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 women and those that identify as women, 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.
"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 works of poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction, personal essays, and artwork for publication in (a) river rising: an anthology of women’s voices (ROOTS and BRANCHES edition). We look forward to lifting your voices 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, including ROOTS in the Fall of 2020 and BRANCHES in the Spring of 2021.
For ROOTS, we are exploring the roots of racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, antisemitism, and anti-environmentalism, but also the roots of community, literary arts, family, birth origins, and the motherline of the women who have gone before us.
- Three ways to look at this theme, by way of synonyms:
- ROOT: radicle · rhizome · rootstock · tuber · tap root · rootlet · radicel;
- CAUSE, source or origin: source · origin · starting point · seed · germ · beginnings · genesis · cause · reason · base · basis · foundation · bottom · seat · fundamental · core · nucleus · heart · kernel · nub · essence · fons et origo · fountainhead · wellspring · fount · radix;
- FAMILY, ethnic, or cultural origins, especially as the reasons for one's long-standing emotional attachment to a place or community: origins · beginnings · family · ancestors · predecessors · heritage · birthplace · native land · motherland · fatherland · homeland · native country
If you’ve been a writer in our Jacksonville-based circles, or an artist or featured writer in one of our art shows, or a speaker at one of our events, you’re eligible to submit your work. We hope you will allow others to "catch courage" and inspiration from your words. 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.
Please submit up to three works that resonate with the theme “ROOTS or BRANCHES.” We will choose at least one for publication as long as it fits our theme and our editorial guidelines. The submission fee is $30. This covers the expense of your own copy of the Anthology ($20 value) and a $10 screening fee. This fee helps us to cover some of the expenses of editorial production. If you’d like to pre-buy more copies of the Anthology or order more copies for friends and families, you can place your order here: Shop The Anthology.
— Jennifer Wolfe, Publisher, and Nan Kavanaugh, Editor
“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