The International
Women's Writing Guild

Facilitated Writing Circles

Women's Voices: From all Over the World

Wednesdays 4:00 - 6:00 PM EST
July 7, 21, August 4,18

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Wednesdays 4:00 - 6:00 PM EST
September 8,22, October 6,20

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Every life has many tales that can be taken into poems and memoir. Through hearing and seeing inspirational poems by women,   time to explore those poems and their craft,  and time to write and receive feedback, this workshop will bring participants' poetry and memoir to life.

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.

Wild Wisdom Writing Circle for Writers 60+

Thursdays, 4:00 - 6:00 PM EST
September 9, 23, October 7, 21,
November 4,18

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As writers, we all have our stop-and-start moments when inspiration comes and goes and the page remains blank. And as older writers, we might question whether writing at this point is worth it. Or even possible. Maybe we should just give up.

But then there’s that voice inside us… a voice on fire with memory and image and a narrator insistent on being heard. With it is a world and a self that you cannot forget. In those unforgettable memories are the stories that need to be told and heard – to you as well as others.

There’s no better time to do it than now. We have the extraordinary perspective that age brings and the unique experience of our history, both personal and historical. We have seen what has changed- and what has not. We know what silences still need to be broken.

If you have burning desire to pour out your wildness and wisdom on the page, to write more, write better, to stop making excuses, then this is the group for you. In the Wild Wisdom Writing Circle, you will join a community of writing sisters who will inspire, support and embolden you while author Jan Gary provides memory portals that crack open story and craft lessons that arise organically out of your own writing.

As the writer George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) wrote, It is never too late to become who you are. Your truth, your art, your creative self is waiting.

Enter the Circle and let the writing begin!

Every other Thursday for twelve weeks: September 9, 23, October 7, 21, November 4, 18

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 conducts writing workshops combining memoir, myth, and the self as metaphor.

Imagination and Justice: Meditation and Free-Writing Circles

Saturdays, Sept 18 - Nov 20, 2021
10:00am - 12:00pm EST

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Eight sessions on Saturdays from 10 am to 12 pm EST

Sept. 25 - Nov. 13

“For to imagine is not simply to see what does not yet exist or what one wants to exist. It is also a profound act of creativity to see what is.” Susan Griffin

These circles are generative, a place to write or re-write material that dwells (or wants to dwell) in the realm where the personal is political. You may already be working on a relevant project, or you may be starting a new one. Either way, you and your stories, your writings will be welcome here.

The format of each session helps us get to know and support one another. Each time we meet, we will start with a few minutes of silence followed by a short guided free-write and share to check in. Lisa then guides us in two more rounds of meditation, free-writing, and sharing. The sharing is always optional. Holding the circle in silence together is a bonding activity, and as the weeks unfold, we connect more deeply through our writings. This is how we help each other take writerly risks to reveal our experiences and imaginings. And this is how we support each other as we dare to share our voices and visions with the world.

Meditators, writers, dreamers, and activists at every level of experience are welcome. All genres are welcome.

Participants receive the prompts and background materials each week. These come from many sources, including Kiese Laymon, Layli Longsoldier, Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, and Rev. angel Kyodo williams.

Lisa Freedman is a writer, activist, and New School Writing Program faculty member. She founded Breathe/Read/Write as a contemplative response to the chaos of the U.S. elections in 2016. BRW combines meditation and freewriting so participants clear the static and astound themselves with the flow and clarity that comes when they set their pens on the page. As a practitioner of Shambhala Buddhism, Lisa knows how inspiring it can be to share the open space of silence. And she has a knack for choosing free-write prompts that connect writers to what they need to say. Lisa leads BRW circles for The NY Zendo, the International Women’s Writing Guild, The Poetry Barn, and the New School’s Social Justice Hub, among others. Her work with BRW earned a 2021 NYFA Community Artists Corp Grant. 

Lisa holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School. Her creative work can be found in these anthologies: Resist Much, Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the ResistanceLiterature from the First 20 Years of Art & Understanding; and Grabbing the Apple: An Anthology of New York Women Poets. Her poetry and prose also appear in Satya Magazine, POZ, Poetry Ration, and others. For more info, see the Breathe/Read/Write Eventbrite page and Lisa’s Writing Coach website.

Lisa’s work with BRW earned a 2021 NYFA Community Artists Corp Grant.” If you live in NYC, sign up for the free Breathe/Read/Write beach retreat on Saturday, Aug. 28, to help artists and writers re-emerge from Covid with strength and vision: BRW Beach Retreat

Member-Led Writing Circles

If you have a writing circle you would like to facilitate through the IWWG, please email with your interests (genre, geography, etc) and we will begin to set those up for you.

Writing Circles
Writing as Restoration

4 Weeks: October 7 - October 28

4:00 - 5:30 PM EST

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On the restorative power of writing, Julia Cameron says “Writing is medicine. It’s an appropriate antidote to injury. It is an appropriate companion for any difficult change.”

Globally and individually, we’ve experienced unprecedented personal stress and loss. Over the course of four sessions, I will explore writing restoration as meditation, celebration, excavation, and gratitude. Your expression may reveal itself as poetry, prose poetry, narrative, memoir, or journaling. There are no limitations!

I invite you, as Natalie Goldberg says, to “take out another notebook, pick up another pen…in the center of chaos, make one definitive act…say yes, stay alive, be awake. Just write. Just write. Just write.”

Anne Eston is the author of short stories, poems, nonfiction and magical realism. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. She has taught memoir and intuitive writing at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena, CA, and led intuitive writing workshops at Mystic Journey Bookstore in Venice, CA, and online for the Women’s Circle at the Watershed Farm in Ringgold, GA. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two cats.

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