Beth Lodge-Rigal, Creative Director, founded Women Writing for (a) Change® Bloomington in 2004. In addition to facilitating writing circles, outreach, retreats, and directing programs at the Bloomington school, she has designed and implemented next-generation Conscious Feminine Leadership Training in both Cincinnati, Ohio, and in Bloomington for women who are hungry to learn new paradigms for leadership in the 21st century.
Denise Breeden-Ost has been writing creatively (fiction, memoir, poetry, essays) since childhood and has been writing at WWf(a)C since 2005. She is a certified facilitator with WWf(a)C and facilitates classes for children and adults. Denise is inspired to create space for personal and social transformation through writing, reflection, and listening to one another. Besides writing, she loves spending time with her family, reading, gardening, conversation, making things out of paper, and playing in creeks.
Leslie Bishop was the type of kid who owned every field guide and spent her time outside identifying things. Her love of the natural world led her to a career in biology as a professor at Earlham College. Now, a resident of Brown County, Leslie is passionate about observation, discovery, and connecting people to the natural world through mindfulness and writing. She is a certified facilitator through WWfaC.
Lauren Bryant is a writer and editor in Bloomington, Ind., and has been a participant in the Women Writing for (a) Change Bloomington community since 2006. Since 2008, she has assisted with writing circles for women incarcerated at the Monroe County Corrections Center. Lauren and Amy Cornell are co-editors of Women With Wings: An Anthology from Women Writing for (a) Change Bloomington, published to celebrate the Bloomington school’s fifth anniversary.
Amy L. Cornell has been part of the Women Writing for (a) Change community since 2006. In addition to local freelancing, she has written a community column for the Herald-Times in Bloomington, Ind. Along with Lauren Bryant, she co-edited the anthology Women With Wings. Amy co-leads circles at the Monroe County Corrections Center and leads creative writing and memoir circles at the Poplar Grove Schoolhouse. She received her certification from the Feminist Leadership Academy in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 2009. Amy writes poetry, creative non-fiction, novels, blog posts, book reviews, short stories, and loves to hear other women tell stories both real and imagined.
Catherine Crandall is a certified facilitator with Women Writing for (a) Change and a licensed clinical social worker in private practice. She draws heavily on narrative theory and techniques as a path of healing in her work. She also holds a master’s degree in divinity with a concentration in women in theology and has a special interest in the intersection of spirituality and psychology.
Allison Distler is a Certified Rolfer™, Yogi, and movement teacher in private practice. Outside her personal practice, she finds joy in facilitating body-centered classes and retreats. Her background includes degrees in psychology and sociology from Indiana University, as well as studies in Soto Zen Buddhism, the Hakomi Method of Mindfulness-Based Assisted Self Discovery, and Body-Mind Centering. She lives and works in Bloomington, where she also facilitates writing circles through Women Writing for (a) Change® Bloomington. When not practicing or facilitating groups, Allison can be found distance-hiking through forests or urban landscapes. Learn more about her creative and professional work at www.allisondistler.com.
Kim Flowers Evans is a founding faculty member of the Bloomington Young Women Writing for (a) Change® program. She also facilitates adult writing circles. Committed to holding space for creative transformation through written and visual processes, Kim completed her certification training with Mary Pierce Brosmer, WWf(a)C founder, with specialized training for girls and teens. With continued interest in writing creative non-fiction, Kim has written columns for the Herald-Times newspaper, essays, and blogs. She is author of the memoir What I Gave to the Fire. In addition to her writing and family life, Kim is a graphic artist and certified Kaizen-Muse™ Creativity Coach. Find more details on her website at Kim Evans Studio.
Bev Slattery Hartford is a retired professor of applied linguistics at Indiana University. She has been a part of Women Writing for (a) Change since 2013. Her memoirs include growing up in a small village, cross-cultural living abroad, and being an early feminist as one of the first women faculty members at the university. She also writes about aging and its social implications. She is currently pursuing combining her interests in photography and writing.
Darci Hawxhurst is a writer and teacher who has a passion for authentic voice and truth telling. She believes wholeheartedly in the power of circular community to transform individual lives, and therefore our world. She sees the primary goal of all of her work as empowering herself and others. You can read more about her and her memoir-in-progress at darcihawxhurst.com. She is a certified facilitator through WWF(a)C Bloomington.
Stacey Kim, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice. She is a certified facilitator with Women Writing for (a) Change Bloomington and has trained in therapeutic writing and journaling techniques with the Therapeutic Writing Institute in Denver, CO. Her interests include recovery and resilience, shame and addiction in women, and the role of personal narrative in healing. Visit Stacey’s website at www.Compassionatelivingnow.com.
Amy Lifton has been with WWfaC since 2008 and is a certified facilitator. She co-facilitates writing circles at the Monroe County Corrections Center and also facilitates circles at the schoolhouse. She has a Masters in Child Development, is a certified elementary and Montessori teacher, a meditation teacher, and has taught her entire adult life. She is interested in peace education and appreciates the power of WWfaC circles to contribute to peace.
Kelly Sage is a certified facilitator with Women Writing for (a) Change and the Young Women Writing for (a) Change Coordinator. She facilitates adult, young women, and homeschool writing circles. Kelly was a middle and high school English teacher for nine years. She offers resources to foster the love of learning on her blog, Curiosity Encouraged.
Avery Smith has been involved at Women Writing for (a) Change since she was 10 years old, starting as a student at WWf(a)C Cincinnati and taking every class she could before enrolling in Cincinnati’s Young Women’s Feminist Leadership Academy (YWFLA) and learning to facilitate classes herself! Avery graduated from Indiana University studying English and has been facilitating girls’ classes in both Cincinnati and Bloomington during the school year and in the summer in addition to doing lots of reading, writing, biking, swimming, and cooking in her free time.
Rebekah Spivey has been a participant with WWf(a)C Bloomington since 2005, for which she is a certified facilitator. She also serves as Registrar & administrative assistant for the organization. She facilitates the Tuesday morning core circle and has led several workshops based on the concept of aging creatively. She has also led two winter retreats and has been a long-time contributor to the Poplar Grove Muse.
Angi Sullivan is a certified facilitator with Women Writing for (a) Change and a youth development professional. She holds a degree in Park and Recreation Administration with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation. She has lived and worked at a youth camp for over 30 years. She recently relocated to Bloomington to dive more into the WWf(a)C world which she has been a part of for 4 years. She is a co-leader of Young Women writing circles and has recently joined the WWf(a)C board. She loves leading workshops for college age women/ women of all ages and is passionate about creating inclusive communities through writing and play. When not in the midst of a writing project she spends time with her five almost all grown up kids, husband, dogs, cats and chickens.