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Lynne Barrett
Lynne is the editor of the new anthology Making Good Time, True Stories of How We Do, and Don’t, Get Around in South Florida. Her third story collection, Magpies, received a Florida Book Awards gold medal, and her recent writing appears in The Hong Kong Review, New Flash Fiction Review, Mystery Tribune, Necessary Fiction, The Miami Rail, River Teeth, and Flash! Writing the Very Short Story. Her handbook, What Editors Want, guides writers through the submission process. A recipient of the Edgar Award for best mystery story, Barrett teaches at Florida International University and edits The Florida Book Review.

Linda Bergman
Linda Bergman has written 24 films and produced 5 of them. She’s been nominated for an Emmy, Access Award, The Alpha Award, and the prestigious Writer's Guild Award. She’s taught in LA, NYC, Marin, San Miguel Allende and many locales for the IWWG. Linda wrote So You Think Your Life’s A Movie: Ten Steps to a Script That Sells, and So You Think Your Life’s A Movie? The Sequel. Her musical, Wanna Play?, was published by Sam French and produced on PBS. She’s circulating her 10-minute play, Forever, to festivals, and writing her third book on film and wicked tales.

Jan Gary
Janice Gary is the author of Short Leash: a Memoir of Dog Walking and Deliverance, winner of the Eric Hoffer Prize, Nautilus Book Award and a Finalist for the Sarton Award for Memoir. Her work has been published in River Teeth, Brevity, The Spring Journal, Ms. Magazine, and other publications and as part of the feminist anthology, Women Speak Out. She is on the faculty of the Master of Liberal Studies Program at Arizona State University and conducts writing workshops combining memoir, myth, and the self as metaphor.

June Gould
June Gould, Ph.D., is the author of The Writer in All of Us: Improving Your Writing through Childhood Memories (EP Dutton), Beyond the Margins: Rethinking the Art and Craft of Writing, and the novel In the Shadow of Trains; and the co-author of Counting the Stones, a book of Holocaust poetry. June has given readings at The 92nd Street Y (NY), The Holocaust Museum (Washington, DC), the Jewish Museum and Yeshiva Museum (NY), and libraries, synagogues, churches, universities, and bookstores throughout the U.S. and in Greece and Canada. She has been an IWWG workshop leader for over 25 years.

Dorothy Randall Gray
Author of bestseller Soul Between The Lines (Avon/HarperCollins), inspirational teacher, award-winning visual artist, and LA Poet-in-Residence. Dorothy's publications include Muse Blues, The Passion Collection, Woman, Fierce With Reality, Family, Tamarinda, Sharing the Same Sky, as well as numerous anthologies and literary journals. She is ED of Women Writers & Artists Matrix, former NYU faculty, and Hunter College Poet-in-Residence. Her writing and healing workshops serve professional writers,  incarcerated and homeless populations, veterans, at-risk  youth, and post graduate students through PEN America, United Nations, Skidmore College, and Columbia University. A global activist, Dorothy changes the world one word at a time.

Judy Huge
Judith Huge has spent over 30 years developing innovative approaches to both learning and writing. As president of her own national consulting firm, teacher of both undergraduate and graduate-level college courses, and director of writing workshops across the country, she has made a difference in the way thousands of people find, craft, and promote their writing voices. She is a co-author of 101 Ways You Can Help: How to Offer Comfort and Support to Those Who Are Grieving (Sourcebook, 2009), as well as A Middle Aged Woman and the Sea, a tale of loss and transition. 

Jen Malone
Jen Malone is the author of over a dozen middle grade and young adult titles including The Arrival of Someday (HarperCollins), The Sleepover (Simon & Schuster), Wanderlost (HarperCollins), and Follow Your Art (Dreamworks Animation/Penguin Random House). Jen once spent a year traveling the world solo, met her husband on the highway (literally), and went into labor with her identical twins while on a rock star's tour bus. These days she saves the drama for her books.

Cathleen O'Connor, PhD
Cathleen is a writer, speaker, teacher, coach, and intuitive who offers developmental editing, publishing, book layout, and marketing services to other writers. Books include The Everything Law of Attraction Dream Dictionary, High Heels on the Hamster Wheel - A Fable for the Modern Woman and The Collection: Flash Fiction for Flash Memory. She successfully developed a book launch plan for her 2014 book, 365 Days of Angel Prayers, keeping it at number 1 in its category on Amazon and eventually selling the rights in 2017. She is currently at work on her first romance novel.

