Arts at the Palace is pleased to announce it has received a $10,000 New ERA Women Writers Program Grant from the Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation. These funds will support the project Women Writers Accountability Group (WWAG) to be based at the Palace Theater.

WWAG is a new program designed by Arts at the Palace to encourage women writers at all levels and in all genres. Beginning early next year, four 10-week sessions will include weekly one-hour meetings (virtual or in-person, depending on current COVID-19 guidelines) where women writers and aspiring writers will gather to discuss writing projects and to set goals for the duration of the session. 

Arts at the Palace’s executive director Elizabeth Douglas will serve as the program director. She will share information with participants about getting past writer’s block and establishing a regular writing practice. 

Douglas is a multi-genre writer and published author. “I was lucky enough to participate in a month-long writing residency at Monson Arts in Maine last year, and I found great value in discussing my project plans and progress with other writers and artists. It motivated me to honor the commitment I made to myself to complete new work by the end of the month,” said Douglas. 

The WWAG sessions will also feature guest professional writers to offer different points of view on creating space and time for writing. Douglas stresses that WWAG is not a writing education program but is designed as a supportive community to help women reach their own goals.

Participants will receive a program tote bag, notebook, and a copy of the book Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg. At the end of the year, there will be a reception at the Palace Theater with an optional presentation opportunity for participants from any of the 10-week sessions to read excerpts of their work to friends, family, and community members.

The Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation’s New ERA Women Writers Program is a $1 million initiative to support women writers. The grant program’s title honors the Equal Rights Amendment introduced in 1923 by Alice Paul in Seneca Falls, NY.

About the Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation

The mission of the Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation is to promote the arts, education and initiatives that seek to better our world utilizing nature and the sciences. The foundation’s vision is “to help ensure that communities, children and future generations have access to the arts and a quality education and to support organizations seeking to enhance the arts, improve the environment and promote quality healthcare and medical research.” Learn more at ctbfoundation.org

About Arts at the Palace

Arts at the Palace is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community arts organization dedicated to presenting, developing and expanding the reach of the arts within the Central New York region. Learn more at artsatthepalace.org.