At the heart of Women Writing for (a) Change® are the core writing classes. These include women only as well as co-ed offerings. Offered August-December; January-May; and June–July, the core classes invite women to make a commitment to themselves and their writing. Participants invest their time (two and a half hours once a week for either 8 or 15 weeks), to create a community which will hold and evoke their words.
In our core classes, facilitators offer writing prompts and resources, and encourage participants to choose and develop their own subject matter. Classes allow for personal writing time, sharing in large and small groups, and opportunities to read aloud to an audience. Writers also learn to give and receive useful, constructive feedback, based on individual motivation and intentions. The class creates a safe space for individuals to develop their own voices and offers opportunities for them to have their words heard and honored without judgment.
In addition to our core classes we offer a rich array of specialty classes and workshops. Our specialty classes offer theme-based opportunities for writers and those wishing to explore other forms of creativity in addition to writing. Specialty Classes incorporate WWf(a)C circle practices into each session. Some adult classes are co-ed. Check back often as we offer new programs regularly!
The Craft of Writing Classes
The Craft of Writing classes provide participants the opportunity to further hone their writing voice through instructions and exercises on craft designed to strengthen the power of story within their work. Whether writing memoir, creative non-fiction, or fiction, participants will benefit from these focused classes. Poets also find our craft of writing classes instrumental in shaping their work. Both eight-week series are offered as a discount package or on a class-by-class basis. We offer two distinct series on an on-going basis:
Fall - Building Blocks of Story: Eight weeks of intensive study into the art of creating a story. The principles presented in these workshops are applicable to Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction. Throughout these classes, we examine various elements of story to help participants increase their knowledge and expertise in the basic construction of a written story. Each class is designed with hands-on exercises to help the writer sharpen an existing manuscript and in the creation of new material.
Spring - Reading Like a Writer: Want to write the great American novel? First, one must investigate the great American writers and their approaches to craft. In these classes, we study aspects of writing through critical reading of short pieces related to individual topics to attain that depth in one's own writing. Participants implement new techniques in their own work and use the art of critique to examine published authors and the participant's own work. Each session includes fastwrites, instruction, a longer writing time to apply new principles, and short readarounds to test new techniques.
Classes for Young Women
Young Women's programs are open to girls and teens in grades 4-12. Classes and camps use the art of writing and other arts to enhance self-esteem and build skills in creative self-expression. Programs are designed to help strengthen girls' authentic voices, develop their ability to speak out through writing and direct interaction, and deepen their belief in their own creative intelligence.
Community Programs and Events
Community Programs and events are offered by WWf(a)C, partner organizations and friends of WWf(a)C. Community Programs and Events offer a wide variety of opportunities for women, men, and young women, and are in alignment with the mission and vision of WWf(a)C.
Free Programs and Samplers
Our free programs and samplers offer participants the opportunity to sample a core class or specialty program, join a book club discussion, or take part in any number of FREE programs and events happening at Women Writing for (a) Change. This is a great opportunity for those new to Women Writing for (a) Change to get a taste of our offerings before committing to an entire class. We offer free programs throughout the year.
Women Writing for (a) Change offers week-long writing retreats in summer for those seeking time for writing, rest, and renewal. Our week-long retreat follows 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 allow ample space for writing, walking, art-making, dreaming, and resting. Our retreats are an opportunity for participants to go deep with a project or to start something anew.