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Fall Your Guide


"2 x 2" Exhibit
August 7–September 11

Womanspace Volunteer Appreciation Party
Aug. 27, 6:00–8:30p

Hatha Vinyasa/ Restorative Yoga
August 27, 9:30–10:45a

Therapeutic Yoga
August 28, 10:00–11:00a

Foam Rolling &
Core Strengthening

Aug. 31, 10:30–11:30a

Beginning Watercolor
Begins Sept. 8, 10:00a

A Ruth Reichl Day

Sept. 9, 9:30–11:00a

Sept. 9, Noon–1:15p

Creating Stories & Sharing Lives
Begins Sept. 9, 6:00p

Advanced Watercolor
Begins Sept. 10, 10:00a

Womansong Potluck
Sept. 10, 5:30–6:45p

Yoga Nidra
Sept. 12, 10:00–11:30a


Calendar of Events


Womanspace Rockford




Community Writing Class | Meditation |
Film & Discussion: Persepolis | How to Sell Your Writing


Creating Stories and Sharing Lives –
A Community Based Writing Class

Everyone has a story to tell. This class is based on turning autobiographical material into original writing. Come join in the discussion as we talk about: music and metaphor, showing the juxtaposition of your characters, and the choice between linear and non-linear story telling. We will also begin to explore ways to collaborate with other artists, and to find ways to combine other artistic expression or hobbies into your writing.

Debby Gaines, a licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer, fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming a writer. She earned an MFA in Writing & Consciousness from the California Institute of Integral Studies, moved back to the cornfields she grew up with, and continued her career in funeral service. Her passion in caring for the dead, her observant eye on the living, and her spiritual connection to corn influences her writing. She is currently working on a multi-genre memoir, using her own life as a microcosm to create a layered look at society’s fascination with and avoidance of death. .

Course #: WK15-1
Date: Sept. 9, 23, Oct. 7, 21, Nov. 4, 18, Dec. 2, 16
Time: Wednesdays, 6:00–8:00p
Facilitator: Debby Gaines
Location: Media Roomn
Regular Fee: $120
Members' Fee: $100
Register by Sept. 1. Registration Policy

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Beginning/Re-Engaging Meditation
Meditation is the practice and process of paying attention and focusing your awareness. This class is for the person wanting to learn this process or re-engage after slipping out of regular practice. Whether you are seeking greater focus to get your job done more efficiently, less stress and more peace of mind, or a deeper appreciation of the beauty and richness of life, the simple practice of sitting down and turning your attention inward can do wonders!

Shiraz Tata came to the USA from India to get a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from SIU-C and then just kept moving up the state of Illinois to Rockford where she has lived for the past 20 years! She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice where she creates a safe space for people to share whatever may be weighing on their minds or hearts. She loves to facilitate discussions on diversity and all topics multicultural. She also enjoys teaching mindfulness and meditation classes.

Course #: MD15-1
Date: September 15, October 13, November 10, December 8
Time: Tuesdays, 9:00–10:00a
Facilitator: Dr. Shiraz Tata
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $40
Members' Fee: $35
Register by September 9. Registration Policy

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Film & Discussion: Persepolis
Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah’s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. Persepolis is both a story of growing up and a reminder of the human cost of war and political repression. It shows how we carry on, with laughter and tears in the face of absurdity. Nominated for an Academy Award in 2007 for Best Animated Feature.Group discussion will follow the viewing of this movie.

Ellie Etminan is a math instructor at Rock Valley College. She has lived in Rockford for 29 years, has served on the Womanspace Board of Directors and remains active in many community organizations. Born in Iran, Ellie was 18 at the time of the Islamic Revolution and lived there through part of the war with Iraq.

Course #: WK15-2
Date: September 22
Time: Tuesday, 7:00–9:00p
Facilitator: Ellie Etminan
Location: William Reif Gallery
Regular Fee: $15
Members' Fee: $10
Register by September 21. Registration Policy

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How to Sell Your Writing in Today's Marketplace:
Traditional & Self-Publishing Options

Learn about book publishing options available in today’s marketplace, how to track your sales on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, how best to publicize your work using social media, what kinds of advertising brings results, and ways to promote yourself and your work that cost you little or nothing. The digital revolution has drastically changed the publishing industry. Now authors have legitimate choices. Examine the pros and cons of finding an agent and submitting your work to an editor who may or may not offer a traditional publishing contract. Examine the pros and cons of small press publication. And look at the costs and benefits of independent or self-publishing. Regardless of which choices you make, the success of your book depends on developing a marketing plan and devoting both time and talent to promoting yourself and your titles. Publishers no longer do that for any but already best-selling authors.

Paul Dale Anderson has written more than 27 novels and hundreds of short stories, mostly in the thriller, mystery, horror, fantasy, and science fiction genres. Paul has taught creative writing at the U of I - Chicago and for Writers Digest School. He is currently the chair of the 2015 HWA Stoker Awards Long Fiction Jury. Paul’s novels and stories have been published by Pinnacle Books, St. Martin’s Press, Pocket Books, Crossroad Press, and other traditional publishers.

Course #: WK15-3
Date: September 30
Time: Wednesday, 6:00–7:30p
Instructor: Paul Dale Anderson
Location: William Reif Gallery
Regular Fee: $20
Members' Fee: $15
Register by September 29. Registration Policy

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