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

Fri.-Fri., July 7-14
Muhlenberg College
Allentown, PA


Upcoming events

    • Sunday, January 21, 2018
    • Sunday, February 11, 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • On your computer!

    NOTE: You have to register TWICE:  FIRST, here, to pay;  SECOND, with Zoom, to get the access information (in confirmation email).

    4 Sundays:  January 21 & 28, February 4 & 11  

    7:00—8:30 PM (ET) / 4:00—5:30 PM (PT)

    “Turning on the light is easy if you know where the switch is.”

    ~Colin Wilson, writer

    You may be the greatest writer in the world, but if you don’t know the answers to a few simple questions, you may never find yourself among the published. It often happens that there is a disconnect between a writer’s ability to write and her ability to communicate about her writing. We may be comfortable in the solitude—creating our characters, planning our plot points, mining for metaphors—but if we don’t hone our skills in selling our work, in getting someone else as enthused about it as we are, we may end up in the long line of “never been published” writers.

    This four-week webinar by author Jan Phillips, who has published ten award-winning books, will help you develop a language for representing your work. She will provide you with prompts for short online writing, offer feedback on sample pitches, show templates for successful marketing campaigns, and address the power of story and the importance of getting your own story straight.

    You can expect to come away from this course with:

    • all the tools you need for self-promotion
    • an awareness of what a publisher expects from the writer
    • a pathway to developing your unique “platform”
    • answers to your questions about agents, publishing and self-publishing

    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. /

    "Jan is a leader in our renaissance of creative expression that is seeing men and women engage their own humanity and participate in the great mystery. Take her work to heart." 

    ~Eric Maisel, Ph.D., author of Fearless Creating

    • Saturday, January 27, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (PST)
    • Antioch University Los Angeles, 400 Corporate Pointe, Culver City, CA 90230


    8:30 a.m.     Registration & Continental Breakfast

    9:00 a.m.     Welcome & Opening

    9:30 a.m.     Session I Workshops

      Amy Friedman – The Landscape of Memoir

      Dorothy Randall Gray – The Power and Poetry of Place

    11:45 a.m.   Instructors Q&A / Brown Bag Lunch (café on campus)

    1:00 p.m.     Session II Workshops

      Tamar Halpern – Writing for Independent Cinema: A Changing State 

      Traci Kato-Kiriyama – Creating Wellness for Survival

    3:00 p.m.     Book Fair / Wine & Cheese

    3:45 p.m.     Open Readings

    4:45 p.m.     Closing

    Printable conference flyer

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    Workshop Descriptions & Instructor Bios

    The Landscape of Memoir

    This workshop will help deepen your understanding of memoir writing, addressing these craft points: recognizing truth from lies (your own), structure,memory, and reader expectations. With selected samples and opportunity to write and read aloud short prompts, we will dive deep into such elements as scene setting, reflection, flashback, and narrative summary, guiding you to hone the elements you love best and to feel a firmer handle on those that make you uneasy. Please come prepared with questions that have haunted you and samples of sentences and paragraphs you love.

    Amy Friedman is an author, editor, and ghostwriter who has published three memoirs of her own, most recently Desperado’s Wife, and ten ghost-written or co-authored memoirs, including One Soufflé at a Time with Anne Willan. She has taught memoir for over twenty years, at UCLA Extension, Skirball Cultural Center, and Idyllwild School of the Arts, and in private workshops. Amy co-founded and is Executive Director of POPS the Club, a nonprofit providing community support and voice to teenagers with loved ones in prison. Amy is editor and publisher of the annual POPS the Club Anthologies; the 4th, Cracked Masks, was published in May 2017; the 5th will be published this May.

    The Power & Poetry of Place

    Have you ever moved whether you wanted to or not? Where have your travels taken you, what did you witness along the way, and what did you leave behind? Discover the ways inner and outer travels can inspire your poetry. Explore the power of external and internal landscapes, sensate settings, immigration, and imagination. We’ll write, share, and visit the works of Mary Gordon, Audre Lorde, Sandra María Esteves, Nikky Finney, Barbara Kingsolver, Clarissa Pinkola Estés, and others. Bring an item you found on your travels, or one that found you.

