Women Writing for (a) Change Cincinnati - December 2019 Newsletter 

An Invitation to Write
"Everything must have a beginning ... and that beginning must be linked to something that went before."  ~Mary Shelley


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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 gentle nudge that is needed. 

Available in any amount, they 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 Wednesday, December 18th!

Every Voice Matters


February 21 & 22
Gifts of Stock

Consider a gift that costs you less!
Do you have stock or other securities that have appreciated in value? Did you know that these can be a beneficial way for you to make your gift to WWf(a)C?
Winter Writing Retreat 2020

Finding Meaning As We
Find Our Way

February 16-20 - $525

Take this time with us to focus on who you are now and who you see yourself becoming.

Rest, write, read, and dream at the lovely Transfiguration Spirituality Center. Facilitated by Diane Debevec and Karen Novak.

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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 make a gift to WWf(a)C and avoid increasing your taxable income with that distribution. To learn more, click here.

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As You Shop for
the Holidays

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 sign up--and remember to do any Amazon shopping through smile.amazon. Thank you!
Best Wishes
to all for
a Peaceful
and Happy
Holiday Season!

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In gratitude and appreciation of Diane's eight years as Executive Director of Women Writing for (a) Change, please join us at WWf(a)C for Diane Debevec Day!

Saturday, January 11
Open House 2-5pm
Brief Remarks 3pm

Reserved tickets required. Please reserve your free tickets by January 6th. 
Remembering Bev Bowers

Women Writing for (a) Change lost a writer, supporter, and amazing spirit on November 25th. Beverly A. Bowers ("Bev") brought many new people to WWf(a)C. She was an enthusiastic extrovert and when she discovered a gem, she had to share it.

Perhaps most known for collaborating on events, Bev founded and was director of WomensWay of Ohio & Kentucky. Their mission was to support women in the arts. Bev produced many concerts and events with artists of all kinds and held them here: SWAN Day (Supporting Women Artists Now), Krista Detor & Friends, Raison d'etre, Troubadours of Divine Bliss, and innumerable open mics. Many walked through our doors and enjoyed the Friday Night Salon (2012 until Bev's health faltered). She reached out to authors, spiritual healers, comedians, and musicians to share over a potluck. Sometimes there was a theme and those who wished wrote and shared fastwrites. Last January Bev promoted "A Festival of Words" at Arnolds with words from twenty women and music from Randy Weeks and B.J. Stahl. May 2012 she was instrumental in bringing singer-musician Carrie Newcomer to Grailville. Loving the blues, she enticed Georgian blues star E.J. Kight to town and assisted in summer blues festivals. She even helped with two films!

The Wednesday evening co-ed class was graced with Bev's presence since summer 2017. In small group with Randy Weeks, Meg Howes, and Chris Gutjahr, she transformed them into friends. All three shared memories at Sunday's memorial, bringing over a hundred people to mourn, remember, and laugh at anecdotes about Bev.

There's a new saying around town--"That's so Bev!" Even we wordsmiths have difficulty in describing such an indomitable spirit. When you see a butterfly, think of Bev. She leaves behind her partner of 37 years, Sue Tekulve, daughter Shelley, and granddaughter Casey.

Phebe (Karen) Beiser
Gratitude for Your Generosity

Day of Giving Challenge adds $7,000 to Scholarship and Outreach funding!

Gifts from 77 generous souls made this possible! We are grateful to the entire community for this support, for recent #GivingTuesday donations, and for all the many gifts throughout the year. It is your support that allows Women Writing for (a) Change to offer the many writing circles, including outreach in the community and scholarships.
Together, these contributions total $58,000 toward our $65,000 Annual Giving goal for 2019. Just $7,000 to go! With the continued generosity of this community, we will reach $65,000 by year-end. Thanks and appreciation to each of you for being a part of Women Writing for (a) Change!

You don't have to wait until summer to experience our writing circles for young people! Join us over Winter Break, whether it's your first visit or you've lost count!

Each session includes poetry and prompts, individual writing time, shared conversation, a bit of crafting, snacks and drinks.

All circles are $35. Our youth programs are open to girls and trans and gender nonconforming (TGNC) youth, unless noted as All Gender.

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

FREE Core Class Sampler

FREE Sampler for "Celebrating Our Struggles"

Winter Term Core Classes
8-Week Tuesday AM Class - begins January 7
8-Week Tuesday PM Class - begins January 7
14-Week Wednesday PM Class - begins January 8
14-Week Thursday AM Class - begins January 9

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Specialty Classes
Celebrating Our Struggles - begins January 25

Winter Break Writing Circles for Youth
Grades 4-6 (All Gender) - December 27
Grades 7-9 - December 28
Grades 10+Young Adult - December 29

Write Around the Corner

Community Programs
Writing Back the Sun - December 20

2020 Winter Writing Retreat
February 16-20

Women Writing for (a) Change ®
6906 Plainfield Rd 
Cincinnati, OH  45236