Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, January 21, 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • Tuesday, February 11, 2020
    • 8:30 PM
    • On your computer!
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    Flash Fiction Distillery
    For readers in a busy world where so many things compete for our attention, flash fiction has a clear advantage: it’s short, short enough that you can read a complete story in a brief burst of time between other tasks. It’s also attractive for busy writers, knowing that a finished draft of a story can be completed in 30, 20, sometimes even as little as 10-15 minutes. But quick doesn’t mean easy. Flash fiction is not fast food. It’s a rich, complex, fully seasoned mix of fictional elements, distilled down to a powerful punch.
     
    "In cooking, it would be the equivalent of making a reduction sauce, paring down each tale to its essence, giving it time to simmer, until you have an explosion of taste in just a tiny amount that lingers on the tongue leaving you wanting for more." – Jayne Martin on flash
     
    Wondering if this Flash Fiction Distillery is right for you?
    This generative workshop will meet for four, 90-minute, live videoconference sessions. This experience is designed for writers who have tried flash fiction as well as those who have no experience with the form. We will learn about what flash fiction is and can be, look at examples of the seven forms of flash fiction, do some deep reading and analysis of exemplary flash stories, and create new work – playing with different forms and styles and taking our fiction to places we may not have expected it to go.


    Kathryn Kulpa (@KathrynKulpa) is a flash fiction editor at Cleaver magazine. She was a winner of the Vella Chapbook Contest for her flash collection Girls on Film (Paper Nautilus) and a finalist in the Black River Chapbook Competition. She has published work in more than 50 magazines, journals, and anthologies, including the Six-Word Memoir series (Harper), Up, Do: Flash Fiction by Women Writers (Spider Road Press), Monkeybicycle, 100 Word StorySmokelong Quarterly, and Superstition Review. Find out more at kathrynkulpa.com or read her interview here.

    Check your time-zone HERE.

    Please watch for your confirmation email, which will contain the link to participate by phone or Zoom videoconference.

    Register even if you can't attend "live," because we will promptly email all registrants the recording of each session.

    • Thursday, February 20, 2020
    • 1:30 PM
    • Thursday, March 12, 2020
    • 3:00 PM
    • On your computer!
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    Pitch, Query & Propose Your Book with Confidence

    Is your book manuscript or idea languishing forever on your computer? Do you need expert guidance for how to pitch it to an agent, editor or audience? This hands-on webinar will guide you to discover and communicate the essence of your book in as few well-chosen words as possible.

    Whether you choose to self-publish or traditionally publish, whether you're writing fiction, nonfiction or memoir, these words (your hook) will help create longer synopses and proposals. These are necessary tools for selling your book and yourself as author to agent, editor or reader.

    The interactive workshop meets for four 90-minute sessions via live videoconferencing. Over the four weeks, you will learn how to structure a hook that leads to the finely tuned pitch and query. Then, you’ll learn about the longer marketing tools, synopses and proposals. Between sessions, you’ll have the opportunity to write and submit a hook, a script for a pitch, or a query for review and in-session critique. Handouts and resources are included.

    Want to pitch to or query agents and editors? This webinar will give you the tools—and the courage.
     
    Paula Chaffee Scardamalia is an author, book coach, a dream and tarot intuitive. She has published both fiction and nonfiction. Since 1999, Paula's presented workshops and retreats across the country; at both national and regional Romance Writers of America conferences and meetings; at the 2014 San Diego University Writers Conference; and at the International Women's Writing Guild. She publishes a weekly e-newsletter on writing, creativity, dreams, and tarot, and is the award-winning author of Weaving a Woman’s Life: Spiritual Lessons from the Loom.


    Check your time-zone HERE.

    Please watch for your confirmation email, which will contain the link to participate by phone or Zoom videoconference.

    Register even if you can't attend "live," because we will promptly email all registrants the recording of each session.

