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

    • Monday, December 10, 2018
    • Tuesday, December 31, 2019
    • On your computer!
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    We’ve declared 2019 The Year of the New Narrative—one that authentically expresses the fullness of women’s voices, concerns, desires, and objectives—so we’re featuring NINE 4-week webinars exploring narrative through different lenses. 



    To save money while maximizing your learning, we're offering a Webinar 3-Pack!
    • $297 Member ($99/webinar: save $20 per, for a $60 total savings)
    • $387 Nonmember ($129/webinar: save $20 per, for a $60 total savings)

    How the WEBINAR 3-PACK works:

    • Buy a Webinar 3-Pack NOW, and you can let us know later which webinars from our 2019 schedule (below) you want to register for. You can even gift one of your webinars to a woman writer you want to support! 
    • You will need to select from the below list of 2019 webinars by December 31, 2019. That is, this offer expires at the end of 2019, and no partial or full refunds will be given.
    • If you select a webinar that’s already happened “live,” we will email you the recordings (all four sessions), plus the instructor’s materials.
    • These recordings are yours to keep, to view at your convenience, and do not expire.

    Click on the webinar below to read all about it and its presenter:

    January:  Life Inspires Ideas: Ignite Your Daily Practice, with Suzi Banks  Baum
    February:  The Heroine’s Journey as a Narrative Structure, with Maureen Murdock
    March:  Narrative and Poems, with June Gould
    April:  Are You There, God? It's Me Again: Coming-of-Age Stories for Every Age, with Sherri L. Smith
    May:  Spiritual Narrative: Claiming It, Writing It, Publishing It, with Jan Phillips
    June:  Narrative of Healing: Writing Through the Intersection of Struggle and Community-Self Care, with traci kato-kiriyama
    September:  The Narrative of Embodiment: Reclaiming the Feminine Self, with Dixie King
    October:  Narratives of the Unconscious, with Susan Tiberghien
    November:  Narrative of Truth: The Power of Reality in Storytelling, with Pamela Varkony



    • Sunday, March 03, 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Sunday, March 24, 2019
    • 8:30 PM
    • 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: March 3, 10, 17, 24

    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.

    “Sometimes we need a story more than food to stay alive,” writes Barry Lopez in Arctic Dreams. In this workshop, we will analyze, and discuss the many political, personal, and broken narratives of our time as well as the “new narrative,” which strives to represent emotional and bodily experience with honesty and without pretending that poems can be absolutely objective.

    June Gould, Ph.D., 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, Shemom, Inkwell, The Well Spouse Foundation Newsletter, Ship of Fools Press, University of Rio Grande, The Round Table, IWWG, The Great American Poetry Show, and The Jewish Literary Annual. This past year, she has helped a number of women edit and create their memoirs for publication. She continues to meet with her own writers’ group and lead reading groups.

    Cost: $119 for members / $149 for nonmembers / free to webinar 3-pack subscribers

    • Sunday, April 07, 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM (EDT)
    • Cicatelli Associates Inc. Conference Center, 505 Eighth Avenue, 20th Floor, NY 10018
    • 60
    New Workshop
    Putting Your Emotions on the Page

    Donna Baier Stein
    Writing offers us a chance to not only experience but also express our emotions. This may mean using words to understand and work through difficult feelings . . . or to celebrate the high points in our lives. Somehow, through writing what's deep inside us, we reveal our own and our fictional characters' humanity. And isn't this part of what makes a book compelling to read? The great New England poet Robert Frost said, “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.” Human emotions run the gamut from dark to light. Putting yours on the page makes for vivid writing and impactful reading. Writing prompts will be provided along with tips on showing your characters’ emotions through dialogue, gesture, action, and more.


    C
    onquering Your Fears of Queries and Pitches
    Paula Chaffee Scardamalia

    One of the prevailing myths about being a writer is that once the writer has typed, “The End,” at the end of her manuscript, her job is done. But you also have to sell your manuscript—first to an agent and/or editor, and then to the reader. Even if you are self-publishing, you need what is essentially a pitch on the back cover of your book, and you need to be able to talk succinctly about your book to reviewers and readers and others.

    Your first sales tools are hooks and pitches. If you are seeking an agent or editor, then you need a query. If you’ve been intimidated by these important marketing tools, this workshop will provide you with the information, tips, and resources along with the feedback you need to craft compelling hooks, pitches and queries that will have editors and agents asking for more.


