The International Women's Writing Guild


March 2016

In This Issue:

·         Our Big Apple is a juicy one! Take a look at our robust Sunday format! 

·         Early Bird Pricing for the 2016 Summer Conference ends March 31st

·         ONLY 4 SPOTS LEFT at our first Boston regional event, with Tiberghien, Adourian, and                 DuMar



Meet the Agents literary panel announced, plus full details 

on our Spring Big Apple schedule! 

Spring Big Apple Conference

April 16 - 17, 2016

Scandinavia House, New York, New York


Meet the Agents Literary Panel Announced!

  • Eric Myers, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.  Looking for: YA, middle grade, adult thrillers, adult non-fiction (except memoir).
  • Ayesha Pande, Ayesha Pande Literary. Looking for: literary fiction, women's fiction, YA, suspense, memoir, history, biography, popular culture​.
  • Jennifer Richards, Over the River Public Relations. Expertise: Ways in which authors can establish platform and grow fan base; publicity-based questions authors should ask publishers when they are in the process of deciding who would be the best fit.
  • Janet Rosen, Sheree Bykofsky Associates, Inc.                       Looking for: Fiction - Character and plot driven women’s fiction with a sense of place and style (not romance) and crime; Nonfiction - Pop-culture, biography, history, popular and social science, language, music, cities, medicine, fashion, military and espionage.
  • Regina Ryan, Regina Ryan Books Literary Agency.               Looking for: Well-written narrative nonfiction, architecture, history, politics, natural history (especially birds), science, the environment, women's issues, parenting, food, psychology, health, wellness, diet, fitness, lifestyle, sustainability, popular reference, business and leisure activities including sports, travel, and gardening.

Not ready to pitch? Want to learn more about how to build your brand? 

We are offering an alternative to Meet the Agents . . . 

Jeffrey Davis, The Story Beyond the Book: Why Branding with Integrity

Matters More Than Ever

Talk of platform and branding confounds authors, new and veteran. Yet when approached in the right way, branding can be a dynamic, rewarding process for authors and their audiences. In this interactive workshop, you will: 

  • learn what branding is and why it matters now, not after you're published
  • learn how branding with integrity gives you agency and authority of your writing life & career
  • own the ideas you value and that your book reflects as part of your brand
  • start to raise and lead a valuable conversation that your creative work is part of
  • foreground aspects of your author personality as part of your brand
  • discover ways to build up and engage a community of readers

A combination of interactive exercises, author examples, coaching, and guided conversation, this workshop will give you concrete ideas and starting steps to own your brand and brand story now.

JEFFREY DAVIS is founder of Tracking Wonder Consultancy, where he has helped his clients earn handsome book deals, land in Oprah's arms, shape captivating brands & books, and build out fulfilling business models. He has taught his signature approaches to creativity, writing, and branding at numerous universities, conferences, and centers around the world. An author, speaker, and online columnist for Psychology Today, he is in dogged pursuit of what helps creatives thrive amidst constant challenge and change. He lives in a farmhouse in the Hudson Valley with his wife and two girls.


Saturday, April 16

  • 8:30 am - 9:15 am Registration and gathering
  • 9:15 am Welcome by IWWG President, Judy Huge 
  • 9:30 am - 12:00 pm Morning workshop with June Gould
  • 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch on your own (options within building and nearby)
  • 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm Afternoon workshop with June Gould
  • 4:15 – 5:15 pm Open readings

June Gould, What Are Women Writing About Anyway?

Join June Gould, Ph.D. in a full day of inventing, constructing, and crafting the multi-cultural narratives, stories, and poetry already living deep within your life. This hands-on workshop will explore women’s writing, women’s images, and women’s personal and political concerns.

Leave with several pieces that you’re ready to share. Electrify yourself while at the same time discover how IWWG writers can be a supportive and inspiring community.  There will be writing examples and guided writing exercises.

