Coming to you in 2022!

THE VISION

To create a space in which dynamic women can experience some degree of healing by  sharing a personal story of adversity, hardship or trauma while highlighting building blocks to resiliency that will impact others in the community.

THE GOALS

  • Women use their authentic voice in storytelling & have agency over the final story produced 

  • Include diverse voices, be representative of the Wichita community & ground project in anti-racism

  • Produce a book that will inspire, comfort, and connect those who are experiencing hardship, adversity, or trauma

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FAQ

1. What is “Being Wichita Women”?

It is a collaborative book project that brings together Wichita Women and Femmes that will share stories of adversity, trauma, resilience and healing. 

 

2. How many people are involved with the project?

There are about 35 people contributing stories. We also have an assistant, a person helping with cover design & layout, a student editor and others who are supporting the project. 

 

3. What is the vision for this project?

The vision is to create a space in which dynamic women can experience some degree of healing by sharing a personal story of adversity, hardship or trauma while highlighting building blocks to resiliency that will inspire others in the community. 

 

4. What are the goals of this project?

  • Women use their authentic voice in storytelling & have agency over the final story produced 

  • Include diverse voices, be representative of the Wichita community & ground project in anti-racism

  • Produce a book that will inspire, comfort, and connect those who are experiencing hardship, adversity, or trauma

 

5. What will the book be like? 

Stories will be about 2,000 words, use first person point of view, and utilize the non-fiction creative writing style. The book will also be sprinkled with various poetry, artwork, songs, photos and other creative mediums. 

 

6. How will people involved have the opportunity to “heal” and practice “resilience” through this project?

First and foremost, writing has many mental, spiritual, and physical benefits. Creative expression such as writing can help people process the adversity and trauma they have experienced. Furthermore, creating connections with other women strengthens our sense of well-being and resilience. In sharing our stories and hearing others, we make better sense of the world. Additionally, there will be retreat sessions facilitated by experts who will help us process our adversity and inspire us to tap into our inborn resilience. 

 

7. How does this project ensure diversity of those contributing stories? 

Before launching this project, the publisher did an anti-racism and diversity consultation with local writer, content creator, womanist, advocate, and speaker Shana Chivon. More info about Shana Chivon at www.shanachivon.com. Efforts were made from the start to ensure representation from those that identify from marginalized communities. 

 

8. Who is involved with this project?

Amazing Wichita Women & Femmes! Learn more about those involved with the project by visiting https://www.storiesbydanielle.com/being-wichita-women-book. To ensure diversity we have gathered self-identified demographic information from contributors. ​

 

9. When will the book be available to purchase? 

“Being Wichita Women” (print version) is coming to you in 2022!

 

10. How is this project funded? 

Personal funds from the publisher, participation fees from the contributors, and individual/business sponsorships have made this project possible. See a full list of sponsors at https://www.storiesbydanielle.com/sponsors

 

11. Is this project associated with a business or non profit organization?

This project does not have a formal relationship with any businesses or nonprofit organizations. This is a collaborative project among women in Wichita. 

 

12. Where can we learn more about this project?

Please visit www.storiesbydanielle.com or follow us on Facebook @BeingWichitaWomen. 

 

13. How can individuals & businesses support this project?

Individuals and businesses can make a donation several ways. Venmo @Danielle-Ramirez-100, cash/check, or online at https://www.storiesbydanielle.com/donate.  We are seeking businesses that can help sponsor women who don’t have means to pay the participation fee. Businesses that donate $150 or more will be featured on the website and Facebook page. The community can also support this project by spreading awareness about it. Follow us and share the Facebook page @BeingWichitaWomen.