In-Person Events

    • Thursday, March 26, 2020
    • Thursday, April 16, 2020
    • 4 sessions

    Free LunchA Feast for Your Writing with Judy Huge    

    Please click the link below to join the webinar:


    “What do you most miss about teaching,” I asked my friend.“Lunch!” she said. I didn’t have to ask why. Lunch offers comfort and company, sometimes in short supply right now. Food awakens memory, revealing stories that need to be told and the imagery needed to tell them true. As Julia Childs writes, “The tomato hides its griefs. Internal damage is hard to spot.” But biting into a tomato, warm from the vine on a summer afternoon, can unlock the trove of memory, metaphor, and meaning your writing needs and listeners crave.

    Each week this casual, fast-moving workshop—centered around food and your experiences with it—begins with an evocative example that demonstrates a juicy writing skill, continues with a prompt-propelled free write, and ends with dessert: reading your writing aloud to those gathered around the table.

    So come from afar, drop in from next door. Thanks to the IWWG’s amazing Digital Village this live, online workshop is available free to both members and non-members, to those from across the nation and around the globe. Sign up today and join us next Thursday for a feast that will nourish both your writing and your soul.

    • Sunday, April 19, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • ONLINE

    This month's featured writers are Yun Wei and Toni Bee. Features each read for 8 minutes at the top of the hour. The mic opens immediately following for 20 3-minute readings, first-come, first-served, with signups available now, including a waiting list. Register for your slot here:

    ABOUT YUN WEI:  Yun received her MFA in poetry from Brooklyn College and studied international relations at Georgetown University. Her writing awards include the Geneva Literary Prizes and the Himan Brown Poetry Fellowship. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in Poetry Northwest, Wigleaf, Word Riot, The Brooklyn Review and several other journals. For the last few years, she has been working on global health in Switzerland, where she relies on chocolate and tears to survive mountain sports. 

    ABOUT TONI BEE: A poet, writer, photographer, and educator, Toni is the first woman elected as Poet Populist of Cambridge, MA (2011) and in 2016 was selected as the city’s Inaugural Poetry Ambassador. She has been featured at: The Lizard Lounge, The Boston Poetry Slam at The Cantab, The Boston National Poetry Month Festival, Stone Soup Poetry, The Boston Poetry Marathon, and the New England Poetry Club. She has toured as a storyteller with the The Wang Theatre and led numerous poetry workshops for The City Spotlights Teen Leadership Program. Bee has also been a panelist at The Mass Poetry Festival in Salem & and has received awards from The YWCA Cambridge. 22 Again is her first book of poetry.  

    • Tuesday, April 21, 2020
    • Tuesday, May 12, 2020
    • 4 sessions

    Women writers around the world–please join us for our four-week, ONLINE webinar via live videoconference: Women Writing to the World: in Poetry, Prose, Memoir & Drama. This unique writing webinar series originated as a one-day annual Boston conference, and is now available to our global audience of women writers. Featuring four outstanding Guild presenters, our webinar offers you professional and personal insights into crafting prose, poetry, memoir and monologue, as well as exceptional enrichment oyour creative life and writing network with women writers from around the world. Experience the gift of our Guild community from wherever you are!

    April 21: Women Writing Through Darkness to Light (All Genres)
    Susan Tiberghien

    April 28: Women Writing From Page to Stage: Dramatizing Monologues of Empowerment
    Kelly DuMar

    May 5: Women Writing to the World: Visibility Through the Power of “Erasure Poetry” in 2020
    Vanessa Jimenez Gabb

    May 12: Women Writing Their Truth: Using Memoir to Write to the World
    Maureen Murdock

    • Sunday, May 17, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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

    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.

        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 May 22: 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 May 22 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?
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      Past events

      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