Outreach

Outreach

Our outreach initiatives and community partnerships respond to the needs of specific groups who recognize the healing and community-building benefits of a safely held writing circle.  We have a history of working in the community with incarcerated women, persons experiencing homelessness, senior citizens, and  persons struggling with illness of any kind. We’re proud to offer powerful writing circle experiences to underserved or under-voiced people in our community.

Whether there is a need for reflection or reconciliation, a wish to generate a personal memoir as part of a legacy project, or the need to build stronger community within an existing organization, our outreach programs bring our circles to you as a tool of creative transformation.

Outreach Program at the MCCC

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Since 2006, volunteers have conducted regular writing circles with women incarcerated at the Monroe County Correctional Center in downtown Bloomington, Ind. The program provides a safe space to explore writing as a rehabilitative and community building tool. Since its inception, the program has served well over 400 women.

This class is a true blessing…remembering what seems bad is not all bad. We face it. Embrace it. Write about it. Grow! –Reflection from one of the participants of the Monroe County Jail Circle

Community Collaborations

Other outreach collaborations over the years have included: Bloomington Hospital Hospice, Olcott Center Cancer Family Support Group, Head Injury Support Group, Fibromyalgia Support Group, Meadowood Retirement Center, Circles® Initiative, Girls Inc., and Mental Health America (formerly The Mental Health Alliance).

NEW! Attention Girl Scout Leaders, we’d love to create a writing circle just for your troop! Please contact Kelly Sage, ywwprogram@womenwritingbloomington.org or Beth Lodge-Rigal, creativedirector@womenwritingbloomington.org for more information!

Group Consultation and Facilitation Services

We offer group consultations and non-profit partnerships. Organizations who wish to use writing as a tool for change may benefit from a facilitated approach and a unique process to engage people in the questions of their lives and the lives of their organizations. Writing in a safe, professionally facilitated circle connects groups with questions common to the group. Each writing circle can be adapted to a multitude of settings to bring about personal and group clarity and creative inspiration.

Whether you wish to use a writing circle to lead your organization in new directions or help your consumers or staff gain deeper understanding of themselves and their gifts, Women Writing for (a) Change Bloomington is eager to work with you.

For more information or to discuss ways we can collaborate with your organization or group, email: contact@womenwritingbloomington.org

Also Happening at the Schoolhouse

Interested in books and poetry? Please join us at one of these affiliated activities open to community members:

Poetry Detectives

Would you like to know more about how to read a poem? Join our monthly Poetry Detectives. Through reading and discussion, we demystify poems together. We meet at the Poplar Grove Schoolhouse on the 2nd Saturday morning of each month, 10 am ’til noon. All are welcome. For more information, email Poetry Detectives.

Book Groups

First Thursday Evening Book group: Join us on the first Thursday of each month for a book discussion. CO-ED. We meet from 5:30 to 7 PM at the Poplar Grove Schoohouse. We’ll share information about other books we’ve all read recently, too. For more information, to join the e-mail list for this activity, email Carole Clark.

Third Thursday Brownbag Lunchtime Book group: Meets 11:30AM-1PM the third Thursday of each month at the Poplar Grove Schoolhouse. Email Dotty Sharp dottysharp7@gmail.com to join this mailing list.