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        January 2016


In This Issue:

  • It's time to let the sun shine in on your writing life with our California and Florida conferences
  • Spring Big Apple workshop announcements plus a call for Member Authors to join panel and book fair
  • ANOTHER NEW EVENT: IWWG comes to Boston

The moment you've been waiting for. . . Summer Conference workshops announced.

 

 

News

 


Let the sun shine in on your writing life . . .

Sunny option #2:  IWWG Florida in February Regional ConferenceTampa, Florida  February 21, 2016

Join us at The Sunday Salon, a full-day of workshops, book sale, and open readings in a warm and supportive community of friends old and new.

Welcome by Pam Varkony 

IWWG member, Advisory Circle member, liaison with Muhlenberg College for IWWG 2016 Summer Conference.

Pamela Varkony’s non-fiction topics range from politics to women's empowerment, from small town Americana to global perspectives. As a columnist for Tribune Publishing, Pamela's work has appeared in newspapers; magazine feature stories; and PBS and NPR on-air commentaries. Her poetry has been published in the New York Times. She is currently working on a women’s leadership book “Ten Rules for Ladies”.

Very Short Forms: Exploring Micro-Literature with Lynne Barrett

Over the past ten years there has been a flowering of interest in very short forms of writing, from six words to seventy-five to four hundred and on up to a thousand. Today, in dozens of online journals you can find flash fiction, brief essays, and neo-vignettes.  The tension of fitting a story, or memory, or character, or scene into a limited space asks you to leap in and get to essentials, and so, paradoxically, opens up creativity.

In this workshop, through examples and prompts we’ll explore the range of possibilities both for writing complete pieces in very short forms and using them to generate longer work. The presentation will include information about markets for short forms and some of the innovative approaches to submission they are using, and will be followed by a Q&A about submitting your creative work—of all lengths—to journals, contests, and anthologies.

The Page Waits: From Personal to Public(ation) with Judy Huge  

It’s been written that “writing is like kissing; you can’t do it without a partner.” This workshop, for most any genre, explores how to build better bridges between your story and your reader.  Specifically we will look at and practice techniques for choosing, structuring, and crafting stories that invite readers in, encourage them to stay, and lift your writing from the purely personal to the potentially publishable.



Space limited to 30 attendees. You must register in advance.

 

Spring Big Apple Program Announcement

Spring Big Apple Conference

April 16 - 17, 2016

Scandinavia House, New York, New York

Saturday

9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

June GouldWhat Are Women Writing About Anyway?

Join June Gould, Ph.D. in a full day of inventing, constructing, and crafting the multi-cultural narratives, stories, and poetry already living deep within your life. This hands-on workshop will explore women’s writing, women’s images, and women’s personal and political concerns.

Leave with several pieces that you’re ready to share. Electrify yourself while at the same time discover how IWWG writers can be a supportive and inspiring community.  There will be writing examples and guided writing exercises.

Women are the vessels of story, history, mythology, action and emotion. Tapping into our poems and stories, we will mine and construct our significant female lives.

To quote Simone de Beauvoir: "One is not born a woman, one becomes one.” Writing about ourselves will help us become more than we were before.

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;co -author of a book of  Holocaust poetry, Counting the Stones and author of the novel In the Shadow of Trains. June has given readings at The 92nd Street Y (NY), The Holocaust Museum (Washington, DC) the Jewish Museum and Yeshiva Museums (NY) and at libraries, synagogues, churches, universities and bookstores throughout the USA, and in Greece and Canada. She has been an IWWG workshop leader for over 25 years. She gives on-going Advanced Writing Workshops in New York City at Poets House and Advanced weekend writing conferences at the Guest House, Chester, CT. June also facilitates and leads book groups. She has published poetry in numerous journals including the Jewish Women’s Literary Annual. 

Open Readings:  4:15 – 5:15 PM

Sunday

8:30 - 11:00 AM

Mary Beth Coudal, Making Spaces/Going Places

Research, report, and write long-form narrative stories. Then, plan to pitch your stories effectively. This workshop dives 

into the basics of publishable essays. We brainstorm, craft, and discuss service, Q & A, travel, health, personal, editorial, and human interest pieces.

In this workshop you will learn how to:

  • Discover your expertise
  • Find sources and stories
  • Know what editors look for
  • Rewrite and edit
  • Share success stories
  • Network

Mary Beth Coudal is an award-winning journalist, blogger, and copywriter. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, Salon.com, and Self magazine. At the blog To Pursue Happiness at mbcoudal.com, she asks the big questions in her pursuit of happiness. For fun, Coudal is a teacher, actress, and mixed media artist.

