The International
Women’s Writing Guild

Women Writing to the World Webinar: In Poetry, Prose, Drama & Memoir

4 week series: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 to Tuesday, May 12, 2020


Our Women Writing to the World Four Week Webinar offers you professional and personal insights into crafting prose, poetry, memoir and monologue, as well as exceptional enrichment of your creative life and writing network with women writers from around the world. Choose all or one of our series, featuring featuring four outstanding Guild presenters: Susan Tiberghien (Geneva), Kelly DuMar (Boston), Vanessa Jimenez Gabb (NYC) and Maureen Murdock (CA). We invite women writers from around the globe to this one-of-a-kind Digital Village experience, LIVE on Zoom Videoconferencing: April 21, 28, May 5 and May 12, 2020, from 12:00-1:30 p.m. (Eastern US). Experience the gift of our Guild community from wherever you are!

Tuesday, April 21

Women Writing Through Darkness to Light (All genres) Susan Tiberghien
We live in turbulent times. How do we find the courage to confront darkness? In this workshop we will write our way into the dark, into the unconscious, to uncover our stories. These are the sparks of light—the bits of gold—hidden deep within us.  We will see how CG Jung did this in his journals in The Red Book. We will look at examples from Margaret Atwood and Terry Tempest Williams. We will craft our stories into  
journal entries and short pieces of fiction or nonfiction. Our voices wi
ll bear witness in the troubled world around us.

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.

Tuesday, April 28

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.

Tuesday, May 5

Women Writing to the World: Visibility Through the Power of “Erasure Poetry” – 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. How 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 blueand Weekend Poems. Her work has appeared in such places as The Brooklyn RailThe Poetry Project NewsletterPEN Poetry Seriesjubilat 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.

Tuesday, May 12

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 MemoryFathers’ Daughters: Breaking the Ties that BindSpinning 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.

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