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Reconnect & Reimagine: IWWG 2022
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Friday, July 22
 

1:00pm EDT

Registration and Welcome
Friday July 22, 2022 1:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Gerrish School of Business - LOBBY 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

5:00pm EDT

Dinner
Friday July 22, 2022 5:00pm - 6:30pm EDT
Callahan Center (Dining Hall) 350 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

6:00pm EDT

Instructor Introductions
Friday July 22, 2022 6:00pm - 6:30pm EDT
Judge Science Center (Klebanoff Auditorium) 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

7:00pm EDT

Opening Speaker and Global Welcome
North Shore Writer Susan Minot will welcome Guild writers with remarks on her writing life and finding a supportive community. 

Speakers
avatar for Susan Minot

Susan Minot

SUSAN MINOT is an award-winning novelist, short-story writer, poet, and screenwriter. Her first novel, Monkeys, was published in a dozen countries and won the Prix Femina Étranger in France. Her novel Evening was a worldwide best seller and became a major motion picture. She received... Read More →


Friday July 22, 2022 7:00pm - 8:30pm EDT
Judge Science Center (Klebanoff Auditorium) 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

8:00pm EDT

SOCIALIZING
Friday July 22, 2022 8:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
Gully's Pub
 
Saturday, July 23
 

7:30am EDT

Breakfast
Saturday July 23, 2022 7:30am - 9:00am EDT
Callahan Center (Dining Hall) 350 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

8:30am EDT

Story Structure Superpowers!
This 5-day workshop covers the elements of story structure. 
  • Hook your readers from the beginning – create a first chapter that has the reader wanting more. 
  • Create a powerful narrative arc 
  • Give your reader a captivating ending. 
The first chapter is fun, the middle a bit of a struggle (for everyone!) and the last chapter sometimes an afterthought. No longer! You are in this course to claim your Story Structure Superpowers! And that means first chapters with an irresistible hook, last chapters that has the reader wanting to move in with you and a middle that hits all the right points on the story arc. This course is for writers of fiction, nonfiction and memoir – a good story is a good story! There will be ample time for reading and discussion. 
Please Note: this is not a critique class. In-class writing, and reading, will be based on the workshop material. Attendees are welcome to bring writing in progress or just work with the concepts presented in class. All levels welcome. 

Speakers
avatar for Cathleen O'Connor

Cathleen O'Connor

Cathleen O’Connor, PhD is a writer, speaker, teacher, coach, and intuitive who offers developmental editing, publishing, book layout, and marketing services to other writers. An intuitive dream analyst, she has been quoted in the Huffington Post and had articles published in Canada’s... Read More →


Saturday July 23, 2022 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Room 359 - Judge Science Center

8:30am EDT

Ten Tips: An Intensive Workshop on Writing Your Personal Story
Pre-register here: https://iwwg.wildapricot.org/event-4622940

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, 2022Once 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.

Speakers
avatar for Judith Huge

Judith Huge

Judith Huge has spent over 30 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... Read More →


Saturday July 23, 2022 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Room 159 - Judge Science Center

8:30am EDT

The Heroine’s Journey as a Narrative Structure for Memoir and Myth
Like Hermes, the archetypal mediator between the realms of heaven, earth and the underworld, the memoirist mediates between time past and time present. Memoirs bring forward an event of the past and re-enact it by giving it form in writing. Myth fuels the psychic desire of humans to understand their origins and therefore their destinies, and contemporary memoirs address some of the same archetypal themes found in ancient myths such as origins, the fall, the parent-child relationship, quest, descent, and return.

The story we tell ourselves and others gives us a sense of identity. It helps us organize our life in a way that gives it meaning and direction. Although not every memoir reflects a mythic theme, most memoir writers unconsciously reveal mythic themes in their desire to find meaning in their lives. Who am I? What is my tribe, my family? Where am I going? How do I make my way? What is my purpose? Both myth and memoir arise from a human need for connection and that is why memoirs are so popular in culture today. 

In 1949, Joseph Campbell presented a model of the mythological journey of the hero, which has since been used as a template for the psycho-spiritual development of the individual and a pattern for many screenplays. The mythic pattern we will explore, however, is the journey of the heroine, the quest to heal the deep wound of our feminine nature on a personal, cultural and spiritual level. We will use the stages of The Heroine’s Journey as a framework for our writing to look at the most significant moments in our lives. The journey often entails an initial separation from the mother and feminine values, seeking recognition and success from the metaphorical father, experiencing spiritual aridity and death, and turning inward to reclaim the power and spirit of the sacred feminine. Through memoir exercises and examining excerpts from published memoirs, we will write our own journey.

