What we're about

Women Writing for (a) Change, Jacksonville, is a new writing community for Jacksonville writers. We are here for one purpose: To nurture and celebrate the individual voice by facilitating supportive writing circles and by encouraging people to craft more conscious lives through the art of writing and the practices of community. Creative writing in all forms is honored at WWf(a)C: journaling, fiction, poetry, prose, and collage. We offer core writing classes on a semester basis, and we also offer one-day workshops and longer retreats. You don’t have to be an experienced writer to join the circle, although many experienced writers have benefitted from it. All are invited. WWf(a)C Jacksonville is an affiliate site of Women Writing for (a) Change in Cincinnati. Since 1991, WWf(a)C has evolved into a powerful and empowering community of women and girls telling our stories. We are diverse community of women creating change in ourselves and our worlds one truth, one voice at a time.

Upcoming events (4)

8-Week Series: Rooted In Art

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$75.00

Join us for an 8-Week Series of Writing ‘Rooted In Art’ (An online writing circle, facilitated by Karen Allen)** Please join us for this 8-week series on writing rooted in art, featuring artists from our ROOTS art exhibit. This 8-week Fall Series  is based on this semester’s Art Exhibit theme of ROOTS and the artwork to be featured in the show. Several guest artists will join the circle to talk about their pieces and their work. Artists work intuitively creating visual images that evoke physical and emotional benefits for themselves and those who view their art. Writers do the same with words! Come hear the stories of these artists and curate your own life story as we begin to view life that’s rooted in art. This class will include small groups so that you can bring your current writing projects for ongoing feedback from a trusted group of fellow writers. DETAILS WHAT: Fall Series 2020 STARTS: Thursday, September 24, 2020, 6:30-9:00 p.m. WHERE: Online; eventually, we hope to be back in the Beaches area with this class. CLASS SIZE: Limited to 14 seats. FEE: $240 for the series (Early Bird); $260 regular. $75 deposit. New writer? Remember, you don’t have to be a professional writer to join in. Use this class to find out more about Women Writing for (a) Change’s amazing process, used by thousands of women across the country since 1991 to express their authentic selves through writing and community-building. We'll use prompts, poetry, and prose to practice many different writing techniques. Experienced writer? You'll have a chance to sharpen your craft and technique in our small-group circles. You can bring whatever project you're working on and expect good feedback from people you can trust. FACULTY BIO Karen Allen has been a writer and a poet since she was in grade school in upstate New York. After graduating from UMASS Dartmouth, she spent over 35 years in southeastern Massachusetts raising her daughter and working in various nonprofit organizations. Her passion for whole-person wellness led her to Salve Regina University, where she worked on her master's degree in Holistic Counseling. Karen is an Expressive Arts facilitator and has been teaching breath mastery and reading the Tarot for many years. In 2014, she moved to Jacksonville and through a series of magical coincidences discovered Women Writing for (a) Change, where she re-discovered her love of writing. She completed the Conscious Feminine Leadership Academy for WWfac in the summer of 2019 and is actively working toward expanding the outreach capacity of this local affiliate. BACKGROUND Women Writing for (a) Change® was founded in 1991 by Mary Pierce Brosmer, a practicing poet and former English teacher. She developed WWf(a)C to encourage women to find their voices, speak their truths, and tell their stories in a world in which they were often silenced. (womenwriting.org). The Jacksonville-affiliated school was established in 2014 by Jennifer Wolfe, evolving into a non-profit in 2018, and adding three new faculty members in[masked]. Our intention is to expand our outreach and accessibility to a larger, more diverse audience. “A circle of women may be the most powerful force known to humanity. If you have one, embrace it. If you need one, seek it. If you find one, for the love of all that is good and holy, Dive in. Hold on. Love it up. Get naked. Let them see you. Let them hold you. Let your reluctant tears fall. Let yourself rise fierce and love great. You will be changed. The very fabric of your Being will be altered by this. If you allow it. Please, allow it.” — Jeanette LeBlanc ***** Scholarships Available; request application***** **Given the rise in Coronavirus cases in Florida, we do not expect to hold this class in person at this time.