    • Tuesday, March 17, 2020
    • 1:00 PM
    • Tuesday, April 07, 2020
    • 2:00 PM
    • On your computer!
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    Writing the Cartography of the Self:
    A 4-Week Poetry Intensive Online

    What does it mean for a poet to be cartographer of the self? To write about its multitudes when the body is constantly in motion? We show different sides of ourselves to different people—partners, lovers, siblings, workers, etc.

    The class will explore different ways to document these roles, combine craft and heart, and challenge poets to move through memory, sense, and voice. Participants will look at the work of Lucille Clifton, Ross Gay, Tina Chang, Brenda Shaughnessy, Vievee Francis, Ocean Vuong, and others who interrogate identity in various ways.

    We will use confessional, profile, praise, and direct address to explore the way “self” emerges on the page. We will workshop, build community, and create a suite of portraits.

    Cynthia Manick is the author of Blue Hallelujahs (Black Lawrence Press, 2016) and editor of Soul Sister Revue: A Poetry Compilation (Jamii Publishing, 2019). She has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, MacDowell Colony, and Château de la Napoule among others. Winner of the Lascaux Prize in Collected Poetry, Manick was also awarded Honorable Mention for the 2019 Furious Flower Poetry Prize. She is founder of the reading series Soul Sister Revue; and her poem "Things I Carry Into the World" was made into a film by Motionpoems, a organization dedicated to video poetry, and has debuted on Tidal for National Poetry Month. A performer at literary festivals, libraries, universities, and most recently the Brooklyn Museum, Manick’s work has appeared in the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day Series, Callaloo, Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB), The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. She currently serves on the editorial board of Alice James Books and resides in Brooklyn, New York. Read her latest interview here.

    Check your time-zone HERE.

    Please watch for your confirmation email, which will contain the link to participate by phone or Zoom videoconference.

    Register even if you can't attend "live," because we will promptly email all registrants the recording of each session.

    • Saturday, April 25, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 5:15 PM
    • The Montrose School, 29 North Street, Medfield, MA 02052
    • 50
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    Boston & New Englandarea writers — Please join us for our 5th annual creative writing one-day conference in Medfield, MA, with four outstanding IWWG instructors.

    Narratives of the Unconscious
    Susan Tiberghien

    Women Writing Their Truth: Using Memoir to Write to the World
    Maureen Murdock

    Women Writing to the World: Visibility Through the Power of “Erasure Poetry” in 2020
    Vanessa Jimenez Gabb

    Women Writing From Page to Stage: Dramatizing Monologues of Empowerment
    Kelly DuMar

    Find nearby hotel lodging here.

    Find directions to the Montrose School here.

    • Friday, July 24, 2020
    • Thursday, July 30, 2020
    • Misselwood at Endicott College, Beverly, MA
    Register

    Our 43rd year of coming together!

    "This conference, with all these strong, inspiring women, served to remind me that it doesn’t matter what else is going on; I am always going to be valuable, strong, someone who writes worthwhile things, who has a voice that needs to be heard and will not be silenced."

      • Workshops ranging from three to five days in length and spanning fiction, poetry, memoir, creative nonfiction, screenwriting, playwriting, writing as performance, multi-genre, and mixed media.
      • Business and tech tracks.
      • Meet with agents.
      • Critique sessions in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction
      • Book fairs 
      • Nightly open readings

        ** IMPORTANT **
        New this year: All registrations are priced ala carte.

        Visit the Venue & Housing page to help you make decisions about your housing and dining options. You will be asked to add them during the registration process.

        Other details are available here.

        DEADLINES
        June 15: Last day to register for package that includes campus housing. After June 15 only commuter registration is available.

        Cancellation (in writing) on or before April 25: Conference registration will be refunded minus a 25% administrative fee. In lieu of a refund, you may substitute, by arrangement with The Guild, someone to attend in your place.

        Cancellation between April 26 and June 15: Conference registration is nonrefundable in full. Y
        ou may substitute, by arrangement with The Guild, someone to attend in your place.

        Cancellation after June 15: Conference registration is nonrefundable in full. No changes may be made to the registration details.

        The cancellation/refund policy will not be waived.

        Questions regarding the conference?
        Email us at iwwgquestions@iwwg.org.