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
How the WEBINAR 3-PACK works:
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January: Life Inspires Ideas: Ignite Your Daily Practice, with Suzi Banks BaumFebruary: 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. SmithMay: Spiritual Narrative: Claiming It, Writing It, Publishing It, with Jan PhillipsJune: Narrative of Healing: Writing Through the Intersection of Struggle and Community-Self Care, with traci kato-kiriyamaSeptember: The Narrative of Embodiment: Reclaiming the Feminine Self, with Dixie KingOctober: Narratives of the Unconscious, with Susan TiberghienNovember: Narrative of Truth: The Power of Reality in Storytelling, with Pamela Varkony
NOTE: You have to register TWICE: FIRST, here, to pay; SECOND, with Zoom (link in confirmation email), to get the access information.
4 Tuesdays: January 8, 15, 22, 29
11:00 AM–12:30 PM Eastern / 8:00–9:30 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.
Are you skimming the surface of your life, or are you digging into the strong, rich material that makes you you? The more you know about yourself, the richer your writing becomes. Keeping a daily journal is one way to access your inner life and draw forth resources that give your writing, no matter the genre, a giant dose of what makes you unique and particularly beautiful as a writer. In this workshop, we’ll tune in to the things that light us up; we’ll notice what’s intolerable and what makes our hearts sing; we’ll tiptoe past the goblins of “I don’t know where to begin” into a verdant grove of our own resources. We’ll incorporate repeatable writing tasks that you can turn to each time you show up to write—signature practices from my Powder Keg Writing Workshops for Women (what’s been called “yoga for writers”), which kindle the sacred and tantalize imaginative powers.
Suzi Banks Baum is a writer, artist, actress, teacher, community organizer, and mom. With roots in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, she lives in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. Suzi uses the written word, hand-bound books, and photographs to say what she means. Her first book, An Anthology of Babes: 36 Women Give Motherhood a Voice (Laundry Line Divine, 2013), celebrates the writing of women artists. Deeply curious about the thresholds we cross into creative practice, she writes personal narrative with an ear for transformation though engagement with the ordinary. Suzi implements an ongoing artist residency in Gyumri, Armenia, where she leads an art and writing workshop called New Illuminations. She inspires us to live from the space of creative spirit and to value our contributions to the world and one another through workshops steeped in book arts, ritual, and writing. Suzi’s work appears in The Collection: Flash Fiction for Flash Memory (Anchala Studios, 2018), Writing Fire: An Anthology Celebrating the Power of Women’s Words (Green Fire Press, 2017), Walloon Writers Review, and Mingle, and online at Easy Street, Literary Mama, Manifest Station, Asbarez, Rebelle Society, and Mothers Always Write.
Cost: $119 for members / $149 for nonmembers / free to webinar 3-pack subscribers
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7:30–8:30 PM (Eastern) / 4:30–5:30 PM (Pacific) / Check your time-zone HERE.
4 Wednesdays: February 6, 13, 20, 27
1:00–2:30 PM Eastern / 10:00–11:30 AM Pacific // Check your time-zone HERE.
In this workshop, we’ll use the stages of The Heroine’s Journey as a framework to explore our own character arc. Whether you're writing memoir or fiction, this structure can work for you. The journey entails an initial separation from the mother and feminine values, seeking recognition and success from the metaphorical father, experiencing spiritual aridity and death, turning inward to reclaim the power and spirit of the sacred feminine. For each of the four weekly sessions, we’ll explore one stage of your 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.
Cost: $119 for members / $149 for nonmembers / FREE to webinar 3-pack subscribers
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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!
4 Sundays: March 3, 10, 17, 24
7:00–8:30 PM Eastern / 4:00–5:30 PM Pacific // Check your time-zone HERE.
“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.
4 Mondays: April 8, 15, 22, 29
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.
4 Wednesdays: May 1, 8, 15, 22
3:00–4:30 PM Eastern / 12:00–1:30 PM Pacific // Check your time-zone HERE.
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:
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.
4 Thursdays: June 6, 13, 20, 27
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.
"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 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.
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**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.
4 Sundays: September 8, 15, 22, 29
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.
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
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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.
4 Sundays: November 3, 10, 17, 24
4:00–5:30 PM Eastern / 1:00–2:30 PM Pacific // Check your time-zone HERE.
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.
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