In-Person Events

    • Sunday, July 18, 2021
    • Sunday, December 19, 2021
    • 6 sessions
    • ONLINE

    Write a Novel in 30 Days – All Genres

    Continuation of Abby's workshop for course participants only

    Bring your questions and share your progress with Abby Vandiver and your fellow program attendees in a monthly support group for registrants of the January 2021 Write a Novel in 30 Days. 

    Dates/Times: July 18, Aug 15, Sept 19, Oct 17, Nov 21, Dec 19

    Sign up for all 4 or select individual dates. 

    Abby VanDiver

    WALL STREET JOURNAL, USA TODAY and internationally bestselling author, Abby L. Vandiver, who also writes as Abby Collette, has always enjoyed writing. Combining that with her love of mystery she has published using a Hybrid approach, self-published and been traditionally published. Abby has penned more than twenty books and short stories. Her new cozy mystery from  Penguin Berkley, A DEADLY INSIDE SCOOP, is the first in the new Ice Cream Parlor Mystery series. Abby resides in South Euclid, Ohio and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and facilitating self-publishing and writing classes online with Cleveland Literary and at her local library.

    • Monday, September 20, 2021
    • 3:00 PM
    • Tuesday, December 07, 2021
    • 8:30 PM
    • Digital Village
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Poetry Palooza Fall Event Series

    • The International Women’s Writing Guild is a vibrant creative community that connects soulful women writers across the world—writers from countless backgrounds, interests, and genres. Now, we are delighted to share with you our ambitious new poetry series.

      The Guild’s Poetry Palooza is a multiple-month program where you can hone your craft, learn about literary citizenship, and arm yourself with insider knowledge on the publishing industry. Whether you’re brand new to poetry or a highly published poet, there is lots to learn in these workshops, open mics, free writes, and more. 


    • Tuesday, December 07, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Digital Village

    The Power of Performance
    Aris Kian

    As poetry becomes more accessible through video and audio platforms, how can we craft our words so they extend past the page? Using newly generated work or our oldies but goodies, we will explore how to enhance our own writing through choreography, persona, vocal intonation, and emotional expression.

    Aris Kian is a Houston enthusiast and a student of abolition. Her poems are published with The West Review, Pidgeonholes, Write About Now and elsewhere. She is a Pushcart nominee and a 2020 Best of the Net Finalist. She ranks #10 in the 2020 Women of the World Poetry Slam and pursues her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Houston. She organizes with Mutual Aid Houston and is looking forward to receiving an honorary degree from Twitter University.

    • Wednesday, December 08, 2021
    • Wednesday, January 19, 2022
    • 4 sessions
    • Digital Village
    • 2

    Writing Circles

    Women's Voices: From all Over the World

    In this writing workshop we will discuss and practice: Story Arcs, Character Development, Scene Development, Thresholds, Turning Points, Positive or Negative Resolutions and the Language of Memoir.

    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.

    • Thursday, December 09, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Digital Village


    Presentation with Q&A:
    Finding Peace of Mind While You Write, Publish, and Promote Your Book

    Bella Mahaya Carter

    If you want to be a happy and successful published author, you must show up, believe in your vision, and understand how to support yourself and your dreams. In this presentation you’ll learn how to navigate your writing and publishing journey from the inside out. We’ll take a deep dive into barriers such as fear, overwhelm, accountability, and self-sabotage. You will begin to see your hurdles as opportunities for personal and professional transformation and growth. These insights will help you complete your writing projects and share them with the world, even when faced with what appear to be crushing obstacles. You will come away with a fresh perspective that points you in the direction of your own wisdom. 

    Bella Mahaya Carter is a creative writing teacher, empowerment coach, speaker, and author of an award-winning memoir, Raw: My Journey from Anxiety to Joy, and Secrets of My Sex, a poetry collection. She has worked with hundreds of writers over the past eleven years and has degrees in literature, film, and spiritual psychology. Her writing and interviews have appeared in Mind, Body, GreenThe Sun; Lilith; Fearless Soul; Writer’s Bone; Women Writers, Women’s Books; Chic Vegan; Bad Yogi Magazine; Jane Friedman’s Blog; Pick The Brain; Spiritual Medial Blog; Literary Mama;several anthologiesand elsewhere. Visit her online:

    • Tuesday, December 14, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Digital Village

    A Virtual Celebration of the Guild

    We’re celebrating 45 years and looking ahead to
    meeting in person in 2022!

    Join us for an evening to celebrate the Guild, our community and our future. It promises to be an evening to remember. Dress up (or not), bring your cocktails (or tea) and be ready for some celebratory fun! 

