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: April 8, 15, 22, 29
7:00—8:30 PM (Eastern) / 4:00—5:30 PM (Pacific) // Check your time-zone HERE.
Session 1: Opening old doors to new words and writing topics in the 21st century.
Session 2: Inventing new forms for deep private, public, and political feelings.
Session 3: Writing to bear witness to our own and other women’s stories.
Session 4: Writing from another’s point of view. What are the advantages of the chosen point of view? Whom can we believe? How do we lie to ourselves when we discount another’s point of view?
REGISTER even if you can't attend all four sessions "live," because we will promptly email you the recording of each session.
June S. Gould, Ph.D., is a writer, teacher, and lifelong learner. She is the author of The Writer in All of Us: Improving Your Writing Through Childhood Memories and co-author of a book of Holocaust poetry, Counting the Stones. She has done a signing at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for her novel, In the Shadow of Trains. Her poetry has been published in and/or by Pearl, The Storyteller, Inkwell, Ship of Fools Press, University of Rio Grande, The Round Table, IWWG, The Great American Poetry Show, and The Jewish Literary Annual, and she has written an award-winning chapter on teaching the language arts in Constructivism: Theory, Perspectives, and Practice. She has been a writing workshop leader for IWWG for 30 years and has given poetry readings, speeches, signings, and workshops at The 92nd Street Y, The Holocaust Museum, the Jewish Museum, and Yeshiva Museum, and for the Aegean Writers' Conference, in Andros, Greece.
Boston & New England–area writers — Please join us for our 3rd annual day-long writing retreat with three outstanding IWWG instructors. Our Writing from Your Life Retreat offers you professional and personal insights into writing memoir, myth, and monologue, as well as exceptional enrichment of your creative life. Experience the gifts of the Guild community during our annual regional event in MetroWest Boston!
The Zen of Writing: Clear Seeing, Clear WritingSusan TiberghienTo enter into the mystery of Zen, we need to let go of all the distractions that surround us. We need to lift the lid of our conscious minds and open our eyes. What we see clearing, we will write clearly. We will focus first on journal writing, looking for seeds for life stories. Then on how to write our stories, focusing on both personal essays and memoir. In reading excerpts from C.G. Jung, Thich Nhat Hanh, Natalie Goldberg, Annie Dillard, and Suki Kim, we will let the practice of Zen inspire and illuminate our own writing.
Susan Tiberghien, an American writer living in Geneva, Switzerland, has published four memoirs—Looking for Gold: A Year in Jungian Analysis; Circling to the Center: One Woman's Encounter with Silent Prayer; Side by Side: Writing Your Love Story; and Footsteps: In Love with a Frenchman —and a highly appreciated writing book, One Year to a Writing Life: Twelve Lessons to Deepen Every Writer's Art and Craft. She has been an instructor for The Guild since 1990, always impressed by its stature and vision. She also teaches at C.G. Jung Institutes and at writers’ centers and conferences in the States and in Europe, where she directs the Geneva Writers’ Group, an association of over 250 English-language writers. www.susantiberghien.com
Writing The Heroine’s Journey
Maureen Murdock Now, more than ever, women are speaking their truth as the feminine demands healing. In this workshop, we will explore the stages in The Heroine̕s Journey, which redefines the heroic quest for women. The journey entails an initial separation from feminine values, seeking recognition and success in a patriarchal culture, experiencing spiritual aridity and death, and turning inward to reclaim the power and spirit of the sacred feminine. As women claim their voice and name their experience, this workshop will provide a framework for their voice to be heard.
Maureen Murdock, Ph.D., is a Jungian-oriented psychotherapist in private practice in Santa Barbara, California. Since 1990, she has taught memoir writing in the UCLA Extensions Writers’ Program, where she received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award in 1995. Her bestselling book, The Heroine’s Journey, explores the rich territory of the feminine psyche and delineates the feminine psycho-spiritual journey. Maureen is also the author of Unreliable Truth: On Memoir and Memory; Fathers’ Daughters: Breaking the Ties that Bind; Spinning Inward: Using Guided Imagery with Children; and The Heroine’s Journey Workbook. She is the editor of an anthology of memoir writing entitled Monday Morning Memoirs: Women in the Second Half of Life and has published a Kindle short entitled The Emergence of Bipolar Disorder: A Mother’s Perspective. Maureen has written pieces for The Huffington Post on criminal justice and mental illness and has presented short memoir pieces at Center Theater in Santa Barbara and Spark Theater in Los Angeles about the men in prison she works with. Her blog is on her website: www.maureenmurdock.com
Your Memoir as Monologue:
Crafting Dynamic Monologues for Performance & Publication
There’s beauty and meaning to mine from your life story, and this workshop will help you artistically express and creatively share your life experiences through the medium of theatre. You’ll learn how to write successful dramatic monologues that are personally meaningful, emotionally satisfying, and relevant and engaging for an audience. Beginning and experienced writers are welcome!
