The International Women's Writing Guild


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, April 08, 2018
    • Sunday, April 29, 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • On your computer!

    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?

    All four sessions will be hands-on and will use remarkable poems as springboards to writing.

    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.

    • Saturday, April 28, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 5:15 PM
    • The Montrose School, 29 North Street, Medfield, MA 02052
    • 5

    Boston & New Englandarea 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 Writing
    Susan Tiberghien
    To 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 memoirsLooking 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 CraftShe 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.

    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 MemoryFathers’ Daughters: Breaking the Ties that BindSpinning 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:

    Your Memoir as Monologue:
    Crafting Dynamic Monologues for Performance & Publication

    Kelly DuMar

    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.

    9:30 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

    Download a printable event flyer here.

    Find nearby hotel lodging here.

    Find directions to the Montrose School here.

    • Tuesday, May 01, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Wherever you fire up your computer!

    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. Jenkinsauthor 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. /

    • Friday, July 06, 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Friday, July 13, 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA

    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."

    • Our 41st year of coming together!
    • Over two dozen workshops ranging from three to six days in length and spanning fiction, poetry, memoir, creative nonfiction, screenwriting, playwriting, writing as performance, social justice, multi-genre, and mixed media
    • Critique sessions in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and playwriting
    • A multimedia open studio on Monday night
    • Two book fairs 
    • Nightly open readings

    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.

    For the daily schedule, click here

    For workshop descriptions and presenter bios, click here.

    For registration options (time-frames and housing) and fees, click here for our conference brochure.

    For travel options to Muhlenberg College, click here.

    For our Scholarship Application, click here.

    **Cancellation Policy**
    Until May 6: Full refund minus $75 admin fee
    May 7 - June 6: 50% refund
    After June 6: No refund

Past events

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, 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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