    This year we are celebrating the Guild and a return to in-person conferences with our 2022 Summer Conference. Join us for a sneak peek at what's coming up for 2022 (online and in-person) and be entered in a drawing to win either one full-week registration to the conference for yourself or two weekend registrations. Your choice. Choose the weekend and bring a friend who has been wanting to have the IWWG experience. Either option can be used by you or given to someone you know would love to attend.

    Raffling off a full week-long registration or two weekend registrations to the conference is our way of saying thank you for your support and commitment to the Guild through the difficult days of the pandemic. And even though the Pandemic is still with us, the windows are being flung open and hope and hugs are back on the menu.

    There will be music, poetry readings, some fun raffles and last-minute bidding on the 2021 auction. Make sure you check out the many wonderful items donated for this year’s auction: Bidding will stay open until 11:59 pm Eastern on December 14th.

    As an added surprise, we’ll be showing a special video commemorating conferences from years past.

    Join in and celebrate with us as we look back at 2021 and forward to 2022.

    • Friday, December 17, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Digital Village


    Free Write with Suzi Banks Baum
    When Traditions Lay a Trap: Write Your Way Into A New Year

    How many ways does the holiday season sideline your focus to write? In all the ways commercial culture wants us to be holly and jolly, our interior lives follow the seasonal cycle toward a fertile and fallow quiet. Join Suzi Banks Baum for a guided writing session using a centering meditation and prompts to get your pen moving. Please bring a libation and your journal and pen.

    Suzi Banks Baum dwells at the crossroad of literary and visual arts. A writer, mixed media and book artist, Suzi expresses the holy ordinary. Her devotion to daily creative practice is the super-food for her signature teachings: Backyard Art Camp, the Powder Keg Writing Workshops, and Advent Dark Journal. Suzi travels to Gyumri, Armenia to teach the book arts to women artists. She also administers the Writers Studio of the Pentaculum residency at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. She will teach at the Genesis Retreat Center in the winter of 2022 and at Snow Farm Craft School in May 2022. Her first book, An Anthology of Babes gives voice to 36 artist mothers. Her writing appears in the inaugural edition of Kerning literary magazine (2021) and in The Collection: Flash Fiction for Flash Memory by Anchala Studios and the Walloon Writers Review. A selection from her memoir-in-progress won third prize in the Hypertext Literary Magazine Doro Böhme Memorial Contest in the fall of 2021. Follow her on Instagram for a look inside her daily practice @suzibb.

    Instagram: @suzibb


    Keep our Free Writes free to all. Read why the Free Writes are so important to our community and support them here:

    • Wednesday, January 26, 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Digital Village

    Writing Women's Lives
    Charlotte Gordon

    Telling the stories of women's lives, either our own lives or those of others, is a fascinating and rewarding enterprise. But sometimes it is hard to overcome our fears. In this workshop, we will explore the challenges of writing the lives of women. What do we leave out? What do we include? What role could silence play in these narratives? Writers of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry are all welcome.

    Charlotte Gordon is an award-winning author whose work has appeared in the New York TimesWall Street JournalHarvard Magazine, among other publications. Her latest book, Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley (Random House) won the National Book Critics Circle award. She has also published Mistress Bradstreet: The Untold Story of America’s First Poet (Little, Brown) and The Woman Who Named God: Abraham’s Dilemma and the Birth of Three Faiths (Little, Brown). A Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Endicott College, she has been a frequent guest on radio and television.

