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    • Wednesday, February 16, 2022
    • Wednesday, July 13, 2022
    • 6 sessions
    • Digital Village
    • 8
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    Writing Circles

    Women's Voices: From all Over the World
    Memoir Follow-up



    Once a month workshop for six months. June will read your work between sessions, and give written feedback. The once a month zoom meetings will be focused on discussions re your work thus far. Only open to members of those who have already taken June Gould's Memoir Writing Workshops.


    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, and the novel In the Shadow of Trains; and the co-author of Counting the Stones, a book of Holocaust poetry. June has given readings at The 92nd Street Y (NY), The Holocaust Museum (Washington, DC), the Jewish Museum and Yeshiva Museum (NY), and libraries, synagogues, churches, universities, and bookstores throughout the U.S. and in Greece and Canada. She has been an IWWG workshop leader for over 25 years.

    • Saturday, April 23, 2022
    • Saturday, June 04, 2022
    • 6 sessions
    • Digital Village
    • 6
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    Imagination and Justice: Meditation and Free-Writing Circles

    with Lisa Freedman

    Testimonials:

    "Today's Breathe/Read/Write circle was wonderful. I wish I could do it all the time. Incredibly healing and fruitful." Laura Rutland, Poet and professor

    "Lisa, what an exceptional experience you have created for people in Breathe/Read/Write. I really appreciate it. I look forward to working with all of you more." - Noreen Hennessy

     "There is no limit set on your imagination or what constitutes justice for you in the Imagination and Justice writing circles. The bonds developed between students and teacher and self is the richness of this class."  -  Rochelle Jewel Shapiro


    Six sessions on Saturdays from 10 am to 12 pm EST. Continuing writing circles. New participants welcome. 

    April 23 - June 4, 2022 (no session May 28)

    “For to imagine is not simply to see what does not yet exist or what one wants to exist. It is also a profound act of creativity to see what is.” Susan Griffin

    These circles are generative, a place to write or re-write material that dwells (or wants to dwell) in the realm where the personal is political. You may already be working on a relevant project, or you may be starting a new one. Either way, you and your stories, your writings will be welcome here.

    The format of each session helps us get to know and support one another. Each time we meet, we will start with a few minutes of silence followed by a short guided free-write and share to check in. Lisa then guides us in two more rounds of meditation, free-writing, and sharing. The sharing is always optional. Holding the circle in silence together is a bonding activity, and as the weeks unfold, we connect more deeply through our writings. This is how we help each other take writerly risks to reveal our experiences and imaginings. And this is how we support each other as we dare to share our voices and visions with the world.

    Meditators, writers, dreamers, and activists at every level of experience are welcome. All genres are welcome.

    Participants receive the prompts and background materials each week. These come from many sources, including Kiese Laymon, Layli Longsoldier, Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, and Rev. angel Kyodo williams.

    The IWWG and Lisa produced an anthology of writings from the first round of Imagination and Justice writing circles that met in the fall of 2021 "Roots/Trunk/Sky," which will be available later this spring. 

    Please note these sessions are not recorded. 

    Lisa Freedman is a writer, activist, and New School Writing Program faculty member. She founded Breathe/Read/Write as a contemplative response to the chaos of the U.S. elections in 2016. BRW combines meditation and freewriting so participants clear the static and astound themselves with the flow and clarity that comes when they set their pens on the page. As a practitioner of Shambhala Buddhism, Lisa knows how inspiring it can be to share the open space of silence. And she has a knack for choosing free-write prompts that connect writers to what they need to say. Lisa leads BRW circles for The NY Zendo, the International Women’s Writing Guild, The Poetry Barn, and the New School’s Social Justice Hub, among others. Her work with BRW earned a 2021 NYFA Community Artists Corp Grant. 

    Lisa holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School. Her creative work can be found in these anthologies: Resist Much, Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the ResistanceLiterature from the First 20 Years of Art & Understanding; and Grabbing the Apple: An Anthology of New York Women Poets. Her poetry and prose also appear in Satya Magazine, POZ, Poetry Ration, and others. For more info, see the Breathe/Read/Write Eventbrite page and Lisa’s Writing Coach website.

    • Thursday, April 28, 2022
    • Thursday, June 09, 2022
    • 4 sessions
    • 0
    Registration is closed



    Bearing Fruit: 

    The Pregnant Writers Circle

    Are you pregnant with story? Do you have projects that have yet to grow into full being or writing that begs to see the light of the page? This circle is for writers who are working on narrative works-in-progress; which includes not only books, essays and short stories but also the writing in our heads - those scribbled on the pulsing scraps of paper that never quite develop fully on the page. 