Author Panel: 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Book Fair: 12:15 - 1:30 PM

Meet the Agents Panel:  2:00 - 3:00 PM

Meet the Agents Pitch Sessions: 3:15 - 5:15 PM

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         Call for IWWG Member Authors to participate in Spring Big Apple's Author Panel and Book Fair

Are you an IWWG member and recently published author? 

We invite you to participate in a discussion around authors' publishing experiences. Afterwards, you are welcome to sell your featured book at our book fair.

Requirements

  • Must be current IWWG member.
  • Book publication must fall within the last 2 years at date of event (April 2014 or later)
  • Repeat authors are welcome . . . just not repeat books. 
  • Must be available for the author panel session on April 17th from 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM. You are welcome to sell your book at the book fair from 12:15 - 1:30 PM

Fit those requirements? Interested and would like to know more information? 

Contact Kristin at iwwgquestions@gmail.com and she will send you details.



Fiction

Lisa Acerbo, Using Local History to Build a Good Mystery (3 days)

Lynne Barrett, Crime as the Spine: Techniques of Mystery & Suspense (3 days)

Joan Kane Nichols, Making a Scene (6 days)

Cathleen O’Connor, Irresistable First Chapters: Writing a "Gotta Read More" Fiction Opening (6 days)

Paula Scardamalia, How to Use Myths, Fairy Tales and Dreams for Stories that Sell (3 days)

Memoir and Personal Narrative

Suzi Banks Baum, The Power Keg Sessions: Writing Personal Narrative from the Wealth of Your Lived Experience (3 days)

Suzi Banks Baum, Mapping Motherhood: Writing Our Way Home (3 days)

Heather Cariou, Standing In Your Own Truth (6 days)

Joy Ross Davis, A Personal Narrative: Rising Out of the Ashes (3 days)

Janice Gary, Spinning Straw into Gold: The Transformative Power of the Narrative Arc in Memoir and Personal Narrative (6 days)

Dorothy Randall Gray, Black Women, White Pages: Spirit, Soul and Survival (6 days)

Maureen Murdock, The Art of Memoir 2016 (6 days)

Kathleen A. O'Shea, Good Heavens! Writing from Our Religious Past (3 days)

Eunice Scarfe, The Blank Page: Writing Adrift/Writing a Draft (6 days)

Susan Tiberghien, Witnessing with Words, the Personal and the Political in Writing Our Life Stories (6 days)

Amy Wu, Connecting to Heal: Writing a Way to a Healthier You (3 days)

Mind/Body/Spirit

Judith Prest, Becoming Visible through Expressive Arts (3 days)

Jan Phillips, Stop Learning, Start Knowing (6 days)

Marylou Streznewski, How to Google Your Own Brain: Using Imaging to Jump Start Your Writing (3 days)

Carren Strock, Making Good Photos Great (3 days)

Poetry

June Gould, The Poem You weren't Expecting: A Hands-on Poetry Writing Workshop (6 days)

Marj Hahne, Writing Your Spiritual Mosaic (6 days)

Lisa Hase-Jackson, Personal Narrative and the Poem (6 days)

Linda Leedy Schneider, The Art and Craft of Writing: Come Surprise Yourself! (6 days)

Myra Shapiro, Living with Poems (6 days)

Social Action/Social Justice

Lisa Freedman, Writing as Warriorship (6 days)

Geri Lennon, Brandishing the Sword of Truth (3 days)

Shawndra Miller, Writing a Better World into Being (3 days)

Miriam Stein, Ways to Win Hearts, Minds, and Votes with Social Justice/Social Action Writing (3 days)

Pam Varkony, Writing for a Cause (1 day)

The Business of Publishing

Mary Beth Coudal, Get Your Social Media Groove On - Set Up Your Blog (6 days)

Joy Ross Davis, Branding: The Writer's Best Friend (3 days)

Jessica Tyner Mehta, Crafting a Lucrative Writing Career (3 days)

Writing and Performance

Judy Adourian, Playwriting (6 days)

Linda Bergman, So You Think Your Life's a Movie? And How to Sell It! (6 days)

Kelly DuMar, Writing and Producing Your Ten-Minute Play (6 days)

Salons (one 90-minute session)

Anne Anthony, Submission Parties

Lisa Freedman & Lisa Irish, Awareness and Consciousness as a Writer

B. Lynn Goodwin, Journaling

Elizabeth Kann, Word Play

Alison Lorber, How to Add Magic Realism to Your Writing

Registration will open in the coming weeks . . . stay tuned!

