Newsletter - January 2016

An Invitation to Write
Now that we are deep into the Winter, how does this season affect you?  Are you energized by the brisk cold?  Does it excite you to relish the thought of Spring?  Or is this a time to hunker down?  See where your muse leads you...
 25th Anniversary Events!
Click here for our listing of Special 25th Anniversary Events happening throughout 2016. We would love to see you this year to help us celebrate!

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Meaningful Mondays returns to Arnold's 

February 8, 2016, 7pm
Once again, Meaningful Mondays: Women Poets in the Courtyard returns to Arnold's Bar and Grill , downtown Cincinnati. Four poets from the WWf(a)C community read their original works beneath the city lights in this famed courtyard. T he event is free, but registration is recommended.  
Photo by Jeff Sifertt,
WWf(a)C V-Day Event 

For our 2016 event, WWf(a)C presents V-DAY, Hometown Monologues: Voices from our Village with Laurie Lambert.

February 12, 7-9:30pm.

Stand up against gender-based violence and s upport our community members as they share their words in original verse and in prose.   Proceeds from this event will benefit the Cincinnati YWCA's programs to help victims of domestic abuse. 

Macy's Arts Sampler

Saturday, Feb 27, 10:30am-1pm

WWf(a)C will participate in this annual city-wide event, hosted by ArtsWave, sponsored by Macy's.  All are welcome to join us a 1-hour writing circle. Meet our facilitators. Learn about WWf(a)C. Take a tour. Light refreshments will be served.  This free event is open to the public.

"What I Can Carry"
We are proud to let you know that our very own Laurie Lambert is publishing her first book of poetry,  What I Can Carry!   You can now pre-order your copy at Finishing Line Press .

     Congratulations Laurie!
  Kroger Rewards Program
Please Re-Enroll!


 Even if you have signed up      in the past, all members must re-enroll in the Kroger Rewards Program to continue supporting WWf(a)C.


Click HERE  for simple   instructions.   

Thank you to all

 who have joined so far, your efforts are making a

real difference!


Our 25th
Anniversary Kickoff Begins the Celebration!
Not even the threat of snow could cool the ardor of all those who came out to attend our 25th Anniversary Kickoff, filling our house to enjoy a conversation between Mary Pierce Brosmer, WWf(a)C Founder and Krista Ramsey, journalist and Director of Communications, Finneytown Schools.  Ably facilitated by our own Annette Januzzi Wick, Mary and Krista reflected on the importance of women and girls' voices in our changing world. 
Read their thoughts here

Diane Debevec, WWf(a)C Director, speaks to the audience

Annette leads Mary and Krista in conversation 
Comings and Goings

We extend sincere gratitude to departing Board Trustees, Laurie Fitzgerald Althaus and Nike Mendenhall, for their many contributions during four years of service from 2012 through 2015. Thanks and much appreciation to each of them for their leadership and dedication to WWf(a)C.
Please join us in welcoming new board trustees Elizabeth Mannion, Tricia Kennedy, and Pam Temple, whose terms began January 1st.  Many of you will know Elizabeth, Tricia and/or Pam from their participation in our core classes and other events here at WWf(a)C.  We are grateful for the enthusiasm and new insights they bring to the leadership of the organization!
Board officers for 2016 are Mary Wood- Constable, President; Claudia Kasvin, Vice President and Treasurer; Lauren Young, Vice President, and Dana Johnson, Secretary.
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We are also grateful to Dawn Koch for her 8 years of service and good work at WWf(a)C who leaves her most recent position as Program Manager.  She has found new work which allows her to be closer to home and family, but will be missed by all. Thank you, Dawn. We wish you well!

New additions to our staff this year are Janie Baer, part-time Executive Assistant, and Marilyn Nolan, part-time Media Coordinator. They join Heather Snyder and Diane Debevec on the administrative team. Welcome!
Women Painting for (a) Change
What a difference freshly painted walls can make! Many thanks go out to Kitrina Covert for taking the lead in a major painting project of our interior space!  She was joined by co-leader Julie Plaver and a host of volunteers from our community who generously came for an hour or two (or eight) to help get the job done before 2016 classes began. 
Julie Plaver and Kitrina Covert 
What does a writer do after taking up paint and brush?  She writes a poem of course!  Annette Januzzi Wick captures what lies beneath the exterior beauty of our freshly painted space in her beautiful poem "Writing on the Wall."
Click here to see the Painting Project photo gallery

Thank you to all the volunteers who rolled up their sleeves to help get the job done! 

Upcoming Classes 

*Please click the class name for details and to Register.  Many courses run several weeks.


Specialty Classes

Maintain Your Writer's Shape
runs Jan. 26 - Mar. 15; drop in or get a 4-session pass

Programs For Young Women
starts Feb. 21 - Theme: Mothers & Daughters: Cultivating Connections through Writing & Book-Making

FREE Sunday Book Group:
February 7:  - with Janie Baer
Women Writing for (a) Change ®
6906 Plainfield Rd 
Cincinnati, OH  45236