    This circle of exploration and action will provide encouragement, magic spells, and a sacred space for finding voice, structure and story. Over eight weeks, we will develop sustained narratives from our creative impulses, working the seeds and desires of our writer being into tender new language that bursts into being.

    The group meets from 3:00 to 5:30 pm EDT on Zoom every two weeks over an eight-week period (April 28, May 12, May 26, June 9) to read work, share progress and discuss process. In addition, participants can submit writing to the group one week in advance of each session to facilitate feedback for revisions. (May 5, May 19, May 2). Including the first class, there are eight opportunities to work with or check in with the group.

    This small group will be for intermediate or greater level writers working in all prose genres. For consideration, please send a short (500 words or less) description of what kinds of projects you want to work on and what you’d like to see happen as a result of taking this class. Registration upon instructor approval.

    Janice Gary is the author of Short Leash: a Memoir of Dog Walking and Deliverance, winner of the Eric Hoffer Prize, Nautilus Book Award and a Finalist for the Sarton Award for Memoir. Her work has been published in River Teeth, Brevity, The Spring Journal, Ms. Magazine, and other publications and as part of the feminist anthology, Women Speak Out. She conducts writing workshops combining memoir, myth, and the self as metaphor. www.janicegary.com


    • Thursday, April 28, 2022
    • Thursday, June 09, 2022
    • 4 sessions
    • Digital Village

    Bearing Fruit
    Pregnant Writers' Circle

    with Jan Gary



    Are you pregnant with story? Do you have projects that have yet to grow into full being or writing that begs to see the light of the page? This circle is for writers who are working on narrative works-in-progress; which includes not only books, essays and short stories but also the writing in our heads - those scribbled on the pulsing scraps of paper that never quite develop fully on the page.

    This circle of exploration and action will provide encouragement, magic spells, and a sacred space for finding voice, structure and story. Over eight weeks, we will develop sustained narratives from our creative impulses, working the seeds and desires of our writer being into tender new language that bursts into being.

    The group meets from 3:00 pm ET-5:30  on Zoom every two weeks over an eight-week period (April 28, May 12, May 26, June 9) to read work, share progress and discuss process. In addition, participants can submit writing to the group one week in advance of each session to facilitate feedback for revisions. (May 5, May 19, May 2). Including the first class, there will be eight opportunities to work with or check in with the group.

    This small group will be for intermediate or greater level writers working in all prose genres.

    For consideration, please send a short (500 words or less) description of what kinds of projects you want to work on and what you’d like to see happen as a result of taking this class. Registration upon instructor approval.


    Janice Gary is the author of Short Leash: a Memoir of Dog Walking and Deliverance, winner of the Eric Hoffer Prize, Nautilus Book Award and a Finalist for the Sarton Award for Memoir. Her work has been published in River Teeth, Brevity, The Spring Journal, Ms. Magazine, and other publications and as part of the feminist anthology, Women Speak Out. She is on the faculty of the Master of Liberal Studies Program at Arizona State University and conducts writing workshops combining memoir, myth, and the self as metaphor.


    • Friday, June 03, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • via Zoom
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    FREE


    Free Write 
    with Dorothy Randall Gray

    Parthenogenic Poetry:
    Making A Poem Give Birth to Itself


    parthenogenesis
     -a type of reproduction in which a female egg cell develops into an individual without fertilization.

    This workshop involves no labor pains, epidurals or obstetricians. You will open wide your imagination, take deep breaths, and push a new poem into existence. You already have all the moments and mysteries, the experiences, artistry and life experiences you need to fertilize your word cells. Our session can also inspire your memoir, fiction, storytelling or whatever else you write. Come and let's midwife each other in community and creativity.