Women are the vessels of story, history, mythology, action and emotion. Tapping into our poems and stories, we will mine and construct our significant female lives.

To quote Simone de Beauvoir: "One is not born a woman, one becomes one.” Writing about ourselves will help us become more than we were before.

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;co -author of a book of  Holocaust poetry, Counting the Stones and author of the novel In the Shadow of Trains. June has given readings at The 92nd Street Y (NY), The Holocaust Museum (Washington, DC) the Jewish Museum and Yeshiva Museums (NY) and at libraries, synagogues, churches, universities and bookstores throughout the USA, and in Greece and Canada. She has been an IWWG workshop leader for over 25 years. She gives on-going Advanced Writing Workshops in New York City at Poets House and Advanced weekend writing conferences at the Guest House, Chester, CT. June also facilitates and leads book groups. She has published poetry in numerous journals including the Jewish Women’s Literary Annual. 


8:30 - 11:00 am

Mary Beth Coudal, Making Spaces/Going Places

Research, report, and write long-form narrative stories. Then, plan to pitch your stories effectively. This workshop dives into the basics of publishable essays. We brainstorm, craft, and discuss service, Q&A, travel, health, personal, editorial, and human interest pieces.

In this workshop you will learn how to:

  • Discover your expertise
  • Find sources and stories
  • Know what editors look for
  • Rewrite and edit
  • Share success stories
  • Network

Mary Beth Coudal is an award-winning journalist, blogger, and copywriter. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times,, and Self magazine. At the blog To Pursue Happiness at, she asks the big questions in her pursuit of happiness. For fun, Coudal is a teacher, actress, and mixed media artist.

11:15 am - 12:15 pm Author Panel

Our published member authors discuss the process of writing and publishing their book. Featuring:

  • Elaine Freed Lindenblatt, Stop at the Red Apple: The Restaurant on Route 17
  • Gloria S. Allen, Smoke in the Kitchen: A Novel About Second Chances
  • Kathleen Frazier, Sleepwalker: The Mysterious Makings and Recovery of a Somnambulist
  • Kathryn E. Livingston, Yin, Yang, Yogini: A Woman's Quest for Balance, Strength and Inner Peace
  • Lisa Acerbo, No Trouble at All
  • Lo Anne Mayer, Celestial Conversations:  Healing Relationships After Death
  • Margaret Winslow, The Cusp of Dreadfulness: Fifteen Seasons in Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia
  • Marie Murphy Duess, Ashley Hall
  • Marylou Kelly Streznewski, /1/ Dying with Robert Mitchum /2/ HEART RENDING – HEART MENDING: Saved by Medical Science, Healed by ancient Wisdom

12:15 - 1:30 pm Book Fair 

12:15 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch on your own (options within building and nearby)

2:00 - 3:00 pm Meet the Agents Panel 

Panel session starts with agent introductions, followed by a discussion of industry trends, potholes and common errors by new authors, agent expectations when listening to a pitch, and what increases the chance that an agent will find a pitch intriguing. 

2:30 - 4:30 pm The Story Beyond the Book: Why Branding with Integrity Matters More Than Ever with Jeffrey Davis

3:15 - 5:15 pm Meet the Agents Pitch Sessions

Appointments for the pitch session are on a first-come, first-served basis. You will have up to 10 minutes of one-on-one time with the agents for whom you've signed up. Link to sign-up sheet will be emailed to you after registration.



Summer Conference Early Bird Pricing flies the coop this month. Secure your spot today! 

Planning to join us at the 2016 IWWG Summer Conference? 

Now is the time to register! 

Not only are single rooms going fast, but so is our Early Bird Pricing! 

Through March 31 st,  we are offering deeply discounted registration pricing on full event, 

long weekend, week, and commuter rates.

For full conference details, and to register, visit our 



Our first Boston regional conference is filling up fast! 

