Newsletter - May 2016

An Invitation to Write
School will be out soon. Whether thinking back to your days as a student or as a current or former teacher, what does "School's Out!" mean to you? Go!
 25th Anniversary Events!
Coming Up May 13th & 14th
Poet and Author
25th Anniversary
Author Series!
Click here for our listing of Special 25th Anniversary Events happening throughout 2016. We would love to see you this year to help us celebrate! 

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25th Anniversary Reunion!
June 20 - 7:00-9:30 pm

How has Women Writing for (a) Change figured in your journey? It's been 25 years and you are invited to a REUNION Celebration of Women Writing for (a) Change!  Reconnect with others and enjoy a program that will renew you and serve to remind you how WWf(a)C has informed our lives.

The Program will be followed by a party.  Open to all who have participated in or facilitated any class at Women Writing for (a) Change over the past twenty-five years.

Please help us get the word out by sharing this invitation with others who have been a part of Women Writing for (a) Change through the years. While this event is free, please register so we know how many to expect.  You may register here or call Barbra Druffel at 513.403.3454.
Only A Few Spots Left In Our Summer Camps!
Our Summer Camps for Girls and Young Women are filling up quickly! Full- and Half-Day Camps available for:
Grades 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12

Early Bird Special Extended!!
The Early Bird Special for our Summer Retreat 2016 has been extended to May 15! If you pay in full by then, you'll save $45 on the fee for Coming Home to Myself through Writing in Community, h eld at the lovely Transfiguration Spirituality Center in Glendale, July 24-29.

An Evening of Female Comics, July 19
LAST CALL for Humor Writers Turned 
Stand-Up Comics
Don't miss your opportunity to try stand-up comedy!  Develop your act as part of Women Writing for (a) Change's  An Evening of Female Comics  fundraiser.  Teri Foltz will coach a small group of women to put the show together.  

The  deadline to get  a piece of written humor to Teri to turn into a stand-up routine is MAY 22. This year's event will be Tuesday evening, July 19, at Go Bananas Comedy Club. Rehearsals for anyone who wants them will be at WWf(a)C from 6-8pm on May 29, June 5, June 26, July 10, and July 17. These rehearsals will cover material and delivery!

If interested, or to find out more, please email Teri Foltz at .

NOTE:   Even if you have already contacted Teri, please get in touch again to be certain she has your information.  
 Spring 2016 Core Class Public Readarounds

Mark your calendars now!

Tues, May 3, 10am-12:30pm 
Wed Co-Ed, May 4, 7-9:30pm

Please arrive 10 minutes prior to starting time and stay for refreshments afterwards.
This invitation is for women only, unless noted "Co-Ed."
  WWf(a) Change Affiliates


Did you know that we have Sister Organizations throughout the country?


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Bloomington, Indiana


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Grand Junction, Colorado


Indianapolis, Indiana


Jacksonville, Florida


Willamette Valley, Oregon

(Details and Website Coming Soon)

  Kroger Rewards Program
Please Re-Enroll!


 Even if you have signed up      in the past, all members must re-enroll in the Kroger Rewards Program to continue supporting WWf(a)C.


Click HERE  for simple   instructions.   

Thank you to all

 who have joined so far, your efforts are making a

real difference!


George Ella Lyon
25th Anniversary Author Series

May 13, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
May 14, 1:00 - 4:30 pm



Join us for the second event in our 25th Anniversary Author Series  as we welcome Kentucky's Poet Laureate of 2015 and 2016, George Ella Lyon.  Friday, May 13 is a FREE talk/reading on the topic: T he Poetry of Witness. Refreshments and book signing will follow the presentation. While the event is free, seating is limited -  Register Here.

On May 14 she will facilitate Taking Yourself by Surprise: A Writing Workshop, open to all, ages 16 and up, and will feature exercises for breaking out of predictability. $50 per person - Register Here.

George Ella Lyon is a poet, writer, teacher and Kentucky's Poet Laureate of 2015 and 2016. She
is best known for penning the poem, Where I'm From, which has inspired thousands of writers around the world. George Ella writes, "Though I write in many forms, I am first of all a poet; which means my job is to see and sing the connections between things. The spider's web is a delicious image for this and for the wonder of something newly made from old patterns, like the sentences writers spin each day. The strength of my web comes from family, friends, words, music, dreams, mountains, and the joy of making."  (Read More)

Sponsorship of the Author Series made possible by Annette Januzzi Wick and Mark D. Manley,  with gratitude for 25 years of Women Writing for (a) Change
Conscious Feminine Leadership Academy - Class of 2015

Congratulations to the 2015 Class of the Conscious Feminine Leadership Academy!  The April 16 Graduation Ceremony program was led by Beth Lodge-Rigal, Creative Director and Founder of Women Writing for (a) Change® Bloomington and Lisa M. Hess, Owner of Women Writing for (a) Change®, Dayton.

The 2015 Class is:  
Helen Ambuel, Janie Baer, 
Karol Dyer, Karen Fricke, Marisa Head, 
Lisa Heckaman, Kelly Richey, Lisa Rocklin, 
Heather Snyder, Pam Temple and Stephanie Wilson. 
We are so proud of all of these amazing women and their current and future roles with Women Writing for (a) Change!

Pauletta Hansel Named Cincinnati's Poet Laureate of 2016!

The City of Cincinnati has named its first Poet Laureate, Pauletta Hansel! Congratulations, Pauletta! Check out the class Pauletta is teaching at WWf(a)C this summer,  Spiritual Memoir. 
Alison Luterman Opens Author Series

Alison Luterman drew rave reviews at the opening event in the 25th Anniversary Author Series.  On Friday April 8th, Women Writing for (a) Change hosted the Oakland, CA poet, essayist, playwright and teacher at a free poetry reading and speaking event. Alison began Friday evening's presentation with a recital of her poem  Invisible Work, one many at WWf(a)C know well.  The room grew quiet and the audience was rapt the remainder of the evening. Alison generously answered questions about her creative process, her writing life, and her current projects.  Every writer present was inspired. "This was the most amazing poetry reading I have ever attended", I heard one woman say. 
On Saturday April 9 th, Alison led 29 writers in a 3½ hour workshop steeped in song memory and titled  Raising Our Voices.  Alison guided participants on a journey of recalling songs from other time periods in their lives, and then using those memories as writing prompts. Comments and reflections on the class were unanimously positive.
The 25th Anniversary Author Series continues May 13th and 14th with Kentucky Poet Laureate George Ella Lyon. On November 4th and 5th, local novelist Leah Stewart will be here. Please join us for one or all of these events!
Alison Luterman, Diane Debevec and Mary Pierce Brosmer
Upcoming Classes 
*Please click the class name for details and to Register.  Many courses run several weeks.

Free Programs and Samplers
Co-Ed Core Class Sampler - May 18

Core Classes - Summer Term 8-Week
Tuesday AM  begins June 7
Wednesday Co-Ed PM begins June 8
Thursday AM begins June 9

25th Anniversary Author Series

Specialty Classes
continues May 3-10; drop-ins welcome!
Desire Map Workshop  - Saturday, April 30
Big Work - Six Sundays beginning June 12
Spiritual Memoir - July 21, 28, August 4 & 11

Summer Retreat 2016

Classes For Young Women
2016 Summer Camps begin June 20!
Girls (Full-Day) - Grades 4-6 - July 11-15
Girls (Half-Day) - Grades 4-6 - July 18-22
Teen Girls - Grades 7-9 - June 20-24
Young Women - Grades 10-12 - June 27-July 1

FREE Sunday Book Group
May 1: Splitting An Order  - with Laurie Lambert

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