Central Ohio Community News

Central Ohio Community                                                                                 June  2012
                               
building a community among women who write 
 
Welcome the 25 women who subscribed to our newsletter at the Ohioana Festival! Many thanks to Carol Rosebrough, Patte Burgoon, and Deborah Guy
for telling our story to many others who picked up our newsletter and brochures.
 
June 2, July 7, August 4: 10 am - 12:30 pm, Columbus Public Library, 96 S. Grant Ave, 3rd Floor Board Room (microwave available; feel free to bring food). 
Our monthly library meetings are free and open to all. We offer writers a supportive environment for writing, reading, and gentle critiquing. Each participant has an opportunity to share her writing and other work. You may read or bring copies of work you'd like to have critiqued. Some of us give better feedback when we see a copy; usually 4-5 copies are enough for us to share. 
In lieu of local dues, we offer books, magazines, and CDs at each meeting.
Donations appreciated! Bring items you no longer need and take what others have given.
 
For Members Only: June 23, July 28, August 25, September 22, October 27
4th Saturday, 12-1:30 pm: A Time to Honor Our Individual Journeys
JungHaus, 59 W. Third Ave., Columbus, OH43201
A space for asking questions and hearing different perspectives 
 
Communicating is more than writing. Bring your photography, art, music, dance, writing (3-5 minutes), or simply enjoy what emerges from informal multimedia group process when we express what matters to us. Free for members of the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio (www.iaco.org) the Jung Association of Central Ohio (jungcentralohio.org), and the International Women's Writing Guild. All three groups bring exemplary practices that honor diversity and enrich understanding of our common humanity.
 
For more information or to receive our free monthly newsletter,
contact Jeanne Marlowe, jamarlowe@juno.com, 614.476.8802.
 
June 22-26, 2012:  LIVE the Magic International Conference at YaleUniversity in New Haven, CT.  The conference starts with dinner on Friday and ends with breakfast Tuesday morning, with three full days of workshops, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Full Package with housing (all days, all meals, all programs) is $975; One Day Packages start at $275. Register at www.iwwg.org.
 
Since 1976, the International Women's Writing Guild has been a home for the writer in every woman. Every summer we gather to cultivate our extraordinary community of women - to weave together our strands of words and wisdom, fortifying the variegated thread that connects us throughout the year. Workshop leaders include:  
 
Judy Adourian
Lynne Barrett
Linda Bergman
Pat Carr
Zita Christian
June Gould
Marj Hahne
Maureen Murdock
Jan Phillips
Eunice Scarfe
Myra Shapiro
Susan Tiberghien
 
This year's conference features new workshops and salon-style conversations about The Art of Writing and The Business of Writing
 
Monday's conversation will be an all-group Author Salon/Book Fair; please email Marj Hahne, Summer Conference Coordinator, at  marj@marjhahne.com, for details about presenting and selling your book at this event.
 
You may join The International Women's Writing Guild online, www.iwwg.org.
 
Networking Opportunities
 
June 15, 7 - 9 pm, and June 16, 9 - 1 pm, A weekend with Lorena Williams,
a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, psychotherapist, spiritual director and retreat leader. A pioneer in Body psychotherapy, she has led workshops and retreats throughout the United Statesis and is certified in craniosacral work.
June 15, 7 - 9 pm, OUT OF THE SHADOWS:  AN EVENING WITH THE VAMPIRE
Vampires are enjoying a powerful resurgence in literature, television, film and pop culture. Explore the vampire archetype from its mythological origin through the present, drawing upon classic literature as well as current manifestations such as Count von Count from Sesame Street, True Blood, The Vampire Diaries, and the Twilight series. Excavate shadow material in a safe and enjoyable setting.
 
Saturday June 16, 9 - 1 pm, EXPLORING SYMBOLISM    Refreshments Provided
Symbolism is more art than science, more poetry than prose. Symbols continually originate, form and develop, evolving into nuanced descendants of themselves.
 
Location: First Community Church, 1320 Cambridge Blvd., Columbus, OH 43212
For EARLY REGISTRATION discount, register for either program by June 8th.
 
Sanctuary for The Arts Sunday Gatherings, 12n-6pm, are scheduled for the following dates:
June 24:  on Art…for the Time being 
Nature has a way of slowing time ...of expanding the minutes ...of making in the “fullness of time.”  And nature…have you noticed?... seems to create for the time being as well.

Taking note of the June blooms, outstretched ferns, now-empty nests, we’ll explore how to expand the fullness of art in our time available, how to use pockets of time to feed, calm, fulfill through our creativity, be it essays, sketches, stitches or sculpts.

We’ll explore art’s timelessness, by reviving unfinished, dust-gathering art and by creating temporal art.  We’ll talk about our art in the past and our art “now” – and the changes we see over time.

