Women Writing for (a) Change Cincinnati - April 2018 Newsletter 

An Invitation to Write

"I am thankful that in a troubled world no calamity can prevent the return of  spring." ~Helen Keller

Spring oftentimes seems more like the beginning of the new year than does January 1st. What goals and dreams do you have for this season? Go!



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O Tobacco
by Crystal Wilkinson

You are a Kentucky tiller's       livelihood.
You were school clothes in     August
the turkey at Thanksgiving
with all the trimmings.

I close my eyes
see you tall
stately green
lined up in rows.
See sweat seeping
through Granddaddy's shirt
as he fathered you first.

You were protected by him
sometimes even more
than any other thing
that rooted in our earth.

Just like family you were
into making him proud.

Spread out for miles
you were the only
pretty thing
he knew.

When I think of you
at the edge of winter,
I see you, brown, wrinkled
just like Granddaddy's skin.

A ten-year old me
plays in the shadows
of the stripping room
the wood stove burns
calloused hands twist
through the length
of your leaves.
Granddaddy smiles
nods at me when he
thinks I'm not looking.

You are pretty
and braided
lined up in rows
like a room full of
brown girls
with skirts hooped out
for dancing.
Reprinted with permission from the poet.
Finding Your
Satirical Voice

Two-Day Workshop:
May 10th, 6:30-9:30pm
May 12th, 1-4pm

In an outrageous world, there is much to be outraged about. You have a great deal on your mind and much to say. But if you want people to hear you, the best way to do it is to make them laugh!

Scott Levy teaches for the Writing Program at the famed Second City Training Center.

Kathy Wade Book Signing Celebration

Saturday, April 28, 2-4pm

Join former WWf(a)C Executive Director, Facilitator and long-time community member Kathy Wade as she reads from her newly published novel Perfection She'll share some insights about her writing process and happily sign your book. You may bring your copy, or purchase a book at the signing.

Proceeds from book sales will be shared with WWf(a)C. More info?
Contact Kathy at kwade42@gmail.com
WWf(a)C Author Series presents
Crystal Wilkinson, April 13-14

The WWf(a)C Author Series is pleased to welcome poet and novelist Crystal Wilkinson for two very special events. Her Friday, April 13th reading and talk is open to the community free of charge, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor. During the Friday evening presentation,  When Writing Becomes Difficult, Crystal will discuss mental illness in short stories and novels. On Saturday afternoon, April 14th, Crystal will facilitate a workshop, Say What? that focuses on writing dialogue.

Please see Crystal Wilkinson's poem, O Tobacco, in the left-hand column of this Newsletter. 

Friday, April 13th - 7:30-9:30 pm, Reading
Free Registration
Saturday, April 14th - 1-4 pm, Workshop
$50 Registration

With gratitude and appreciation to the anonymous donor who made this event possible.
Register Now For Summer Camps!

Young Women Writing for (a) Change summer camps are designed to strengthen young women's authentic voices, develop their ability to speak out through writing and direct interaction, and deepen their belief in their own creative intelligence. Camps incorporate writing, sharing, movement and crafts to enhance self-esteem and build skills in creative self-expression.

Girls (Full-Day) - Grades 4-6, July 9-13, 9am-4pm
Theme: Our Inner Magic

Girls (Half-Day) - Grades 4-6, July 16-20, 9am-1pm
Theme: Making Footprints that Last

Teens - Grades 7-9, June 25-29, 9am-4pm
Theme: Feminist Friendships
(This camp is full, but we encourage you to join the waitlist. If we get enough momentum, we hope to be able to offer a second camp in late July!)

Young Women - Grades 10-12, June 18-22, 9am-4pm
Theme: Seeking Our Sacred

Life in Schools: A Respite to Reflect

April 22nd, 2-5pm
Reflecting on what the epidemics of violence, drug addiction, bullying, self-harming, anxiety and depression among young people are trying to communicate to us, we'll examine out-of-the-box ideas for creating schools as healing systems, safe places, creative and kind places.

This FREE workshop, facilitated by WWf(a)C Founder, Mary Pierce Brosmer and Co-Facilitated by WWf(a)C Facilitator, Andrea Nichols, is open to students, teachers, parents, grandparents, administrators, and board members.

While the workshop is FREE, seating is limited and registration is required.

Your Legacy, Your Voice
Your voice can live on through your legacy, encouraging women and girls to speak up and speak out; expressing their strong voices through writing and finding encouragement in a supportive circle. Please consider a legacy gift for Women Writing for (a) Change in your will, trust, IRA or Insurance beneficiary designation.
Upcoming Classes 
*Please click the class name for details and to Register.  Many courses run several weeks.

FREE Samplers
Core Sampler - May 22

Core Classes - Summer Term 8-Week
Tuesday AM - starts June 19
Wednesday PM Co-Ed - starts June 6
Thursday AM - starts June 7

Summer Camps
Teens - Grades 7-9 - June 25-29

Specialty Classes
- starts May 24
Reading Like a Writer - Feb 23-Apr 20
(Classes may be taken individually)
Crystal Wilkinson - 4/13 & 4/14

Community Classes
Life in Schools - Apr 22
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