Don't miss out on the opportunity of Writing From Your Life with 3 outstanding instructors in a picturesque setting . . .

Only 4 spots left!

Writing From Your Life - In Memoir, Monologue & Poetry

April 30, 2016
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sherborn, Massachusetts  

Our Writing From Your Life Retreat offers professional and personal insights into memoir, monologue & poetry and exceptional enrichment of your creative life. You’ll experience the gifts of Guild community in a private home in a beautiful wooded setting on the Charles River in Metro-west Boston. 

Your workshop instructors:
Susan Tiberghien 
Judy Adourian
Kelly DuMar


Workshop Descriptions & Instructor Bios

Writing Memoir – Finding Meaning in Your Life Story (Susan Tiberghien)

Memoir is a window into your life. You choose a life experience, shape it into story, and try to make meaning out of it. In this workshop we will first look at what windows we wish to open. Then at how to shape what we see into compelling narrative. We will write a short piece of memoir, in which ultimately we hope to uncover meaning. In so doing, we will respond to today’s urgent call to bear witness through our words.

Susan Tiberghien, an American writer living in Geneva, Switzerland, has published three memoirs Looking for Gold, Circling to the Center, Footsteps-A European Album, and the highly appreciated writing book,  One Year to a Writing Life, plus two new titles published in 2015: Side by Side: Writing Your Love Story andFootsteps:  In Love with a Frenchman.  She teaches at C.G. Jung Centers, at the International Women’s Writing Guild, and at writers’ centers and conferences in the States and in Europe where she directs the Geneva Writers’ Group, an association of over 230 English-language writers.

Writing Autobiographical Monologues (Judy Adourian)

Did you know that you write autobiographical monologues every day? Whether it’s a story you tell at a dinner party, the confession you share with a friend, or the thoughts that run through your mind in middle of the night, you’re writing monologues. And those monologues are the most fruitful seeds a writer of any genre can plant. Let me guide you through the process of cultivating your thoughts and stories into words on a page so they can bloom.

Judy Adourian is the owner of Writeyes, a teaching, critiquing & support network that offers correspondence courses, critiques, and workshops in genres of playwriting, personal essay, & short story. She assists her clients in every step of the writing process from inspiration to completed manuscript to marketing/production. Judy has been published in six editions of the Cup of Comfort series, The Ultimate Mom, and Grab Your Tiger anthologies. In 2009 Judy received a grant for “Teaching as a Spiritual Practice,” a Unitarian Universalist religious exploration curriculum. Judy’s writing how-to articles were featured regularly online at Inkwell Newswatch and in NEWN magazine, for which she was the Executive Editor. Judy served for over a decade as the R.I. Regional Rep for IWWG & she can be reached through her website at

Writing Truth & Beauty – Finding Poetry in Your Photos (Kelly DuMar)

The photos we save & the photos we take show what we care about and hope to preserve, what moves and mystifies us, the people, places and experiences that bring meaning into our lives. In this workshop, we’ll write poetically from personal photos that arrest our attention and unpack why they do. Writing poetry from photos allows us to express the truth of what we feel - and know - and haven’t said, as we capture the beauty and deeper meaning of an image in words. We’ll shape images into poems that reveal our personalities, identity, relationships & creativity. Please bring photos to work from!

Kelly DuMar is a playwright & poet who facilitates creative writing workshops for writers across the US. Her poems are published in many literary magazines, and her award-winning poetry chapbook, “All These Cures,” was published by Lit House Press in 2014. A past president of Playwrights’ Platform, Boston, Kelly has been involved in facilitating new play development for many years. Her award winning plays have been produced around the US and Canada, and are published by dramatic publishers. She founded and produces the Our Voices Festival of Women Playwrights at Wellesley College, now in its 10th year, and she moderates, Let’s Talk TLA, a bi-monthly teleconference and poetry open mic for members of the Transformative Language Arts Association. Kelly serves on the Board of IWWG. Visit her website at

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