The International
Women’s Writing Guild

Women Writing to the World
5th Annual Boston One-Day Writing Conference

Saturday, April 25, 2020
The Montrose School, 29 North Street, Medfield, MA


9:15 - 9:45 am Registration, Coffee/Tea, Pastry, Fruit
9:45 - 10:00 am
Opening Remarks
10:00 - 11:15 pm

Narratives of the Unconscious – Susan Tiberghien
What and where is narrative? Margaret Atwood writes, “Going into narrative is a dark road.” We will find our way into the dark, into the unconscious and bring our stories out into the light. We will look at examples from Margaret Atwood, Petina Gappah, Terry Tempest Williams, Joy Harjo. We will craft our stories into journal entries, personal essays, short stories, poems. And our voices will bear witness in our turbulent times. 

Susan Tiberghien is an American writer living in Geneva, Switzerland. For close to 30 years she has taught creative writing at IWWG, C.G. Jung Societies, and writers’ centers, both in the U.S. and in Europe. She is the author of four memoirs and the acclaimed One Year to a Writing Life. Her two recent books, Writing Toward Wholeness and Circling to the Center were published by Chiron, 2018 and 2019. She has recorded three online courses, available at the Jung Society of Washington. An active member of International PEN, Susan founded and directed the Geneva Writers’ Group (200 members) for 25 years.

11:30 am - 12:45 pm

Women Writing Their Truth: Using Memoir to Write to the World – Maureen Murdock
In the last several years, with the emergence of the #MeToo Movement, more and more women are not only speaking their truth but they are writing their truth and putting it out into the world. Whether their truth involves interactions with family members, work associates, clergy, politicians or others, women are finding their voice to honor their identity, heal their wounds, and document their achievements. This memoir workshop will encourage you to write what you have never written before and provide you the support to get your writing out into the world through examples from blogs, social media or op/ed pieces in local newspapers.

Maureen Murdock, Ph.D. is the author of the best-selling book, The Heroine’s Journey, the 30th anniversary edition of which will be released this summer. This groundbreaking book has been translated into thirteen languages and a documentary entitled Women of Heart is forthcoming about the impact of her work on Australian women. Maureen is also author of Unreliable Truth: On Memoir and Memory; Fathers’ Daughters: Breaking the Ties that Bind, Spinning Inward: Using Guided Imagery with Children; and The Heroine’s Journey Workbook.  Maureen teaches memoir writing in Pacifica Graduate Institute’s program, Writing Down the Soul, and has taught in UCLA Writers Program for 30 years. She has written pieces for the Huffington Post on criminal justice and mental illness, some of which you can read on her blog on her website.

12:45 - 1:30 pm
Lunch, Book Fair
1:30 - 2:45 pm

Women Writing to the World: Visibility Through the Power of “Erasure Poetry” in 2020 – Vanessa Jimenez Gabb
Explore the form of the “erasure poem” as a productive vehicle for our engaging with the current moment in which we find ourselves. H
ow might we offer our poetic, political, private voice through the act of erasing, obscuring, and taking away from texts already in existence? We will acquaint ourselves with this poetic form, as well as examples of erasure poetry, so that we may generate our own erasure poems in order to respond, challenge and reclaim.

Vanessa is the author of the forthcoming poetry collection Pink Salt (Rescue Press, 2021), Images for Radical Politics, which was the Editor's Choice in the 2015 Rescue Press Black Box Poetry Contest, and the chapbooks midnight blue and Weekend Poems. Her work has appeared in such places as The Brooklyn Rail, The Poetry Project Newsletter, PEN Poetry Series, jubilat and The Brooklyn Poets Anthology, and in 2010 she co-founded the online literary project, Five Quarterly. She holds an MFA in Poetry from CUNY Brooklyn College, where she was the recipient of the 2010 Himan Brown Award, and she has taught English and creative writing at St John's University, Newark Academy, and for Brooklyn Poets. She is from and lives in Brooklyn, NY, where she runs the literary coaching arm of Collective Consciousness NYC, Inc.

3:00 - 4:15 pm

Women Writing From Page to Stage: Dramatizing Monologues of Empowerment – Kelly DuMar
Every woman has an unexpressed story, memory, inner voice, and moment of empowerment that can be acknowledged, expressed, and crafted as a monologue for the stage. Ntozake Shange writes, “Let her be born / let her be born / & handled warmly.” In this writing workshop, we will ease short monologues for performance into being, generating writing from moments of change that can be crafted for the stage & handled warmly. When new, raw writing is handled with curiosity and respect, we’re able to step boldly into unfamiliar territory, nourishing new voices and powerful writing that audiences will appreciate.

Boston’s Kelly DuMar is a playwright, poet, and writing workshop facilitator. Her award-winning plays and monologues have been produced around the U.S. and Canada and are published by dramatic publishers, including her award winning one-act play for youth, The Adventures of Rocky & Skye, published by Youth Plays. Kelly has published three chapbooks of poetry. She is a past president of Playwrights’ Platform, Boston, where she led new play development. Kelly currently serves on the Board of the IWWG and produces its annual Boston Conference. She founded and produces the Our Voices Festival of Women Playwrights at Wellesley College, now in its 13th year.

4:30 - 5:15 pm
Open Mic

Cost (incl. snacks, drinks, and lunch)

  • $115 for IWWG members
  • $135 for non-members, Conference only
  • $175 for non-members, Conference and one-year membership
  • $70 for students
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