Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Wherever you fire up your computer!
    Register

    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.

    4:00–5:30 PM (Eastern) / 1:00–2:30 PM (Pacific) // Check your time-zone HERE.

    You’ve written a strong query and been asked to submit a synopsis and a certain number of pages and chapters. Or, you’ve decided to self-publish and, after hiring a copy editor and a proofreader, you’re ready to go to print.

    BUT WAIT!  Will your first pages do their job—make your reader keep turning pages?  Will they sell your book or get you a rejection?

    This webinar will focus on:
    1.  Why your novel’s (or memoir’s) first pages are so important.
    2.  What needs to be there (and what doesn’t).
    3.  Opening scenes for different genres.
    4.  To prologue or not to prologue.

    This webinar will also include a checklist for your first pages.

    Paula Chaffee Scardamalia, former dream consultant for PEOPLE Country magazine, is an author, book coach, and dream and tarot intuitive. She's taught at small private workshops on the East Coast, and at both national and regional Romance Writers of America conferences and meetings, at the 2014 San Diego University Writers Conference, and at IWWGs Annual Summer 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


    • 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) / 5:00 PM–6:00 PM (Pacific) // Check your time-zone HERE.

    Greta Sesheta, minister, actress, teacher, and author (revgreta.com), 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 numerologist.com 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. www.cathleenoconnor.com

    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." https://anneanthony.weebly.com

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

    • Sunday, March 11, 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 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.

    7:30–8:30 PM (Eastern) / 4:30–5:30 PM (Pacific) // Check your time-zone HERE.

    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.


    • Sunday, April 08, 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Sunday, April 29, 2018
    • 8:30 PM
    • On your computer!
    Register

    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.

    Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen. 

    ~Willa Cather

    Among the invisible tools of creative individuals is their ability to hold on to the specific texture of their past. 

    ~Vera John-Steiner

    This interactive, writing-intensive workshop deals with the power of your childhood memories to improve and inspire your storytelling, poetry, and creative-nonfiction skills. You will learn how to:

    • Jump-start your writing life through your memories.
    • Find the originality and creativity hidden within your memories. 
    • Generate a list of writing topics from your life and experiences.
    • Utilize the techniques of free-writing, brainstorming, and mapping.
    • Develop multiple starting points that can lead you into writing fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. 
    • Capture emotional moments that allow readers to understand and empathize with your experiences.
    • Sharpen your narrative voice and dialogue skills .
    • Begin and end your pieces.
    • Draft and revise.

      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.



      • Sunday, April 15, 2018
      • 8:30 AM - 6:15 PM (EDT)
      • Poets House, 10 River Terrace, New York, NY 10282
      • 50
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      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 Other
      Yun Wei
      Poetry 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. 
      http://thepomegranateway.blogspot.com

      A Crash Course on Queries and Pitches
      Paula Chaffee Scardamalia

      As 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 Nonfiction
      Cathleen 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.


      Schedule
      8:30 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

      Download a printable event flyer.

      "Community matters. I found a safe place to have a voice. 
      There are all levels of writing, and all levels matter."

      – past conference participant

      • Saturday, April 28, 2018
      • 9:30 AM - 5:15 PM
      • The Montrose School, 29 North Street, Medfield, MA 02052
      • 46
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      Boston & New Englandarea 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 Writing
      Susan Tiberghien
      To 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 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. 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 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: www.maureenmurdock.com

      Your Memoir as Monologue:
      Crafting Dynamic Monologues for Performance & Publication

      Kelly DuMar

      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

      Schedule
      9:30 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

      Download a printable event flyer.

      • 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.