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40th Annual IWWG Summer Conference

  • Friday, July 07, 2017
  • 2:00 PM
  • Friday, July 14, 2017
  • 10:00 AM
  • Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA


  • Meals not included, but breakfast, lunch, and dinner can be purchased onsite.
  • EB rate ends April 10
  • EB rate ends April 10
  • Meals not included, but breakfast, lunch, and dinner can be purchased onsite.
  • EB rate ends April 10
  • EB rate ends April 10
  • EB rate ends April 10
  • Full-conference rate for Muhlenberg students (must show student ID; doesn't include room or meals, though meals can be purchased in the dining hall).
  • Weekend rate for Muhlenberg Continuing Education students (includes Saturday & Sunday workshops and evening events; doesn't include room or meals, though meals can be purchased in the dining hall).

Registration is closed


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.


30 workshops in all genres; critique groups, in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry; and a community salon:

Workshop Descriptions & Presenter Bios

Workshop Schedule

NOTE ABOUT SCHEDULE: Each full conference day comprises 4 sessions, each containing several workshop options. Unless otherwise specified, the workshops occur on all 6 workshop days (Sat.-Thurs.), and each day is self-contained, so you may sample workshops from day to day, with no need to sign up in advance. A few of the workshops are 3-day (Sat.-Mon.), and one of these repeats Tues.-Thurs. (these and other exceptions are highlighted in red at the above "Workshop Schedule (preliminary)" link).

Workshops at a Glance:

Be Your Own Personal Prophet: Create Vibrant Writing Prompt Cards in Mixed-Media with Suzi Banks Baum

Plot, Structure, and the Map of Opportunity with Lynne Barrett

The Screenplay: An Original or Adapted from Another Medium with Linda Bergman

The Final Edit: Advanced Writing Seminar with Pat Carr

Listening to Your Life with Heather Summerhayes Cariou

The Use of Ritual in Creating the New Narrative of Compassionate Inclusion with Alyce Smith Cooper

Making Spaces/Going Places: Getting Published with Mary Beth Coudal

Writing and Producing Your Ten-Minute Play or Monologue for the Stage with Kelly DuMar

The Changing Face of Publishing with April Eberhardt

What Kinds of Fools (or Shamans!) Are We? with Lisa Freedman

Diving into the Wreck: Writing about Pain, Loss, and Other Difficult Subjects with Janice Gary

What Are Women Writing About Anyway? with June Gould

WRITUALS: The Power and Spirit of Authentic Writing with Dorothy Randall Gray

eKpHrAsIs: Visual Art as Spaces for Poetry with Marj Hahne

The Evolution of the Modern Memoir with Maureen Murdock

Love Is in the Air! Writing the Romance Novel with Cathleen O’Connor

When a Woman Writes: Opening Our Eyes, Ears, and Hearts to the Power of Our Words with Jan Phillips

Inviting the Image to Speak: Writing from SoulCollage® Cards with Judith Prest

Writing in the Mythological Voice: Elevating the Mundane into Myth with Natalie Reid

Meditate and Create with Nina Ayin Remier 

Raising the Decibel of Women's Voices with Mel Ryane

Writing as a Goddess: World-Building & Other Elements of Genre Fiction with Paula Chaffee Scardamalia

The Writer at Work: Old Words and New with Eunice Scarfe

The Wonder of Words: Writing for Your Life with Linda Leedy Schneider

The Poetry of Time and Place with Myra Shapiro

Songs: Crafting a Marriage with Words and Music with Arielle Silver

How to Google Your Own Brain: Using Imaging to Jump-Start Your Writing with Marylou Kelly Streznewski

Ready, Set, Go!: Navigating the New World of Writing, Publishing, and Marketing with Carren Strock

Words Matter: Writing from Your Truth with Susan Tiberghien

Stories to Change the World: Writing Your Truth with Pamela Varkony

Creating with Comedy with Anne Walradt

Writing for Racial Healing salon with Connie Garcia-Barrio and Linda Wisniewski

Basic Daily Schedule

7:00 am - 8:30 am Breakfast
9:00 am - 10:30 am Session 1 Workshops
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Session 2 Workshops
12:30 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 (Monday will feature the Writing for Racial Healing salon and an open studio with Suzi Banks Baum)

Registration Packages

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

Entire Event: Includes seven nights, six days, twenty meals, all workshops, critiques, salons, open readings, and book fairs. Check in Friday, July 7 (beginning at 2:00 pm) and check out Friday, July 14 by 10:00 am.

Long Weekend Package (Friday-Monday): Includes three nights (including Opening Night), four days, nine meals (Friday dinner through Monday lunch). Check in Friday, July 7 (beginning at 2:00 pm) and check out Friday, July 14 (out of room by 10:00 am). Registrants can attend all workshops and other conference activities on Monday (check-out day).

Commuter Daily Rate: Includes all workshops and activities for that day, as well as Opening Night admission, Friday, July 7. Meals not included, but breakfast, lunch, and dinner can be purchased onsite. To register for multiple days, contact us.

Housing: Room Options

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


2) Double with private bath and shared common areas (kitchenette and lounge). 


3) Private room with private bath and shared common areas (kitchenette and lounge).

All rooms are air-conditioned. First-come/first-served in choosing room options; singles in a suite of four are limited in number; a limited number of singles with private bath are available for the week, for an additional $350 fee. 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 7 - Full refund minus $75 admin fee
May 8 - June 7 - 50% refund
After June 7 - No refund

Contact Information

Questions regarding the conference, registration, or technical issues? Email Marj at

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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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