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.
It’s our second year at Poets House, and we’re excited to offer new workshops and teachers, as well as reprise the popular session on queries and pitches. Meet agents and new authors, and participate in the All Voices Open Mic!
What Poetry and Fiction Can Learn from Each OtherYun WeiPoetry and fiction are perceived as separate and opposing forms, governed by different values and objectives: fiction, as leading with narrative and characterization; poetry, as a more effective vehicle for abstraction and the aesthetics of language. In this workshop, we will examine how the structures and devices of one form can generate stronger work in the other and provide a framework for editing. We will look at how the characterization and logistics of fiction can sharpen the purpose of your poems, and how poetry can calibrate the voice and language of your fiction and act as a catalyst for experimentation. We will study the works of great writers who have blurred the lines between forms, then put techniques into practice with writing exercises.
Yun Wei received her M.F.A. in poetry from Brooklyn College and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Georgetown University. Her writing awards include the Geneva Literary Prizes for Fiction and Poetry, the Himan Brown Poetry Fellowship, and recent nominations for the Pushcart Prize. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Wigleaf, decomP Magazine, Roanoke Review, Word Riot, The Brooklyn Review, and other journals. For the last few years, she has been working on global health in Switzerland, where she consistently fails at mountain sports.
A Crash Course on Queries and PitchesPaula Chaffee ScardamaliaAs if it isn’t challenging enough to write a book, you also have to sell it. To agents, editors, marketing teams, publishers. Self-publishing? You still have to sell it to book reviewers, book sellers, and readers. This crash course provides tips on how to structure and write effective queries and pitches—ones that sell. With discussion, critique, and role play, Paula will share with you what makes an effective query or pitch, what to put in, what to leave out, and how to start building relationships with these marketing tools. Bring a printed copy of your query or pitch if you'd like a critique (if time allows). Come prepared to learn and to laugh.
Paula Chaffee Scardamalia, former dream consultant for PEOPLE Country Magazine, is an author, book coach, and dream and tarot intuitive. She has taught at small private workshops on the East Coast, at national and regional Romance Writers of America conferences and meetings, and at the 2014 San Diego University Writers’ Conference. Paula publishes a weekly e-newsletter on writing, dreams, and tarot, and is the award-winning author of Weaving a Woman’s Life: Spiritual Lessons from the Loom. She is currently under contract and at work on her book on tarot for fiction writers. www.diviningthemuse.com.
Narrative Arc in Fiction and NonfictionCathleen O'Connor
If you think the word “arc” implies a nice balanced curve, think again! The narrative arc is made up of the scenes and episodes in your story or memoir that keep the tension building and the reader glued to your book. It is the framework on which you build your story. In this workshop, we will explore four key components of the narrative arc that are vital to get you to that satisfying ending that every reader wants. We’ll use an example to illustrate the narrative arc, and then you’ll get to test the narrative arcs of your own projects. Time for writing and discussion will be provided.
Cathleen O’Connor, Ph.D., is an author, speaker, and intuitive coach who works with other writers. She is currently at work on a screenplay and romance fiction, and is co-editor of The Collection: Flash Fiction for Flash Memory, a special project focused on keeping the love of reading alive for those with short-term memory loss. She is the author of 365 Days of Angel Prayers and The Everything Law of Attraction Dream Dictionary (Adams Media, 2010). Cathleen has been quoted in The Huffington Post and featured as an expert work–life balance source in various publications, including the Canadian magazine alive. www.cathleenoconnor.com.
Schedule8:30 am • Registration & Coffee, Tea & Pastry
9:00 am • Introductions & Opening Remarks
9:15 am • Cathleen O'Connor; Paula Scardamalia
11:30 am • New Authors Panel & Book Signing
12:30 pm • Catered Lunch
1:30 pm • Agents Panel
2:30 pm • Yun Wei; Meet-the-Agents Sessions
4:45 pm • All Voices Open Mic (attendee poetry & prose readings)
6:15 pm • Wrap-Up
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"Community matters. I found a safe place to have a voice.
There are all levels of writing, and all levels matter."
– past conference participant
FREE to Members and Nonmembers!
3:00–4:00 PM (Eastern) / 12:00–1:00 PM (Pacific) / 8:00–9:00 PM (Geneva) / 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.
Longtime Guild teacher Susan Tiberghien, author of Writing Toward Wholeness: Lessons Inspired by C.G. Jung, will be interviewed by another beloved Guild teacher, Maureen Murdock.
