The International Women's Writing Guild
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Our conference is truly, consistently, a place where women find, remember, (re)locate themselves as women and writers.
~2016 Summer Conference participant
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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6:00–7:30 PM (Eastern) / 3:00–4:30 PM (Pacific) / Check your time-zone HERE.
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.”
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