The International Women's Writing Guild


UPCOMING EVENTS

For registration and more information, click on the conference name below.

Our conference is truly, consistently, a place where women find, remember, (re)locate themselves as women and writers.

~2016 Summer Conference participant


Fri.-Fri., July 7-14
Muhlenberg College
Allentown, PA

 

Upcoming events

    • Sunday, October 28, 2018
    • Sunday, November 18, 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • On your computer!
    Register

    NOTE: You have to register TWICE:  FIRST, here, to pay;  SECOND, with Zoom (link in confirmation email), to get the access information.

    4 Sundays:  October 28, November 4, 11, 18  

    7:00—8:30 PM (Eastern) / 4:00—5:30 PM (Pacific) // Check your time-zone HERE.

    REGISTER even if you can't attend all four sessions "live," because we will promptly email you the recording of each session.

    “Emotional truth is the reward of digging deeply enough to find the truth about how one really feels, but in order to convey this truth with any force, or artistry, one needs to create a form of expression, and this form determines its own genuine information,” says poet Philip Schultz, in a 2008 interview (Five Points, Vol. 12, No. 2). We’ll explore the prose poem, flash fiction, flash nonfiction, haibun, zuihitsu, the lyric essay, surreal memoir, and the graphic poem and essay to elicit fresher ways of seeing and saying the scenes and stories that compose your life.

    Marj Hahne is a freelance editor and writing teacher, and a 2015 MFA graduate from the Rainier Writing Workshop, with a concentration in poetry. She has performed and taught at over 100 venues around the country, as well as been featured on public radio and television programs. Her poems have appeared in literary journals, anthologies, art exhibits, and dance performances. 

    www.MarjHahne.com

    • Wednesday, November 07, 2018
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Wherever you fire up your computer!

    FREE to Members and Nonmembers!  

    3:00–4:00 PM (Eastern) / 12:00–1:00 PM (Pacific) / 8:00–9:00 PM (Liberia) / Check your time-zone HERE.

    REGISTER HERE even if you may not be able to attend "live," so that you can receive the webinar recording.

    Kpana N. Gaygay will be interviewed by Pamela Varkony about her fictionalized memoir, Daunting Years: The Liberian Civil War in the Eyes of a Child, which tells how she and her family survived the 14-year Liberian civil war.

    Kpana N. Gaygay is an emerging Liberian novelist. Her writings lean strongly towards education and social justice, especially domestic and sexual violence. She uses her short stories and poems to address these issues. She is a regular contributor to the Liberian literary magazine KWEE. Kpana currently resides in Monrovia with her family.

    Pamela Varkony’s nonfiction 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 across the county. She has written magazine feature stories as well as PBS and NPR commentaries. Her poetry has been published in The New York Times. She was chosen by Pearl S. Buck International as the 2017 “Woman of Influence” for her writing and advocacy on behalf of women around the world, including two fact-finding missions to Afghanistan. She has also been recognized by the Pennsylvania Women’s Press Association with an “Excellence in Journalism” award, and is a much-requested speaker. Born and raised in rural Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Pamela splits her time between the Lehigh Valley and her home outside Tampa, Florida, where she writes for 83 Degree Media. She is working on a women’s leadership book, Ten Rules for Ladies. / www.PamelaVarkony.com

    • Wednesday, November 07, 2018
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Wherever you fire up your computer!

    Always FREE to Members and Nonmembers!

    READERS must be current IWWG members. (Join or renew HERE.)

    4:00–5:00 PM (Eastern) / 1:00–2:00 PM (Pacific) // Check your time-zone HERE.

    Three-minute reading slots open to current IWWG members only (15 max). All listeners (members & nonmembers) welcome!

    Moderated by Marj Hahne.


    • Tuesday, November 27, 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Wherever you fire up your computer!

    FREE Members-only discussion!  

    7:30–9:00 PM (Eastern) / 4:30–6:00 PM (Pacific) / Check your time-zone HERE.

    REGISTER HERE (NOTE: You do not need to commit to all book-club sessions to participate.)

    In our second hybrid-lit book-club gathering, facilitated by Marj Hahne, we'll discuss Barrie Jean Borich's Body Geographic, a memoir structured in map components (insets, overlays, legends) and pictorial maps! Barrie will join our discussion after the first half hour.

    Body Geographic (University of Nebraska Press, 2013) won a Lambda Literary Award in Memoir, an IPPY (Independent Publisher Book Award) Gold Medal in Essay/Creative Nonfiction, and a 2013 Forward INDIE Bronze Award for Essays. In a starred review, Kirkus called Body Geographic “an elegant literary map that celebrates shifting topographies as well as human bodies in motion, not only across water and land, but also through life.”

    Barrie Jean Borich is also the author of Apocalypse, Darling (Ohio State University Press, 2018), My Lesbian Husband (Graywolf 1999, 2000), which won the American Library Association Stonewall Book Award, and Restoring the Color of Roses (1993), which was published by Firebrand Books, an independent feminist press. She is an associate professor in the English Department and MA in Writing and Publishing Program at DePaul University in Chicago, and she edits Slag Glass City, a digital journal of the urban essay arts.

    www.barriejeanborich.com

    Click on the book cover to purchase your copy of Body Geographic!

    • Sunday, December 02, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Wherever you fire up your computer!

    FREE Members-only discussion!  

    6:00–7:30 PM (Eastern) / 3:00–4:30 PM (Pacific) / Check your time-zone HERE.

    REGISTER HERE (NOTE: You do not need to commit to all book-club sessions to participate.)