New Event Added! IWWG Boston Regional Conference

Writing From Your Life - In Memoir, Monologue & Poetry

April 30, 2016

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM 

Sherborn, Massachusetts  

Your workshop instructors:

Susan Tiberghien 

Judy Adourian

Kelly DuMar

More details coming soon!

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We are thrilled to announce our workshop instructors for 

Summer Conference 2016!

39th Annual Summer Conference

July 15 - 22, 2016

Allentown, Pennsylvania

38 instructors, 35 workshops covering 7 genres, 5 salons, and (of course!) 

critique sessions

Get ready for a Summer Conference like no other!



Fiction

Lisa Acerbo, Using Local History to Build a Good Mystery (3 days)

Lynne Barrett, Crime as the Spine: Techniques of Mystery & Suspense (3 days)

Joan Kane Nichols, Making a Scene (6 days)

Cathleen O’Connor, Irresistable First Chapters: Writing a "Gotta Read More" Fiction Opening (6 days)

Paula Scardamalia, How to Use Myths, Fairy Tales and Dreams for Stories that Sell (3 days)

Memoir and Personal Narrative

Suzi Banks Baum, The Power Keg Sessions: Writing Personal Narrative from the Wealth of Your Lived Experience (3 days)

Suzi Banks Baum, Mapping Motherhood: Writing Our Way Home (3 days)

Heather Cariou, Standing In Your Own Truth (6 days)

Joy Ross Davis, A Personal Narrative: Rising Out of the Ashes (3 days)

Janice Gary, Spinning Straw into Gold: The Transformative Power of the Narrative Arc in Memoir and Personal Narrative (6 days)

Dorothy Randall Gray, Black Women, White Pages: Spirit, Soul and Survival (6 days)

Maureen Murdock, The Art of Memoir 2016 (6 days)

Kathleen A. O'Shea, Good Heavens! Writing from Our Religious Past (3 days)

Eunice Scarfe, The Blank Page: Writing Adrift/Writing a Draft (6 days)

Susan Tiberghien, Witnessing with Words, the Personal and the Political in Writing Our Life Stories (6 days)

Amy Wu, Connecting to Heal: Writing a Way to a Healthier You (3 days)

Mind/Body/Spirit

Judith Prest, Becoming Visible through Expressive Arts (3 days)

Jan Phillips, Stop Learning, Start Knowing (6 days)

Marylou Streznewski, How to Google Your Own Brain: Using Imaging to Jump Start Your Writing (3 days)

Carren Strock, Making Good Photos Great (3 days)

Poetry

June Gould, The Poem You weren't Expecting: A Hands-on Poetry Writing Workshop (6 days)

Marj Hahne, Writing Your Spiritual Mosaic (6 days)

Lisa Hase-Jackson, Personal Narrative and the Poem (6 days)

Linda Leedy Schneider, The Art and Craft of Writing: Come Surprise Yourself! (6 days)

Myra Shapiro, Living with Poems (6 days)

Social Action/Social Justice

Lisa Freedman, Writing as Warriorship (6 days)

Geri Lennon, Brandishing the Sword of Truth (3 days)

Shawndra Miller, Writing a Better World into Being (3 days)

Miriam Stein, Ways to Win Hearts, Minds, and Votes with Social Justice/Social Action Writing (3 days)

Pam Varkony, Writing for a Cause (1 day)

The Business of Publishing

Mary Beth Coudal, Get Your Social Media Groove On - Set Up Your Blog (6 days)

Joy Ross Davis, Branding: The Writer's Best Friend (3 days)

Jessica Tyner Mehta, Crafting a Lucrative Writing Career (3 days)

Writing and Performance

Judy Adourian, Playwriting (6 days)

Linda Bergman, So You Think Your Life's a Movie? And How to Sell It! (6 days)

Kelly DuMar, Writing and Producing Your Ten-Minute Play (6 days)

Salons (one 90-minute session)

Anne Anthony, Submission Parties

Lisa Freedman & Lisa Irish, Awareness and Consciousness as a Writer

B. Lynn Goodwin, Journaling

Elizabeth Kann, Word Play

Alison Lorber, How to Add Magic Realism to Your Writing

Registration will open in the coming weeks . . . stay tuned!




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