Shelter In Place

By Elaine Fawcett Gast, TIWP Women’s Program I went for a walk today. It was eight minutes of alone time. The rain stopped and I slipped out the garage door. Damp air. My fingers went white. I walked in a circle, around one neighborhood block, wondering how the world can at once be so quiet, […]


By Elaine Gast Fawcett, TIWP Women’s Program What is the joy I want to feel and embody and embrace?  What is the joy that wishes to come through me? So many times this joy feels elusive.  It’s the thing I want more than anything, to feel vibrant, alive, awake, living in love, vibrating in the […]

Any Way You Want It

By Dina Varellas, TIWP Women’s Program I want to wake up every morning at 7:00 a.m. well rested with 7-8 hours of peaceful, uninterrupted sleep I want my cat, Jax, who I have attempted to train also to wake me up no later than 7:00 a.m. I want to sit on my balcony every morning […]

Fear or Love

By Elaine Gast Fawcett, TIWP Women’s Program What am I so afraid of? I’m afraid of getting to the end of life and feeling I’ve wasted it. I’m afraid of suffering. I’m afraid of losing those I love. I’m afraid of bad things happening to my kids. I’m afraid of annihilation. I’m afraid of failing. […]

The Stress of Waiting

By Anna Jurgens, TIWP Women’s Writing Program Waiting carries great stress if productivity equals success. Is it a capitalistic burden or a gift from prior generations? Does it create more productivity or just fill the void of waiting? Are we frightened of what our minds will do or just so well-trained that productivity provides a […]

I Am A Student

By Katerina Bonderud, TIWP Student I am a student. It seems like school is what makes up my life. And sadly, it really does. I like to think people are doing what their heart desires, and that on weekends they deep dive into their crazy endeavors. But for me, most of the time, I’m doing […]

Feeling Warm Again

By Maxine Pollock, TIWP Student Girls are cold, cold as ice. A group of them is even worse. They make it clear that you are unwanted. They make you feel like being different is the worst thing to be. But you stay. You want to feel wanted and maybe if you just spend a little […]


By Maxine Pollock, TIWP Student My dress swished against the tall grass as I ran. The white linen brushed the feathery reeds, each speaking in a brief moment of connection before I was gone. The ground was damp underfoot, my bare feet propelled by the bounce of the earth. My long dress swished over the […]

Elizabeth Bennet

By Zoe Moga, TIWP Student I like to sit in little coffee shops near the grand libraries of the city, re-reading Jane Austen novels filled with protagonists too modern and radical for the time they lived in. I can just imagine Elizabeth Bennet thriving today. Can’t you just see it? I would want to be […]

The Healer

By Kayli Harley, TIWP Student This writing was inspired by the image of the girl on the poster by Jessica Sobagal for the 2017 Women’s March on Washington. She was born with big, curious eyes, that held the world in them. Her small fingers searched through life as it expanded before her, not a single […]