    In our second poetry book-club gathering, facilitated by Lisa St. John, we will look at the second half of The Best American Poetry 2017, edited by David Lehman and Natasha Trethewey: pages 77-170. To inform the poems, you may also wish to read the Contributors' Notes and Comments on pages 196–218.

    In his introduction, Lehman asks, “What qualifies as literature?” We will explore this idea as well as consider Trethewey’s comment that “poetry helped [her] contend with the reality of the world.” Come prepared to informally discuss the poems and their resonance for you: what you loved or hated or wondered about, what stuck with you for whatever reason. Let’s have fun and keep in mind what poet Lucille Clifton articulates so beautifully: “[T]he first poets didn’t come out of a classroom . . . poetry began when somebody walked off of a savanna or out of a cave and looked up at the sky with wonder and said, ‘Ahhh.‘ That was the first poem.” 

    www.lisachristinastjohn.com

    Click on the book cover to purchase your copy of Best American Poetry 2017!

Past events

Thursday, October 18, 2018 All Voices Open Mic
Thursday, October 18, 2018 Member Book Spotlight with TaNisha Fordham
Sunday, October 14, 2018 Poetry Book Club: BEST AMERICAN POETRY 2017, edited by David Lehman and Natasha Trethewey (Part 1)
Sunday, September 30, 2018 Hybrid-Lit Book Club: SMALL FIRES, by Julie Marie Wade
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 Writing the Zeitgeist with Marisa Moks-Unger
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 All Voices Open Mic
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 Member Book Spotlight with Sherri L. Smith
Sunday, August 26, 2018 Submission Panel: How to Get Your Words Out Into the World: Part 1: Literary Journals
Friday, July 06, 2018 IWWG Summer Writers Conference 2018: Connect, Create, Collaborate
Sunday, June 10, 2018 Book-Club Showcase with Marj Hahne (Hybrid Lit) and Lisa St. John (Poetry)
Thursday, June 07, 2018 All Voices Open Mic
Thursday, June 07, 2018 Member Book Spotlight with traci kato-kiriyama
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 Member Book Spotlight with Julie Maloney
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 Conversate: Roxana Robinson's "The Right to Write," with Katey Schultz
Sunday, May 06, 2018 All Voices Open Mic
Sunday, May 06, 2018 IWWG Summer Writers Conference 2018 Preview
Tuesday, May 01, 2018 Writing the Zeitgeist with Rev. Lisa D. Jenkins
Saturday, April 28, 2018 Boston "Writing from Your Life" Retreat
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 Unlocking Narration: The Power of Your Narrator's Personality and Point-of-View , with Anya Achtenberg
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 All Voices Open Mic
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Member Book Spotlight with Susan Tiberghien
Sunday, April 15, 2018 Spring Big Apple 2018: Women, Creativity & Craft: Write, Pitch, Publish!
Sunday, April 08, 2018 Beyond the Margins: The Power of Memory and the Stamina of Women’s Words to Change Ourselves and the World: 4-Week Webinar with June Gould
Sunday, March 11, 2018 All Voices Open Mic
Sunday, March 11, 2018 How to Tap Into the Writer's Life, with June Gould
Thursday, March 01, 2018 Member Book Spotlight with Cathleen O'Connor and Anne Anthony
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 First Pages: Seduce Your Readers from the Beginning (Including Agents & Editors), with Paula Chaffee Scardamalia
Tuesday, February 06, 2018 All Voices Open Mic
Tuesday, February 06, 2018 Member Book Spotlight with Yun Wei: On Poetry, Politics, and the Promise of Change
Monday, February 05, 2018 Conversate: John Edgar Wideman's "Writing Teacher," with Lisa Freedman
Saturday, January 27, 2018 4th Annual California Dreaming
Sunday, January 21, 2018 Navigating the Path to Publication: 4-Week Webinar with Jan Phillips
Thursday, January 11, 2018 All Voices Open Mic
Thursday, January 11, 2018 Member Book Spotlight with Patricia Bell-Scott
Sunday, December 10, 2017 All Voices Open Mic
Sunday, December 10, 2017 Yin & Yang of the Writer’s Life: Finding Balance Between the Spiritual & the Material, with Jan Phillips
Saturday, November 04, 2017 All Voices Open Mic
Saturday, November 04, 2017 Memoirists and the Hazards & Rewards of Revealing Family Members, with Maureen Murdock
Saturday, October 14, 2017 Digital Village Open House
Saturday, October 07, 2017 Niagara Creative Writing Conference
Thursday, October 05, 2017 LEARN to ZOOM Tea Party with Kelly, Marj, & Dixie
Friday, July 07, 2017 40th Annual IWWG Summer Conference
Saturday, May 06, 2017 2nd Annual Boston "Writing from Your Life" Retreat
Saturday, April 22, 2017 Spring Big Apple 2017
Saturday, March 25, 2017 California Dreaming 2017
Saturday, March 25, 2017 Florida Fling 2017
Saturday, November 05, 2016 Flagship City Creative Writing and Poetry Conference
Friday, July 15, 2016 39th Annual IWWG Summer Conference
Saturday, April 30, 2016 Boston "Writing From Your Life" Retreat
Saturday, April 16, 2016 Spring Big Apple 2016
Saturday, February 27, 2016 2nd Annual California Dreaming
Sunday, February 21, 2016 Florida in February Sunday Salon
Friday, July 24, 2015 38th Annual Summer Conference
Saturday, April 25, 2015 Spring Big Apple 2015
Sunday, March 15, 2015 California Dreaming: West Coast Regional Conference

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