    Concurrent sessions

    Practicing the Poetry of Flow
    Myra Shapiro
    Not ready to pitch to an agent? Take the opportunity to enter the world of New York poet Myra Shapiro and immerse yourself in the fluidity of writing poems inspired by the lines of others.

    Meet-the-Agents Sessions
    Appointments will be made in advance for timed 5-minute pitches


    Schedule

    8:00 am • Registration & Coffee, Tea & Pastry
    8:30 am • Introductions & Opening Remarks
    8:45 am • Donna Baier Stein
    10:30 am • Paula Scardamalia
    Noon
    • New Authors Panel & Book Signing over Catered Lunch
    1:30 pm • Agents Panel
    2:30 pm • Myra Shapiro; Meet-the-Agents Sessions
    4:15 pm • All Voices Open Mic (attendee poetry & prose readings)
    5:30 pm • Wrap-Up

    "Community matters. I found a safe place to have a voice. 
    There are all levels of writing, and all levels matter."

    – past conference participant

    Download a printable flier here.

    • Monday, April 08, 2019
    • 1:00 PM
    • Monday, April 29, 2019
    • 2:30 PM
    • 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 Mondays: April 8, 15, 22, 29

    1:00–2:30 PM Eastern / 10:00–11:30 AM 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.

    After 40, I began to wonder why Judy Blume, author of the famous Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret—every 80s girl’s guide to puberty—hadn’t written a sequel for the peri- and post- menopausal set. After all, we don’t just come “of age” when we’re teens; it happens at every stage of our lives. In this workshop, we’ll delve into what it means to write coming-of-age stories for Childhood, Adolescence, Adulthood, and the Golden Years. We’ll explore myths, rumors, archetypes, and rites-of-passage for each of these stages. Then we’ll mine our own memories and fears to tell the sorts of stories that serve as companions, confidantes, mentors, and friends for readers of every age.

    Sherri L. Smith is the author of several novels and comics for young people, including Flygirl, the 2009 California Book Awards Gold Medalist; The Toymaker’s Apprentice, which won the 2016 SCIBA Book Award for Middle Grade; Orleans, a “cli-fi” adventure; Pasadena, which won the 2017 SCIBA Book Award for Young Adult; and Who Were the Tuskegee Airmen?, her first middle-grade nonfiction book. Her books appear on multiple state lists and have been named Amelia Bloomer and American Library Association Best Books for Young People. She teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing program at Goddard College and the MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program at Hamline University.
    www.sherrilsmith.com.

    Cost: $119 for members / $149 for nonmembers / free to webinar 3-pack subscribers

    • Thursday, April 18, 2019
    • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Wherever you fire up your computer!

    FREE to Members and Nonmembers!  

    8:00-9:00 PM (Eastern) / 5:00–6:00 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.

    Please join us on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 8 p.m. (Eastern) for an intimate, in-depth discussion of poetry with IWWG member Cynthia Manick. She will read from and discuss her poetry collection, Blue Hallelujahs. Cynthia will be interviewed in our IWWG Digital Village online by longtime IWWG member, Christine Graf.

    Praise for Blue Hallelujahs

    “Cynthia Manick's Blue Hallelujahs bring us to a broil like Koko Taylor's "white-toothed love coils on repeat." Here, we have a gospel of womanly sharpness, a kitchen sinked and hot combed diary of the way Blues grinds into the 21st century. Gifted with the ability to smolder into surprise and swelter, Manick's reflections on discovery and loss will bring you to a "slow applause under the skin." Thank you for this bouquet of sheet music filled with church organ and pistol smoke, Ms. Manick. We gone need it to get to the other side.”
    —Tyehimba Jess, author of leadbelly, winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series

    “When writing we create a different type of language; an escapism or body underneath the words. That body is filled with stories both imagined and factual, fanciful images and sometimes real human monsters, all created to shed light on something.”
    —Cynthia Manick, from her PEN America PEN TEN interview. You can read the entire interview here: https://pen.org/cynthia-manick-pen-ten/

    Cynthia Manick is the author of Blue Hallelujahs (Black Lawrence Press, 2016). A Pushcart Prize nominated poet with a MFA in Creative Writing from the New School; she has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, the MacDowell Colony, Poets House, and the Saltonstall Foundation of the Arts among others. Winner of the 2016 Lascaux Prize in Collected Poetry and the 2018 Elizabeth Sloan Tyler Memorial Award; Manick is Founder and Curator of the reading series Soul Sister Revue. Her poem "Things I Carry Into the World" was made into a film by Motionpoems, a organization dedicated to video poetry, and has debuted on Tidal for National Poetry Month and Reel 13 Shorts. Manick’s work has appeared in the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day Series, Bone Bouquet, Callaloo, Kweli Journal, Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB), Muzzle Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.
    https://www.blacklawrence.com/blue-hallelujahs
    http://www.cynthiamanick.com