ROOTS Art SHow Opening and Outdoor Gallery

Women Writing for (a) Change, Jacksonville

Join us for the opening of our Fall Art Show, ROOTS! We're exploring the roots of everything this fall: community, art, writing, family, and country, but also the roots of racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, antisemitism, and anti-environmentalism—all the other social injustices we are called to explore NOW from a feminine perspective. NEW FORMAT We're offering this show in a new format to keep you safe but still allow you to see the fabulous work of our featured artists, writers, and a community gallery of women's voices on the roots of their own lives. Masks and tickets required to attend. SIDEWALK HOSPITALITY Stop by for the opening weekend and enjoy some Sidewalk Hospitality as we connect (safely) in community. Engage with artists and writers, check out our native plant garden, and enjoy a complimentary cup of iced tea while you view the outdoor art and take a (limited) tour indoors. We'll have Plein air painting as well. MEET THE FEATURED ARTISTS and WRITERS On opening weekend, you'll be able to talk with writer Taryn "Love Reigns" Wharwood, who will read work inspired by the ROOTS theme. You'll also get a chance to meet Marsha Glaziere, who created the art on our poster of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. That piece will be available for viewing outside, and we'll be setting up a temporary shrine where you can light a candle and write her a tribute. COMMUNITY GALLERY The community gallery (in the She Shed) will be open for free outdoor viewing (with ticket); indoor tours will highlight our featured artists: Louise Freshman Brown, Sheila Goloborotko, Marsha Glazière, Marsha Hatcher, Princess Simpson Rashid, and Kathy Stark. Indoor tours limited to 3 people at a time only. Featured writers will be paired with the artists as part of our ongoing speaker series, including Tricia Booker, Darlyn Finch Kuhn, Taryn "Love Reigns" Wharwood, and Nikesha Elise Williams. Our Fall Speaker Series also kicks off this weekend, featuring Nikesha, Princess, and Marsha on Saturday from 5-7 on Zoom. Check out the show on Saturday and then sign on to hear what they have to say about it! Special tickets required. Details: Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 2-4 only Sunday Must register to attend for a time slot Must wear a mask and practice social distancing Anyone can attend outdoors with a free ticket Buy a ticket for the indoor show and help support bringing women's voices into the world! We will also have journals, art, and anthologies for sale. All proceeds support our work lifting the expression of the feminine in our community, including writing circles, community events, art shows, and our annual anthology. Thank you for your support! TIckets ONLY on Eventbrite, here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/roots-art-show-outdoor-opening-and-gallery-tickets-121196681537

Rooted in the Motherline (Mini-Series)

Women Writing for (a) Change, Jacksonville

$75.00

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has."—Margaret Meade The wisdom of women is deeply rooted in the Motherline. It flows to us from our mothers, our grandmothers, and those who came before them. However, in a fast-changing world that often has not valued the wisdom of women, we sometimes minimize this source of strength. Worse, it becomes blocked to us. Please join us for this mini-series as we begin to reconnect with that wisdom and keep it flowing. Using writing as a tool, you will be given prompts to help you dig a little deeper and begin to reconnect with life lessons from your own Motherline. You'll share your stories and hear the stories and insights of other women as we write and share in community. Without strong roots, we are groundless, easily tossed about by the winds of change. ROOTED in the Motherline will help women go deep exploring their roots, staying grounded, and gaining sustenance and strength from the women who have come before them. DATE: Tuesdays, September 29 to Nov. 10 TIME: 6:30 – 8:30 pm (log in by 6:15) AUDIENCE: Open to any woman or person who identifies as a woman. FEE: $75 deposit, $150 total This class is facilitated by Marilyn Jones. A retired therapist with a 40-year career in human services, Marilyn is a certified facilitator for Women Writing for (a) Change Jacksonville. A firm believer that each individual carries deep reservoirs of wisdom within, she combines this belief with the proven practices of Women Writing for (a) Change to help participants uncover hidden truths, share their stories, and explore how to make the most of whatever stage of life they are in. MORE DETAILS New writer? Remember, you don’t have to be a professional writer to join in. Use this class to find out more about Women Writing for (a) Change’s amazing process, used by thousands of women across the country since 1991 to express their authentic selves through writing and community-building. We'll use prompts, poetry, and prose to practice many different writing techniques. Women Writing for (a) Change® was founded in 1991 by Mary Pierce Brosmer, a practicing poet and former English teacher. She developed WWf(a)C to encourage women to find their voices, speak their truths, and tell their stories in a world in which they were often silenced. (womenwriting.org). The Jacksonville-affiliated school was established in 2014 by Jennifer Wolfe, evolving into a non-profit in 2018, and adding three new faculty members in[masked]. Our intention is to expand our outreach and accessibility to a larger, more diverse audience. ***** Scholarships Available; request application***** **Given the rise in Coronavirus cases in Florida, we do not expect to hold this class in person at this time.

