Where Does She Go?

By Dina Varellas, TIWP Women’s Writing Program “Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.” ― Brené Brown Where does she go, […]


By Raelyn Kaplan, TIWP Women’s Writing Program Let the demons do their dance. You’ll never know how whole you are until your darkness has a chance to shine. What if the devil inside is divine?

A Blessing for Giving

By Raelyn Kaplan, TIWP Women’s Writing Program May all who’ve harmed be forgiven and may all who’ve forgiven be healed.

A List of Paradoxical Ponderings

By Raelyn Kaplan, TIWP Women’s Writing Program I backpacked alone. solo into the santa cruz redwoods for a single night of solitude. stopping here and there to admire the world through the lens of the forest. pondering as I powered through the towering trees and dark muddy earth beneath my feet. stopping here and there […]

I Want

Thoughts from a 53 year old woman, TIWP Women’s Writing Program I want to figure out my “next” purpose. I want to contribute something. I want to make sure my girls are OK. I want to learn. I want to travel. I want to have fun with my husband. I want our relationship to be […]

If You Let It In

By Elizabeth Kaur, TIWP Women’s Writing Program If you let it in, how bad would it be? Would it hurt too much? Would it remind you of the chocolates they gave you when your dad died? Would it remind you of when they told you he was traveling and that because, they said, you were […]

Letting Go

By Libby Hawkins, TIWP Student Unclenching my fists, taking a deep breath, letting go. Understanding I can’t change the past, present or future, realizing people will do what they do. Let it go. Simple, right? But what about the things that I need help or attention so you don’t lose them? There has been so […]

Childhood Summer

By Scarlett Mosher, TIWP Student Sickly sweet lavender, sweeter than rainbow popsicle stains. Sweeter than sunlight and curling rose leaves, lazy shadows on sunburnt legs, spiny hands of oak leaves beneath t-shirt backs. Suffocating summer air, stuffy and pressing, a hot towel to a sick forehead, tasting the hum of bees, echo of pool water […]

Guns Suck

By Melissa Quiter, TIWP Women’s Writing Program Reposted from https://momsgottawrite.com/2019/08/12/guns-suck/ I often feel paralyzed by the gun violence plaguing this country, and after last week’s grotesque number of mass shootings – in Gilroy, El Paso, Dayton, Chicago, Brooklyn, and more – I was shocked to arrive at the park to find a dad distributing toy […]