Women Writing for (a) Change - Cincinnati - June 2021 Newsletter
Our week-long summer camps for young people in Grades 4-12, combine the art of writing and other modes of artistic expression to enhance self-esteem and build skills in creative self-expression.

VIRTUAL Grades 7-9 -- June 21-25
We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For

IN-PERSON Grades 4-6 -- July 12-16
Tell About It: Writing the Stories of Your Life

IN-PERSON Grades 7-9 -- July 5-9
Finding My Path: I Am Not Afraid

IN-PERSON Grades 10-12 -- June 28-July 2
Write it! Read it! Speak it! Slam it!
Emerging Voices 2021
Exhibit and Call for Submissions
This 60-day traveling group art exhibit encourages conversations and connections about diverse experiences in our community. Open to anyone who uses pronouns of "She/her/hers" and "They/their/theirs."

Women Writing for (a) Change is honored to be hosting the September exhibit, at our building, September 3rd through 27th, with an Artist Reception on Friday, September 10th (6-8pm). We are reaching out to our community of talented artists and writers to encourage you to submit your work for this exhibit!

Get to Know
Jericho Brown

Welcome to our monthly series, Get to Know! Here, we'll turn the spotlight on contemporary poets and writers, with the goal of amplifying under-represented voices in literature. These writers' books are currently available in the Women Writing for (a) Change library.

"A poem is a gesture toward home." So begins Jericho Brown's "Duplex" -- one of many poems in his 2019 Pulitzer-prize winning The Tradition that take the name of his invented form. Brown, Director of Creative Writing and professor at Emory University, was inspired to create a new poetic structure that was "black and queer and Southern," like he is (The Bennington Review). The Duplex, which Brown describes as a combination of sonnet, ghazal and the blues, is his answer to the question: "Since I am carrying these truths in this body as one, how do I get a form that is many forms?" Consider the poem in its entirety:
A poem is a gesture toward home.
It makes dark demands I call my own.

Memory makes demands darker than my
My last love drove a burgundy car.

My first love drove a burgundy car.
He was fast and awful, tall as my father.

Steadfast and awful, my tall father
Hit hard as a hailstorm. He'd leave marks.

Light rain hits easy but leaves its own mark
Like the sound of a mother weeping again.

Like the sound of my mother weeping
No sound beating ends where it began.

None of the beaten end up how we began.
A poem is a gesture toward home.

Do You Want to Improve
Your Writing Fast?

The fastest, most powerful means of improving our writing is through reading the work of others to ask "How did the writer do that?" In this 8-week class we will use WWf(a)C practices to study form and story elements in an anthology of short stories, Short Stories by Latin American Women: The Magic and the Real. In looking at a selection of stories, we will talk about what makes the short story different from other narrative, the rise and writing of Magic Realism.

Facilitated by Karen Novak
Sundays: July 11, 18, & 25, August 1, 8,
15, 22 & 29 - 2:00-4:30 pm - $149
Open to Women 16+
Explore the Birth, Essence,
and Evolution of WWf(a)C as
a Living System

In this four-part series, participants will hear stories from Founder Mary Pierce Brosmer, as well as other co-creators. Together we will consider how conscious feminine practices and leadership have contributed to sustainability and health, and helped us to weather challenges in the evolution of WWf(a)C. Participants will be invited to write about their own experiences of systems in their lives, such as family, partnerships, places of work, or other communities to which they belong.

Facilitated by Mary Pierce Brosmer
& Diane Debevec
Alternating Thursdays: July 29, August 12 & 26, September 9 - 6:30-9:00 pm - $149
Open to All Genders 16+
Leave a Legacy that Inspires and Transforms
There are many ways you can support transformational writing circles for generations to come. Please consider Women Writing for (a) Change in your will, trust, or beneficiary/contingent beneficiary designation for your IRA or insurance policy.

In this way, your legacy will inspire creative expression of the strong inner voices of women, girls, and all genders, long into the future -- transforming lives!
Image Attributions: Summer Camp: Stux via Pixabay; Jericho Brown: Brian Cornelius and Jericho Brown; Reading into Writing: Christine Sponchia via Pixabay; Essence and Evolution: Dmytro Tolokonov via Unsplash
Upcoming Classes
The delivery method for Summer programming will vary. Please check our website for information regarding virtual and in-person programming.

Virtual and In-Person Camps
begin in June

begin June 8 & 9

June 12

(formerly Reading Our Way to Stronger Writing)
begins July 11

Alternating Thursdays:
July 29, Aug 12 & 26, Sept 9
Support WWf(a)C
When You Shop

Thanks to all who support WWf(a)C through
the rewards programs at Kroger, Remke and Amazon Smile. If you are not already registered to support, please click the links above and help out when you shop. We appreciate it!
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