Kelly DuMar is a playwright and poet from the Boston area whose recent workshop presentations include the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, the Power of Words Conference, True Story Theater, Berkshire Women Writers, Playback North America, and the New England Theatre Conference. She is the author of a nonfiction book, Before You Forget: The Wisdom of Writing Diaries for Your Children, and won the Lit House Press Poetry Chapbook Award for All These Cures. Her newest poetry and prose chapbook, Tree of the Apple, has been published this year by Two of Cups Press. Kelly’s award-winning plays and monologues are produced around the U.S. and Canada. Her award-winning one-act play for youth, The Adventures of Rocky & Skye, was published by Youth Plays. Kelly is a past president of Playwrights’ Platform, Boston, where she led play development activities for many years. She founded and produces the Our Voices Festival of Women Playwrights at Wellesley College. www.kellydumar.com
Schedule9:30 am • Registration & Coffee, Tea & Pastry
10:00 am • Introductions & Opening Remarks
10:15 am • Susan Tiberghien
11:45 am • Catered Lunch & Book Fair (purchase books by Guild members)
12:45 pm • Maureen Murdock
2:30 pm • Kelly DuMar
4:15 pm • All Voices Open Mic (attendee poetry & prose readings)
5:00 pm • Wrap-Up
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FREE to Members and Nonmembers!
2:00–3:00 PM (Eastern) / 11:00 AM–12:00 PM (Pacific) / 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.
Rev. Lisa D. Jenkins, author of 40 Days of Biblical & Cultural Insight into the Black Panther Movie, will be interviewed by Jan Phillips about how the record-breaking film Black Panther, "a journey filled with truth and historical vigor that expands our minds spiritually and socially," can be applied to our daily lives.
Rev. Lisa D. Jenkins , as an unwed mother, was kicked out of the church she grew up in. Twenty-four years later, she serves as the first female and the tenth pastor of the St. Matthew’s Baptist Church of Harlem, in New York City. Rev. Lisa received her bachelor’s degree from Pace University and her master of divinity degree from New York Theological Seminary, and she is currently a doctoral student at McCormick Theological Seminary.
An adjunct lecturer for the City University of New York, Rev. Lisa teaches multicultural studies and has served as an instructor at New York Theological Seminary, where she taught Biblical Exegesis and New Testament Studies, and was a preceptor for the course entitled "The Politics of Jesus."
Rev. Lisa’s upcoming books include The Other Side of Through: Messages of Hope, Empowerment, Justice, and Faith and a memoir, It's Another Day's Journey: Glass Ceilings, Brick Walls, and Potholes. She is also a contributing author to the third volume of These Sisters Can Say It!, edited by Martha Simmons and Daryl Simms.
Jan Phillips is a writer, musician, and photographer who is currently the co-Executive Director of IWWG. She has been a member since 1989 and has taught at the summer conferences since 1990. As a young activist, Jan made a peace pilgrimage around the world and has taught in 23 countries, written ten award-winning books, created three CDs of original music, and developed a YouTube channel of videos. Her books include Creativity Unzipped, No Ordinary Time, Finding the On-Ramp to Your Spiritual Path, The Art of Original Thinking, Divining the Body, Marry Your Muse, and several others. She is the founder and Executive Director of the LivingkindnessFoundation, which built the Livingkindness Centre for Learning in Ikuzeh, Nigeria.
www.janphillips.com / www.livingkindness.org
EARLY BIRD pricing extended to April 30th!
"This conference, with all these strong, inspiring women, served to remind me that it doesn’t matter what else is going on; I am always going to be valuable, strong, someone who writes worthwhile things, who has a voice that needs to be heard and will not be silenced."
NOTE: All workshops run for 75 minutes each day, Saturday through Thursday, and are open to all, unless otherwise indicated. You do not need to select your workshop preferences ahead of the conference (unless you wish to attend one of the advanced seminars; see those descriptions for information on applying). During the conference, we encourage you to sample: you may attend any workshop on any day; our faculty generally design their workshops such that each session is a self-contained unit of learning.
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Until May 6: Full refund minus $75 admin fee
May 7 - June 6: 50% refund
After June 6: No refund
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