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, 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!

    • Sunday, December 09, 2018
    • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Wherever you fire up your computer!

    FREE to Members and Nonmembers!  

    1:30–2:30 PM (Eastern) / 10:30–11:30 AM (Pacific) / 7:30–8:30 PM (Spain) / 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.

    This Member Book Spotlight will feature IWWG member Francisca Esteve and Marlon L. Fick, co-editors of Xeixa: Fourteen Catalan Poets (Tupelo Press, November 2018), interviewed by IWWG board member Kelly DuMar, as well as readings by women Catalan poets included in the anthology.

    Francisca Esteve was born in Spain in València, grew up in Barcelona, and joined the anti-fascist resistance movement that struggled to keep Catalan culture alive. She trained at Escuela de Artes Aplicadas Massana and became a painter, eventually immigrating to Mexico City. After she and Marlon Fick married, they lived in China before coming to live in the United States in 2014.

    Marlon L. Fick holds a BA from the University of Kansas, an MA from New York University, and PhD from the University of Kansas. He is the author of two poetry collections published in Mexico and of the novel The Nowhere Man (Jaded Ibis, 2015), and the editor/translator of The River Is Wide El río es ancho: Twenty Mexican Poets (New Mexico, 2005). He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and ConaCulta in Mexico, the Ramon Llull Award for Literature in Catalonia, and a Best American Literary Translator award from the Latitudes Foundation. He now teaches at the University of Texas–Permian Basin.

    Kelly DuMar is a poet, playwright, and workshop facilitator from the Boston area. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Tree of the Apple and All These Cures, and a nonfiction book, Before You Forget: The Wisdom of Writing Diaries for Your Children. Kelly’s poems, prose, and photos have been published in many literary journals, and her award-winning plays are produced around the U.S. and published by dramatic publishers. Kelly founded and produces the Our Voices Festival of Women Playwrights at Wellesley College, now in its 13th year, and leads a variety of workshops for writers across the U.S. / kellydumar.com

    Xeixa: Fourteen Catalan Poets is an astonishingly generous collection that teaches us how to take a hurt and make it into a song, teaches us how a private whisper can become everyone’s private whisper, how a poem in Catalan can become an equally beautiful, terrifying, inspiring poem in English. What a gorgeous, necessary book. Bravo.”
    ~Ilya Kaminsky, author of Deaf Republic and Dancing in Odessa


    • Sunday, December 09, 2018
    • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Wherever you fire up your computer!

    Always FREE to Members and Nonmembers!

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

    2:30–3:30 PM (Eastern) / 11:30 AM–12:30 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.


    • Wednesday, January 30, 2019
    • 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, February 10, 2019
    • 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 third poetry book-club gathering, facilitated by Lisa St. John, we will look at The Door, by Margaret Atwood

    Read poet Jay Parini's review of The Door here.

    Read about Lisa here:
    www.lisachristinastjohn.com

    Click on the book cover to purchase your copy of Margaret Atwood's The Door!


Past events

Sunday, October 28, 2018 Hybrid Lit: Genre-Bend/Blend/Blur/Bust for Truer Narratives: 4-Week Webinar with Marj Hahne
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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