    Dorothy Randall Gray is the author of the bestsellinSoul Between the Lines: Freeing Your Creative Spirit. She is a prize-winning artist and global activist who has shared the dais with the Dalai Lama, served as a UNESCO delegate, and been a featured poet in Reykyavík, Iceland. Her published works include Muse Blues, Woman, Fierce with Reality, Family, The Passion Collection, A Taste of Tamarinda, and Sharing the Same Sky. She has provided creative services for Columbia University, National Public Radio, the Department of Cultural Affairs, juvenile detention facilities, and Skid Row organizations, as well as for post-graduate students and professional authors. A former NYU faculty member, Dorothy is presently an IWWG board member and the executive director of Women Writers & Artists Matrix. During her travels, she has danced with tribal boys in India and boogeyed with James Baldwin in New York City.

    Writing for Independent Cinema: A Changing State

    The independent cinema landscape has shifted radically, leaving fewer opportunities for good scripts to be made into films. We will examine ways that writers can have their work read and—with some luck, timing, and know-how—possibly get made. Although we will focus primarily on documentary filmmaking, the principles we will cover hold true across all genres.

    Tamar Halpern is a writer and director living in Los Angeles. She holds an MFA from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. Working primarily as a screenwriter, she has adapted three books and two life stories. Her TV series about forgotten civil rights figure Clyde Kennard, Ezzy Fish, was on the Black List, a Nicholl’s semi-finalist, a IFP/NY Top Ten finalist, and a Slamdance Finalist, and was accepted into Film Independent’s Producer and Director Labs. Her sixth feature, the human trafficking thriller Missing in Europe, was shot in Belgrade, Serbia, in 2017. On stage, she directs for One Axe Plays and writes and directs for Hero Theatre.

    Creating Wellness for Survival

    How do we balance stress and honor our healing with all the work that needs to be done in the world? And how does our writing speak through all of this? Sometimes we need the space and time to reflect on the creative process of surviving and thriving through life. We will do so here, in community. Come prepared to write, talk story, and laugh and cry unapologetically.

    Traci Kato-Kiriyama is a multidisciplinary artist, writer/author, actor, arts educator, and community organizer. She is one-half of the award-winning PULLproject Ensemble with actor/aerial artist Kennedy Kabasares. She is the Co-Founder and Director of Tuesday Night Project, presenter of the Tuesday Night Café Series, the longest-running Asian American mic series in the country (LA Weeklys “Best Downtown Free Performance Series”). She has also authored a book of poetry, signaling (The Undeniables Press, 2010). Traci speaks and teaches courses on the relationship between wellness, creativity, and community engagement.

    • Tuesday, February 06, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Wherever you fire up your computer!

    FREE to Members and Nonmembers!  

    Register HERE even if you may not be able to attend "live," so that you can receive the webinar recording.

    2:00–3:00 PM (Eastern USA) / 11:00 AM–12:00 PM (Pacific USA) / 8:00–9:00 PM (Geneva, Switzerland)

    Check your time-zone HERE.

    Kelly DuMar, Digital Village Chair and Social Media Coordinator, will interview Yun Wei, contributor to the Brooklyn Poets Anthology.

    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 the Ray Bradbury Youth Short Story Award. Her work has appeared in Apt, Word Riot, The Brooklyn Review, and other journals. For the last few years, she has been working on global health development in Switzerland, where chocolate and mulled wine are her daily diet.

    • Thursday, March 01, 2018
    • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Wherever you fire up your computer!

    FREE to Members and Nonmembers!  

    8:00–9:00 PM (Eastern USA) / 5:00 PM–6:00 PM (Pacific USA) / 8:00–9:00 PM (Geneva, Switzerland) / Check your time-zone HERE.