Speakers
avatar for Maureen Murdock

Maureen Murdock

Maureen Murdock, Ph.D. is the author of the best-selling book, The Heroine’s Journey, which explores the rich territory of the feminine psyche. This groundbreaking book was released by Shambhala Publications in 2020 in a 30th anniversary publication. It has been translated into... Read More →


Saturday July 23, 2022 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Room 161 - Judge Science Center

8:30am EDT

Exploring the Realm of Dreams for Inspiration, Motivation and Creative Problem Solving
For centuries, writers like William Blake, Maya Angelou, Isabel Allende, Stephen King and many others have tapped into the rich imagery, metaphors and stories of their dreams to inspire and enrichen their writing.

Your dreams, sleep or conscious, have the power to:
  • Continuously inspire
  • Blast through fears and creative blocks
  • Provide concrete information for what to write, when to write, and steps to take to get that writing out into the world successfully.

In this workshop, you'll learn techniques to help you remember your dreams and record them in a dream journal; you'll learn several ways to use the material of your dreams for developing the initial idea or the meat of your book; and you'll learn how to use conscious dream techniques for answering book development questions, like title, chapters, and structure for nonfiction, and character, setting and conflict for fiction. Come learn the power of dreams to inspire and motivate your writing. 

Speakers
avatar for Paula Scardamalia

Paula Scardamalia

Paula Chaffee Scardamalia is book coach, dream and tarot intuitive and the author of In the Land of the Vultures (novel), and Tarot for the Fiction Writer. Her new book, Enchanting Creativity: With Fairy Tales, Dreams, Rituals, and Journals, will be released Summer 2022. For 20 years... Read More →


Saturday July 23, 2022 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Room 128 - Judge Science Center 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

8:30am EDT

The Art and Craft of Poetry: Surprise Yourself
“I’m restless. Things are calling me away. My hair is being pulled by the stars again.” ~Anais Nin
"We write to taste life twice: in the moment and in retrospection." ~Anais Nin

Writing is a way of finding and creating meaning is our lives as well as creating art. We will write every day from prompts, poetry, props, music, and in-class experiences. Each class is different and unfolds in relation to the energy of the group. You will learn to write consistently from that place where words flow, time is suspended, and unplanned connections are made. You will engage all of your senses in the process of writing. We will explore process, product, and publication. You will confront your critic and find joy in the creative process. Come with lots of paper and ink. We will write freely and fast! 

Speakers
avatar for Linda Leedy Schneider

Linda Leedy Schneider

LINDA LEEDY SCHNEIDER, a psychotherapist in private practice and poetry mentor, was awarded The Contemporary American Poetry Prize by Chicago Poetry.  She has written six collections of poetry including Through My Window: Poetry of a Psychotherapist (Plain View Press).  A former... Read More →


Saturday July 23, 2022 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Room 130 - Judge Science Center 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

10:00am EDT

BREAK
Saturday July 23, 2022 10:00am - 10:15am EDT
Gerrish School of Business - LOBBY 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

10:00am EDT

Featured Speaker: Ten Years to Mastery - Writing to Grow
Writing is a journey. Just as you are a different person at the end of every season of your life, you are a different artist at the end of every creative work you complete. Studies claim it takes 10,000 hours of practice to reach mastery of a subject or skill. Some writers say it takes ten years. But how should we spend those hours and years in pursuit of mastery? What does “practice” look like for a writer? 
Autumn has spent a lifetime reading, and the past eight years studying, analyzing, reviewing, critiquing, drafting, revising, and editing stories. She will share experiences that have taught her the most, resources and habits that have kept her going, and lessons she has learned along the way about how to become the writer you need to be in order to establish and reach your writing goals.

