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2020 Summer Conference instructors

Lynne Barrett
Lynne is the editor of the new anthology Making Good Time, True Stories of How We Do, and Don’t, Get Around in South Florida. Her third story collection, Magpies, received a Florida Book Awards gold medal, and her recent writing appears in The Hong Kong Review, New Flash Fiction Review, Mystery Tribune, Necessary Fiction, The Miami Rail, River Teeth, and Flash! Writing the Very Short Story. Her handbook, What Editors Want, guides writers through the submission process. A recipient of the Edgar Award for best mystery story, Barrett teaches at Florida International University and edits The Florida Book Review.
Suzi Banks Baum
Suzi Banks Baum dwells at the crossroad of literary and visual arts. A writer, mixed media, and book artist, Suzi expresses the holy ordinary. She is from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and lives in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. Her devotion to daily creative practice is the superfood for her signature teachings: Backyard Art Camp, the Powder Keg Writing Workshops, and Advent Dark Journal. She travels to Gyumri, Armenia yearly to teach the book arts to women artists. Fiction published in The Collection: Flash Fiction for Flash Memory by Anchala Studios and the Walloon Writers Review.

Linda Bergman
Linda Bergman has written 24 films and produced 5 of them. She’s been nominated for an Emmy, Access Award, The Alpha Award, and the prestigious Writer's Guild Award. She’s taught in LA, NYC, Marin, San Miguel Allende and many locales for the IWWG. Linda wrote So You Think Your Life’s A Movie: Ten Steps to a Script That Sells, and So You Think Your Life’s A Movie? The Sequel. Her musical, Wanna Play?, was published by Sam French and produced on PBS. She’s circulating her 10-minute play, Forever, to festivals, and writing her third book on film and wicked tales.

Kelly DuMar
Boston’s Kelly DuMar is a playwright, poet, and writing workshop facilitator. Her award-winning plays and monologues have been produced around the U.S. and Canada and are published by dramatic publishers, including her award winning one-act play for youth, The Adventures of Rocky & Skye, published by Youth Plays. Kelly has published three chapbooks of poetry. She is a past president of Playwrights’ Platform, Boston, where she led new play development. Kelly currently serves on the Board of the IWWG and produces its annual Boston Conference. She founded and produces the Our Voices Festival of Women Playwrights at Wellesley College, now in its 13th year.
Vanessa Jimenez Gabb
Vanessa is the author of Images for Radical Politics, the Editor’s Pick in the 2015 Rescue Press Black Box Poetry Contest. Recent poetry has been featured in PEN America, The Poetry Project Newsletter and The Brooklyn Rail. She teaches at Newark Academy and for Brooklyn Poets. She is from and lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Jan Gary
Janice Gary is the author of Short Leash: a Memoir of Dog Walking and Deliverance, winner of the Eric Hoffer Prize, Nautilus Book Award and a Finalist for the Sarton Award for Memoir. Her work has been published in River Teeth, Brevity, The Spring Journal, Ms. Magazine, and other publications and as part of the feminist anthology, Women Speak Out. She is on the faculty of the Master of Liberal Studies Program at Arizona State University and conducts writing workshops combining memoir, myth, and the self as metaphor.
June Gould
June Gould, Ph.D., is the author of The Writer in All of Us: Improving Your Writing through Childhood Memories (EP Dutton), Beyond the Margins: Rethinking the Art and Craft of Writing, and the novel In the Shadow of Trains; and the co-author of Counting the Stones, a book of Holocaust poetry. June has given readings at The 92nd Street Y (NY), The Holocaust Museum (Washington, DC), the Jewish Museum and Yeshiva Museum (NY), and libraries, synagogues, churches, universities, and bookstores throughout the U.S. and in Greece and Canada. She has been an IWWG workshop leader for over 25 years.
Dorothy Randall Gray
Author of bestseller Soul Between The Lines (Avon/HarperCollins), inspirational teacher, award-winning visual artist, and LA Poet-in-Residence. Dorothy's publications include Muse Blues, The Passion Collection, Woman, Fierce With Reality, Family, Tamarinda, Sharing the Same Sky, as well as numerous anthologies and literary journals. She is ED of Women Writers & Artists Matrix, former NYU faculty, and Hunter College Poet-in-Residence. Her writing and healing workshops serve professional writers,  incarcerated and homeless populations, veterans, at-risk  youth, and post graduate students through PEN America, United Nations, Skidmore College, and Columbia University. A global activist, Dorothy changes the world one word at a time.

