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July 22-28, 2022
Endicott College,
Beverly MA

  

  


Intensives Registration

Intensives workshops require pre-registration. To register for an Intensive, YOU MUST FIRST REGISTER FOR THE FULL CONFERENCE HERE. Once you register for the full conference, your registration confirmation email will contain a registration code to be used to then register for these workshops. Please note that several of the Intensives also require submission of certain items to the instructor leading the workshop no later than June 15. Materials requested by the Instructor should be sent to iwwgquestions@gmail.com by the June 15th date. Each Intensive requires a payment of $100 on top of your conference registration.

    • Saturday, July 23, 2022
    • Wednesday, July 27, 2022
    • 5 sessions
    • TBD
    • 3
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    2022 Summer Conference


    Ten Tips: An Intensive Workshop on
    Writing Your Personal Story


    Registration Deadline: June 15, 2022. This advanced workshop is limited to ten participants, assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration is required by June 15 and the fee is $100. 

    Submission Deadline: June 22, 2022. Once you have received notice that you are registered, please submit electronically no more than five double-spaced pages of personal narrative to  iwwgquestions@iwwg.org, Use the subject line: Submission for Intensive on Personal Stories. Work can be taken from a single long piece or several shorter, stand-alone pieces Be sure to include at least one of your opening paragraphs or pages and one of your closing sections. Please use Times New Roman, 12-point type and submit your work as a .doc so the instructor and other participants can add observations. Preference will be given to full-week registrants. Manuscripts will be distributed to all participants in advance of the conference.


    Annie Dillard once said, “You have to take pains not to hang on the reader’s arms, like a drunk, and say ‘And then I did this and it was so interesting’.” What is it, exactly, that can make your personal narrative truly engaging? Not simply a recollection of your experience or an information dump.  Working together we will be looking at how to find the kernel, the heart of your story, the image or concept that teems with life, even at its most deceptively subdued. Using this kernel, we will then explore and apply ten techniques useful for writing the openings, middles, and closings of your own personal essays, autobiographical short stories, and memoirs. Personal stories can be made to matter; this workshop demonstrates how. Participants are invited to submit ahead of time up to 5 pages of their own personal writing to foster collaboration and focus feedback.


    Judith Huge has spent over thirty 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 voices through writing.  She currently teaches intensive writing workshops for the Osher Learning Center ( University of South Florida) and Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill (Cape Cod, Massachusetts), among others 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 (Women in the Wild, A Traveler’s Tale Anthology.)



    • Saturday, July 23, 2022
    • Wednesday, July 27, 2022
    • 5 sessions
    • TBD
    • 7
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    2022 Summer Conference


    Advanced Poetry Seminar


    Pre-registration required; limit of twelve participants on a first-come, first-served basis; a one- page poem of any form/content is required of each attendee in advance of the workshop; $100 fee/ 

    To reserve for one of the twelve spaces, submit a one-page poem of any form/content electronically by no later than June 15 to iwwgquestions@iwwg.org, subject line: Submission for Advanced Poetry Seminar. Preference will be given to full-week registrants. You will be notified within 48 hours if you are among the first twelve applicants, and you will be invoiced at that time for the $100 fee. Manuscripts will be distributed to all participants in advance of the conference.

    In an atmosphere of mutual trust and confidentiality, we will share our poetry with one another and offer feedback that is supportive and useful, taking into consideration aspects of your piece that are working well, and how you might approach revision. By design, the spirit of the feedback session is positive and encouraging. The workshop will focus on the refinement of your personal voice and help to expand and nuance your awareness as a reader. A one-page poem of any form/content is required of each attendee in advance of our workshop. These poems will be disseminated on the first day so that we may critique a few at a time during each meeting. Open to all levels.

    Vanessa Jimenez Gabb is the author of Images for Radical Politics, the Editor’s Pick in the 2015 Rescue Press Black Box Poetry Contest. Recent poetry has been featured in PEN America, The Poetry Project Newsletter and The Brooklyn Rail. She teaches at Newark Academy and for Brooklyn Poets. She is from and lives in Brooklyn, NY. 

    www.vanessajimenezgabb.com



    • Saturday, July 23, 2022
    • Wednesday, July 27, 2022
    • 5 sessions
    • TBD
    • 9
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    2022 Summer Conference


    Summer of Song


    Pre-registration required;
    limited to ten registrants on a first-come, first-served basis. 

    In this week-long workshop, advance registrants will create, workshop, polish, and perform an original song. Over the five days, Arielle will guide you through creative writing prompts, idea development, melody and rhyme creation, and VCVCBC traditional song structure. The workshop will culminate in a performance on Thursday for the greater IWWG community.  Note: This workshop requires pre-registration and a commitment to attend all five sessions, in preparation for the performance on the final day of the conference. 

    Attendees do not have to be skilled musicians, however, they should have some musical background. If possible, please bring your portable accompanying instrument (guitar, uke, autoharp, etc.) There is a piano on site. 