Susan Tiberghien is an American-born writer living in Geneva, Switzerland. She holds a degree in Literature and Philosophy and did graduate work at the Université de Grenoble and the C.G. Jung Institute of Zurich. 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 a writing book, One Year to a Writing Life: Twelve Lessons to Deepen Every Writer’s Art and Craft. She has extensively published narrative essays in literary reviews and anthologies. For over twenty years, Susan has been teaching creative writing for IWWG, at C.G. Jung Societies, and at writers’ centers and conferences in the U.S. and Europe. She is a founding member of the International Writers Residence at the Château de Lavigny and an active member of International PEN. Susan founded and directs the Geneva Writers’ Group (230 English-language writers). www.susantiberghien.com
Maureen Murdock has been on the psychology faculty at both Pacifica Graduate Institute and Antioch University in Santa Barbara, but her real love is memoir writing. To that end, she is teaching in Pacifica’s new nine-month Memoir Certificate Program. Since 1990, she has taught memoir writing in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, where she received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award in 1995. She is the author of the bestselling The Heroine’s Journey, which explores the rich territory of the feminine psyche; 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 memoir, Blinded by Hope, under a pseudonym. Maureen volunteers for AVP (Alternatives to Violence Project) working with men in prison and has presented short memoir pieces at Center Theater in Santa Barbara and Spark Theater in Los Angeles about the men she works with. Her blog is on her website: www.maureenmurdock.com
Always FREE to Members and Nonmembers!
READERS must be current IWWG members. (Join or renew HERE.)
8:30–9:30 PM (Eastern) / 5:30–6:30 PM (Pacific) // Check your time-zone HERE.
Three-minute reading slots open to current IWWG members only (15 max). All listeners (members & nonmembers) welcome!
To get the Zoom access info, you must register for the Member Book Spotlight with Susan Tiberghien (scroll up to previous event), because this event directly follows it in the same Zoom "room."
Moderated by Marj Hahne.
NOTE: You have to register TWICE:
FIRST, here, to pay; SECOND, with Zoom (link in confirmation email), to get the webinar access information. Register even if you may not be able to attend "live," because we will email you the webinar recording.
7:00–8:30 PM (Eastern) / 4:00–5:30 PM (Pacific) // Check your time-zone HERE.
You’ve probably been misled about narration and what kinds of narrators are available to you.
Saying that 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person narration is the range of your choices is like saying love is a little heart emoji.
Have you ever analyzed your work every which way to find out what is not working, and you just couldn’t figure it out?
It likely has something to do with—narration.
Have you sensed that something was flat (not the earth, my sisters), and you couldn’t figure out how to fix it?
Narration is the thorniest craft issue of all and, as well, the most underutilized element of writing story to both expand the richness of your work and help you structure it in a way that fulfills it, rather than follows a prepackaged formula.
Unlocking the power of narration will give you, not only a greater range of possibilities and more powerful and focused creativity in your story, but also a potent approach to open, structure, and revise your work.
Can we do it all in 90 minutes? Nope, the study of narration is lifelong. But we can sure get started!
Anya Achtenberg is an award-winning writer whose publications include Blue Earth (novel); The Stories of Devil-Girl (novella); two poetry collections, The Stone of Language and I Know What the Small Girl Knew; and recent poetry and prose in Tupelo Quarterly, Malpaís Review, Gargoyle, Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Hinchas de Poesía, Poet Lore, and Taos Journal of Poetry and Art. She’s received prizes and distinctions from Southern Poetry Review, Another Chicago Magazine, Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope: All-Story, New Letters, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and others. The anthology How Dare We! Write: A Multicultural Creative Writing Discourse (2017) includes her essay on identity and the inadequate instruction to “write from a sense of place.” Anya’s almost-completed novel, History Artist, centers on a Cambodian woman born the moment the U.S. bombing of Cambodia begins. She recently completed a poetry chapbook, Advice to Travelers. Nonfiction work includes essays on writing craft and creative nonfiction on Cuba, where she conducts arts-focused and multicultural journeys. Anya teaches creative writing workshops nationally, as well as online internationally for Udemy.com, Writers.com, and the Transformative Language Arts Network, a Goddard affiliate; and consults with writers individually. In-person and online workshops include Writing for Social Change: Re-Dream a Just World Workshops and The Disobedient Writer Workshop Series.
www.thedisobedientwriter.com / www.anyaachtenberg.com
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
Early Bird pricing through April 15th!
"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."
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