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  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Sorin Books (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933495189
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933495187
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #868,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An invitation for us to personally explore, through writing, the author's belief `in the power of language, truth-telling and stories as instruments of healing.' This book is a true instrument of healing for women, our children and our disconnected society." --Margaret J. Wheatley, author of Leadership and the New Science and Turning to One Another

"Women Writing for (a) Change is a wonderful book full of insight and clarity. It supports us in our efforts to write and to be, with honesty and acceptance as writers and as human beings. This is a book to be read many times over."

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"Women Writing for (a) Change is a wonderful book full of insight and clarity. It supports us in our efforts to write and to be, with honesty and acceptance as writers and as human beings. This is a book to be read many times over."

"Women Writing for (a) Change is a wonderful book full of insight and clarity. It supports us in our efforts to write and to be, with honesty and acceptance as writers and as human beings. This is a book to be read many times over."

"Women Writing for (a) Change is a wonderful book full of insight and clarity. It supports us in our efforts to write and to be, with honesty and acceptance as writers and as human beings. This is a book to be read many times over."

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I didn't find this book to be very user-friendly or helpful at all for writing.
egghead23
I don't know how to explain this but... I just couldn't get through any page of this book, it's really really heavy writing, very difficult to get through.
Yakov Hadash
I am not familiar with Mary Pierce Brosmer's program where she sets up workshops for women writers to write for change.
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Perhaps I should have more closely read the other reviews before agreeing to review this book myself. As a psychologist, I had been hoping that author Mary Pierce Brosmer's work with women writers would provide me with ideas for writing exercises that I could use with my clients. Unfortunately, I found only to be a small portion of the book to be potentially useful in this area.

Let me explain. Women Writing for (a) Change, or WWf(a)C (does anyone other than me find this to be extremely awkward terminology?) is a concept founded by poet and teacher Pierce. What started out as a small writing group eventually went on to become many different entities, including a school, a radio program, a foundation, and a consulting group. In Part I of this book, Foundational Stories, Pierce reviews the development of WWf(a)C, sharing the connections to her own childhood by weaving in her poems, dreams, and journal entries. Part 2, Groundwork, continues to tell the story of WWf(a)C, but here the focus is on the writing classes themselves, addressing topics such as rituals, class agendas, and "soul cards." Pierce also provides examples of how to share writing within the small group setting (i.e., read-arounds). Parts 1 and 2 do include brief, reflective-type exercises at the end of each chapter. Here is one example: "Write about listening and being listened to in you a) family of origin, b) current family or friendship circle, c) workplace."

Part 3 is what I would consider to be the heart of the book. The theme here is "Change Writing," and this is where Pierce finally begins to offer more specific writing exercises. Many of these instruct the reader to set a timer for a certain period and then to respond to a prompt.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Reading It All VINE VOICE on October 10, 2009
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Women Writing for (a) Change: A Guide for Creative Transformation is a much needed resource for the female writer - I wish I had known about the workshops and community that Mary Pierce Brosmer had laid the foundations for. It would be a much safer environment for those moments when we face hard truths or need a nurturing word. Based on her nationwide organization that teaches women and girls to nurture the conscious feminine voice within them.

Through the use of exercise and example Brosmer leads you on a pathway of exploration..."not just as a means of individual self-examination and expression, but also as a way to create and effect positive social change."

The exercises run from the intimately complex to the sublimely simple - my favorite is:

"Write Now: Take your calendar or day planner, and commit to a series of regular writing appointments with yourself. Keep them."

As women writers our stories are sometimes similar, but told from a different viewpoint and set of life experiences - I like the poem Brosmer quotes by Lisel Muller:

"Why We Tell Stories

Because the story of our life
Becomes our life

Because each of us tells
the same story

but tells it differently

and none of us tells it
the same way twice."

Destined to fill in the shelf of every woman writer...mine sits between The Artist's Way and Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Mack VINE VOICE on March 29, 2010
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First of all, anyone who thinks this book is supposed to be a textbook for writing, or a textbook for teaching writing, or a textbook of any kind, hasn't read the title. The author clearly states that it is "A Guide for "Creative Transformation." So complaining that there are few writing exercises in it to use in your own classroom environment, etc., doesn't make any sense.

Secondly, this book was given to me, so I had no preconceived notions on what it would or would not do. I had a completely open mind to what it could offer, and as a result of that openness, I was able to receive the incredible gifts the book offers without being disappointed in what it didn't give me, based on my own expectations.

...and that is exactly what I would recommend to anyone who reads it....read it with an open mind and without preconceived expectations that it will be some kind of cut-and-dried manual on how to teach writing. It is exactly what it purports: "A Guide for Creative Transformation," and I have to say, wonderfully so!

This book, and the personal sharing of the author, touched me deeply, and helped me to unlock the writer within....not as a lesson on writing, but as an example of setting yourSELF free to write....through your own pain, tragedy, triumphs, joys, losses, etc., and WITH your own gifts that you have to offer yourself and your own little corner of the world.

The book would not have been the same WITHOUT the author's personal story, because her story is the story of many women. Unlocking and releasing your own pain and joy, writing from your soul and your heart, for (a) change in YOU, in YOUR world, and by extension in THE world, is exactly how you can creatively transform yourself, your life, your world.

Through this book, Ms.
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