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.

 UPCOMING This Spring!

6-week Big Magic; Creative Living Beyond Fear
When: Wednesday Mornings- March 21-April 25, 2018  10am-12:30 pm
Cost: $180.00   $50 deposit required
Facilitated by Kim Evans
This 6-week series is for women writers, artists, and seekers of all types who wish to cultivate a positive relationship with their creativity. We’ll use Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear as our guide to explore themes of courage, enchantment, permission, persistence, trust, and divinity. Each class will include a chapter discussion (approximately 50 pages), writing exercises, and an invitation to share our words in small and large groups. All experience levels are welcome. Participants will be asked to provide their own copy of the book. Facilitated by Kim Evans, WWF(a)C Facilitator and Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach.

A Season Turning; Equinox Circle Sampler
When: Thursday, March 22 7-9 pm
Cost: $25.00 (recommended but sliding fee Love Offerings are also also gratefully accepted).  Limit 16
Join seasoned WWf(a)C Facilitator, Amy Cornell as we welcome both new and familiar voices into this special writing circle sampler. As we enter spring, consider what creative seed is growing in you. If you’ve never participated in a Women Writing for (a) Change circle before, this circle will offer a glimpse into our process. For some, the circle will jump start slumbering ideas and creative urges. For others, it’ll be a place to set intentions for the coming season and gather with a community of women and their words.


Poetry Workshop: First and Final – Beginnings and Endings – and More!  THIS CLASS IS FULL!! New registrants will be added to the waiting list and notified of openings a week prior to this offering.  
When: Saturday, April 21, 2018 10:00 am-2:30 pm Light Lunch will be included.
Cost: $45.00
Facilitated by Nancy Chen Long with Beth Lodge-Rigal
Celebrate National Poetry Month in this workshop led by NEA Fellow and Poet Nancy Chen Long. For anyone wishing to explore a more craft-oriented approach to their work, we’ll read and discuss poems, consider the importance of beginnings, endings, and revision.  Prompts and exercises and the circle practices of WWf(a)C will combine for a lively, low-pressure, yet informative and engaging workshop. Men and Women are welcome.  


Book Arts Session I :  Hand Made; Bookbinding First Steps (Class limit 10)
When: Saturday, May 19th, 2018  10am-2pm
Cost: $60.00   (includes materials)
Facilitated by Beth Lodge-Rigal and Guest Artist, LuAnne Holladay
Session I*welcomes anyone interested in learning the basics of creating artful, handmade journals. Work with papers, simple staining and rusting techniques. Learn basic hand-stitch binding technique to create an artful journal. Participants will be invited to bring poems, excerpts from writing, and will also be given an opportunity to generate content for their finished journals  Guest Artist Instruction. Generative Writing. Discussion in this rich cross-pollination. 

*Session II will be offered in October of 2018

Grandmother Circle
When: May 23  7-9:30 pm
Cost: $30.00
Gather with Grandmothers and Grand Care-Givers, or reflect on the Grandmothers of your life, in a special circle led by Amy Lifton.  Grandmotherhood has its own gifts and challenges, related to, but different from those of motherhood. We have all had grandmothers. Some of us are also grandmothers ourselves. In writing, sharing, and other activities, we will reflect together upon the unique qualities, learnings, experiences, and joys of this particular role.

Summer Solstice Circle
When:  Thursday, June 21, 2018
Cost: $25.00 (recommended, but sliding scale love offerings are gratefully accepted).
Join us for the solstice.  An annual favorite and tradition for many.  Write your way into the fullness of summer, celebrate what needs tending and is growing in you!   Facilitated by Amy Cornell

4-week Series  My Moon- Myself    Date Change: JULY
When: Wednesday Evenings, July  11,18, 25 & August 1  7pm-9:30 pm
Cost: $140
Facilitated by Darci Hawxhurst
For Women who wish to align with their cyclical nature to improve their health, sense of well-being, connection to their own deeper wisdom, and empower their lives through increased confidence in the value of their own intuition/inner knowing.  Writing from embodied wisdom, connection with others using the safe circle practices of Women Writing for (a) Change. 

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

Early Bird Registration opens April 10th, 2018.  Regular rate of $375 applies after July 15, 2018.
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 September 4- December 4, 2018    9:30 am – Noon
Cost: $338 -earlybird rate; $50 deposit required.         No class during Thanksgiving Break
Facilitated by Rebekah Spivey

Wednesday Evening Core Women’s Circle  
When: Wednesdays September 5- Dec 5, 2018   7-9:30 pm
Cost: $338- earlybird rate; $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-1:30pm (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 proves 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. We will begin each circle with a poem from a different religious tradition, inviting the wisdom and mystery of human spiritual experience to inspire our own reflection and writing. This circle is not about our own religious journeys, though writing on that topic is welcome. It is an opportunity to intentionally sit together, write, read, and listen across the spectrum of faith traditions and experience that sometimes divide us.

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.