Speakers
avatar for Autumn Allen

Autumn Allen

Autumn is an educator, a writer, an editor and a reviewer of books for children and young adults, and an independent scholar of children’s literature. She holds an MA-MFA in children’s literature and writing for children from Simmons, a master‘s degree from the Harvard Graduate... Read More →


Saturday July 23, 2022 10:00am - 10:45am EDT
Judge Science Center (Klebanoff Auditorium) 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

10:00am EDT

Turning Life Into Art: Tools for Making Memoir out of Memories (Virtual)
For writers of personal narrative, memory and emotions provide the raw material for story. Like clay, this rich potential needs to molded and shaped to reflect the artist’s vision – in our case, through the art of language. This workshop is for writers of memoir and personal essay who want to explore literary tools that can help them find the heart of their story and support the process of writing it. Techniques include voice, detail and description, narrative transitions, lyricism, point of view and structure.

Speakers
avatar for Jan Gary

Jan Gary

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... Read More →


Saturday July 23, 2022 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
Zoom

10:15am EDT

Finding Our Stories: Active Imagination
“We are story. All of us.” But how do we find our stories? In this workshop we first will look at what and where is the story, and at what and where is the imagination. Then how do we access our imagination? C.G. Jung gives us a way which he called active imagination, to actively pursue our images. The way is ancient, from Plato (5th century BCE) to Meister Eckhart (14th century) to Margaret Atwood (20th century) images have opened the door to the inner world, to our creative self. We will practice active imagination to uncover our stories. We will craft them in journal entries, personal essays, short stories, or poems. And we will look at how in sharing them, “we change the world, one story at a time.” There will be handouts with excerpts from contemporary writers and writing exercises. The sessions will build on each other. All are welcome, for one day or the five days! (The two quotes are from Richard Wagamese, Native Canadian novelist, 1955-2017.) 

Speakers
avatar for Susan Tiberghien

Susan Tiberghien

Susan Tiberghien is an American writer living in Geneva, Switzerland. For over 25 years she has been teaching creative writing at IWWG, C.G. Jung Societies, and writers’ centers, both in U.S. and in Europe. She is the author of four memoirs and the acclaimed One Year to a Writing... Read More →


Saturday July 23, 2022 10:15am - 11:45am EDT
Room 128 - Judge Science Center 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

10:15am EDT

How to Write About Climate Change: A Postmodern Writing Workshop
In these times, when we cannot be sure of anything, postmodernism can give us multiple new ways to express our love of the earth. While traditional writing often ends in triumph, postmodern writers know the fragility of their goals may be unattainable, but are worth pursuing anyway.  
We will write, share our work and receive feedback in a supportive community.
This workshop will be new each day and will not be repeated.

Speakers
avatar for June Gould

June Gould

June Gould, Ph.D., is a poet, novelist and the non-fiction author of, The Writer in All of Us, E.P. Dutton, In the Shadow of Trains and Beyond the Margins. She has also co-written, Counting the Stones, a book of Holocaust poetry.  She is a Master writing teacher who has led International... Read More →


Saturday July 23, 2022 10:15am - 11:45am EDT
Room 159 - Judge Science Center

10:15am EDT

Advanced Poetry Seminar
To Pre-register:  https://iwwg.wildapricot.org/event-4622872

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.

Speakers
avatar for Vanessa Jimenez Gabb

Vanessa Jimenez Gabb

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... Read More →


Saturday July 23, 2022 10:15am - 11:45am EDT
Room 359 - Judge Science Center

10:15am EDT

ReVision YourSelf
Whose narrative are you living? Your mother’s? Your father’s? Your culture’s? One stuck in a status quo of your own design? If language constructs the self, then language can deconstruct, and reconstruct, the self. We are the original revision! Just as the human body is in a constant state of regeneration, we can ongoingly conceive ourselves anew. Through the reading and writing of prose and verse, we will reimagine—and liberate—our past, present, and future selves. Say helloooo to YOU 2.o!

Speakers
avatar for Marj Hahne

Marj Hahne

Marj Hahne is a freelance editor, writer, and writing teacher, and a 2015 MFA graduate from the Rainier Writing Workshop, with a concentration in poetry. She has performed and taught at over 100 venues around the country, as well as been featured on public radio and television programs... Read More →


Saturday July 23, 2022 10:15am - 11:45am EDT
Room 357 - Judge Science Center

10:15am EDT

So you think your life is a movie?
No experience necessary! This six-day, cumulative class is not just for screenwriters. It is for novelists, memoirists, personal essayists, short-story writers or anyone who wants to learn to get to good story FAST. Linda focuses on the importance of a vivid log line and the industry standard, three-act STRUCTURE of a salable script. As an experienced buyer and seller in the entertainment industry, Linda uses popular films to teach you scene-writing, sub plots, plot points and act breaks. And on the last two days, she will stop and start an Academy Award film so you can see the structure of the film in action! Dialogue, character, research and the legal aspect of the process is also covered in this fun and entertaining class.