    Arielle Silver is a Los Angeles-based performing songwriter, storyteller, and workshop facilitator. Her fourth album, A Thousand Tiny Torches, was released in 2020, and her essays, poems, and hybrid misfits have appeared in Matador Review, Brevity, Under the Gum Tree, Lilith Magazine, and others. An alumna of Brandeis University and Berklee College of Music, she earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles, where she currently serves on faculty. In the quiet lockdown months of the pandemic, she created the weekly podcast, Tomes & Tunes, where she talks with songwriters from around the world about books and creativity; and co-founded Bhavana Flow Yoga, an online yoga studio that offers daily classes in yoga, meditation, Sutras study, and more. www.ariellesilver.com.


    • Saturday, July 23, 2022
    • Wednesday, July 27, 2022
    • 5 sessions
    • TBD
    • 5
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    2022 Summer Conference


    Play Lab Intensive: Writing & Producing Your Short Play, Scene or Monologue for the Stage & Showcase


    Pre-registration required;
    limited to ten registrants on a first-come, first-served basis.  You must first register for the conference and you will be emailed a code to pre-register for this workshop.

    Have you always wanted to write for the stage, but didn’t know how to begin? Short play and monologue festivals are a regular feature of theatre companies, offering novice and experienced playwrights opportunity to see their writing performed. You’ll develop in class (or bring) a draft of (1) a ten-minute play; (2) a monologue; (3) an excerpt from a one-woman show; or (4) a short scene from a longer play. In class writing, script reading and feedback will explore theatrical structure, setup, dialogue, plot, character development, theme, theatricality, and production. We’ll discuss successful plays and monologues and tools for avoiding common pitfalls. Our Lab culminates in a performance, Wednesday evening, (for an enthusiastic audience of conference attendees), where actors will read your play on stage so you can hear your script on its feet. Our final session focuses on revision and submitting to play festivals for production. No prior playwriting experience is required.


    Kelly DuMar is delighted to be returning for the sixth year to produce the IWWG Summer Play Lab. Kelly is a playwright, poet and writing workshop facilitator from Boston. Her award-winning plays and monologues have been produced around the US 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 for many years. She founded and produced the Our Voices Festival of Women Playwrights at Wellesley College for twelve years. Kelly produced the IWWG Annual BOSTON Conference for five years and was a board member of IWWG for five years.  She teaches Your Memoir As Monologue for the Transformative Language Arts Network twice a year and produces an online monologue showcase. Her website is KellyDuMar.com

    • Saturday, July 23, 2022
    • Wednesday, July 27, 2022
    • 5 sessions
    • TBD
    • 4
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    2022 Summer Conference


    Advanced Seminar in Fiction Writing


    Pre-registration required;
    limited to ten registrants on a first-come, first-served basis. $100 fee. To reserve one of the ten spaces, submit a manuscript (3,000 words or less) electronically by 
    no later than June 15 to iwwgquestions@iwwg.org, subject line: Submission for Advanced Seminar in Fiction Writing. Preference will be given to full-week registrants. You will be notified within 48 hours if you are among the first ten applicants, and you will be invoiced at that time for the $100 fee. Manuscripts will be distributed to all participants in advance of the conference.

    Lynne Barrett is the award-winning author of three short story collections The Secret Names of WomenThe Land of Go, and Magpies, which received the Florida Book Awards Gold Medal for General Fiction in 2012.  Her anthology Making Good Time, True Stories of How We Do, and Don't, Get Around in South Florida, was published in Fall 2019 by Jai-Alai Books. What Editors Want: A Must Read for Writers Submitting to Literary Magazines, published by Rain Chain Press, has recently gone into its second printing. The essay on which it is based, published in The Review Review, was featured in the L.A. Times Book Blog and republished in Glimmer Train's digest. Barrett edited Tigertail: Florida Flash, and  co-edited Birth: A Literary Companion and The James M. Cain Cookbook, a collection of Cain's nonfiction.

    Her short stories have appeared in many journals including the Orange Blossom ReviewNew Flash Fiction Review Mystery TribuneNecessary Fiction,The Miami Rail Fort Lauderdale Magazine,  Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine,  Painted Bride Quarterly, Night Train, and Real South. And her essays have been published in The Hong Kong Review, River Teeth's "Beautiful Things" series, andThe Southern Women's Review.

    In Fall 2020, a new essay was included Grabbed: Poets and Writers on Sexual Assault (Beacon Press), and a short story from the 1990s was republshed Akashic's Miami Noir: The Classics.  Her stories and essays are included in many anthologies and textbooks, including: Flash! Writing the Very Short Story, Just to Watch Them Die: Crime Stories Inspired by the Songs of Johnny Cash, Fifteen Views of Miami, Trouble in the Heartland,  Blue Christmas, One Year to a Writing Life, Delta Blues, A Dixie Christmas, Miami Noir, Simply the Best Mysteries, A Hell of a Woman, Mondo BarbieLiterature: Reading and Responding to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and the EssayThe Lexington Introduction to Literature, and many more.

    She has received the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best mystery story from the Mystery Writers of America, the Moondance International Film Festival award for Best Short story, and fellowships from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, she received her M.F.A. from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. She teaches in the M.F.A. program in Creative Writing at Florida International University and edits The Florida Book Review.

    http://www.lynnebarrett.com/about-lynne.html

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