     

    Dorothy Randall Gray is author of the bestseller, Soul Between the Lines (Avon/Harper Collins), a recent volume of poetry Sharing the Same Sky, and numerous anthology selections.  Her other published works include Muse Blues, Woman, Family, The Passion Collection, and A Taste of Tamarinda. A two year LA Poet-in-Residence Dorothy's  "When I Was A Tree" poetry film was awarded Official Selection by the Film & Poetry Video  Symposium. Her work is also featured in the upcoming Eve Ensler/Aja Monet production, VOICES. She is a former board member of the International Women's Writing Guild, NPR commentator, and UNESCO delegate. Her workshops have inspired thousands throughout the US, China, Iceland, and India. They have served a variety of audiences including beginning and seasoned writers, graduate and high school students, creative aging groups, and incarcerated populations. A global activist Dorothy is a Hedgebrook Fellow who has shared the dais with the Dalai Lama, performed poetry in Iceland, danced with tribal boys in India, and boogied with James Baldwin in NYC.



    • Thursday, June 09, 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • via Zoom
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    FREE

    ALL VOICES OPEN MIC

    Sufiya Abdur-Rahman


    Sufiya Abdur-Rahman is the author of the memoir Heir to the Crescent Moon, winner of the Iowa Prize for Literary Nonfiction. Her essays, articles, and criticism have appeared in publications including Catapult, The Common Online, Gay Mag, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and NPR. She has earned Notable distinction in Best American Essays, received fellowships from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, and is a two-time alumnus of VONA writing workshops. She is Creative Nonfiction Editor for Cherry Tree, a national literary journal, at Washington College, where she teaches creative writing and journalism. Sufiya lives in Annapolis, Md., with her family.



    • Thursday, June 09, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • via Zoom
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    Workshop



    Crime Scenes, Murder, and Evidence... Why you shouldn't get your knowledge from TV and movies


    What most stories get wrong, internet rumors about dead bodies and murders - what's true and what's not, how to hide a body, how to get away with murder, how to find your bad guy!


    AJ holds an MS in Human Forensic Identification as well as another in Neuroscience/Human Physiology — or as she calls it “nerdgirl.” A firm believer that the best suspense relies on clues that were there all along and characters who stay smart all the way through the story, AJ works hard to get readers to “turn just one more page.” AJ’s books have garnered Audie nominations, options for tv and film, as well as over twenty Best Suspense/Best Fiction of the Year awards.


    • Friday, July 22, 2022
    • 7:00 AM
    • Thursday, July 28, 2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • Endicott College
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    Volunteer & Presenter Registration

    Obtain a registration code from Michelle Miller at michelle@iwwg.org

    • Friday, July 22, 2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • Thursday, July 28, 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • Endicott College
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    IWWG 2022 Summer Conference

    Endicott College*
    *All rooms are singles with private bath and A/C in Marblehead Hall - each floor has a common room and kitchenette

    COVID-19 Policy

    IWWG will adhere to the MA Public Health and Endicott College guidelines.  See guidelines here: https://www.bostonusa.com/covid-19/ (vaccination card or negative antigen test taken 1 day prior to arrival required) 

    Some workshops have limited capacity and require pre-registration.  To enroll in an intensive, register for the conference,  you will then receive a registration code to use for pre-registration on the intensive workshops.  

    • Saturday, July 23, 2022
    • Wednesday, July 27, 2022
    • 5 sessions
    • TBD
    • 3
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    2022 Summer Conference


    Ten Tips: An Intensive Workshop on
    Writing Your Personal Story


    Registration Deadline: June 15, 2022. This advanced workshop is limited to ten participants, assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration is required by June 15 and the fee is $100. 

    Submission Deadline: June 22, 2022. Once you have received notice that you are registered, please submit electronically no more than five double-spaced pages of personal narrative to  iwwgquestions@iwwg.org, Use the subject line: Submission for Intensive on Personal Stories. Work can be taken from a single long piece or several shorter, stand-alone pieces Be sure to include at least one of your opening paragraphs or pages and one of your closing sections. Please use Times New Roman, 12-point type and submit your work as a .doc so the instructor and other participants can add observations. Preference will be given to full-week registrants. Manuscripts will be distributed to all participants in advance of the conference.


    Annie Dillard once said, “You have to take pains not to hang on the reader’s arms, like a drunk, and say ‘And then I did this and it was so interesting’.” What is it, exactly, that can make your personal narrative truly engaging? Not simply a recollection of your experience or an information dump.  Working together we will be looking at how to find the kernel, the heart of your story, the image or concept that teems with life, even at its most deceptively subdued. Using this kernel, we will then explore and apply ten techniques useful for writing the openings, middles, and closings of your own personal essays, autobiographical short stories, and memoirs. Personal stories can be made to matter; this workshop demonstrates how. Participants are invited to submit ahead of time up to 5 pages of their own personal writing to foster collaboration and focus feedback.