Past events

Friday, December 03, 2021 Free Write with Riham Adly
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 Workshop: Show; Don't Tell
Sunday, November 21, 2021 Workshop: Let’s Talk About it: Dialogue in Fiction
Saturday, November 20, 2021 Imagination and Justice: Continuation
Friday, November 19, 2021 Free Write with Judith Prest
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 Story Skills Bundle
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 Workshop: Such a Character with Heather Newton
Saturday, November 13, 2021 Sage Writers Series: Writing What You’ve Never Had the Courage to Write
Thursday, November 11, 2021 Workshop: Wanderlust: Distance and Intimacy in Poetry and Prose
Tuesday, November 09, 2021 Sage Writers Series: Beyond the Margins
Friday, November 05, 2021 Free Write with Kai Coggin
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 Organize in October: Prep for NaNoWriMo
Monday, October 25, 2021 Organize in October: Prep for NaNoWriMo
Saturday, October 23, 2021 Sage Writers Series: Writing with the Spirit
Friday, October 22, 2021 Free Write with Tanya Ko Hong (고현혜)
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 Workshop: Be Your Own Publicist: Practical Strategies to Promote Your Book
Friday, October 08, 2021 Free Write with Andie Cranford
Thursday, October 07, 2021 Writing Circles: Writing as Restoration with Anne Eston
Saturday, October 02, 2021 Sage Writers Series: Fluidity – From thereness to hereness to . . .
Saturday, September 25, 2021 Imagination and Justice: Meditation and Free-Writing Circles
Friday, September 24, 2021 Free Write with Michelle Bowdler
Monday, September 20, 2021 Poetry Manuscript Workshop
Saturday, September 18, 2021 Sage Writers Series: Journaling Toward Oneness
Saturday, September 18, 2021 Sage Writers Series: Keep Writing Forward (ALL SESSIONS)
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 Poetry Palooza Kickoff Event
Friday, September 10, 2021 Free Write with Barbara Ungar
Thursday, September 09, 2021 Wild Wisdom Writing Circle for writers 60+
Wednesday, September 08, 2021 Writing Circles: Women's Voices : From all Over the World (Memoir)
Friday, August 20, 2021 Free Write with Gail Newman
Wednesday, August 18, 2021 Free Writing Circle Preview Event for Imagination and Justice: Meditation and Free-Writing Circles with Lisa Freedman
Sunday, August 15, 2021 How to Create Irresistible Content
Tuesday, August 10, 2021 Self-Publishing Secrets from a Best-Selling Author
Friday, August 06, 2021 Free Write with Lisa Freedman
Thursday, July 22, 2021 Summer Event: Writing Our Way Forward
Monday, July 12, 2021 Take the Pressure out of Pitching
Friday, July 09, 2021 Free Write with Usha Akella
Wednesday, July 07, 2021 Writing Circles: Women's Voices : From all Over the World (Poetry)
Thursday, July 01, 2021 Isabel, Maya & May: Turning The Writing Wheel of Life
Wednesday, June 30, 2021 Slip-Ups, Head-Hops and Grammar Gremlins: How to Avoid the Most Common Writer Mistakes
Tuesday, June 29, 2021 Isabel, Maya & May: Turning The Writing Wheel of Life
Friday, June 25, 2021 Free Write with June Gould
Wednesday, June 23, 2021 Verse to Video One-on-One Coaching
Wednesday, June 16, 2021 Verse to Video One-on-One Coaching
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 Authentic Travel Writing: Taking the First Step
Friday, June 11, 2021 Free Write with Xu Xi
Wednesday, June 09, 2021 A Poem-Stretcher Intensive
Monday, June 07, 2021 Writing a Biography
Thursday, May 27, 2021 Finding Your Writer's Voice
Monday, May 24, 2021 Dreams and Dreaming for the Creative Life and Story
Friday, May 21, 2021 Free Write with Cynthia Manick
Thursday, May 13, 2021 Verse to Video
Friday, May 07, 2021 Free Write with Caits Meissner
Wednesday, May 05, 2021 Writing the Unspeakable: A Reading & Discussion with Asian Women Writers
Thursday, April 22, 2021 Writing Your Novel Synopsis
Friday, April 16, 2021 FREE WRITE with Molly Moylan Brown
Thursday, April 15, 2021 Wild Wisdom Writing Circle For 60+ Writers (Group B)
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 Wild Wisdom Writing Circle For 60+ Writers (Group A)
Saturday, April 10, 2021 Creating Community With Instagram
Wednesday, April 07, 2021 Create Captivating Characters and Plots with Lois Winston
Friday, April 02, 2021 Free Write with Nancy Rubin Stuart
Sunday, March 28, 2021 IWWG MENTORSHIP ANTHOLOGY:Book Release Party
Monday, March 22, 2021 Wild Wisdom Writing Circle Launch Event
Saturday, March 20, 2021 Unearthing Our Stories: Journal Writing
Thursday, March 18, 2021 IWWG POP-UP OPEN MIC
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 Self-Portrait Poems: Write, Revise, Read and Submit Your Work with Trish Hopkinson
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 Using The Heroine’s Journey as Narrative Structure for Memoir Writing