    Greta Sesheta, minister, actress, teacher, and author (, will interview Cathleen O'Connor and Anne Anthony, co-editors of THE COLLECTION: FLASH FICTION FOR FLASH MEMORY.

    This anthology was created for older adults struggling with memory loss, yet anyone who loves the art of storytelling will enjoy these 500- to 750-word pieces. We all have flash memory, especially as we move through our busy lives, with little time to read longer narratives. The co-editors are connecting with agencies and organizations across the country who provide support services to adults with memory loss to make the book available to their staff and clients. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book on launch day (March 1st) will be donated to the IWWG to support its commitment to the ancient art of storytelling. 

    Cathleen O’Connor, Ph.D., is a writer, workshop leader, intuitive, and writing coach who helps other writers get their work out into the world. Her articles have been published in Canada’s ALIVE magazine and Australia’s THE SPHERE. She has been featured on ABC News in Green Bay, WI, and quoted in the HUFFINGTON POST. She is a regular columnist for the blog in the personal growth section. Cathleen offers developmental editing and copy editing services to other writers as well as self-publishing and book-layout assistance.

    Anne Anthony is a writer and photographer living in North Carolina. She graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Arts in English, and from Carnegie Mellon University with a Master’s in Professional Writing. Her prose, poetry, and photographs have been published in POETRY SOUTH, CRACK THE SPINE, DEAD MULE SCHOOL FOR SOUTHERN LITERATURE, LITERARY ORPHANS, NORTH CAROLINA LITERARY REVIEW, and elsewhere. She was selected as the Gold Writer in the ArtAscent ART & LITERATURE JOURNAL’s September 2016 issue for her poem, "High Horse."

    REGISTER HERE even if you may not be able to attend "live," so that you can receive the webinar recording.

    • Sunday, April 15, 2018
    • (EDT)
    • Poets House, 10 River Terrace, New York, NY 10282

    We know you want to mark you calendar! 

    Stay tuned for more info!   (Registration is NOT OPEN yet.)

    NOTE: The registration fees given on the "Show details" page are our 2017 fees and may be adjusted in 2018.


    Susan Gleason, Susan Gleason Literary Agency

    • Saturday, April 28, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 5:15 PM
    • Metrowest Boston (Medfield, MA)

    Stay tuned for more info!   (Registration is NOT OPEN yet.)

    NOTE: The registration fees given on the "Show details" page are our 2017 fees and may be adjusted in 2018.

    Here's the teaser:

    THREE writing workshops with outstanding Guild faculty:

    Susan Tiberghien / Nonfiction

    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.

    Maureen Murdock / Memoir

    Maureen Murdock, Ph.D., is a Jungian-orientedpsychotherapist 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:

    Kelly DuMar / Drama

    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.

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

    We know you want to mark your calendar! 

    Stay tuned for more info!   (Registration is NOT OPEN yet.)

    NOTE: The registration fees given on the "Show details" page are our 2017 fees and may be adjusted in 2018.

    Past events

    Thursday, January 11, 2018 Member Book Spotlight with Patricia Bell-Scott: A Webinar
    Sunday, December 10, 2017 All Voices Open Mic: December
    Sunday, December 10, 2017 Yin & Yang of the Writer’s Life: Finding Balance Between the Spiritual & the Material: A Webinar with Jan Phillips
    Saturday, November 04, 2017 All Voices Open Mic: November
    Saturday, November 04, 2017 Memoirists and the Hazards & Rewards of Revealing Family Members: A Webinar 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 Boston "Writing from Your Life" Retreat 2017
    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
    Saturday, April 30, 2016 Writing From Your Life Retreat
    Saturday, April 16, 2016 2016 Spring Big Apple
    Saturday, February 27, 2016 2016 California Dreaming
    Sunday, February 21, 2016 Florida in February Sunday Salon
    Friday, July 24, 2015 2015 Summer Conference
    Saturday, April 25, 2015 2015 Spring Big Apple
    Sunday, March 15, 2015 California Dreaming: The IWWG West Coast Regional Conference

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