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

An Invitation to Write

"June, thy beauty is a snare,
To waste time in visions rare;
Of vain dreaming, oh,     beware!" ~Caroline May

Waste some time this summer with your writing. Daydream, imagine, contemplate...Go!



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2018 Summer Camps

Second Teen
Camp Added!

Writing, art, sharing, crafting, listening, friendship and more - Enroll Now!

Grades 4-6:
Full-Day: July 9-13
Half-Day: July 16-20

NEW! Grades 7-9: July 23-25

Grades 10-12: June 18-22

Tuition is $275 (full-day) or $155 (half-day); Scholarship applications are available

Save the Date

October 20th
A Taste of
Wine & Art
. . . with Words

Would you like
to volunteer for the
event? Have something
to donate for the silent
auction? Please contact
Toni Lackner,

Have You Noticed
The Excitement?

The scaffolding and protective barrier are up and work is about to begin on Silverton's ArtsWork mural which is being added to the side of our building, in partnership with  WWf(a)C. Watch our Facebook page for photos of the progress! 

Your Legacy
Your Voice

With a gift in your will, trust, IRA or Insurance beneficiary designation, your voice will live on through those who follow. Your legacy will encourage women and girls, men and boys, to speak up and speak out, expressing their strong inner voices through writing, finding encouragement in the listening ears of the supportive and inspirational circle. Please remember Women Writing for (a) Change as part of your legacy.

   Coming on 7/24,
An Evening of Female Comics & MORE!

...too much fun to miss!
   YFLA Class of 2018

Young Women Writing for(a) Change ® is proud to announce that eight strong and independent young women graduated from the Young Feminist Leadership Academy (YFLA) on April 22nd, 2018. Led by YWFLA graduates Meg Stentz and Liv Linn, the graduates started the program in December of 2017, and completed it in April, naming their cohort Boat Jumpers. To further put into practice what they have learned, several graduates will be assisting in our summer writing camps.

Congratulations, Boat Jumpers: YFLA Class of 2018!

Pictured from left to right, back row: Liv Linn, Meg Stentz, Ally Bonhaus, Maura O'Dea, Elizabeth Johnson, Bess Lindeman, Maddie Basil.  Left to right, front row: Keegan Sullivan, Marin O'Dea, Reilly McDonald.
Gratitude and Welcome

Gratitude to Janie Baer
We are sad to announce that Janie Baer has retired  from her position a s Executive Assistant. Since late 2015, Janie has been an immense support in keeping the office running smoothly. She will be missed by all. Happily, there is good news: this is not truly a goodbye, as Janie has been invited to return to the WWf(a)C Board of Trustees. Many thanks for the multiple facets of your service to WWf(a)C, Janie!

Welcome, Lisa Rocklin
Women Writing for (a) Change is excited to announce that Lisa Rocklin has been hired to fill a newly created staff position, that of Associate Director! In this capacity, she will take on overflow duties of the Executive Director, in addition to some of the duties previously carried out by Janie Baer.

Lisa found her way to a WWf(a)C Saturday Sampler in 2006. From that first circle, it was wonderfully obvious that her writing voice had found a home. Formerly an English teacher at McAuley High School, she has a BA in English and an MA in Secondary Education from Northern Kentucky University. Prior experience includes managing customer service teams and hiring and training market research staff.

Lisa is a 2015 graduate of the Conscious Feminine Leadership Academy. Supporting girls to cultivate their authentic selves through writing is a passion she pursues as a facilitator of teens' and young women's classes. She lives in Mt. Healthy with her husband Tony and dogs Daisy and Hazel.

A very big welcome to Lisa!
Transforming Young Women's Lives

WWf(a)C partners with multiple organizations and programs in Greater Cincinnati to offer outreach circles. One of these, Urban Education Center in Covington, is an afterschool program that provides individual tutoring, physical exercise and "special sessions." These sessions include weekly Young Women Writing for (a) Change circles for 5th through 8th grade girls.

WWf(a)C facilitator Katherine Meyer leads these writing circles, which follow YWWf(a)C practices and procedures. The girls listen to a poem for inspiration and respond to writing prompts provided by the facilitator. They write about their lives and have the opportunity to share some or all of what they have written in a confidential space. Each circle closes with a time of reflection on the gifts and challenges of that day's writing circle.

This transformative time in girls' lives is consciously acknowledged through their writing. One young woman, Bailey, has described her journey eloquently in the following poem, included below. Through academic and writing success, Bailey has procured a scholarship to a local High School. Additionally, she has been honored for another one of her poems, Psychology of Poetry.

Warm congratulations to Bailey on her current success and recognition; and best wishes for her future writing endeavors!

by Bailey

It's socially unacceptable to dwell on myself,
At least more than absolutely necessary,
But i am aware of a sudden, great change.
If not for the observation of others,
i wouldn't have a clue how different i look these       days.
Reports of my new behavior have come back to me
In waves, like butterflies migrating home, finally.
People say i glow, an aura of confidence.
i walk straight backed and proud,
With an air of determination about me.

Now, with eyes i never learned to love,
i look down the nose i've always hated,
At all the people who seeked to put me down,
And i realize i have something special,

(To read Bailey's entire poem, Click Here.)
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Tuesday AM - starts June 19
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