Nakia Hill
Nakia Hill is a writer and educator with a track record of effectively managing and scaling writing programs for urban youth. She specializes in managing creative writing spaces for underserved youth to fuel empowerment and to discover the writer within. With a background in journalism, her work has been published in The Christian Science Monitor, Huffington Post, The Bay State Banner, and Sister to Sister Magazine. Her latest work is created through a non-fiction lens in the form of poetry and reflective personal narratives. The theme of her work focuses on womanhood, self-care, and resiliency.

Judy Huge
Judith Huge has spent over 30 years developing innovative approaches to both learning and writing. As president of her own national consulting firm, teacher of both undergraduate and graduate-level college courses, and director of writing workshops across the country, she has made a difference in the way thousands of people find, craft, and promote their writing voices. She is a co-author of 101 Ways You Can Help: How to Offer Comfort and Support to Those Who Are Grieving (Sourcebook, 2009), as well as A Middle Aged Woman and the Sea, a tale of loss and transition. 

Cheing LaRon
Cheing LaRon is a college professor, author, and writing instructor. She was featured in the NAACP magazine for her book Mass Transit—The Forgotten Population because of its recommendations for social change in urban communities after the 2015 riots in Baltimore. She was also featured on several cable television networks to discuss solutions for millennials and economic empowerment. She has written a trilogy of graphical financial literacy books for middle and high school students, which are currently being used in the Baltimore school system. She has authored six books and has directed and written two short plays that were featured in local film festivals.
Morgan Lett
IWWG Board Member, writer, astrologer and chef Morgan Lett has extensive marketing-focused conference and event experience. She is the owner and head chef at High Eats Kitchen in Atlanta, GA where she provides meal preparation, custom desserts, catering, and wellness education services. She is also an expert in digital marketing.
Jen Malone
Jen Malone is the author of over a dozen middle grade and young adult titles including The Arrival of Someday (HarperCollins), The Sleepover (Simon & Schuster), Wanderlost (HarperCollins), and Follow Your Art (Dreamworks Animation/Penguin Random House). Jen once spent a year traveling the world solo, met her husband on the highway (literally), and went into labor with her identical twins while on a rock star's tour bus. These days she saves the drama for her books.
Marsha McGregor
Marsha McGregor’s creative nonfiction has appeared in The Kenyon Review Online, Brain Child, Brain Teen, Fourth Genre, Ascent, Literary Mama, River Teeth’s Beautiful Things, Zone 3, The Philadelphia Inquirer and four anthologies. Her personal essays have appeared regularly in Cleveland Magazine since 2008. A Peter Taylor Fellow for the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, and a fellow for the Kenyon Review Writing Workshop for Teachers, she teaches writing workshops for small groups, library systems, and writers’ organizations. She is a certified Lifetime Arts Teaching Artist.

Maureen Murdock
Maureen Murdock, Ph.D. is the author of the best-selling book, The Heroine’s Journey, the 30th anniversary edition of which will be released this summer. This groundbreaking book has been translated into thirteen languages and a documentary entitled Women of Heart is forthcoming about the impact of her work on Australian women. Maureen is also 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.  Maureen teaches memoir writing in Pacifica Graduate Institute’s program, Writing Down the Soul, and has taught in UCLA Writers Program for 30 years.

Cathleen O'Connor, PhD
Cathleen is a writer, speaker, teacher, coach, and intuitive who offers developmental editing, publishing, book layout, and marketing services to other writers. Books include The Everything Law of Attraction Dream Dictionary, High Heels on the Hamster Wheel - A Fable for the Modern Woman and The Collection: Flash Fiction for Flash Memory. She successfully developed a book launch plan for her 2014 book, 365 Days of Angel Prayers, keeping it at number 1 in its category on Amazon and eventually selling the rights in 2017. She is currently at work on her first romance novel.