    Judith Huge has spent over thirty years developing innovative approaches to both learning and writing. As president of her own national consulting firm, teacher of both undergraduate and graduate-level college courses, and director of writing workshops across the country, she has made a difference in the way thousands of people find, craft, and promote their voices through writing.  She currently teaches intensive writing workshops for the Osher Learning Center ( University of South Florida) and Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill (Cape Cod, Massachusetts), among others She is a co-author of 101 Ways You Can Help: How to Offer Comfort and Support to Those Who Are Grieving (Sourcebook, 2009), as well as “A Middle Aged Woman and the Sea,” a tale of loss and transition (Women in the Wild, A Traveler’s Tale Anthology.)



    • Saturday, July 23, 2022
    • Wednesday, July 27, 2022
    • 5 sessions
    • TBD
    • 7
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    2022 Summer Conference


    Advanced Poetry Seminar


    Pre-registration required; limit of twelve participants on a first-come, first-served basis; a one- page poem of any form/content is required of each attendee in advance of the workshop; $100 fee/ 

    To reserve for one of the twelve spaces, submit a one-page poem of any form/content electronically by no later than June 15 to iwwgquestions@iwwg.org, subject line: Submission for Advanced Poetry Seminar. Preference will be given to full-week registrants. You will be notified within 48 hours if you are among the first twelve applicants, and you will be invoiced at that time for the $100 fee. Manuscripts will be distributed to all participants in advance of the conference.

    In an atmosphere of mutual trust and confidentiality, we will share our poetry with one another and offer feedback that is supportive and useful, taking into consideration aspects of your piece that are working well, and how you might approach revision. By design, the spirit of the feedback session is positive and encouraging. The workshop will focus on the refinement of your personal voice and help to expand and nuance your awareness as a reader. A one-page poem of any form/content is required of each attendee in advance of our workshop. These poems will be disseminated on the first day so that we may critique a few at a time during each meeting. Open to all levels.

    Vanessa Jimenez Gabb is the author of Images for Radical Politics, the Editor’s Pick in the 2015 Rescue Press Black Box Poetry Contest. Recent poetry has been featured in PEN America, The Poetry Project Newsletter and The Brooklyn Rail. She teaches at Newark Academy and for Brooklyn Poets. She is from and lives in Brooklyn, NY. 

    www.vanessajimenezgabb.com



    • Saturday, July 23, 2022
    • Wednesday, July 27, 2022
    • 5 sessions
    • TBD
    • 9
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    2022 Summer Conference


    Summer of Song


    Pre-registration required;
    limited to ten registrants on a first-come, first-served basis. 

    In this week-long workshop, advance registrants will create, workshop, polish, and perform an original song. Over the five days, Arielle will guide you through creative writing prompts, idea development, melody and rhyme creation, and VCVCBC traditional song structure. The workshop will culminate in a performance on Thursday for the greater IWWG community.  Note: This workshop requires pre-registration and a commitment to attend all five sessions, in preparation for the performance on the final day of the conference. 

    Attendees do not have to be skilled musicians, however, they should have some musical background. If possible, please bring your portable accompanying instrument (guitar, uke, autoharp, etc.) There is a piano on site. 


    Arielle Silver is a Los Angeles-based performing songwriter, storyteller, and workshop facilitator. Her fourth album, A Thousand Tiny Torches, was released in 2020, and her essays, poems, and hybrid misfits have appeared in Matador Review, Brevity, Under the Gum Tree, Lilith Magazine, and others. An alumna of Brandeis University and Berklee College of Music, she earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles, where she currently serves on faculty. In the quiet lockdown months of the pandemic, she created the weekly podcast, Tomes & Tunes, where she talks with songwriters from around the world about books and creativity; and co-founded Bhavana Flow Yoga, an online yoga studio that offers daily classes in yoga, meditation, Sutras study, and more. www.ariellesilver.com.


    • Saturday, July 23, 2022
    • Wednesday, July 27, 2022
    • 5 sessions
    • TBD
    • 5
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    2022 Summer Conference


    Play Lab Intensive: Writing & Producing Your Short Play, Scene or Monologue for the Stage & Showcase


    Pre-registration required;
    limited to ten registrants on a first-come, first-served basis.  You must first register for the conference and you will be emailed a code to pre-register for this workshop.

