanksgiving Break
Facilitated by Kelly Sage

6-week Fall SoulCollage® Series 
When: Fridays(approximately every 3 weeks) August 24- Nov 30th, 2018 10 am-2:00pm (see dates below)
Cost: $185.00   $50 deposit required
Facilitated by Licia Weber and Beth Lodge-Rigal 

When Specifically:  Fridays Aug 24, Sept 7& 28 Oct 19 , Nov 9&30 
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 will meet approximately every three weeks through the spring.  High quality materials are provided each session. No art or writing experience needed.

6-week Listening to Mystery
When: Thursdays September 20-October 25th  6:30-9:00pm
Cost: $180.00   $50 deposit required
Facilitated by Denise Breeden-Ost and Catherine Crandall

This popular 6-week series returns. Each circle begins with poetry inspired by a different religious tradition, as we invite the wisdom of humanity’s spiritual heritage to enrich our own reflection and writing.  Join us to write, read, and listen, honoring both our religious diversity and the common human experience of mystery.  Women of all faiths and spiritual paths are welcome.

3-week Home & Away Travel Writing Series
When: Tuesdays Sept 25, oct 2 & 9   7:00-9:30 pm
Cost: $115   $50 deposit required
Facilitated by Susan Failey

What does it mean to leave home and return? The primary focus of this short series will be on literal travel but participants may also choose to write about their metaphorical journeys; inner as well as outer, along the way. What does home mean to you? Why do we leave? Why return? What forces move us within and beyond the “home” space? We’ll write about our journeys: risk-taking, the people met along the way, our openings to other people and worlds, feelings about traveling (i.e., home-sickness, fear, exhilaration, relief). We’ll examine what is transformational about our journeys; our new appreciations, expanded perspectives. 


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 Fall Sampler
When: Tuesday Sept 18  7:00-9:00 pm
Cost: $25 recommended but love offerings accepted
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 autumn with your words and by listening to the words of others.
Facilitated by Amy Cornell

Writers in the Woods
When: Saturday Sept 22  1:00-5:00 pm
Cost: $50 
This seasonal favorite takes place in beautiful Brown County. “Seasoned” facilitator, Leslie Bishop creates an opportunity  for women to connect to nature as a means to enhance their writing. We’ll combine direct experience in nature to practice presence and mindfulness. Participants will be encouraged to allow time in the woods and clearings of an autumn day to direct attention to detail and stimulate memories and insight through the senses.

Book Arts II (Class Limit 10)
When: Saturday Oct 6  1:00-5:00 pm
Cost: $60 includes materials and take-home resources
Facilitated  by Beth Lodge-Rigal and LuAnne Holladay
Both a continuation of our spring class and welcome to anyone curious to explore book-making techniques in a fun and very informative half day session.  Details TBA later this spring. 

Challenge by Choice
When: Saturday Oct 13  10:00-5:00 pm at Camp Rancho Framasa in Brown County, Indiana
Cost: $100
Facilitated  by Angi Sullivan
This workshop provides ample opportunity for women to examine on how we choose to challenge ourselves or not. Questions we will ponder are: What holds us back? How do we move past fear when we truly want to try something new and challenging. This day-long retreat includes walking, low and high ropes challenges that are all offered by choice. Writing reflection in response to these experiences helps integrate new experiences or new perspectives on challenges we’ve faced in the past.