Jan Phillips
Jan Phillips—poet, musician, writer, photographer— is the author of ten books of creative non- fiction, including Born Gay, Marry Your Muse, Divining the Body, and The Art of Original Thinking. Jan teaches workshops that connect the dots between creativity, spiritual intelligence, and social action. She has performed with Pete Seeger, presented with Jane Goodall, sung to Gladys Knight. Her life has been shaped by two years in a Catholic convent, one year on a global peace pilgrimage, and seventy years of being gay. She is founder and executive director of Livingkindness Foundation, which is committed to fostering diversity and ending racism.
Caridad Pineiro
Caridad is a transplanted Long Island girl who fell in love with the Jersey Shore. When she isn't taking long strolls along the boardwalk, she's also a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author with over a million romance novels sold worldwide. Caridad is passionate about writing and helping others explore and develop their skills as writers. She is a founding member of the Liberty States Fiction Writers and has presented workshops at the International Women’s Writing Guild, RT Book Club Convention, Romance Writers of America National Conference as well as various writing organizations throughout the country.  When not writing, Caridad is also an intellectual property attorney. 
Judith Prest
Judith is a poet, photographer, mixed media artist, and creativity coach. Her poems have been published in several literary journals and seven anthologies. Her chapbook, After, was recently published by Finishing Line Press. A retired school social worker, she works part time running recovery writing and expressive art groups at New Choices Recovery center in Schenectady, NY. She gives workshops and leads retreats for poetry, expressive arts, creativity, and healing. She lives in Duanesburg, NY with her husband, three cats, and her business – Spirit Wind Studio, LLC. Judith joined IWWG in 1996 and attended her first Summer Conference in 1997. 
Mel Ryane
Mel Ryane has performed on stages across the U.S. and Canada. She's also coached actors on television and film sets and public speakers on the corporate level. She has taught her workshop Page to Podium for the last ten years to writers' groups and at writers' conferences across North America. As a writer her work has been published in the LA Times and her memoir, TEACHING WILL: What Shakespeare and 10 Kids Gave Me That Hollywood Couldn't (Familius) received glowing reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews.
Paula Chaffe Scardamalia
Paula Chaffee Scardamalia is a book coach and editor, dream and tarot intuitive, and the author of In the Land of the Vultures (novel), and Tarot for the Fiction Writer. For 20 years, Paula has presented workshops across the country at national and regional Romance Writers of America conferences and meetings; the San Diego University Writers Conference; and the International Women's Writing Guild. Paula publishes Divine Muse-ings, a weekly e-newsletter (since 2009) on writing, creativity, dreams, and tarot. She was dream consultant for PEOPLE Country Magazine, and is the award-winning author of Weaving a Woman’s Life: Spiritual Lessons from the Loom.

Linda Leedy Schneider
Linda Leedy Schneider is a psychotherapist in private practice and poetry mentor who was awarded The Contemporary American Poetry Prize by Chicago Poetry. She has written six collections of poetry including Through My Window: Poetry of a Psychotherapist (Plain View Press). A former faculty member at Aquinas College and Kendall College of Art and Design, Linda facilitates workshops nationally. Editor of two poetry anthologies, Linda’s poetry was included in Not a Muse: The Inner Lives of Women, a World Poetry Anthology for which she produced a reading to benefit The International Women’s Writing Guild at The Bowery Poetry Club (NYC).

Myra Shapiro
Myra Shapiro's poems have appeared in many periodicals and anthologies, twice in The Best American Poetry. Her books include I'll See You Thursday (Blue Sofa Press, 1996) and 12 Floors Above the Earth (Antrim House Books, 2012), and a memoir, Four Sublets: Becoming a Poet in New York (Chicory Blue Press, 2007). Her poem, These are the Pearls, was published in the July 22, 2019 print edition of The New Yorker. She serves on the Board of Directors of Poets House and is a long-time member of and instructor for the IWWG.

Arielle Silver
Arielle Silver writes songs, personal essays, and poetry, often blurring the lines between. Her literary work has appeared in Matador Review, Jet Fuel Review, Lilith, and others. An alumna of Brandeis University and Berklee College of Music, Arielle earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles, where she teaches in the BA program and is former editor of Lunch Ticket. Her music has been licensed internationally for film/TV, and her latest album, A Thousand Tiny Torches, released this year. Arielle teaches yoga, writing, and meditation (…blurring the lines between…) at retreats and workshops in California and beyond.

Pamela Sneed
Pamela Sneed is a New York-based poet, writer, performer and visual artist. She is author of Imagine Being More Afraid of Freedom than Slavery, KONG and Other Works and two chaplets, Gift by Belladonna and Black Panther. She has been featured in the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker. She teaches in Columbia University’s School of the Arts in the MFA Visual arts Program, teaching new genres, poetry, prose and visual culture. She appears in Nikki Giovanni’s, The 100 Best African American Poems. Her poetry and prose book, Funeral Diva, is forthcoming from City Lights in Sept 2020.

Susan Tiberghien
Susan Tiberghien is an American writer living in Geneva, Switzerland. For close to 30 years she has taught creative writing at IWWG, C.G. Jung Societies, and writers’ centers, both in the U.S. and in Europe. She is the author of four memoirs and the acclaimed One Year to a Writing Life. Her two recent books, Writing Toward Wholeness and Circling to the Center were published by Chiron, 2018 and 2019. She has recorded three online courses, available at the Jung Society of Washington. An active member of International PEN, Susan founded and directed the Geneva Writers’ Group (200 members) for 25 years.
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