2015 Summer Conference
Please note that "closed" next to a workshop does NOT mean that workshops are full, but rather than the workshop leader prefers not to have newcomers after the first day, due to the nature of the activities.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS A SEPARATE WORKSHOP FEE TO BE SELECTED ON YOUR REGISTRATION FOR IT TO BE COMPLETE. READ Registration Instructions ABOVE FOR FULL EXPLANATION.
Schedule for Conference
**Book fairs on Sunday and Thursday at 6:00 pm (subject to change).
| Friday, July 24
||Opening night program
|Saturday, July 25 -Thursday, July 30
||Workshop slot 1
||Workshop slot 2
||Workshop slot 3
||Salons & Critique groups
| Friday, July 31
***Open readings Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday. Sign up at conference for 3-min slots to read your work (either written previously or at the conference).
When is the last day I can register for the conference?
Why is the workshop fee separate from the housing fee this year?
In an effort to show you exactly what you are paying for (and shorten the already lengthy list of different registration types), we separated the two fees.
How many workshops per day are there, and how long do they run?
There are 3 workshops per day, plus additional offerings. Each workshop is 1.5 hours.
When do I tell you what workshops I want to take?
You will select your workshops when you arrive at the conference. (Workshops will not be limited in number. All will be accommodated.)
Are the rooms air conditioned?
Most of the public spaces at Wisdom House are air conditioned but the bedrooms are not. All bedrooms do have celling fans. If you must have AC in your room, see answer below.
I need a private room but they are all sold out. What do I do?
If you have your own transportation and would prefer an alternate housing arrangement (private room and air conditioning), the IWWG has a limited number of rooms being held for conference participants at the nearby historic Tollgate Hill Inn. You may contact the Inn directly at 866-567-1233. Let them know you are an IWWG member attending the Summer Conference for a special rate. If you choose to stay at a location other than Wisdom House, you will be charged a daily commuter fee for workshops, lunch, dinner, and the evening program at Wisdom House (see Summer Conference Brochure above for fee breakdown).
How do I get to Wisdom House if I'm not driving? What are my transportation options to Litchfield?
From NYC: We will have a minibus waiting for you at Penn Station in New York City at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, July 24th, ready to whisk you down to Litchfield for just $45. It will whisk you back to Penn Station, leaving Litchfield at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 31st (round trip cost, $90). Plan your flight into NYC accordingly!
From other locations:
We will also be arranging for a van from Hartford, and a pick-up from the train station at Waterbury, should you choose to come those routes. Visit our Ride Share page, where you can connect with people coming from your region.
Summer Conference Instructors
Judy Adourian - Dynamic Dialogue
Lynne Barrett - Plot and Structure
Suzi Banks Baum - Mapping Motherhood
Heather Cariou - The Wounded Storyteller: Writing Narratives of Illness and Care
Pat Carr - Rewriting The Great Gatsby
Zita Christian - Tools for Building Your Story
Kelly DuMar - Memoir as Monologue: Writing Dynamic Dramatic Monologues for Personal Growth, Creative Development, and Audience Appreciation
Lisa Freedman - “Silence Sez...": Writing the Unspeakable
June Gould - Examining your Past and Future with June Gould and the Two Headed Roman God
Dorothy Randall Gray - Love, Lust, Loss and Longing: Writing with Passion and Power
Marj Hahne - What in Goddess' Name Is a Prose Poem?
Penelope Jewell - Mission and Vision Statements for Your Life
Jane Karker - Self-Publishing for Independent Authors
Maureen Murdock - Finding One's Voice/Finding One's Passion: A Memoir Workshop
Alice Orr - How to Stop Shooting Your Writing Career in the Foot: An Insider’s Guide to Taking Charge of your Face in the Publishing Business
Kathleen O'Shea - Writing for Social Advocacy
Willow Partington - Writing Under the Influence of the Arts
Mel Ryane - From Page to Podium: Reading Your Work Aloud
Linda Leedy Schneider - Immerse Yourself in Process: Product Will Emerge
Myra Shapiro - Poems of Joy and Grief (and What's in Between)
Susan Tiberghien - Writing toward Wholeness: Putting the Pieces Together