Is there more we could be doing as writers? Finding more time for creativity, writing better, publishing more, and reaching more readers? Could we display more concern over meaningful issues instead of following the faces that twitter across our computer screens?
A new book tells me the answer is “Yes.” We could all be doing something deeper, more meaningful, and passing our energies from one to another, like a radiant circle of light from a single candle.
Women Writing for (a) Change, by Mary Pierce Brosmer, is about the creation and development of a “social purpose” school in the conscious feminine tradition of “both/and,” not either or nor.
While informative and revealing in itself, the book is also a building tool for those eager to follow the path Brosmer lays out, divided into four parts: Foundational Stories, Groundwork, Change Writing, and Conscious Feminine Leadership.
What began with a few women in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1991 now helps hundreds of women and girls around the country. It has spawned subsidiary organizations including:
- Women Writing for (a) Change Foundation
- Young Women Writing for (a) Change
- Consulting for (a) Change
- The Feminist Leadership Academy of Cincinnati, and
- Women Writing for (a) Change schools in eight states across the U.S.
Brosmer explains the development of Women Writing for (a) Change and guides us to create the same opportunities for the making and telling of stories, following her conscious feminine and linguistic leadership.
The foundation begins with a quiet gathering place to write, among women who dare to revel in the complexity of nature and culture. Built on a foundation of women's poems, dreams, and journal entries, braided through the many layers of women's writing through the ages, from breaking silence and finding our voice to rethinking the maternal and moving from resistance to transformation:
"Collectively, women are empowered by their ability to challenge oppressive systems and roles. And isn’t writing the perfect vehicle to express our singular and collective thoughts and dreams?"
Honoring Brosmer’s goal of keeping the conscious feminine alive, could we all reach a little farther with our writing to help eradicate what she calls the “invisible patterning of family, school, church” and more, all contributing to the suppression of the feminine?
Our goal as women writing our thoughts, in private or in public, is to bear witness to the transformative power of our conscious writing and connect with nature and culture, following the path where our words lead us.