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.


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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.


Deadline
Thursday, January 21, 2020 (online submission)

Exhibition:  February 26, 2021, to May 16, 2021

Opening: February 27-28, from 11 a.m. -3 p.m.

Drop Off: Saturday and Sunday, January 30-31, from 1 to 6 p.m.

Pick Up: Weekend of May 22-23, 2021, from 1-6 p.m.

Contact: Louise Freshman Brown, Curator, at lfreshman@att.net, or Jennifer Wolfe: Jennifer@WomenWritingJacksonville.com

Theme:
We are exploring the theme of BRANCHES this spring. A primary theme will be the natural environment, but also branches of women’s writing, art family, community, and personal growth. This show will also include art from other branches of Women Writing for (a) Change around the country. More ideas:

  • Noun: 1. botany: a natural subdivision of a plant stem; 2: something that   extends from or enters into a main body or source, such as a stream that flows into another usually larger stream, a tributary; a side road or way; a slender projection (such as the tine of an antler, the branches of a menorah; mathematics: a distinctive part of a mathematical curve; 3: a part of a complex body: such as a division of a family descending from a particular ancestor; an area of knowledge that may be considered apart from related areas (branches of medicine); a division of an organization; a branch of the armed services; the government's legislative and executive branches; a separate but dependent part of a central organization: library branch.
  • Verb: 1. botany: to put forth secondary shoots or stems; 2: to extend in different directions from a main part or point: DIVERGE; 3: to develop or derive from a source : to be an outgrowth

Submission: Please submit online only via “Submittable.”

Entry fee: $10 for up to three pieces; 25% commission. $100-$500 preferred.

Size: Smaller works preferred.

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 each semester. Community artists will be in SheShed and garden.

Guidelines: Paintings, collage, mixed media, photography and sculptures will be accepted.  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.

“BRANCHES” CALL TO ARTISTS (guest artists, by invitation)

Deadline: Thursday, January 21, 2020 (online submission)
Exhibition:
 February 26, 2021, to May 16, 2021

Opening: February 27-28, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Drop Off: Saturday and Sunday, January 30-31, from 1 to 6 p.m.
Pick Up: Weekend of May 22-23, 2021, from 1-6 p.m.

Contact: Louise Freshman Brown, Curator, at lfreshman@att.net
More info:
Jennifer Wolfe: jennifer@WomenWritingJacksonville.com, www.WomenWritingJacksonville.org/artists

Theme: We are exploring the theme of BRANCHES this spring. A primary theme will be the natural environment, but also branches of women’s writing, art family, community, and personal growth. This show will also include art from other branches of Women Writing for (a) Change around the country. More ideas:

  • Noun: 1. botany: a natural subdivision of a plant stem; 2: something that extends from or enters into a main body or source, such as a stream that flows into another usually larger stream, a tributary; a side road or way; a slender projection (such as the tine of an antler, the branches of a menorah; mathematics: a distinctive part of a mathematical curve; 3: a part of a complex body: such as a division of a family descending from a particular ancestor; an area of knowledge that may be considered apart from related areas (branches of medicine); a division of an organization; a branch of the armed services; the government's legislative and executive branches; a separate but dependent part of a central organization: library branch.
  • Verb: 1. botany: to put forth secondary shoots or stems; 2: to extend in different directions from a main part or point: DIVERGE; 3: to develop or derive from a source : to be an outgrowth

Submission: Please submit up to three pieces online via “Submittable”— Submittable

Commission: 30% commission for invited artists, excluding cost of frame
Size: No larger than 40” x 40.”

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 each semester. Community artists will be in SheShed and garden.

Guidelines: Paintings, collage, mixed media, photography, and sculptures will be accepted.  Only original artwork. Art must be framed and ready to hang. Each piece should be clearly marked on the back with artist’s name, title, dimensions, medium, and price.

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 exhibition and related events. Works may also be selected for publication in our annual anthology, (a) river rising, Anthology of Women’s Voices, Roots and Branches edition.

"Women catch courage from the women whose lives and writings they read, and women call the bearer of that courage, friend.” —Carolyn Heilbrun
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Dear Friends,

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.

THEME
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

For BRANCHES, we are exploring the theme of BRANCHES.. A primary theme will
 be the natural environment, but also branches of women’s writing, art, family, community, and personal growth. This show will also include art from other branches of Women Writing for (a) Change around the country. More ideas:

  • Noun: 1. botany: a natural subdivision of a plant stem; 2: something that extends from or enters into a main body or source, such as a stream that flows into another usually larger stream, a tributary; a side road or way; a slender projection (such as the tine of an antler, the branches of a menorah; mathematics: a distinctive part of a mathematical curve; 3: a part of a complex body: such as a division of a family descending from a particular ancestor; an area of knowledge that may be considered apart from related areas (branches of medicine); a division of an organization; a branch of the armed services; the government's legislative and executive branches; a separate but dependent part of a central organization: library branch.
  • Verb: 1. botany: to put forth secondary shoots or stems; 2: to extend in different directions from a main part or point: DIVERGE; 3: to develop or derive from a source : to be an outgrowth

ELIGIBILITY
If you’ve been a participating artist in one of our art shows, you’re eligible to submit your 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.

TO SUBMIT
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. If you submit words AND art, we may only select one or the other; we will not necessarily be able to include both due to space limitations.


FEES
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. 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
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“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 

Women Writing for (a) Change Jacksonville