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.

 Previews and Readarounds

Previews of upcoming classes 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, previews 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 2017:
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.
Wednesday , November  8  7-9 PM- Wednesday Evening Circle
Tuesday,November  14  7-9 PM  Celebrating all the Tuesday Circle Writers: Morning and Evening Groups

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. CFL Training will be offered again in 2018. Contact us to find out more. For those eager to experience the intensive two-week Conscious Feminine Leadership Academy in Cincinnati at the founding school of Women Writing for (a) Change, discernment circles are beginning soon for the summer 2017 training.

Upcoming Discernment Circles for CFLA 2017, led by Lisa Hess at WWf(a)C in Cincinnati on:
Saturday, January 28, 1-3pm
No cost to attend. More information.

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 Circles, September – December 2017
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.

Deadline to join a Fall Semester Circle is the week of September 11.  Sorry, we cannot accommodate late additions after the 2nd class.

Tuesday Morning Core Women’s Circle
When: Tuesdays Beginning September 5- Dec 5    9:30 am – Noon
Cost: $375; $50 deposit required.
No class during Thanksgiving  Break (Nov. 21)
Facilitated by Rebekah Spivey

Wednesday Evening Core Women’s Circle  
When: Wednesdays September 6  -December 6   7-9:30 pm
Cost: $375; $50 deposit required.
No class during Thanksgiving Break (Nov. 22)
Facilitated by Kelly Sage

Telling the Truth: Writing As a Path of Self-Discovery
When: Tuesday evenings, September 5- December 5; 6:30-9:00 pm
Cost: $375; $50 deposit required.
Facilitated by Allison Distler
Truth-telling is a practice; writing is a place where we can be honest about our lives.  During this 13-week class, we’ll support each other through this quest of voice and discovery.  Each session will begin with a centering mindfulness meditation followed by writing time.  Some of our classes will include self-discovery exercises designed to help us tap into and write about the truth of our lives.  All writing styles are welcome to this course.  This 13-week core class includes small and large group time, as well as a community read around.

Listening to Mystery; Writing, Presence, and Poetry
When: 6 Thursday evenings, September 14,21,28 October 5,12,19 6:30-9:00 pm
Cost: $180.00; $50 deposit required.
Facilitated by Catherine Crandall and Denise Breeden-Ost
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing / there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
And laughter came from every brick in the street / and from every pore / in the sky.
–Teresa of Avila
In this class, we will take pause and listen to the voices of poets from many faith traditions. In a time of much religious intolerance and fear, this circle offers a space where women of all religions and spiritual paths are welcomed to write and learn together in curiosity, openness, and respect. We will invite the wisdom of the world’s spiritual poets to inspire our writing, using the practices of WWf(a)C to create a community of goodwill.

Moon Circle (Quarterly)
When: 2 Saturdays left in 2017,   Sept. 16,   Dec. 2; 1-4 pm
Cost: $45.00/session
Facilitated by Darci Hawxhurst
How do we honor our initiations with the wisdom, power, and respect they deserve? How do we live “out loud” with our cycles and needs in ways that do not alienate others? How do we support each other in doing this? Come give and receive support in a safe community where we can fully “own our intuition and honor our cycles. Each session of this quarterly series will focus in on a slightly different aspect of the fertility cycle and reflect on its relationship to the moon and personal energies. Participants (at any stage of life) who want to make the circle a part of their ongoing personal work are invited to keep a “moon journal” and bring to each session to share excerpts. However, each session is designed to stand alone as a one-day workshop with no prior participation necessary.

Writers In The Woods
When: Saturday, October 14 1-5 pm
Cost: $50
Facilitated by Leslie Bishop
For a special fall afternoon retreat in beautiful Brown County, join us for this opportunity to enhance your writing by connection to nature. We will explore the relationships among observation, sensory stimulation, and memory by cultivating presence in nature. We will have a combination of being outdoors writing and exploring, as well as time for silent introspection. We welcome all female-identified individuals in this exploration of our relationship to the natural world.

Object Lessons -Co-Ed Workshop
When: Saturday, October 21, 1-4 pm
Cost: $40
Facilitated by Amy Cornell and Lauren Bryant
Objects have lives; they are witness to things. ~This American Life
Join us for this storytelling workshop that focuses on the power of objects in our lives and in our writing. We’ll use a variety of objects as focal points for generating unexpected personal memories and stories. Men and Women are welcome.  Facilitated by Lauren Bryant and Amy Cornell.

NEW! Challenge by Choice Day at Camp Rancho Framasa
When: Saturday, November 11, 10 am to 7 pm
Cost: $75 (Ask us about student discounts)
Facilitated by Angi Sullivan (WWf(a)C Facilitator and CYO Camp Co-Director)
This workshop will focus on how we as women 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? What aspects of our lives are more challenging? Less challenging? How do we perceive challenge in our lives? Held at CYO Camp Rancho Framasa in Nashville, IN this day will provide opportunities for women to participate in three writing circles using the safe circle practices of Women Writing for (a) Change. We will also have the opportunity to be lead through high and low challenge rope course activities. These activities challenge individuals physically, mentally, and emotionally as they work with others and rely on their individual strengths when facing challenges. Facilitation on the ropes courses creates an atmosphere where participants facilitate their own learning and set goals in an experiential setting. All activities are by choice. Snacks, lunch, and dinner are included in the day. Intended for women/women identified of all ages and all abilities.
Winter Solstice Circle 
When: Thursday, December 21, 7-9pm
Cost: $25
Facilitated by Beth Lodge-Rigal

Join us at one of our favorite seasonal writing circle events.  As the season turns, the longest night descends, we’ll join to reflect, manifest, connect and pause on the cusp of new possibilities for the close of another year. Reserve your spot now in what has become a treasured annual event.