    Kelly DuMar is a poet and playwright as well as an empathic and astute guide who leads expressive writing workshops for new and experienced writers. Author of three poetry collections and many plays, Kelly is also author of Before You Forget - The Wisdom of Writing Diaries for Your Children. She produces the Our Voices Festival of Boston Area Women Playwrights, held at Wellesley College, now in its 13th year, and she produces the annual Boston Writing Retreat & the weeklong summer Play Lab for the International Women’s Writing Guild, where she serves on the board. Kelly founded the Farm Pond Writers Collective to guide women writers to write from their personal photos, develop their artistic voices and connect deeply with their creative lives. She shares her nature photos and creative writing in her daily blog, #NewThisDay.

    • Wednesday, May 01, 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • Wednesday, May 22, 2019
    • 4:30 PM
    • 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 Wednesdays: May 1, 8, 15, 22

    3:00–4:30 PM Eastern / 12:00–1:30 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.

    This webinar is for the woman who is ready to write about the role that religion/spirituality has played in the narrative arc of her life. It will guide participants through a process of self- examination as spiritual cartography—we chart the major influences, map out the dangerous patriarchal pitfalls, clarify the crossroads where we learned to divine our own bodies and transcend institutions that desacralized the Feminine. It opens up our own stories to reveal the magnificent conflicts religion has offered us as grist for the mill, allowing us to find our prophetic voices even as the churches we loved oppressed, silenced and minimized us.

    By the end of this workshop, you will:

    • know exactly where your story begins and ends.
    • have completed an annotated Table of Contents.
    • know everything you need to know to write a winning book proposal.
    • understand completely why your book has value and why you are the one to write it.

    Jan Phillips is a writer who connects the dots between evolutionary creativity, spiritual intelligence, and social action. Her life has been shaped by two years in a Catholic convent, one year on a global peace pilgrimage, and sixty-nine years of being gay. Dismissed from the convent, excommunicated from her church, Jan created a life that redefines spirituality as the expression of her ultimate commitments. She is the author of ten award-winning books and facilitates writing and storytelling workshops around the U.S. and Canada. Her agent is currently shopping around her spiritual memoir, Unveiled—The Making of a Lesbian Mystic. Jan is the founder/director of the Livingkindness Foundation, which has built a computer center for a village in Nigeria and supports projects for racial diversity in the U.S. Jan has performed with Pete Seeger, presented with Jane Goodall, and worked for Mother Teresa. She is currently the Interim Co-Executive Director of the IWWG. 
    www.janphillips.com

    Cost: $119 for members / $149 for nonmembers / free to webinar 3-pack subscribers

    • Friday, May 10, 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Saturday, May 11, 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • The Montrose School, 29 North Street, Medfield, MA 02052
    • 42
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    Boston & New Englandarea writers — Please join us for our 4th annual creative writing retreat in Medfield, MA, with four outstanding IWWG instructors. Our Writing the Heroine’s Journey Retreat offers you professional and personal insights into writing memoir, myth, prose, poetry 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 Heroine’s Journey as a Narrative Structure for Memoir & Myth
    Maureen Murdock
    In 1949, Joseph Campbell presented a model of the mythological journey of the hero which has since been used as a template for the psycho-spiritual development of the individual. This model, however, did not address the task for today's woman, which is to heal the wounding of the feminine that exists deep within herself and the culture. Now, more than ever, women are speaking their truth as the feminine demands healing.  In this workshop we will explore the stages in The Heroine's 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. Come prepared to write your own narrative as a heroine’s journey.

