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
Core 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. 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.
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
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.
Circles, January – July 2017
Telling the Truth Class Preview
When: Tuesday, January 24 6:30-8:30 pm
Tuesday Morning Core Women’s Circle
When: Tuesdays January 31 – May 2; 9:30 am – Noon
Cost: $375; $50 deposit required.
No class during Spring Break (Mar. 14)
Facilitated by Rebekah Spivey
Wednesday Evening Core Women’s Circle This Circle is now FULL! New registrants will be added to our wait list.
When: Wednesdays February 1-May 3; 7-9:30 pm
Cost: $375; $50 deposit required.
No class during Spring Break (Mar. 15)
Facilitated by Kelly Sage
Telling the Truth: Writing As a Path of Self-Awakening – The Art of Personal Narrative
When: Tuesday evenings, January 31-May 2; 6:30-9:00 pm
Cost: $375.00; $50 deposit required.
Facilitated by Allison Distler
Comfort is no test of truth. Truth is often far from being comfortable. –Swami Vivekananda
It is bold to commit to the “I” voice. What if we really told the truth about our relationships, our jobs, our past, our communities, ourselves? For some of us, truth-telling is obstructed by feelings of fear, guilt, sadness, or shame. But telling our truth with compassion and without abandoning ourselves is a keystone to a life of integrity; truth-telling is a practice. During this new 13-week class, we’ll support each other in this quest. Through the art of personal narrative we’ll weave together self-portraits and moments of reflection that give shape and meaning to our emerging mythic journey. We’ll open each session with a centering mindfulness meditation followed by exercises designed to help us tap into and write about the truth of our lives.
NEW! Soul Collage® at Women Writing for (a) Change
When: Fridays, Jan. 20, Feb. 17, March 24, April 21, May 19 (5 monthly sessions)
Time: 10 am-1:30 pm
Cost: $175 (includes all materials for card-making). $50 deposit required.
Co-facilitated by certified Soul Collage® teacher/guest artist Licia Weber and Beth Lodge-Rigal
SoulCollage® is a process that invites individuals to access deep intuitive wisdom through a guided collage-making process. This process evokes innate healing, personal integration, and in combination with writing, provides surprising inspirational forays. By integrating the processes and traditions of both Women Writing for (a) Change® and Soul Collage®, this monthly circle offering will meet you where you are in both your personal and writing journeys. You can expect the safe circle practices of Women Writing for(a) Change, facilitated card-making time, small group sharing, written response and large group sharing. Each participant will determine for herself how this time might nourish her creative endeavors, her need for grounding and guidance. This is a dynamic, non-linear, and highly nurturing self-care process. No experience required. For more on Soul Collage®, visit www.soulcollage.com
Moon Circle (Quarterly)
When: 4 Saturdays, March 18, June 17, Sept. 16, Dec. 2; 1-4 pm
Cost: $45.00/session; $140 for the series. $50 deposit required.
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.
Empty Nest (Co-ed offering)
When: Saturday, April 15; 1-4 pm
Facilitated by Amy Cornell and Lauren Bryant
For parents who are in a transition to life without children at home, the empty nest can present a multitude of feelings and observations worthy of exploring in writing. The tenderness of letting go deserves attention, and this circle allows participants to honor that transition with others who find themselves at a similar juncture. Mothers and fathers are welcome to this circle aimed at supporting this part of the parenting journey.
Loving a Changing Earth
When: Thursdays, April 6, 13, 20, 27; 6:30-9:00 pm
Cost: $140. $50 deposit required.
Facilitated by Denise Breeden-Ost
This class is for women who love the Earth — gardeners, activists, hikers, scholars, pagans, and joyful admirers all included. In this time of climate crisis, loving the Earth can be both painful and nourishing. Together we will explore our relationship with our planet home through writing — welcoming our fears, our memories, our grief, and our wonder into a community of courage and gratitude.
When: Wednesday, May 10, 6-9 pm
Facilitated by Amy Lifton
The experience of grandmotherhood has its own gifts and challenges, related to, but different from those of motherhood. For those who are not grandmothers, this is a chance to reflect upon our relationships with those women in our lives. For women who are grandmothers, we will reflect upon the unique qualities, learnings, experiences, and joys that describe the role.
When: Thursday evenings, May 11-June 16, 6:30- 9:00 pm
Cost: $180. $50 deposit required.
Facilitated by Kim Evans
This class invites writers to explore their growing edges around vulnerability in their writing. We will focus on themes of courage, truth, visibility, voice, safety, self-care, and more. Attention will also be given to the creative process and helpful ways to stay on track. Writers will be asked to define a project to carry through the arc of the class series and need to have at least 20 pages of typed material on this project in order to enroll. All forms are welcome (prose, poetry, blog, personal essay, etc.) Fiction writers are also welcome, provided they are willing to name and work with the threads of truth in their stories.
Writers in the Woods
When: Saturday, May 20, 1-5 pm
Facilitated by Leslie Bishop
A special off-site workshop in a beautiful Brown County setting, this workshop offers an opportunity for women to connect with nature to enhance their writing. Through direct attention to the details of our surroundings, this workshop will stimulate the senses and memory and cultivate presence practice in celebration of the natural world.
How Many Words is a Picture Worth (Co-ed offering)
When: Saturday June 10, 1-4 pm
Facilitated by Bev Hartford
Back by popular demand, this circle invites participants to bring cameras (any format), and work with photography and writing to generate images and words.
Summer Solstice Writing Circle
When: Wednesday, June 21, 7-9 pm
Facilitated by Amy Cornell
Celebrate the longest day and the turning season in this special writing circle. A traditional favorite in the WWfaC Community.
Summer Women’s Writing Retreat
When: Thursday afternoon -Sunday afternoon, July 13-16
Where: Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN
Cost: $400 (includes private room, board, program fee). $100 deposit required.
Facilitated by Beth Lodge-Rigal
Step away from the bustle of summer chaos for quiet, inspiration, and community connection to inspire your writing and nourish your writer’s spirit. We return to the beautiful grounds and warm hospitality of Saint Meinrad for some time out of time, rejuvenation, and re-focus. Deposit of $100 due at time of registration.