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

An Invitation to Write

"The red leaves take the green leaves' place, and the landscape yields. We go to sleep with the peach in our hands and wake with the stone, but the stone is the pledge of summers to come."  ~Emily Dickinson
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As the Tides,
As the Moon

2019 Fall Retreat

Sept 15-18

Our retreat offers ample time for writing, walking, art-making, dreaming, and resting. This is an opportunity to go deeply into your writing, to start a new writing project, or to invite writing as a way to rediscover the vibrancy that already lives within you.

Facilitated by Janie Baer and Lisa Rocklin. Held at the lovely Transfiguration Spirituality Center.

Fall Teen Class
Turn Up the Volume:
A Place for Every Voice

Oct 13 - Nov 17

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During this 6-session class, teens and young people in grades 8-12 will use poetry, writing, listening, art, readings and activities as a means of tapping into the courage to believe in their own voices, 'turn it up,' let their voices be heard and speak their truth.

Books By the Banks
October 26th, 10am-4pm

Author Talks, Writing Panels, Kids' Corner, Teen Scene and more! Held at the Duke Energy Convention Center, this Cincinnati regional book festival is an annual event that you won't want to miss!

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. Simply ask your IRA administrator to make a direct transfer to WWf(a)C. If the distribution is made directly to a nonprofit organization such as WWf(a)C, the withdrawal is excluded from your taxable income entirely.
Known as a Qualified Charitable Distribution, this transfer can be accomplished easily, and with great tax savings, by contacting your IRA account administrator for a direct transfer to WWf(a)C. As always, please consult your financial advisor regarding your individual situation. The funds must come directly from the IRA administrator to qualify.

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Our Next Executive Director:
Lisa Rocklin Shares her WWf(a)C Story

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Recently, a gentleman I encountered at a public event asked me to explain the name of Women Writing for (a) Change, which had always confounded him. "Change from what? Change for what?" he inquired. It was brave of him to ask. I told him simply, for a change in self; for a change in perception of self in relation to others; for change that brings people together in an authentic way through the sharing of words-their own words in their own voices.

For me, that 'change' began as a recommitment to welcome personal writing back into my hectic life as a high school English teacher. My time was spent on everyone else's writing but my own. After my first sampler class in 2006, I began signing up for weekend offerings and the Summer Core Class. I had no desire at that time to publish; I simply wanted to check in with myself through my words. I wanted to write poetry again; I wanted to write personal memoir. And there was nothing I was expected to prove or validate by attending writing circles. I just needed to show up with my writing and my commitment to be a good listener, a fully engaged participant, and an equal member in a circle of peers. My writing voice found a home here.
Celebrate Every Voice!

Wine, Art & Words
October 5th, 7:00-9:30 pm

You are invited to Wine, Art & Words on October 5th. Taste the wine and enjoy food and conversation as you listen to the guitar music of Richard Goering, peruse silent auction items and view the featured art exhibit, You Are My Sister . This exhibit is in a small gallery at our new venue for this year, the Lindner Annex of the Kennedy Heights Arts Center. View a sampling of silent auction items here .

A short interlude in the event showcases several WWf(a)C writers presenting brief readings. Join us for a fun evening to support Women Writing for (a) Change!
WWf(a)C Annual Author Series presents
Maureen Morehead, October 18-19

The WWf(a)C Annual Author Series is pleased to welcome Maureen Morehead (Kentucky Poet Laureate 2011-2012) for two very special events. Her Friday, October 18th reading and talk is open to the community free of charge, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor. During the Friday evening presentation,   Why Poetry Matters, Maureen  will discuss the importance of poetry in today's world, not only for K-12 but for all members of society. On Saturday afternoon, October 19th, Maureen will facilitate SPARKS! A Workshop for Generating New Poems.

Friday, October 18th - 7:30-9:30 pm, Reading
Free Registration
Saturday, October 19th - 1-4 pm, Workshop
$50 Registration

With gratitude and appreciation to the anonymous donor who made this event possible.
Exploring Cross Cultural Expressions

The Way of Tea
The Japanese Tea Ceremony:
Discovery through Ritual & Writing

September 28, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

In the ninth session of this series, we partner with the Japan America Society of Greater Cincinnati for this unique opportunity to enjoy a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony and reflect through writing in community.

In this workshop, you will watch  temae  (tea making procedure) and experience it yourself. Inspired by the tea ceremony, participants will be guided in their own journey to discover, question and understand more about the traditions of Japanese culture and relate the use of ritual to that of American cultures. Time will be allotted for those who would like to share part of their writing, and for brief discussion. Please note: This program takes place at WWf(a)C.

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

Fall Core Classes - 8-Week
Tuesday AM - begins October 29
Tuesday PM - begins October 29

Exploring Cross Cultural Expressions

Classes for Teens

Craft of Writing Classes
Writer's Studio - begins September 6
Stories in Short Form - begins October 4

Specialty Classes

Write Around the Corner - Original Series

- Sept 15 through 18
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Cincinnati, OH  45236