Women Writing for (a) Change, Jacksonville, is a growing community for Jacksonville and North Florida writers. We are here 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.
We offer regular writing circles in our community, art exhibits featuring women artists, and an annual anthology of women writers and artists who have been in our circles over the years. We also host a number of special events highlighting our women writers and artists as well as women leaders in our community.
We use Submittable to collect submissions for the anthology, our art shows, and any other special publishing projects we may organize.
We are a radically inclusive community that creates a safer space for women's voices. We believe, like Pat Schneider, that “everyone is a writer,” and that there is value in everyone’s stories. We focus primarily on the voices of those who identify as female, but not exclusively. We try to create a supportive, non-threatening environment for all who participate. We encourage everyone in our community to help us create an atmosphere where the safety of others is validated.
Our vision is to foster healthy, conscious communities where the words and creative expression of women, girls, and individuals—from all classes, races, ethnic backgrounds, and life circumstances—are nurtured, developed, and celebrated, contributing to positive cultural transformation and a more just and equitable society.
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 a radically inclusive community of women creating change in ourselves and our worlds one truth, one voice at a time.
PLEASE NOTE: Only writers and artists who have participated in our Jacksonville writing circles and art exhibitions are eligible to participate in this anthology. Space is limited to 50 writers and 50 artists; please submit early. Writers and artists who participated in the Rivers and Oceans semesters (fall 2021 and spring 2022) will be given first priority if necessary.
“Women catch courage from the women whose lives and writings they read, and women call the bearer of that courage, friend.” — Carolyn Heilbrun
Women Writing for (a) Change Jacksonville invites you to submit work for publication in (a) river rising: an anthology of women’s voices (RIVERS and OCEANS Edition). We look forward to lifting your voices and your vision through this annual anthology. We are a diverse community of women creating change in ourselves and our worlds one truth, one voice at a time. We focus primarily on the voices of women and those who identify as female, but not exclusively.
This anthology is based on writing and art inspired by our latest art exhibits: RIVERS in the Fall of 2021 and OCEANS in the Spring of 2022.
- Water is a symbol of the feminine—of life, creation, nourishment, and healing. In the same vein, rivers throughout history have served as a life force of civilizations, most of which grew in river valleys. In RIVERS, we pay tribute to the women writers, artists, environmentalists, and community leaders who safeguard one of Jacksonville’s best assets—its waterways. Many of us also have a connection to the river, and we welcome writing and art that take a deeper dive into memories of growing up near its life-sustaining grace. We also explore the role of rivers in the cycle of life, the themes of cleansing and purifying, the plants and wildlife that thrive near and below the surface, and also the calmness that can be upset by raging storms, resulting devastating floods.
- RIVERS can be explored further with the following related terms: fluidity/resistance, flow/barrier, rivers as borders, life-sustaining, energy, storm surge, flooding, thirst, freshwater, pool, surface, mirror, memory, fishing, camping by the river, riverbank, river mouth, tributaries, river stones, boating, the benefits of living in a river city like Jacksonville, and so on.
- In OCEANS, we explore the mighty body of water that sustains all life on earth. Being relatively close to the Atlantic Ocean, we understand the beauty and bliss that beach life can afford, but we are also aware of the responsibility that comes with sustaining it. We thus explore the themes of environmentalism and activism, endurance, and change. We also touch on the theme of destruction; while we know Mother Ocean to be the origin of life, her currents and upwellings can also present a threat. In addition, we also explore the oceans as the great connector of all continents; ironically, they also separate land forms and define borders. This brings us to the themes of immigration and crossing borders.
- OCEANS can be explored further with the following related terms: waves, surf, beach, sun and sand, saltwater, coastal area, shoreline, seashells, undertow, rip currents, rip tides, moon tides, seabed, trench, diving, sunrise and sunset on the water, sounds of the sea, marine life, bird life, marine pollution/prevention, sailing, voyage, navigation, and so on.
If you have participated as a writer or artist in one of our circles or art shows since 2014, you’re eligible to submit your unpublished work. We hope you will allow others to “catch courage” and inspiration from your work. We are radically inclusive and see it as our mission to lift the expression of the feminine here in Jacksonville. The Anthology is an annual platform for you to do so.
The submission fee is $35. This covers the expense of your own copy of the Anthology ($25 value) and a $10 screening fee. This fee helps us to cover some of the expenses of editorial production. To preorder additional copies for friends and family, place your order here: Shop The Anthology.
“True communities are possible. It begins in your writing, where you come together in true community with yourself, where you give yourself permission to acknowledge your pain and joy and sadness and fear, where you begin to accept and love yourself as you are, without pretense.” — G. Lynn Nelson in Writing and Being
Curated by: Marsha Hatcher and Annelies Dykgraaf
Contact: Jennifer Wolfe: Jennifer@WomenWritingJacksonville.com
Theme: We are exploring the theme of JUSTICE in all forms: justice for the earth, its people, animals, people in the legal system, international justice, and more. What does “…and justice for all” —including women—mean to you?”
Statement from Marsha Hatcher, co-curator: “…And Justice for ALL”: Those are the final words in the pledge of allegiance to the American flag. Many of us remember that pledge well from school days, right up there with learning the alphabet and our multiplication tables. Every day school was in session, from kindergarten until graduation, I recited it diligently, with hand over heart. It was a proud moment when I could finally remember the words without looking at the board. It was a wake-up call when I finally realized that after all those years of saying “…and justice for ALL,” those words did not include me and did not include certain groups of American citizens. How could a system designed for all omit so many? How could a country that claims to be the best of everything when it comes to fairness and equality not include me and others? So what does “…And Justice for ALL” really mean?
Deadline: Sunday, August 14, 2022 (online, via Submittable)
Exhibition: Friday, September 23, 2022 to May 2023 (fall and spring; we are extending the exhibition to accommodate more programming around the artworks)
Opening Weekend: September 23: Champagne Reception and Preview Party Friday from 5:30-7:30 (by ticket); Opening Day Saturday September 24 from 11 a.m.-3
Drop Off:Saturday and Sunday, August 20-21, from 1 to 6 p.m.
Closing: Sunday, May 13, 2022, from 3-5 p.m.
Pick Up: Sunday, May 13, 2022, from 5-7 p.m.; also Tuesday, May 15, 5-7 p.m.
Submission: Please submit online via “Submittable.”
Entry fee: $15 for up to three pieces; 25% commission. $100-$500 for smaller works preferred.
Size: Smaller works preferred, though we will need several larger pieces for certain areas
Location: Women Writing for (a) Change, Jax, 1610 Osceola Street, Jacksonville, FL, 32204. This is a historic home where numerous writing and related events are held every semester. Work will be hung inside the house, out in the "SheShed," and out in the garden if appropriate. Space for large-scale sculpture available in the front of the house.
Guidelines: Paintings, collage, mixed media, photography, and sculptures will be accepted. Digital art also accepted, including with sounds, video, etc.
Artwork must be original work by the artists. Art must be properly framed with wire on the back. All frames must be in good condition; worn, chipped frames and art with mats that are not clean will not be accepted. Please be sure each piece is clearly marked noting the name of artist, title, framed size, medium.
Insurance: Please note that Women Writing for (a) Change will not have insurance in place to cover your work while it is in the show. Please obtain your own.
Media: Artists agree that images of work submitted may be used in promotional materials for show and related events.