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the only lasting truth is change

Join a lively community exploring survival strategies, creative inspiration and tools for building a new world 

If so, then you already know how hard it is to get to thriving from your own energy alone

That's what inspired us to start

We were feeling isolated and anxious during a global pandemic with shifting politics and continual grief, and like you:

We turned to the work of Octavia Butler for inspiration ...

and started the Shaping Change Community

A lively community exploring survival strategies, creative inspiration, and tools for building a new world.

We have resources for reflection and inspiration and a vibrant community committed to self-love, empathy, hope and leadership.

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The Shaping Change Community will help you to:

Have structure for self-reflection so you can experience the personal growth you desire

Develop resources for resilience so you can adapt to surprise and challenges

Navigate change with timeless values so you have a guide for charting your next steps

Cultivate supportive community so you can complete that project and do meaningful work

Meet Tananarive and Monica

We’re Monica A. Coleman and Tananarive Due and we are writers, professors and friends who are inspired by the works of Octavia Butler to achieve ideals of self-sufficiency, self-love, empathy, hope, and leadership.

Monica is a religion scholar, minister, mental health advocate and university professor. She teaches and speaks widely about theologies based on change and liberation. Tananarive is an American Book Award-winning author, screenwriter, producer and university lecturer.  For more than 20 years, she has been a leading voice in black speculative fiction and horror.

During the global pandemic of 2020, we started having public conversations about the lessons we can learn from the work of Octavia E. Butler, one of the most important science fiction writers of the 20th century.  We craved more intimate community as we thought about how we shape change on a regular basis and Shaping Change Community was born.  We love sharing tactics for thriving while connecting with other readers, creatives, teachers and activists. 

We love leading the Shaping Change Community and think it's a special place! But don't just take our word for it, check out how community members feel

I love being in this group! I was craving having a voice in a community where people wanted to be.

Sue Alexander

When we gather virtually for "Shaping Change" we are building our singular voices and talents, and sparking the talents of one another, as we witness, bear and activate change.

Erica Vital-Lazare

I love the opportunity to be vulnerable in a likeminded space.

Cheryl McFadden

Three ways to grow inside of the Shaping Change Community

Shaping Change e-Journal

Looking for structure to nurture your personal growth? Our e-journal based on the seven principles of shaping change has morning and evening reflection questions. The structure helps build practices of gratitude and presence.

Live Community Workshops

Eager to learn with others who have the same commitments as you? Our monthly live community workshops allow for more interaction with Monica and Tananarive. You'll have the opportunity to chat with others in community.

Plus, each month you'll get a writing prompt for deeper exploration of your journey!

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Community Forum

In need of fellowship while you work on your creative projects and your survival strategies? Share your wins, discoveries and hopes inside our member-only forum. And find relevant articles and videos that community members post.

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interactive meeting with monica a. coleman & tananarive due 

seven principles of shaping change

online community forum

fellowship with other readers & artists

an e-journal with writing prompts

artists connections

specific stress-coping skills

gift recording of octavia e. butler

Community Members are saying ....

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I'm a writer and it's still hard for me to put into words how life-giving this community has been for me. I have benefitted personally, professionally, even spiritually. In a time of confusion, Monica and Tananarive have offered insight. In a time of struggle, they have offered inspiration. In a time of doubt, they have been a source of hope.

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Frequently Asked Questions

You have questions, we have some answers .... 

Why should I join the Community today instead of waiting?

You really want to go another day feeling unmotivated?  We're here and ready to learn about you, support you and hear about what matters to you. The Shaping Change Community embodies ideals for creating the world we want to live in. The time is now!

Do I receive anything in the mail when I join?

No - the Shaping Change Community is entirely online

When will the live meetings be held?

We will host the live community meetings once a month. The time, date and log on information is emailed to community members

Will I be able to watch the replay if I miss it?

Yes, you can watch or re-watch the workshops in the online community

I haven't read much or any thing by Octavia Butler. Do I have to be familiar with her work to enjoy Shaping Change Community?

You don't have to read Octavia Butler's work to love Shaping Change Community. Her work is our inspiration, but our discussions are about the larger themes of survival, creativity, resilience and leadership.

Is this refundable?

While you can cancel at anytime, with the digital nature of this product, we do not offer refunds.

Become a part of the Shaping Change Community!

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