Tuesday, March 09, 2021 WORLD-BUILDING FOR GENRE FICTION (NOT JUST FANTASY) with Paula Chaffee Scardamalia
Friday, February 26, 2021 Special Network Issue: Our Stories, Ourselves
Thursday, February 25, 2021 Ten Tips: An Intensive Workshop on Writing the Memorable Memoir
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 Building Your Online Audience: Blogging for Authors with Laurie White
Thursday, February 18, 2021 Wish you were here: Global Pen Pal (Group B)
Thursday, February 18, 2021 Black Like Us: Women Writing & Weaving Wisdoms
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 Members-Only Social Hour
Monday, February 15, 2021 GLOBAL PEN PAL PROGRAM: Wish You Were Here (Group A)
Tuesday, February 09, 2021 The Artist as Advocate: Writing to Change Our World - Áine Greaney
Friday, January 29, 2021 Triage Editing – Effective Revision for New and Established Writers
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 Creative Writing for Social Change: Re-Dream a Just World
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 Advanced Poetry Craft Intensive
Monday, January 11, 2021 Screenwriting – Nuts and Bolts with Linda Bergman
Saturday, January 09, 2021 Write a Novel in 30 Days – All Genres
Tuesday, December 08, 2020 Craft Marketing Plans like an Author-preneur
Friday, December 04, 2020 The Guild and Me - A True Story Theater Playback Performance
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 Master the Basics – Two Session Special - All Genres – Fiction, Nonficton, Memoir
Monday, November 16, 2020 Powder Keg Playdate with Suzi Banks Baum
Thursday, November 12, 2020 Ten Tips: An Intensive Workshop on Writing the Memorable Memoir
Monday, November 09, 2020 Introduction to Screenwriting
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Generational insights: Writing Millennial Characters
Saturday, October 24, 2020 Haunted: 21st Century Ghosts & the Uses of the Uncanny
Thursday, October 15, 2020 Whose Line is it Anyway? (Poetry Craft Workshop) with Antoinette Brim-Bell
Friday, October 09, 2020 How to Write the Nonfiction Book Proposal: Your Book’s Map to Success
Monday, October 05, 2020 Ekphrastic Writing: Turning Paintings and Photographs into Poetry & Prose with Donna Baier Stein – All Genres
Friday, September 25, 2020 3-Session Bundle: 90-Minute Standalone Workshops
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 Finding Our Stories for a New Tomorrow: Active Imagination
Wednesday, September 09, 2020 Global Workshop: Spirit of a Woman Series
Wednesday, September 02, 2020 A Celebration of Maureen's Ground-Breaking Book, The Heroine's Journey on its 30th Anniversary
Tuesday, August 18, 2020 Global Workshop: A Survey of Contemporary Forms
Wednesday, June 03, 2020 Women's Voices, Women's Words
Sunday, May 17, 2020 ALL VOICES OPEN MIC MAY 17
Sunday, May 17, 2020 IWWG MENTOR TOWNHALL
Sunday, May 03, 2020 Interview and Concert with Arielle Silver
Friday, May 01, 2020 Poetry Mavens and Mayhem: Poetry Critiques
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 Women Writing to the World Webinar
Sunday, April 19, 2020 ALL VOICES OPEN MIC APRIL 19
Thursday, March 26, 2020 Free Lunch: A Feast for Your Writing with Judy Huge
Thursday, March 12, 2020 IWWG OPEN MIC 12 MARCH
Thursday, February 13, 2020 IWWG ALL VOICES OPEN MIC 13 FEB 2020
Saturday, October 26, 2019 Big Apple Weekend -- The Writer's Arc: From Page to Publication
Friday, July 12, 2019 IWWG Summer Writers Conference 2019: Writing the Body: Voice, Art, and Craft in a Changing World
Friday, May 10, 2019 4th Annual Boston Writing Conference
Monday, May 06, 2019 Welcome Our New ED, Michelle Miller
Thursday, April 18, 2019 Member Book Spotlight with Cynthia Manick
Friday, July 06, 2018 IWWG Summer Writers Conference 2018: Connect, Create, Collaborate
Saturday, April 28, 2018 Boston "Writing from Your Life" Retreat
Sunday, April 15, 2018 Spring Big Apple 2018: Women, Creativity & Craft: Write, Pitch, Publish!
Saturday, January 27, 2018 4th Annual California Dreaming
Saturday, October 07, 2017 Niagara Creative Writing Conference
Friday, July 07, 2017 40th Annual IWWG Summer Conference
Saturday, May 06, 2017 2nd Annual Boston "Writing from Your Life" Retreat
Saturday, April 22, 2017 Spring Big Apple 2017
Saturday, March 25, 2017 California Dreaming 2017
Saturday, March 25, 2017 Florida Fling 2017
Saturday, November 05, 2016 Flagship City Creative Writing and Poetry Conference
Friday, July 15, 2016 39th Annual IWWG Summer Conference
Saturday, April 30, 2016 Boston "Writing From Your Life" Retreat
Saturday, April 16, 2016 Spring Big Apple 2016
Saturday, February 27, 2016 2nd Annual California Dreaming
Sunday, February 21, 2016 Florida in February Sunday Salon
Friday, July 24, 2015 38th Annual Summer Conference
Saturday, April 25, 2015 Spring Big Apple 2015
Sunday, March 15, 2015 California Dreaming: West Coast Regional Conference