    Maureen Murdock, Ph.D., is the author of the bestselling The Heroine’s Journey, which explores the rich territory of the feminine psyche. This groundbreaking book has been translated into 13 languages, and a documentary, Women of Heart, about the impact of her work, is being made by Australian filmmakers. 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 entitled Monday Morning Memoirs: Women in the Second Half of Life and has published a memoir, Blinded by Hope: One Mother’s Journey Through Her Son’s Bipolar Illness and Addiction, under a pseudonym. She teaches “Writing Down the Soul,” an eight-month memoir-writing program at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and has taught memoir writing in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program for 28 years. www.maureenmurdock.com

    The Alchemy of Journaling: Emerging from Darkness as Heroine
    Susan Tiberghien

    Why are we afraid to see ourselves as heroines? Why are we afraid of the dark? The two questions go together. If we enter the dark, we will emerge as heroines: vibrant, creative, compassionate. In this workshop we will look first at journaling as an exercise in self-discovery. We will look at examples from C.G. Jung, Etty Hillesum, and Marion Woodman. We will see journaling as alchemy with its three steps: entering the dark, nigredo; distilling the memory, albedo; polishing the gold, the new consciousness, rubedo. Through active imagination, we will find a memory, a dream, an image and take it into the dark, we will distill its meaning, and find its worth.  We will become alchemists. Our gold will be a new awareness of our own creative self. We will be heroines.

    Susan Tiberghien, an American-born writer living in Geneva, Switzerland, is the author of four memoirs: Looking for Gold, A Year in Jungian Analysis; Circling to the Center, An Invitation to Silent Prayer; Side by Side, Writing Your Love Story; Footsteps, In Love with a Frenchman, and the popular writing book, One Year to a Writing Life. Her new book, Writing Toward Wholeness, Lessons Inspired by C.G. Jung, was published by Chiron Publications March l, 2018. She has published extensively narrative essays in literary reviews and anthologies. For over 20 years Susan has been teaching creative writing at C.G. Jung Societies and Institutes, the International Women’s Writing Guild, and at writers’ centers and conferences, both in the US and in Europe. Recently she did an online course, Journaling to the Soul, for the Jung Society of Washington. An active member of International PEN, she founded and directed the Geneva Writers’ Group (240 English-language writers) for 25 years. Married with six adult children and sixteen grandchildren. www.susantiberghien.com


    How the Political is Personal: The Heroine Probes Context in Poetry

    Vanessa Jimenez Gabb
    There is content. And then there is context. In this workshop, we will explore the heroine's journey by considering not only what our paths are but also how and why we we find ourselves here, in our particular moments. We will focus on thinking more intentionally about the ways we can engage with and generate poetry based on our material selves: how can we use the heroine's journey to bring attention to the various systems of which we are products, privileged, oppressed? We will be given the opportunity to reflect on and write to our respective journeys through poetry, and share with one another so that we may realize their collective power. 

    Vanessa Jimenez Gabb is the author of the poetry collection, Images for Radical Politics, which was the Editor's Choice in the 2015 Rescue Press Black Box Poetry Contest, and the chapbooks midnight blue and Weekend Poems. Her work has appeared in such places as The Brooklyn Rail, The Poetry Project Newsletter, PEN Poetry Series, jubilat and The Brooklyn Poets Anthology, and in 2010 she co-founded the online literary project, Five Quarterly. She holds an MFA in Poetry from CUNY Brooklyn College, where she was the recipient of the 2010 Himan Brown Award, and she has taught English and Creative Writing at St John's University, Newark Academy and for Brooklyn Poets. She is from and lives in Brooklyn, NY. www.vanessajimenezgabb.com

    Voices of Unsung Heroines - Writing Photo Inspired Monologues for the Stage
    Kelly DuMar
    You hear them, you see them, you know them – these women from your families, your personal history, and your community – but their stories are as yet unwritten. In this workshop you’ll develop a draft of a short, dramatic monologue for the stage, inspired by voices of unsung heroines – a woman from your personal life or from history, a woman from the past or present who has not been noticed or praised for doing hard work, being brave, or achieving her dreams by overcoming hardship. This workshop will help you artistically express and creatively share your unsung heroine’s experiences through the medium of theatre in an engaging way for an audience. Bring 1-3 photos of unsung heroines (from your life or from history) to write from. Beginning and experienced writers are welcome!