Caridad Pineiro
Caridad is a transplanted Long Island girl who fell in love with the Jersey Shore. When she isn't taking long strolls along the boardwalk, she's also a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author with over a million romance novels sold worldwide. Caridad is passionate about writing and helping others explore and develop their skills as writers. She is a founding member of the Liberty States Fiction Writers and has presented workshops at the International Women’s Writing Guild, RT Book Club Convention, Romance Writers of America National Conference as well as various writing organizations throughout the country.  When not writing, Caridad is also an intellectual property attorney. 

Judith Prest
Judith is a poet, photographer, mixed media artist, and creativity coach. Her poems have been published in several literary journals and seven anthologies. Her chapbook, After, was recently published by Finishing Line Press. A retired school social worker, she works part time running recovery writing and expressive art groups at New Choices Recovery center in Schenectady, NY. She gives workshops and leads retreats for poetry, expressive arts, creativity, and healing. She lives in Duanesburg, NY with her husband, three cats, and her business – Spirit Wind Studio, LLC. Judith joined IWWG in 1996 and attended her first Summer Conference in 1997. 

Paula Chaffe Scardamalia
Paula Chaffee Scardamalia is a book coach and editor, dream and tarot intuitive, and the author of In the Land of the Vultures (novel), and Tarot for the Fiction Writer. For 20 years, Paula has presented workshops across the country at national and regional Romance Writers of America conferences and meetings; the San Diego University Writers Conference; and the International Women's Writing Guild. Paula publishes Divine Muse-ings, a weekly e-newsletter (since 2009) on writing, creativity, dreams, and tarot. She was dream consultant for PEOPLE Country Magazine, and is the award-winning author of Weaving a Woman’s Life: Spiritual Lessons from the Loom.

Linda Leedy Schneider

Linda Leedy Schneider is a psychotherapist in private practice and poetry mentor who was awarded The Contemporary American Poetry Prize by Chicago Poetry. She has written six collections of poetry including Through My Window: Poetry of a Psychotherapist (Plain View Press). A former faculty member at Aquinas College and Kendall College of Art and Design, Linda facilitates workshops nationally. Editor of two poetry anthologies, Linda’s poetry was included in Not a Muse: The Inner Lives of Women, a World Poetry Anthology for which she produced a reading to benefit The International Women’s Writing Guild at The Bowery Poetry Club (NYC).

Arielle Silver
Arielle Silver writes songs, personal essays, and poetry, often blurring the lines between. Her literary work has appeared in Matador Review, Jet Fuel Review, Lilith, and others. An alumna of Brandeis University and Berklee College of Music, Arielle earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles, where she teaches in the BA program and is former editor of Lunch Ticket. Her music has been licensed internationally for film/TV, and her latest album, A Thousand Tiny Torches, released this year. Arielle teaches yoga, writing, and meditation (…blurring the lines between…) at retreats and workshops in California and beyond.

Sharla Wailes is a graphics designer with over twenty years’ experience turning concepts into successful visual realities for local, national, and international companies. Over the past five years she has worked exclusively on Book Cover Design, allowing her to meet and work with people of many different backgrounds while sharpening her skills on uniqueness and creativity that other advertising avenues did not allow. She has designed countless book covers including some for International Women’s Writing Guild members, such as The Collection for Cathleen O’Connor and Anne Anthony, The Bird That Couldn’t Fly, for Raquel Arrechea, 100 Pennies, for Gaetane Martin and Marisa Moks-Unger’s The Picture This Anthology.

Leah Komaiko

Leah Komaikois the author of a memoir and 20 books for children, including a few modern classics. She got her first branding client, a Fortune 100 company, because she discovered a valuable connection between a loved bedtime story and a brand that sticks. That thing that gets a child to pick the same book down off a shelf every time when she’s got 50 others to choose from, is the same instinct that makes a customer choose you today above all others as their brand. Leah turns intangibles into real magic. Her work was featured in the January 20, 2020 issue of Forbes.

