Women Writing for (a) Change
July 24, 2013
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An Evening of Female Comics  presented for the benefit of WWf(a)C
Tuesday, July 30, 8:00 pm
(Doors open at 7pm)
at Go Bananas Comedy Club
Reservations and Tickets are
available on-line:
For more information about our comics, please click HERE.
This Week's Writing Prompt:

 What's so funny?  Try your hand at a comedic essay:  write about an embarrassing moment, funny family experience, or something that made you laugh out loud.


WWf(a)C, A Taste of Wine and Art

Saturday, October 19th



 Wine, Art, Silent Auction and Fun.

More information to follow but for now we wanted you to be sure to mark your calendar.


If you are interested in helping with the event or for further information,

please contact:


Laurie Fitzgerald Althaus


or Mardee Sherman:




For details on how you can help with this fun event, please click HERE.
concertseriesBlues-Boogie-Roots Concert Series   
presented by WWf(a)C and
Women's Way of OH-KY

Let's celebrate women's words through music!  Join us for two more special concerts this summer right here at  
Women Writing for (a) Change.
Click HERE to view larger flyer 
August 4 - A big triple night with Raison D'Etre, Emily Ash and straight from headlining the Cincinnati Blues Festival the Georgia Songbird, EG Kight.

August 30 - Wild Carrot
 This Cincinnati-based, award-winning group has what it takes to please all types of folk music fans. ... with intensity as only great acoustic music can deliver.  Featuring our own Tuesday morning writer, Pam Temple!

Please see the flyer above for all the details. 

Comments from our Facebook page regarding the Troubadours of Divine Bliss show which occurred on June 28:

"Thank you Tracy Ann, thank you Troubadours, thank you Women's Way, thank you Sandy Lingo, and thanks to all who attended this evening of Divine Bliss! I believe I can speak for all who were there: a great evening of fabulous music and friends!"

The Friday Salons, sponsored by Women's Way of OH/KY are on hiatus the rest of the summer, but will resume in the Fall - keep your eye on the newsletter for future details. 
For more information, please call 




You can support WWf(a)C just by using your Kroger Plus Card


Click HERE  for simple instructions on how to sign up for the program.   


Thank you to all who have joined so far ~ your efforts are making a real difference!  So far, we have earned 

 over $1500.00 with your support!   

Women Writing for (a) Change is supported in part by

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6906 Plainfield Road
Cincinnati, OH  45236
(513) 272-1171

Michelle Dunford (center)
with Kaitlyn Manley and Davis Wick at WordPlay

Streaming Out in Waves

By Annette Januzzi Wick


"Something is streaming out of a body in waves". This line is from a Muriel Rukeyser poem read during an early Starfire U. meeting with Women Writing for a Change.


First came the circle, where words of Starfire writers were held. Then, a deeper sharing of words as Starfire writers paired with WWf(a)C members.  And finally, a teaming of two writers - Eva Lewandowski and Michelle Dunford - who shaped what was streaming out of a body in waves into a capstone project for Michelle.


As a member of Starfire, Michelle conceived of a community writing project where she and Eva placed journals in venues such as Sidewinders cafe, WWf(a)C, and Christ Hospital. Through prompts, the journals encouraged passers-by, writers, or coffee drinkers to stop and write or read what others had written.


Michelle also learned the deeply held practices of WWf(a)C and applied them while facilitating free writing circles at a library and coffeehouse.


The culmination of Michelle's capstone was a presentation of her concept to the public. This event took place at Wordplay, in Northside, with Diane Debevec facilitating. Committee members read from various journals and the audience provided readbacks, writing of their own, and a recitation of a butterfly poem.


With pride, Michelle will continue with the journals and hosting free writing circles at a new location. Michelle is also a prolific writer of fan fiction with reams of yellow legal pads filled with such and carries a personal passion for poetry. She hopes to be present in a WWf(a)C circle following graduation from Starfire.


Through the leadership of WWf(a)C, facilitators Mary Ann Jansen, Annette Wick, Katherine Meyer and Phebe Beiser, the many writers of WWf(a)C, Eva Lewandowski, Caitlyn Rettenmaier, Courtney Kerby, Jackie Dra, Ellen Austin-Li, and Sarah Buffie, the words and ideas of one woman writer, Michelle Dunford, will continue to be released in waves. 


by Andrea Nichols
2013 Summer Camp Director
The spirit and soul of the Young Women Writing for (a) Change program was fully alive this summer!  We enjoyed our largest participation since the summer of 2007. The girls and teens brought a special energy to our building during the month of June, and I can attest that they were fierce and brave in their writing this year. I am so proud of each girl for putting her voice into the writing circle and for making space to deeply listen to one another. I watched lasting friendships form. I heard tentative voices become bold, and I listened to girl after girl tell the truth of her life, our society, and our world. I was humbled by their courage and they taught me as much or more than I taught them....Read More

YW Camp photos (grades 10-12)   

YW Camp Participants 

Writing time
Touch Drawing 
Fun with Movement! 

For full course descriptions and how to register, please visit our website.   Or click "Register for a Class" under Quick Links in the left-hand column.



Explore your world through the art and practice of journaling! 

This workshop will bring together different forms of journaling for a bit of exploration and a lot of fun.  Using writing prompts, art materials, crafting supplies, and journaling techniques, participants will be given the opportunity to explore journaling and its many uses, and forms. This one-day class will open the door to creativity and experimentation, will bring some fun into journaling, and will provide participants with a number of ideas, techniques, and tools.  

Saturday, July 27, 9:30am - 12:30pm

  Facilitator:  Dawn Koch





Always wanted to try a class at WWf(a)C?  Now you can--for FREE!  Join us for a sampler, designed to introduce new participants to our programs and practices before committing to a Core Class. Fall Core classes begin August 27. 


Saturday, August 17

 11:00am - 12:30pm

 Facilitator:  Phebe Beiser




Always wanted to write fiction but don't know how to start?   Find out by joining a 6-week circle that will introduce you to the storytelling craft.   


Sundays, July 14, 21, 28 & August 4, 11, 18,  12:30-3:30 pm 

 Facilitator:  Marisa Becker

 Open to women and men ages 16+






Divorce is a sometimes shocking, and often unwelcome, milestone.  This series is an opportunity to put your thoughts and feelings on paper and share them in a confidential, safe circle of supportive women.    


Sundays, August 4, 11, and 18, 2 - 4pm

  Facilitator:  Sally Schnieder



FALL SOUL COLLAGE CIRCLE: Reflecting on our own Hero's Journey

Created by intuitively choosing and layering images onto individual cards, your SoulCollage´┐Ż deck is a tangible kaleidoscopic reflection of the "story of you" that invites you to observe the interrelatedness of parts to the whole. Each card represents an aspect of your self; your deck represents your whole self. Creating SoulCollage´┐Ż cards awakens your inner resources and creates unique momentum in your life. SoulCollage is a means of conscious participation in your evolving story.   


Fridays, September 6 - November 15,  10am - 1pm

 Facilitator:  Sara Pranikoff







Please visit our website for dates and times, or to register .




Publish2Join WWf(a)C for a FREE collaborative workshop  
on Book Publishing
with Kelsey Swindler of Orange Frazer Press

Saturday, August 10
Begins 10 am
This workshop will hone in on the many paths to book publication.  Everything from paperbacks and high-end hardcovers to print-on-demand and e-books will be up for grabs. Whether you've already set your book release date or have yet to set pen to paper, you will walk away with the knowledge and resources to approach any publishing scenario with confidence. Share your input, questions, and personal experiences.  All writers are welcome!

Orange Frazer's Website: