Newsletter - May 30, 2014    

An Invitation to Write
"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." 
~Maya Angelou
What untold story inside of you is asking to be told?

In This Issue
Remembering Janet Kalven

Project Connect:
Young Women with Heart, Soul, and Courage

Spotlight on: Phebe Beiser

Writing Retreats
this Summer and Fall

Save the Date
 Evening of Female Comics

Congrats to Published Writers

Book Discussion Group

Women's Way Salons

Upcoming Classes

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Save the Date!

An Evening of
Female Comics
Tuesday, July 29
at Go Bananas! Comedy Club


Organized once again by

writer and comic Teri Foltz (pictured), this high-energy benefit for WWf(a)C is an evening of non-stop laughter and fun!

Don't miss it!

Recent Publications
by WWf(a)C Writers 
Tuesday morning writer,
Teri Foltz, is now a published poet!  Her poem "A Poet in Math Class" was recently accepted for publication in the May 2014 edition of Cincinnati Express.  Check it out

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Wednesday evening writer and poet, Mary Anne Reese has a new book of poems titled Down Deep,  published by Finishing Line Press, Georgetown, KY.  She was recently interviewed by WVXU's Barbara Gray for National Poetry month.  LISTEN

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Past Men Writing for (a) Change participant,
Jeff Smith has published the book Super Friends, blog posts by his late son Whitney Holwadel Smith.  The play "Blogging Behind Bars" based on Whit's story is currently being performed at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival.  LEARN MORE

Book Discussion Group
Our book discussion group,
Fiction and Memoir for Writers, follows WWf(a)C processes to offer an intentional circle using both writing and conversation to broaden and deepen our understanding of each chosen  book.  This is a FREE offering. 

Upcoming Selections:

Inventions of Wings
by Sue Monk Kidd
Sunday, June 1
3 pm - 5 pm 

(No Book Group in July)

by Karen Novak*
*Author in attendance!
Sunday, August 3
3 pm - 5 pm

Salons at WWf(a)C 
Sponsored by
Women's Way of OH/KY

Next Salon: 

Friday, June 6  
First Ever Salon Road Trip!

Salons, usually held at WWf(a)C, go on the road June 6th!  Car caravan to Nashville, IN for "The Breeze that Bends the Grass" at the Brown County Playhouse.  Organized by Teri Foltz and Bev Bowers.

Return Saturday after a day of shopping.  


Reserve your spot in the caravan by June 1.  Call 513-923-1414 or email [email protected]
for all the details.
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Saturday, June 21
Special Event with
Kelly Thomas, Jeff Boling
&Zac Rowe

Come to WWf(a)C for this special evening of music.
Doors open at 6:30
Music begins at 7:30  

Suggested donations at the door $12 (no one turned away)
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All Salons sponsored by Women's Way of OH/KY.  They're a great way to meet new people, share ideas, and learn new information.

  Kroger Rewards Program
Please 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!  


Remembering Janet Kalven 
by Kathy Wade, former WWf(a)C Executive Director
     and Facilitator
Janet at the "Wise Woman" Readaround
 YWCA Women's Art Gallery, 2004

We at WWf(a)C are lucky to claim Janet Kalven as one of our own. Janet, who passed away on April 24, 2014, a little less than one month from her 101st birthday, was a writer in the WWf(a)C community almost since its founding in 1991.  From 1992 to 2011, Janet never missed a semester, and that includes many summer semesters and workshops.  For nearly two decades - at least 38 semesters - the WWf(a)C community was gifted with Janet's keen intellect and her sharp listening skills.  She wrote faithfully and always brought copies for feedback from her sister writers in small group.


Janet had the distinction of being one of WWf(a)C's elders.  In fact, she was always our eldest member, yet she was better known for her young ideas and youthful view of the world...

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A memorial service will be held at Grailville in Loveland, OH on Sunday, June 1 at 2pm. All are invited to celebrate Janet's entry into new life.

In 2009, Kathy Wade interviewed Janet in the WWf(a)C Podcast Edition: "Women Breaking Boundaries"   Listen to the Podcast 
Young Women with Heart, Soul, and Courage 
by Dawn Koch, WWf(a)C Program Manager and Outreach 

2014 Project Connect Seniors! 
photo credit:  Rebeka Beach of Project Connect 

On May 6, 2014, nearly 40 young women affected by homelessness in Cincinnati arrived at Women Writing for (a) Change to share their words with each other and others from the WWf(a)C community. It was a day of celebration, a day of connection, and a day that marked the end of this year's weekly outreach writing program. The program, in existence since 2004, is a partnership between Women Writing for (a) Change and Project Connect. Both organizations are dedicated to giving voice to traditionally silenced individuals...
Who's Who
at Women Writing for (a) Change 
Spotlight On:  Phebe Beiser

"I've been a writer since I wrote my teenage longing into a plastic pink diary with a lock.  As a librarian, my career was immersed in books. Poetry is my passion!  I recently submitted a chapbook for publication consideration.  I have also co-authored and self-published a book about a 2008 trip to Varanasi, India.  Now I am collaborating on a book with a writing sister- friend in New Delhi.  Using 2 years of our chats, we focus on our lives, writing processes, and our travel to South India together in December, 2013.  


I've lived in Cincinnati all my life, though I'm from Butler County.  My A-frame in White Oak sits on 1.2 acres, like a nature preserve with a creek.  I love animals, live with 2 dogs and 2 cats.

I found out about WWf(a)C through friends.  Now that I'm here, I'm not leaving.  I know a good thing when I experience it!"

Phebe Beiser is the current facilitator of the Thursday morning Core Class. Her 8-week Summer Session begins June 5th! 

Learn more about Core Classes
Writing Retreats for Women
This Summer
oin Women Writing for (a) Change facilitators Katherine Meyer and Diane Debevec for a spacious week of writing, rest and renewal at the Transfiguration Spirituality Center in lovely Glendale, Ohio. Our week will follow a pattern of structured and free time, alone and together, with mornings for individual writing, afternoons for small groups and evenings for large group activities and readings.  

We will allow ample space for writing, walking, art-making, dreaming, resting. This is an opportunity to go deep with a project, or to start something you've been imagining anew.

Sunday, August 3 - Friday, August 8, 2014
Download the Brochure or Register On-line

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This Fall 
WWf(a)C, Bloomington is pleased to offer a writing retreat at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico!

This retreat will include writing circles as well as mindfulness-based body-centered explorations. We'll have opportunities to integrate our somatic discoveries with our writer's voice. Daily (optional) Yoga will be offered, as well small group writing practice. All physical activities are adaptable for individual fitness levels. We'll leave plenty of space for quiet contemplation, hiking, and personal writing as well. 
Wed., November 5 - Sun., November 9, 2014
Download the Brochure or Register On-line  


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


Poetry in Motion: Creative Flow Yoga - TOMORROW!   


Summer Core Classes Begin June 3 


Maintain Your Writer's Shape 


Write Around the Corner 

at the Taft Museum of Art  

and the Cincinnati Art Museum


Young Women's Summer Camps 


Writing into Wellness Mini-Retreats 

(take one or all three)


 Poetry Matters: A Mini-Series on the 


WWf(a)C is supported in part by:

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Women Writing for (a) Change
6906 Plainfield Rd, Cincinnati, OH  45236  -  513-272-1171 - [email protected]