    Kelly DuMar is a poet and playwright as well as an empathic and astute guide who leads expressive writing workshops for new and experienced writers. Author of three poetry collections and many plays, Kelly is also author of Before You Forget - The Wisdom of Writing Diaries for Your Children. She produces the Our Voices Festival of Boston Area Women Playwrights, held at Wellesley College, now in its 13th year, and she produces the annual Boston Writing Retreat & the weeklong summer Play Lab for the International Women’s Writing Guild, where she serves on the board. Kelly founded the Farm Pond Writers Collective to guide women writers to write from their personal photos, develop their artistic voices and connect deeply with their creative lives. She shares her nature photos and creative writing in her daily blog, #NewThisDay. www.kellydumar.com

    Friday Schedule
    6:00 pm • Arrival and Registration
    6:30 pm • Maureen Murdock

    Saturday Schedule
    9:30 am • Registration & Coffee, Juice, and Pastry
    10:00 am • Introductions & Opening Remarks by host Kelly DuMar

    10:15 am • Susan Tiberghien
    11:45 am • Catered Lunch & Book Fair (network with other writers and purchase books by Guild members in attendance)
    12:45 pm • Vanessa Jimenez Gabb
    2:30 pm • Kelly DuMar
    4:15 pm • All Voices Open Mic (attendee poetry & prose readings)
    5:00 pm • Wrap-Up & Goodbyes

    Download a printable flier here.

    Find nearby hotel lodging here.

    Find directions to the Montrose School here.

    • Thursday, June 06, 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Thursday, June 27, 2019
    • 8:30 PM
    • 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 Thursdays: June 6, 13, 20, 27

    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.

    Where in your body do you hold pain, delight, disease, joy, trauma, memory, or celebration? What people inspire you and ground who you are in your relation to your art and the world at large? In this workshop, we will explore the intersection of struggle, the people who get us down or keep us going, and the healing that ensues through the process of writing. From quotes by inspiring figures to daily practices in wellness to brief readings of work and a plethora of writing prompts, we will connect the dots in our lives and write through the intersections!

    traci kato-kiriyama is a writer/actor and one half of the award-winning PULLproject Ensemble; director/co-founder of Tuesday Night Project; presenter of the Tuesday Night Cafe series (currently the longest-running Asian American-produced mic series in the country); and the author of the poetry collection signaling (The Undeniable Press, 2010) and a book of poems still in the birthing process, forthcoming from Writ Large Press. She has been presented as a performer, poet, theatre deviser, guest lecturer, speaker, facilitator, emcee, and Artist-in- Residence at innumerable venues across the continent, from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, and Hawai'i to Philadelphia, Florida, New York, and Toronto.
    www.traciakemi.com

    Cost: $119 for members / $149 for nonmembers / free to webinar 3-pack subscribers

    • Friday, July 12, 2019
    • 2:00 PM
    • Friday, July 19, 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA
    Register

    (Note: If you are looking for a REGISTER button, and do not see it on the left, please scroll all the way to the bottom. This may require you to use both the inner and the outer scroll bars.)

    "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 42nd 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, and nonfiction
    • A multimedia open studio on Monday night
    • Two book fairs 
    • Nightly open readings

    NOTE:  All workshops run for 90 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.

    Workshop Descriptions and Presenter Bios, click here.

    For Travel Options to Muhlenberg College, click here.

    **Registration & Cancellation/Refund Policy**

    June 28:  Last day to register for package that includes campus housing.

    After June 28:  Only Commuter registration is available.

    Cancellation (in writing) on or before May 28:  Conference registration will be refunded in full, minus a $75 administrative fee. In In lieu of a refund, you may substitute, by arrangement with The Guild, someone to attend in your place.

    Cancellation after May 28:  Conference registration is nonrefundable in full. The cancellation/refund policy will not be waived.

    • Sunday, September 08, 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Sunday, September 29, 2019
    • 8:30 PM
    • 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: September 8, 15, 22, 29

    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.

    As women, we struggle to understand our body, claim it, love it, and maintain rights over it. Too often we have learned to view our female body through the eyes of those who objectify, abuse, and debase it. As an act of sheer survival, we disembody ourselves, rejecting the feminine aspects of Self. Yet, ironically, our body is the catalyst for our writing: we cannot be disembodied and put words to paper. In this workshop, we’ll explore the narrative of embodiment, examining how our relationship with our body impacts our conception of self, our experience of the world, and our identity as a writer.

    Dixie L. King, Ph.D., began writing about women’s relationships with their bodies while working on her doctorate in cultural anthropology. Her article “Food, Sex, and Salvation: The Role of Discourse in a Recovery Program for Eating Disorders” (Many Mirrors: Body Image and Social Relations, ed. Nicole Sault), based on her dissertation research, explores the complex relationship women have with their body and the social and political forces that shape it. She has taught workshops focusing on body and self in both anthropology and psychology, helping students explore how our sense of self is embodied in how we interpret and negotiate both our physical and social space as women. She recently completed a feminist fantasy, and is currently working on a memoir. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University in 2016.

