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39th Annual IWWG Summer Conference

  • Friday, July 15, 2016
  • 2:00 PM
  • Friday, July 22, 2016
  • 10:00 AM
  • Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA


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Muhlenberg is a small, private, four-year liberal arts college located in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The city is served by Lehigh Valley International Airport. 

Muhlenberg offers a variety of special amenities:

  • The air-conditioned dorms are located adjacent to the Student Union and classroom building where workshops will be held.
  • The award-winning dining hall provides a variety of options, and a café and snack bar offer between-meal options.
  • The Red Door is a private lounge in the basement of the Student Union that will be the site of our after-hour gatherings.



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 Powder 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 (3 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)


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)


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)

Pamela 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

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 Ruth, How to Add Magic Realism to Your Writing

PLUS: Critiques and Open Readings

Basic Daily Schedule

7:00 am - 8:30 am Breakfast
8:30 am - 10:00 am Session 1 Workshops
10:30 am - 12:00 pm Session 2 Workshops
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Session 3 Workshops
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Session 4 Workshops
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Open Readings

Keynote Speaker

It is with great pleasure that the IWWG announces the 2016 Summer Conference Keynote Speaker . . . Nancy Giles!

NANCY GILES is an actor, comedian, and writer, with 2 Emmy Awards for her on-air commentaries on the acclaimed "CBS News Sunday Morning." She toured with Chicago’s famed Second City comedy troupe;  was Jay Thomas’ sidekick on his “Morning Show” on Jammin’ 105 in New York City; and was the announcer and co-host of the cult favorite "Fox After Breakfast." Nancy's written four solo shows and is working on a collection of true stories called "Notes of a Negro Neurotic."

Giles has offered her social and political perspectives on MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews," "Melissa Harris-Perry," "All In with Chris Hayes," "Politics Nation with Al Sharpton," and "Up with Steve Kornacki." On topics from politics and race to pop culture and body image, Giles says, “I want to make people laugh and I want to entertain them, but I also want to provoke thought and discussion.” Giles is a funny, perceptive, and provocative observer of today’s world. 

Registration Packages

Each package has different pricing for members and nonmembers. Want to join? Need to renew your membership? Please do so BEFORE registering for this event to enjoy member pricing.

Entire Event: Includes seven nights, six days, 20 meals, all workshops, critiques, salons, open readings and book fairs. Check in Friday, July 15 (beginning at 2:00 pm) and check out Friday, July 22 by 10:00 am.

Long Weekend Package (Friday-Monday): Includes three nights, four days (including Opening Night), 9 meals (dinner Friday through lunch on Monday). Check in Friday, July 15 (beginning at 2:00 pm) and check out Monday, July 18 (out of room by 10:00 am). Registrants can attend all workshops and other conference activities on Monday (check-out day).

Weekday Package (Monday-Friday): Includes four nights and five days, 12 meals (Monday lunch through Friday breakfast). Check in Monday, July 18 and check out Friday, July 22 by 10:00 am.

Commuter Daily Rate Package: Daily rate. Includes all workshops and activities for that day, as well as Opening Night admission, Friday, July 15. Can choose registration with meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) or without. To register for multiple days, contact us.

Housing: Room Options

1) Double with private bath and shared common areas (kitchen and lounge) 


2) Single in a suite of four with shared bath, kitchenette, and sitting area. 

All rooms are air-conditioned. First come/first served in choosing room options; singles in a suite of four are limited in number. During the registration process you will have the opportunity to propose a roommate (double) or roommates (suite). Requests for suite mates cannot be guaranteed but will be honored to the best of our ability.

Cancellation Policy

Until May 15th - Full refund minus $75 admin fee
May 16 - June 15 - 50% refund
After June 15 - No refund

Contact Information

Questions regarding the conference? Email Dixie King at or call 661-619-2735 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)

Questions regarding registration or technical issues? Please contact Kristin Rath at

Contact Us!

Email (quickest response):

Mailing Address:


att: Michelle Miller

22 Parsonage St #293

Providence, RI 02903

telephone: (518) 290-1636 

NYC Address:

888 8th Avenue, #537
New York, NY 10019

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