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

An Invitation to Write

" I could almost wish myself a dormouse or a she-bear, to sleep away the rest of this cold, cold winter ..."

How do you embrace the winter months? Go!



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~Save The Dates~

February 8th & 9th

A Festival of Words

January 26, Noon-3pm

Women's Way of Ohio-KY, WWf(a)C and University of Cincinnati CCM present this showcase of local authors, poets, and storytellers. Emceed by current and past Cincinnati Poet Laureates Manuel Iris and Pauletta Hansel. Music by Randy Weeks and B.J.Stahl.

Held at Arnold's Bar & Grill, 210 E. 8th Street, downtown Cincinnati. Tickets $25 (includes lunch) - proceeds support the work of the three non-profits presenting the show. Reservations required. Details here.

Conscious Feminine
Leadership Academy
Discernment Circles

CFLA 2019 will take place next summer, with lead facilitators Mary Pierce Brosmer, Founder of WWf(a)C, and Diane Debevec, Executive Director of WWf(a)C. Learn more about CFLA and the application process  here. If CFLA interests you, please attend the Discernment Circle listed below. This gathering is designed to help determine whether CFLA is right for you and you for it.

January 14th, 7-9pm

Register here, at no charge.

Gift Certificates for
the Holidays

Do you know someone who would love to take a class at WWf(a)C? A Gift Certificate may be just the nudge that is needed. These are available in any amount and can be used toward classes at Women Writing for (a) Change in Cincinnati.

Please contact Sally Schneider to purchase, or call 513-272-1171.

Deadline to order is Monday, December 17th!

IRA Rollover Gifts

Are you at least 70 1/2 and need to take a Required Minimum Distribution each year from your IRA account? Do you love and want to support Women Writing for (a) Change?  You can avoid increasing your taxable income with that distribution, by setting up your gift as a distribution to be sent  directly from  your IRA. 

Known as a Qualified Charitable Distribution, this transfer can be accomplished simply, and with tax savings, by contacting your IRA account administrator to set up for a direct transfer from your IRA to WWf(a)C.  The funds must come directly from the IRA administrator to qualify.  As always, please consult your financial advisor regarding your individual situation.

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Dear Friends,

As 2018 draws to a close, I am filled with gratitude for the many gifts of our 27th year.

Our adult and youth writing circles continue to thrive. We welcome all of you who are new! Your voices deepen and enrich our collective community. New programs are being offered in response to your requests and suggestions. Community partnerships are blossoming, while longtime outreach relationships continue, giving us the opportunity to provide writing circles for girls experiencing homelessness, women in prison, and women in recovery, among others. We are currently preparing a rich array of programs to build connection, strengthen voices, and inspire your creativity in 2019!

I hope that the winter months for you are a time of quiet and rest, a pause for restoring your energies to kindle the flame of your creative life. Thanks to each and every one of you for the gifts that you bring to the WWf(a)C community and for helping us spread the word about who we are and what we offer. Sending wishes for a peaceful holiday season.

With Gratitude,
Diane Debevec
Executive Director

Gratitude for Your Generosity

Thank you for your generosity on #GivingTuesday! Gifts from forty-seven friends and supporters totaled $2,140 which will go directly to support WWf(a)C outreach programs and individual scholarships. Outreach circles currently reach women escaping domestic violence; women in prison or fighting addiction; homeless teens; and young boys and girls in after school programs that offer time and space for self-expression through writing and for connection to others.  Your gifts make a difference!
Exploring Cross Cultural Expressions

Collecting Calligraphy:
Arts of the Islamic World

January 20th, Noon-2:30pm

Women Writing for (a) Change partners with the Cincinnati Art Museum for the third program in this ten-part series. Inspired by the exhibit, participants will be led in the creative process of considering the cultural contexts of the folios, then finding their own words to respond. Writing prompts will guide participants in their own journey to discover, question and understand more about the traditions and the lives of the people behind the exhibit. Facilitated by Katherine Meyer. Register here.

Detail recording the dedication to "the son of the dear (and) righteous Sultan Bayezid" from the Folio Describing the Pain and Sorrow Caused to the Heart by the Beloved, by the 9th-10th century poet Yusaf Shah, early 16th century, Iran, ink, gold, and color on paper. Fanny Bryce Lehmer Endowment.

Coming up next in the series:

February 16: Harriet Beecher Stowe House
Tour and focus on Stowe's impact

March 23: Film by Joan Ferrante at WWf(a)C
"Mourning the Creation of Racial Categories"

April 14: Playhouse in the Park
"The Thanksgiving Play"

Registration available soon!
Women at Fifth Third Experience Women Writing for (a) Change
Nearly 60 women employees at Fifth Third Bank found their voices in a new way at a WWf(a)C Sampler facilitated by former WWf(a)C board chair  Beth  Fritsch, FLA '09. On October 12, Beth and four assistants brought the sampler to the Fifth Third Women's Business Resource Group, which brings in external speakers monthly for educational, professional and inspirational programming.
"I was so pleased to introduce this process in the corporate setting which is already structurally challenged in a way that tends to inhibit voice,"  Beth said.  

During the 90-minute session, participants responded to writing prompts, shared in small groups, and ended with more writing time and a large group readaround with readbacks. 
All participants were brand new to the WWf(a)C experience, and feedback was positive.
"There was no hesitation at all in embracing the process. The women's pens were down and moving freely. Wanting more time to write was a plea uttered by most participants. It was heartwarming to observe how actively the women engaged with the transformational process and the freedom which lit up their faces as they left the sampler."
Upcoming Classes 
*Please click the class name for details and to Register.  Many courses run several weeks.

FREE Core Class Samplers
Tuesday AM - January 8
Wednesday PM - January 9
Thursday AM - January 10

Core Classes - 8-Week - Winter Term
Tuesday AM - begins January 15
Tuesday PM - begins January 15
Wednesday PM - begins January 16
Thursday AM - begins January 17

Craft of Writing Classe s
Writer's Studio - begins January 4
Reading Like a Writer - begins February 15

Write Around the Corner - Original Series

Write Around the Corner - Exploring Cross Cultural Perspectives Series

Specialty Classes
Writing Back the Sun - December 21
Celebrating Our Struggles - begins January 19

2019 Winter Retreat - February 17-20

Conscious Feminine Leadership Academy (CFLA)
Discernment Circles continue January 14th.

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Cincinnati, OH  45236