Women Writing for a Change consists of a group of women volunteers who facilitate a writing circle for the female inmates at the Monroe County Correctional Center. This group of volunteers has successfully created a safe haven for the participants to share their feelings, express emotions and find their voices. By participating in the writing circle, the women learn that their hurt, pain and worries are valid emotions that can be shared and trusted into the hands of others. They learn that many others are facing these very same feelings and that they are not alone. It is through this sharing and the writing that is produced that the women begin to learn to trust themselves and others again. The writing circle works to acknowledge each member's worth as a woman along with developing compassion and empathy for the other women in the group.
Women Writing for a Change meets twice monthly in the Monroe County Correction Center with 15 women participating in each circle. Approximately 280 women benefit from the dedication of the Women Writing for a Change volunteers every year. The group has now also established a writing circle for women who have been released from jail in order to continue this circle of expression and support.
As part of our ongoing Fourth Friday series, Women Writing for a Change, Jacksonville is teaming up AGAIN with Unity Plaza Jax to offer a free workshop on the Fourth... Learn more
So what is writing for a change now? When we teach writing, when we write ourselves, do we promote writing for a change? Do we ask our students to think about change for themselves for the world around them? Do we ourselves "write for a change?"
Writing for a Change shows teachers how to engage students in "real world" problem-solving activities that can help them to acquire voice, authority, and passion for both reading and writing practice. Written in collaboration with the Center for Social Action in England, the book describes the innovative Social Action process for encouraging students to collaborate on problems of their own choosing-to analyze options, develop action plans, discover solutions, and finally to reflect on their work. Featuring stories by teachers who have successfully used the method, the book shows that first graders as well as high-school students can enjoy this exciting and educational process. Practical guidance for applying the process to any curricular area is provided along with an extensive list of classroom activities.