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.


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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.


Theme: Metamorphosis: The Art Of (a) Change

ELIGIBILITY:

  • WRITERS: Only writers who have participated in our Jacksonville writing circles are eligible to participate in this anthology.
  • ARTISTS: Only artists who identify as female and are from the Northeast Florida region are eligible to participate in this anthology. Art will be selected based on relevancy to theme.
  • Space is limited to 50 writers and 50 artists; please submit early. Writers and artists who participated in the METAMORPHOSIS semesters (Fall 2023 and Spring 2024) 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 *** 

Dear Friends, Women Writing for (a) Change Jacksonville invites you to submit your work for (a) river rising: an anthology of women’s voices (Vol. 6: Metamorphosis [Then and Now] edition). 

We look forward to lifting your voices and 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.

EARLY BIRD DEADLINE: JUNE 15, 2024 

THEME: Metamorphosis [Then and Now] This anthology is based on writing and art inspired by the theme of our Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 semesters: METAMORPHOSIS.

DETAILS: What's the difference between your THEN and your NOW? How have you changed? How has the world changed? What remains constant? Are there moments of growth, and resilience that have defined your journey? These questions serve as the starting point into the essence of personal and collective transformation, revealing the enduring imaginal cells that have remained steadfast throughout. There's so much creative power to unfurl in any transformation process. What has YOUR journey looked like/felt like/ been like? Consider the impact of global events such as Covid, the specter of mortality, the challenges of divorce, the power of education, the transformative nature of travel, the spiritual healing you've experienced, and the moments of awakening that have shaped your worldview.

Join us in this celebration of transformation as we showcase the profound creative power that emerges from the depths of change. Tell us, in art, word, or song. We're here for it.

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. 

Media: Artists agree that images of work submitted may be used in promotional
 materials for show and related events. NOTE TERMS OF USE BELOW

$25.00

If you've published a book (either by traditional publisher or self-published) and you'd like to share it with our community, let us help you ! We are hosting our third annual Author's Showcase for women and non-binary authors of Northeast Florida. We also welcome authors from any marginalized community; please email us (below) with details. Please note: We have room for about 30-35 authors. First come, first serve. Thank you!

  • DATE: The event will take place Saturday, June 1, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • LOCATION: CoRK Art Studios at 2689 Rosselle St, Jacksonville, FL 32204. The event will take place indoors and outdoors on the campus of CoRK, with authors inside and food trucks outside. Tables will be placed indoors. A ramp is available to help with setup. No tents will be needed. A special area will be designated for children's book authors.
  • TABLES: We will provide you with a half an 8-foot table; however, please provide your own tablecloth and chairs. That will enable you to hide your books under the tables for a more professional look.
  • RAIN DATE/WEATHER: Please remember to take the weather/temperature into consideration; however, we do not think weather will be a difficulty this year due to interior location.
  • BOOKS: You will provide copies of your own books for sale, and ring up the charges yourself. We are covering our costs through the submission fee.
  • READINGS: If you are interested in reading a segment of your work during a 10-minute time slot, please let us know in the form below.
  • PARKING: Parking is available on the sides of the buildings and in the street.

We want you to have a positive experience, so here are some tips to help you maximize your sales and your good time:

  • Please help us promote this event so we get good participation from the community.
  • We will post this event on our website, on Eventbrite, Facebook, and Meetup. Please help us share via social media. You can ask to be a co-host of the event on our FB page. We can be found at  @WomenWritingforaChangeJacksonville on Facebook and at @womenwritingjax on Instagram.
  • We will also promote this event on the Times-Union Book Page (Sunday newspaper). You can list your participation individually as well. Note: You must submit at least 14 days prior to publication in the Sunday edition.
  • Please bring your own promotional materials for display at your table (posters, etc.)

For questions, please contact Jennifer Wolfe at jennifer@womenwritingjacksonville.com.
 

$25.00

If you want to support our literary community, and have a program, product, or relevant service to share, please sign up to be a vendor at our upcoming third annual Author Showcase and Book Festival, on June 1, 2024. 

We are featuring authors who have published a book (either by traditional publisher or self-published)  We are hosting our third annual Author's Showcase for women and non-binary authors of Northeast Florida. Please note: We have room for about 5-8 vendors and 3-4 food trucks or food providers. First come, first serve. Thank you!

  • DATE: The event will take place Saturday, June 1, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • LOCATION: CoRK Art Studios at 2689 Rosselle St, Jacksonville, FL 32204. The event will take place indoors and outdoors on the campus of CoRK, with authors inside and food trucks outside. Our coffee vendor will be inside. Tables will be placed indoors. A lift is available to help with setup. No tents will be needed. A special area will be designated for children's book authors and workshops.
  • TABLES: We will provide you with a half an 8-foot table; however, please provide your own tablecloth and chairs. That will enable you to hide your packages under the tables for a more professional look.
  • RAIN DATE/WEATHER: Please remember to take the weather/temperature into consideration; however, we do not think weather will be a difficulty this year due to interior location.
  • PRODUCTS: You will provide your own products or services for sale, and ring up the charges yourself. We are covering our costs through the submission fee.
  • PARKING: Parking is available on the sides of the buildings and in the street.

We want you to have a positive experience, so here are some tips to help you maximize your sales and your good time:

  • Please help us promote this event so we get good participation from the community.
  • We will post this event on our website, on Eventbrite, Facebook, and Meetup. Please help us share via social media. You can ask to be a co-host of the event on our FB page. We can be found at  @WomenWritingforaChangeJacksonville on Facebook and at @womenwritingjax on Instagram.
  • We will also promote this event on the Times-Union Book Page (Sunday newspaper). You can list your participation individually as well. Note: You must submit at least 14 days prior to publication in the Sunday edition.
  • Please bring your own promotional materials for display at your table (posters, etc.)

For questions, please contact Jennifer Wolfe at jennifer@womenwritingjacksonville.com.
 

Women Writing for (a) Change Jacksonville