Charlotte Gordon

A distinguished professor of the Humanities at Endicott College, Charlotte Gordon is an award-winning author whose work has appeared in the New York TimesWall Street Journal, and the Washington Post, among other publications. Her latest book, Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley (Random House) won the National Book Critics Circle award. She has also published Mistress Bradstreet: The Untold Story of America’s First Poet (Little, Brown) and The Woman Who Named God: Abraham’s Dilemma and the Birth of Three Faiths (Little, Brown). Most recently, she has written the Introduction to Penguin’s re-issue of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

Leslie Neustadt

Attorney, writer and artist, Leslie Neustadt is a member of several peer writing groups and has taught writing and collage workshops in the Capital Region for independent living centers, libraries, community centers and Women Writers and Artists Matrix. In 2014, she published a collection of poetry, Bearing Fruit: A Poetic Journey. Her poetry has been published in: the Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry; Veils, Halos and Shackles: International Poetry on the Abuse and Oppression of Women; Workers Write: Tales from the Courtroom, Mentor’s Bouquet, Musematrix, peer glass, A Measured Sense of Outrage, and Decolonizing Poetry, and a variety of journals. Her artwork has been on four book covers.

Dr. Juanita Kirton

Dr. Juanita Kirton earned MFA from Goddard College. Her individual poems are published in several anthologies. Her new chapbook “Letters To My Father” accepted for publication by Finishing Line Press. Juanita has participated in workshops and retreats by Women Reading Aloud and is a member of Women Who Write and the International Women’s Writing Guild. She served on editorial staff, Clockhouse Literary Journal and is published in several anthologies. Juanita, employed at PA Dept of Education, is US Army Veteran, resides with her spouse in PA. Besides writing, Juanita enjoys touring the country on her motorcycle.

Lisa Freedman

Lisa Freedman teaches creative writers as a professor and as a coach. She weaves meditation into her work to nurture clarity and confidence. She received her MFA from the New School, where she now teaches courses including “Starts in Silence: A Meditation and Writing Workshop” (in collaboration with the Rubin Museum of Himalayan Art) and “Writing and Activism.” She joined the IWWG in 1988 and created and taught “Writing and the Warriorship of Compassion” for their 2016 summer conference. She also teaches for the Poetry Barn in upstate New York. Her writings have appeared in Satya Magazine and the anthology Resist Much Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance, among others.  See more at and Breathe/Read/Write

Lisa St. John

Lisa St. John is a high school English Teacher and published poet. Her first chapbook, Ponderings, can be purchased at Finishing Line Press. She lives in the beautiful Hudson Valley of upstate New York where she calls the Catskill Mountains home. Lisa has published her poetry in the Barbaric Yawp, Bear Creek HaikuMisfit MagazineThe Poet’s Billow,  PKA’s AdvocateThe Haight Ashbury Literary JournalThe Ekphrastic ReviewEyedrum PeriodicallyPoets Reading the News, and Chronogram Magazine.  Lisa also writes two blogs, Random Mind Movements and Widows’ Words. They can be found on her website at

Georgia A. Popoff

Georgia A. Popoff, Syracuse, NY, is an educator, editorial consultant, & Workshops Coordinator at the YMCA of Central NY’s Downtown Writers Center. She has four poetry collections, most recent, Psychometry (Tiger Bark Press, 2019). Please visit for her blog, Poets Happy Dance, and more information. 

Leigh Shulman

Leigh Shulman is a degreed writing mentor with twenty years of teaching experience under her belt. She’s taught at universities and writing programs worldwide and founded The Workshop, her private online writing community. Her book The Writer’s Roadmap: Paving the Way To Your Ideal Writing Life helps thousands of writers find their way in the writing world. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, New York Times and The Huffington Post among others.

She currently lives in Argentina with her family where she writes and wonders if she’s the only person on earth who doesn’t like dulce de leche.

Marj Hahne

Marj Hahne is a freelance editor, writer, and writing teacher, and a 2015 MFA graduate from the Rainier Writing Workshop, with a concentration in poetry. She has performed and taught at over 100 venues around the country, as well as been featured on public radio and television programs. Her poems have appeared in literary journals, anthologies, art exhibits, and dance performances. Committed to making poetry hospitable for everyone, she launched a YouTube channel featuring videos in which she reads poems to dogs (BARK & BARD) and pairs poems with craft beers (MASH), craft spirits (DISTILL), and coffees (PO JOE).


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