Our conversation will be led by Lucila Linik, sharing her perception of art and the fleeting moment, as she talks about her lifelong work in the arts at MOMA, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, in Argentina , Europe and Columbus .  She’ll talk about the value of exploring different genres – reflecting on her own expert practice of painting, sculpture and weaving.

But we won’t just talk!

We’ll refresh old art and create refreshing new art in all genres – temporal, timeless …all in the moment, for the moment.

Consider giving yourself the artist’s gift of time. Come for a time to be with fellow artists in the woods on Sunday, June 24. Ongoing between 12n-6pm.
Donation only; Bring:

Some of your works “in progress” or unfinished, gathering dust
Favorite art supplies for your genre, in case we don’t have what you need
Journal / nature journal
a picnic if you wish
 
"What time is it?" Pooh asked.    
 
"I guess it's now" Piglet answered.  
"My favourite time." Pooh replied.
  
                               - A.A. Milne
July 22: Gallery in the Garden ~ a celebration of art and nature.  Read, sing, strum or show your work.Sept. 23:  Playing with Fire!
 
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We facilitate members getting to know each other by including their web site or email address at the end of each newsletter. If you'd like to include yours, please send it to jamarlowe@juno.com.
Patte Burgoon, ppmauma@gmail.com
Linda Fuchs, splitmam@yahoo.com
Lynne Hodge, lhodge77@yahoo.com
Judy Pigman, JudyLPigman@gmail.com
Carol Rosebrough, crosebrough@columbus.rr.com
  
Scholarship Fund
 
To support the Guild’s scholarship fund, buy books from Amazon.com by going through the Guild’s website, www.iwwg.org.
 
When you click through to Amazon from www.iwwg.org, the Guild receives 15% of the purchase price on all books featured under the PRODUCTS tab, plus 5% on other book purchases.
 
IWWG Central Ohio Guidelines for Critiquing
 
The Space for Critiquing
 
The critiquing space is clear of negative judgment. For everyone in attendance, it is a nurturing and healing space. Give honest, supportive responses.
The objectives of the central Ohio IWWG critique group are to
    • support the writer where she is, personally and professionally.
    • accept the writer’s experiences—whatever they are—as her own, unique expression of the truth.
    • inspire, encourage and empower the writer to openly and honestly express her truth through her writing.  
Practices for the Listener
 
The listener practices listening with an open mind and heart, clear of criticism and judgment. Throughout the critiquing session, the listener remembers her main objective is to give the writer her unconditional support and undivided attention.
 
Pay attention to what resonates, or what stays with you. Start with what you like, such as authentic voice, images, pacing, impact. Respond by answering some or all of these questions:
 
What is my initial response?
What is the overwhelming feeling that drives the piece?
As I listen, what do I feel or picture? What strikes or grabs me?
What sticks? What do I especially like about the piece?
What would I like more of ( i.e., more details, description, background, humor)?
What is confusing, conflicting, inconsistent or not clear for me?
Are there places I became distracted (i.e., too many words, too vague, too repetitious)?
Are there expressions or images I’ve heard too many times? (addresses the delicate question of clichés)
 
When offering feedback, avoid personal storytelling.
A listener may choose to refrain from offering comments on the writing. Body language can show support or she may excuse herself. Writers understand that a listener’s inability to comment says nothing about the writing.
 
The Process
 
The writer may give a brief history of the piece and ask for specific feedback. For example: Does the ending work? or Is this passage clear?
 
The writer remains open to hearing the responses. She listens without commenting until everyone has a chance to give feedback. 
- Adapted from Writing Alone Or With Others, Amhearst Writing Group
 
4th Saturday Guidelines
a space to reflect and feel safe while exploring what matters with others
1. Respect and honor differences: listen for understanding, not to agree with or debate what is expressed. Saying “I have a different perspective” doesn’t mean another’s is wrong.
2. Relate as equal partners: no place for authority, titles, or hierarchy; we are all experts in our own life experience. Beware of elevating one person as the leader or expert.
3. Relate your personal experiences: speak for yourself and avoid generalizations. Make "I" statements.

4. Suspend assumptions, judgments, evaluations: notice when you feel upset about what is being said. Remember that we are usually blind to our assumptions, which may block understanding the other. Important learning comes from quiet attentiveness to your own bodily signals.

5. Focus on inquiry and reflection: ask open-ended questions with the intention of gaining insight and perspective. Take time to reflect on what has been said; notice how we are connected.

6. Allow silence:  active listening honors the other by verifying in a respectful manner what you heard rather than waiting for someone to finish in order to state your opinion.
 
7. Release the need for an outcome: the purpose is to be open to new understanding, not to fix anyone, come up with an answer, or solve a problem. Avoid focusing too much time on one individual's experience or story.
 
 
To change an email address or request addition/removal of your name, e-mail jamarlowe@juno.com.
 
The International Women’s Writing Guild
Empowering women through writing since 1976