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News from the IWWG

October 2016





                   In this issue:

  • Summer Conference Dates Confirmed: July 7-14, 2017
  • One-Day Flagship City Conference: Register by 10/28
  • Help sponsor a one-day IWWG retreat in your local area 
  • Submit to Network's "Giving Voice": Race Relations
  • IWWG Smiles When You Shop on AmazonSmile



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40th Annual Summer Conference: July 7-14, 2017

Pen this in! The IWWG 40thAnnual Summer Conference will be held July 7-14, 2017, returning to Muhlenberg College, in Allentown, PA, because we loved them, and they loved us! 

The 40th is the "ruby" anniversary because this gemstone is said to possess an eternal inner flame symbolizing the passion of a strong, vital union. That's us, all right.

Our Board is currently planning the conference's workshop and faculty needs, so stay tuned!

Members, the most recent issue of Network contains full coverage of our 2016 Summer Conference, including photos and a comprehensive evaluation report.


Last Chance to Register! One-Day Event in Erie, PA

Marisa Moks-Unger, Guild member and recently named Poet Laureate of Erie County, PA, has organized a one-day regional Flagship City Creative Writing and Poetry Conference for Saturday, November 5, from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM, at the Erie Art Museum.

The event will feature the following two workshops, directed by poet and memoirist Myra Shapiro, and poet and essayist Marj Hahne, both longtime instructors at The Guild's Annual Summer Conference. These workshops are appropriate for all skill levels of women 18 and older. 

Community and Solitude: Reading and Writing Poems with Myra Shapiro

We write in solitude but we are never alone.  We'll explore the bridge between self and other, writing out of that experience.  Please bring to the workshop something that has called to you, and you pick up, from nature.

HybridLit: To Genre-Bend/Blend/Blur/Bust for Truer Narratives with Marj Hahne

“Emotional truth is the reward of digging deeply enough to find the truth about how one really feels, but in order to convey this truth with any force, or artistry,one needs to create a form of expression, and this form determines its own genuine information,” says poet Philip Schultz, in a 2008 interview (Five Points, Vol. 12, No. 2). We’ll survey the prose poem, flash fiction, flash nonfiction, haibun, zuihitsu, the lyric essay, surreal memoir, and the graphic poem and essay to elicit fresher ways of seeing and saying the scenes and stories that compose your life.

The event is $95 for non-members, $75 for members, and $45 for students, and includes a luncheon catered by Make It Fabulous. In addition, IWWG members can participate in a book fair to be held during lunchtime. Attendees will also have the opportunity to share the work created at that day’s workshops at a late-afternoon open-mic reading.

Register at by this Friday, October 28. Seating is limited.

Questions? Contact Marisa Moks-Unger, IWWG Area Representative, at (814) 450-1964.

Think an IWWG one-day event should be held in your area, and want to help sponsor it? Let us know! 

So what does it take to help sponsor a regional retreat or conference where you live? Here’s what we look for:

  • An established writing community in the region. (This doesn’t mean a formal association—just enough writers living around and near to make it possible to attract twenty or more people.)
  • A few Guild members who can assist in organizing the event. This may include offering to host the event or assisting us in locating an alternative venue (e.g., a private home, a church basement, a library room, a classroom), finding a reasonable caterer for lunch, and so forth. You may even be able to find a local business sponsor or philanthropic group willing to help underwrite some of the costs of the event. For example, Antioch University Los Angeles provides the venue for California Dreaming each winter.
  • Onsite assistance the day of the event. While we provide sign-in sheets, name badges, evaluations, and all necessary materials, we need someone local to receive these materials and handle registration.
  • A clear vision of what is of topical interest in your local community and your best thinking regarding which of our wonderful workshop leaders you would like to have us invite on your behalf. Generally, we limit the number of workshop leaders at a first-time event to two. While we are willing to cover a reasonable travel budget, we encourage you to identify workshop leaders who reside in your part of the country.

We work hard to keep costs down, especially for a first-time venue, so that we can keep registration reasonable and attract a minimum number of participants. We also hold your hand throughout the process—and depending on where you are located, you may find our executive director, Board president, or other members of the Board in attendance to help out! (Any excuse for a writing party!)

Questions? Definitely interested in bringing the Guild to your area? Contact Dixie King at 661-619-2735, or email at

Members: Submit to Network's "Giving Voice"!

Giving Voice is a new feature of the IWWG members-only publication, Network, in which you have the opportunity to submit a 250-word piece of flash memoir or creative nonfiction on a specific topic. We seek pieces that speak to your personal experience and relate it to broader social issues. This is an opportunity to craft something similar to what you would read in a three-minute open reading at a Guild event. We may edit your piece to fit the space we have available, but will not do so without notifying you in advance.

The topic for the Winter 2016 issue of Network is Race Relations. We aim to expand the discussion on race that arose at the recent Summer Conference after the Baton Rouge shooting of police officers earlier that week. Between thirty and forty women participated in a difficult but important dialogue about how to hear each other’s truths and honor each other’s perspectives when our experiences around race, heritage, and society may differ significantly. 

Deadline for submissions is November 15. Send to

We want to read you!

Plan ahead: 

Out of the Silence (due January 15) 

A Funny Thing Happened (due March 15)


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