    Have you always wanted to write for the stage, but didn’t know how to begin? Short play and monologue festivals are a regular feature of theatre companies, offering novice and experienced playwrights opportunity to see their writing performed. You’ll develop in class (or bring) a draft of (1) a ten-minute play; (2) a monologue; (3) an excerpt from a one-woman show; or (4) a short scene from a longer play. In class writing, script reading and feedback will explore theatrical structure, setup, dialogue, plot, character development, theme, theatricality, and production. We’ll discuss successful plays and monologues and tools for avoiding common pitfalls. Our Lab culminates in a performance, Wednesday evening, (for an enthusiastic audience of conference attendees), where actors will read your play on stage so you can hear your script on its feet. Our final session focuses on revision and submitting to play festivals for production. No prior playwriting experience is required.


    Kelly DuMar is delighted to be returning for the sixth year to produce the IWWG Summer Play Lab. Kelly is a playwright, poet and writing workshop facilitator from Boston. Her award-winning plays and monologues have been produced around the US and Canada and are published by dramatic publishers, including her award winning one-act play for youth, The Adventures of Rocky & Skye, published by Youth Plays. Kelly has published three chapbooks of poetry. She is a past president of Playwrights’ Platform, Boston, where she led new play development for many years. She founded and produced the Our Voices Festival of Women Playwrights at Wellesley College for twelve years. Kelly produced the IWWG Annual BOSTON Conference for five years and was a board member of IWWG for five years.  She teaches Your Memoir As Monologue for the Transformative Language Arts Network twice a year and produces an online monologue showcase. Her website is KellyDuMar.com

    • Saturday, July 23, 2022
    • Wednesday, July 27, 2022
    • 5 sessions
    • TBD
    • 4
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    2022 Summer Conference


    Advanced Seminar in Fiction Writing


    Pre-registration required;
    limited to ten registrants on a first-come, first-served basis. $100 fee. To reserve one of the ten spaces, submit a manuscript (3,000 words or less) electronically by 
    no later than June 15 to iwwgquestions@iwwg.org, subject line: Submission for Advanced Seminar in Fiction Writing. Preference will be given to full-week registrants. You will be notified within 48 hours if you are among the first ten applicants, and you will be invoiced at that time for the $100 fee. Manuscripts will be distributed to all participants in advance of the conference.

    Lynne Barrett is the award-winning author of three short story collections The Secret Names of WomenThe Land of Go, and Magpies, which received the Florida Book Awards Gold Medal for General Fiction in 2012.  Her anthology Making Good Time, True Stories of How We Do, and Don't, Get Around in South Florida, was published in Fall 2019 by Jai-Alai Books. What Editors Want: A Must Read for Writers Submitting to Literary Magazines, published by Rain Chain Press, has recently gone into its second printing. The essay on which it is based, published in The Review Review, was featured in the L.A. Times Book Blog and republished in Glimmer Train's digest. Barrett edited Tigertail: Florida Flash, and  co-edited Birth: A Literary Companion and The James M. Cain Cookbook, a collection of Cain's nonfiction.

    Her short stories have appeared in many journals including the Orange Blossom ReviewNew Flash Fiction Review Mystery TribuneNecessary Fiction,The Miami Rail Fort Lauderdale Magazine,  Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine,  Painted Bride Quarterly, Night Train, and Real South. And her essays have been published in The Hong Kong Review, River Teeth's "Beautiful Things" series, andThe Southern Women's Review.

    In Fall 2020, a new essay was included Grabbed: Poets and Writers on Sexual Assault (Beacon Press), and a short story from the 1990s was republshed Akashic's Miami Noir: The Classics.  Her stories and essays are included in many anthologies and textbooks, including: Flash! Writing the Very Short Story, Just to Watch Them Die: Crime Stories Inspired by the Songs of Johnny Cash, Fifteen Views of Miami, Trouble in the Heartland,  Blue Christmas, One Year to a Writing Life, Delta Blues, A Dixie Christmas, Miami Noir, Simply the Best Mysteries, A Hell of a Woman, Mondo BarbieLiterature: Reading and Responding to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and the EssayThe Lexington Introduction to Literature, and many more.

    She has received the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best mystery story from the Mystery Writers of America, the Moondance International Film Festival award for Best Short story, and fellowships from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, she received her M.F.A. from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. She teaches in the M.F.A. program in Creative Writing at Florida International University and edits The Florida Book Review.

    http://www.lynnebarrett.com/about-lynne.html