outreach and collaborations

We don’t accomplish anything in this world alone . . . whatever happens is the result of all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something. – Sandra Day O’Connor

COMMUNITY OUTREACH
“WRITING INSIDE VT”

razor wire sunsetSince January 2010, we have been offering a weekly writing circle to the incarcerated inside Vermont’s single women’s prison, now located at Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility in South Burlington, VT. Our work has expanded to include our dedicated blog to which we post twice/week – a combination of writings from the women themselves; poems ‘found’ from their own lines; and commentaries about issues related to incarceration.

Our recent focus has more explicitly to bring these women’s voices OUTSIDE the walls and into a variety of more public scenarios. In addition to the blog, articles and commentaries in local media, our full-length book, “Hear Me, See Me: Incarcerated Women Write,” was released at the start of September 2013.book cover for "Hear Me, See Me: Incarcerated Women Write"

Between September 2010 and June 2012, this program was extended under a grant from the Vermont Arts Council/National Endowment for the Arts, with support by Vermont Works for Women. VWW logo 25%Both the past and present program years have been generously funded by private support.

ONGOING COLLABORATIONS

credit: gethiroshima

credit: gethiroshima

‘Refusing Silence: Voicing our Stories’ 

WHAT:  Free workshop for women: Limit – 16
WHEN:  Saturday, October 11, 2015; 10 am to 12:30 pm
WHERE:  Women’s Center, St. Michael’s College

WHAT WILL WE DO?
–  reflect on silence and speaking out in your life
–  explore your feelings through visual art and writing
–  write and be heard in a welcoming, supportive, safe space

WHO WILL BE THERE?
–  any woman seeking to experience the power of writing in community
–  even if concerned about speaking private truth in a more public way
–  no writing or artistic experience necessary

 WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
–  your openness to explore what wants to be expressed
–  an old shirt – all props and materials and snacks will be provided

RSVP by Friday October 10th to womenwritingvt@gmail.com
DIRECTIONS will be emailed upon receipt of RSVP

WHBW small group shotThis annual event, in connection with Domestic Violence Awareness Week, is an opportunity to support one anothers’ experiences and write toward healing, and is offered on behalf of Women Helping Battered Women.