From the Creative Director
Early Summer Greetings!
To celebrate what is both generative and fruitful about summertime, this month we want to highlight a few authors from our community who have been supported in our writing circles and have also given so much back to us over the years.
Many of you know that the circles at Women Writing for (a) Change emphasize a process to support writers and their aims. The change in our name can mean many things to many people. Whether you come for the writing or the changes it might inspire, our circles welcome your intentions for your creative work. We serve those seeking personal exploration and community with others, and those who discover a project taking shape and want to move their work out into the world in a more public way.
Hats off to WWf(a)C friend and poet, Nancy Chen Long, who has written with us in the past and is also an original member of Writing for (a) Change Foundation board. Her first book, Light into Bodies (University of Tampa Press, 2017), is now available. Nancy won the 2016 Tampa Review Prize for Poetry. She is an NEA Fellow and is also author of the chapbook Clouds as Inkblots for the War Prone (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2013). The link to the order page is http://www.ut.edu/TampaPress/pressDetail.aspx?id=32212257616 www.nancychenlong.com. Congratulations, Nancy!
Other writers with books on our shelves include:
Claire Arbogast. Leave The Dogs at Home, published in 2015 by Indiana University Press Breakaway Books, got its start in a 2007 Women Writing for (a) Change core writing circle as a collection of essays about gardening and grief. It morphed into a memoir and then went through five revisions (or more, depending on how you define “revision”). This unflinchingly confessional memoir challenges the norms about love and posits that a better life can be found in the rumble of grief. Available in paperback or audiobook at https://www.amazon.com/Leave-Dogs-Home-Memoir-Break/dp/025301719X. Read more about the book and Claire’s blog at www.clairearbogast.com.
Kim Flowers Evans. What I Gave to the Fire is an intimate account of the author’s second miscarriage and how it served as a catalyst to rediscover her creative calling. This story was written to offer compassion and hope to those who feel alone in their grief over a miscarriage or any type of loss or setback in life. Available on Amazon in print and Kindle versions at http://a.co/dpUPXQf. Kim is truly grateful for the support she received in WWf(a)C circles, which gave her a safe container to birth this story. Learn more at www.kimflowersevans.com.
Mary Pat Lynch. Wild at Heart, Mary Pat’s first historical romance, was publishd through Kindle Direct in February. She writes under the pen name Clare Alexander. Mary Pat writes, “Thank you to WWf(a)C sisters who listened to excerpts as I worked on the book, read beta copies, and offered feedback and support!” The first book of a series in progress, Wild at Heart features Nora Nicholson as she embarks on a life-changing journey of discovery. Here is the link: Wild at Heart by Clare Alexander
Jan Lucas Grimm. My Beautiful Leukemia is a touching memoir of healing, love, friendship, and art. https://www.amazon.com/My-Beautiful-Leukemia-Jan-Lucas-Grimm/dp/1450718426
There are other writers in our circles who have published poetry chapbooks, articles, plays, and more. Let us know if you have any publishing news. We’ll do an occasional feature here.
Please support these writers by following their news on social media and websites and by purchasing their books.
We’re gearing up for summer workshops, outreaches, camps, and our Summer Retreat (sorry, it’s full, but you might want to join us next time). Before long, it’ll be time to start our fall series. Read about Early Bird Discounts below.
Thanks as always to our many volunteers, our abiding supporters. Visit our table at the Farmers Market this summer to say hello or find out more about us.
Women Writing for (a) Change Bloomington
Great News! Our Early Bird Discount for Fall 2017 13-week circles is in effect through July 15, 2017. Register today and receive reduced rates. Fall core classes begin the week of Labor Day, Tuesday/Wednesday, September 5 and 6.
- June 19-23: Summer Camp for Teens/li>
- June 26-29: Summer Camp for Girls
- June 10: How Many Words is a Picture Worth? Co-ed
- June 17: Quarterly Moon Circle
- July 13-16: Summer Writing Retreat (wait list)
- June 21: Summer Solstice Writing Circle
- July 28: SoulCollage Series
- August Previews
Writing toward Wholeness for Young Adults
Registration for all programs is ongoing. Follow this link for more details and to register.
There is a seat for you in one of our circles!