    Cost: $119 for members / $149 for nonmembers / free to webinar 3-pack subscribers

    • Monday, October 07, 2019
    • 11:00 AM
    • Monday, October 28, 2019
    • 12:30 PM
    • 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 Mondays: October 7, 14, 21, 28

    October 7, 14, 21: 11:00 AM–12:30 PM Eastern / 8:00–9:30 AM Pacific / 5:00–6:30 PM Geneva

    October 28: 12:00–1:30 PM Eastern / 9:00–8:30 AM Pacific / 5:00–6:30 PM Geneva 

    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.

    Margaret Atwood writes that story originates in the dark, in the unconscious. How do we access our unconscious? How can our narratives contribute to a rise in consciousness, our own and the world’s? In this workshop, we’ll explore journaling, active imagination, and dreamwork as modes for discovering the narratives of our unconscious, and we’ll see how to shape them into polished stories—fictional and nonfictional—that serve our individual and collective consciousness.

    Susan Tiberghien has been teaching creative writing for over 25 years, for the International Women’s Writing Guild, at C.G. Jung Societies, and at writers’ centers and conferences in the U.S. and Europe. She is the author of four memoirs—Looking for Gold: A Year in Jungian Analysis, Circling to the Center: An Invitation to Silent Prayer, Side by Side: Writing Your Love Story, and Footsteps: In Love with a Frenchman—and the acclaimed writing book One Year to a Writing Life: Twelve Lessons to Deepen Every Writer’s Art and Craft. Her latest book is Writing Toward Wholeness: Lessons Inspired by C.G. Jung (Chiron Publications, 2018). An active member of PEN International, Susan founded and, for twenty-five years, directed the Geneva Writers’ Group (250 English-language writers). She recently did an online course, “Journaling to the Soul,” for the Jung Society of Washington, DC. Married, with six adult children, sixteen grandchildren, and her first great-grandchild, Susan lives in Geneva, Switzerland, where she takes heart in its international call for peace and justice.
    www.susantiberghien.com.

    Cost: $119 for members / $149 for nonmembers / free to webinar 3-pack subscribers

    • Sunday, November 03, 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • Sunday, November 24, 2019
    • 5:30 PM
    • 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: November 3, 10, 17, 24

    4:00–5:30 PM Eastern / 1:00–2:30 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.

    We all have our stories, ones that are funny, sad, inspirational, tragic—and true. Writing your truth can inform, influence, heal, and entertain your reader, as well as yourself. As journaling provides a private mirror to reflect on your life, telling the tales of your journey can have great power—and never more so than now, when women’s experiences resonate across the culture.

    Pamela Varkony is a nonfiction writer and a former columnist for Tribune Publishing. Her work appears in newspapers, magazines, and PBS and NPR on-air commentaries, and her poetry has been published in The New York Times. Recognized by the Pennsylvania Women’s Press Association with an “Excellence in Journalism” award, Pamela often uses her communication skills to advocate for women’s rights and empowerment both at home and abroad. She has twice traveled to Afghanistan on a fact-finding mission and as an embedded journalist. Pamela was named the 2017 Pearl S. Buck International Woman of Influence for her humanitarian work. She was born and raised in rural Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where she and her husband, Zsolt, maintain a summer home. They reside in Sun City Center, FL, along with two very spoiled cats.
    www.pamelavarkony.com

    Cost: $119 for members / $149 for nonmembers / free to webinar 3-pack subscribers

Past events

Sunday, February 10, 2019 Poetry Book Club: THE DOOR, by Margaret Atwood
Wednesday, February 06, 2019 Meet, Greet, Write, Eat! A Florida Regional IWWG Open House
Wednesday, February 06, 2019 The Heroine’s Journey as a Narrative Structure: 4-Week Webinar with Maureen Murdock
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 IWWG Digital Village 2019 Webinar Preview
Tuesday, January 08, 2019 Life Inspires Ideas: Ignite Your Daily Journal Practice: 4-Week Webinar with Suzi Banks Baum
Sunday, December 09, 2018 All Voices Open Mic
Sunday, December 09, 2018 Member Book Spotlight with Marlon L. Fick and Francisca Esteve, Editors of XEIXA: FOURTEEN CATALAN POETS
Sunday, December 02, 2018 Poetry Book Club: BEST AMERICAN POETRY 2017, edited by David Lehman and Natasha Trethewey (Part 2)
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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