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Letter from the Director — October 2017


Melony Dixon and Selene Phillips finally find the Spring Mill waterfall at the 2016 fall retreat.

Photo by Selene Phillips.

Searching for Spring in Fall

by Selene Phillips

Sniffing out streaming consciousness,

Wandered until we found it.

Enlightened mornings of forgiveness.

Destinations earlier denied

Become our place of placid preservation.

Once more

We are renewed

Upon a moment of

Blessed simplicity,




Realize our mossy obsolescence.

See there?

Dancing stillness.

Glimpses of our humanity.

Trickles of strength.

Roll toward our destinies.

Of fallen trees and logs,

Sun kissed lightened leaves,

Reaching me until

I can no longer soak it in.

Dear WWW Members,

Come to all or part of the WWW fall retreat this Saturday and Sunday. Trekking through the trails, you will see sights like the Spring Mill waterfall. You may be inspired to write or start something new. I took the enclosed photographs last year and soon after wrote the accompanied poems. They were displayed at the University of Louisville’s Open Walls exhibit this summer. Your inspiration awaits.

Fall Retreat This Weekend!

Need to write but your world is full of distractions? Come to the annual WWW fall retreat. The members-only event starts Sat., Sept. 30, at 10 a.m. and lasts through Sun., Oct. 1, at 3 p.m., at the Hopscotch House. Attend part of the weekend if you can’t stay overnight. Cost is $15. Register online at Bring your lunch, snacks, and a dish to share for Saturday’s dinner. WWW will provide coffee, decaf, tea, chicken for Saturday dinner, and Sunday breakfast items.

Carolyn Humphrey, Kim Snead, Melony Dixon, and Joan Dubay keep busy at the 2016 fall retreat.

Photo by Selene Phillips.


Visitors were Faith Grady from Louisville who is working on a memoir and Kim Esteran invited Phyllis Scalzo, who is recording family stories. Eight readers read.

Cheri Powell – scene Amanda Wakes Up

Liz NickleyStandard Procedures

Kim EstranThe Way My Mother Cooked and Dragonbox

Diane CruzeSoul Eclipse

Sherry EmeryTreasure Found

Selene Phillipsi grade your papers

Joan DubayStuck in the Middle

Janet FingerAunt Polly’s House

Please remember when you are preparing your work for distribution to double space and use 12-point Times Roman font, the industry’s standard.

Sue K. Ballard coached participants at the Sept. 11, WWW workshop, “Conquering the Challenges of Writing a Historical Novel,” helping ease writers into the genre.

Fall Writes:  Passageway to the Rites of Fall

WWW member Kim Esteran hosted our first fall writes in September at Georgetown, Ind. The group munched tasty treats, watched hummingbirds and other feathery creatures, while horses neighed. We visited, relaxed, ritualistically welcomed fall, and oh yeah, we wrote and read.

Debbie Chartoff is hosting a fall writes on Oct. 13, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Fante’s Coffee, 2501 Grinstead Dr., 40206, RSVP at debbiechartoff@gmailcom.

Joan Dubay will host a Nov. 10, fall writes on Nov. 10, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at 1636 Tyler Pkwy, Louisville 40204. RSVP at .

November Meeting

Instead of our regular meeting at the library on Thurs., Nov 2, we will gather at 6 p.m. to order food and drinks, at the Bards Town, 1801 Bardstown Rd., Louisville. Sign up to read at .

Member News

If you see Debbie Chartoff, congratulation her and welcome her back from a month-long residency in upstate New York. We’ll have more on Debbie’s adventures in next month’s letter. We’re proud of her and look forward to hearing about what she wrote.

Bonnie Jean Feldkamp received first place in the Best Overall Blog category for the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists Awards. The organization recognizes outstanding achievement in journalism, representing the industry’s highest standards and principles.

Report your good news at .

Coming Events

The Writer’s Block Festival will be on Sat., Oct. 21, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., at the Tim Faulkner Gallery, 1512 Portland Ave. Members may bring their book to sell but must be there to watch the table. Call Debbie Chartoff to join other WWW authors.

The Kentucky Book Fair will be Nov. 18 at Alltech Arena, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington. Children’s day is Nov. 17.

December holiday luncheon

Our holiday Dutch treat luncheon is scheduled for Sat., Dec. 2, noon to 2 p.m., at the University Club, 200 East Brandeis Ave., Louisville. Sign-up on the WWW website.

Dagwaagin means “It is fall” or “It is autumn.” October is binaakwe-giizis. My grandmother used to greet us with biindige, biindige. It means come in. She always welcomed us and offered some niibiish, tea, from her potbellied stove. One of my cousins once said, “I like fall and colder weather. It brings people closer together.” He’s right. Come closer to women who write at one of our upcoming events. You’re valued and needed.

May someone welcome you in and offer you a nice cup of tea.


Morning met fog at the 2016 fall retreat.   Photo by Selene Phillips.


Fog Fenced In

by Selene Phillips

Attention morning revelry


Atmospheric changes

Lighting future dawns.

Corralled fog

Waits mystical disappearance,

Evaporating our future.

Fenced in.

Flanked by old ones.

Buttressed by sacred ground

Unsheathed azure above.

Remaining dangled leaves,

Stretch tangled branches



Anticipate dangling moons.

From bark to branch

grass to greatness,

Be lost in the promise of today.


Selene Phillips
Director, Women Who Write

A place, a space, a voice

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