Deepening: A Mini-Series

Women Writing for (a) Change, Jacksonville

$75.00

Deepening: A Mini-Series (First Saturdays) (facilitated by Shana Brodnax—online only)** Join us for this 3-part series to help you find solid ground beneath you, starting with your writing. Let's go deep. In times like these, when the world we thought we knew is gone, it can feel like there’s no ground beneath our feet. How do we hold steady? How do we show up as who and how we want to be in our lives, families, and communities? We go even deeper and get anchored within ourselves, finding our own groundedness in our values and sense of self. In this 3-part monthly series, facilitated by faculty member Shana Brodnax, we will dive deep within ourselves to find what we need to survive and thrive in the anxiety and uncertainty we’re living through. DETAILS: WHEN: 1st Saturdays for 3 months: October 3, November 7, December 5 TIME: 3-5 PM ET AUDIENCE: Open to any woman or person who identifies as a woman. PURPOSE: Finding groundedness in the midst of the uncertainty and anxiety and chaos of our times. WHERE: Virtual Circle CLASS SIZE: Limited to 16 seats. FEE: $75 New writer? Remember, you don’t have to be a professional writer to join in. Use this class to find out more about Women Writing for (a) Change’s amazing process, used by thousands of women across the country since 1991 to express their authentic selves through writing and community-building. We'll use prompts, poetry, and prose to practice many different writing techniques. Experienced writer? You’ll have a chance to sharpen your craft and technique as we write together. FACULTY BIO Shana Brodnax has been writing in our circles for several years and found them to be such a powerful experience that she became a facilitator herself. She was certified in 2019 through the Conscious Feminine Leadership Academy in Cincinnati, the certification program for Women Writing for (a) Change. Shana’s been a writer since she was a little girl, but before WWfaC writing circles, she never would have said so. Now she can stand on the sacred ground that “a writer is a woman who writes,” and is honored to hold space for other women to discover this too. She often says “the circles are magic!” She incorporates them into her leadership development work as a coach and consultant. Her training as a yoga teacher and yoga therapist also shows up in her circles, where she creates space for women to pursue their own wholeness through their courage to turn inward. BACKGROUND Women Writing for (a) Change® was founded in 1991 by Mary Pierce Brosmer, a practicing poet and former English teacher. She developed WWf(a)C to encourage women to find their voices, speak their truths, and tell their stories in a world in which they were often silenced. (womenwriting.org). The Jacksonville-affiliated school was established in 2014 by Jennifer Wolfe, adding a non-profit arm in 2018 and three new faculty members in[masked]. Our intention is to expand our outreach and accessibility to a larger, more diverse audience. ***** Scholarships Available; request application***** **Given the rise in Coronavirus cases in Florida, we do not expect to hold this class in person at this time.

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Rooted in the Motherline (Sampler)

Women Writing for (a) Change, Jacksonville

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