Speakers
avatar for Linda Bergman

Linda Bergman

Linda Bergman has written 24 films and produced 5 of them. She’s been nominated for an Emmy, Access Award, The Alpha Award, and the prestigious Writer's Guild Award. She’s taught in LA, NYC, Marin, San Miguel Allende and many locales for the IWWG. Linda wrote So You Think Your... Read More →


Saturday July 23, 2022 10:15am - 11:45am EDT
Room 130 - Judge Science Center 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

11:00am EDT

Listening to the Whisper: Writing Strategies to Capture Creativity
Listening to the Whisper: Writing Strategies to Capture Creativity

This workshop is geared towards listening to your own wisdom. We will discussing creativity and look at specific lessons on adding more details to texts, changing perspectives and using mentor texts to guide your writing. 

Speakers
avatar for Darline Berrios

Darline Berrios

Darline Berrios, Ed.D. has over 20 years of experience in public and private education, ranging in age from elementary to higher education. She believes identity matters, our choices are powerful, and a leader casts great light on the world. With that understanding, she offers a... Read More →


Saturday July 23, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Room 161 - Judge Science Center

12:00pm EDT

Lunch
Saturday July 23, 2022 12:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Callahan Center (Dining Hall) 350 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

1:00pm EDT

Hope and Renewal: How to Breathe New Life in Your Poetry (Virtual)
Have you been languishing in your writing life? Do you have an old poem that you want to dust off and make new? Are you struggling to put an experience into words that surprises and sharpens the senses? Join our study of Lyn Hejinian’s technique for unpredictability, and poets of hope like Ada Limon and e.e. cummings. From creating razor-sharp metaphors to injecting surprise and hope in your work, this workshop will include brief lectures and group exercises.

Yun Wei received her MFA in poetry from Brooklyn College and studied at Georgetown University and London School of Economics. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in over 15 literary journals including The Boiler, Michigan Quarterly, Shenandoah, Summerset, Poetry Northwest and Wigleaf. Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency represents her debut novel. She works in global health in Switzerland, where chocolate and tears are how she survives mountain sports. Find her at: pomegranateway.blogspot.com / @pomegramateway


Speakers
avatar for Yun Wei

Yun Wei

Yun Wei received her MFA in poetry from Brooklyn College and studied at Georgetown University and London School of Economics. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in over 15 literary journals including The Boiler, Michigan Quarterly, Shenandoah, Summerset, Poetry Northwest and Wigleaf... Read More →


Saturday July 23, 2022 1:00pm - 2:15pm EDT
Zoom

1:00pm EDT

Getting Below the Words: A Journey Through Soul Collage®
Working with images can take us deep. Images can get to “the words below the words” and can help us bridge the gap when there are experiences for which we don’t yet have the words. Working with SoulCollage® is like awake dream work. You will find that working with images
can be refreshing and can recharge your creative batteries. No previous “artist experience or skill” needed. Come with “beginners mind”, ready to engage in deep play and discovery! In this workshop, you will learn about the process of SoulCollage®. Each day we will cover a different facet of the process, and each day you will be able to create cards for your individual, intuitive deck of SoulCollage® cards. Part of the process is written dialogue with the images on the cards you have made. Each day, you will have the option to use some of the workshop time to write from your cards. Even though all art supplies will be furnished, please feel free to bring copies of photos of important people, animals, landscapes in your lives, or to bring any images that call 
to you between now and then. There will be a voluntary daily donation to help cover the cost of art supplies. 
SoulCollage® is a process for creating small collages on matboard. This process was developed by Seena Frost. For more background on SoulCollage®, visit www.soulcollage.com.

Speakers
avatar for Judith Prest

Judith Prest

Judith Prest is a poet, photographer, mixed media artist and creativity coach. Her poems have been published in several literary journals and in seven anthologies. Recently, her chapbook manuscript, After, was accepted by Finishing Line Press, and is scheduled to be in print by May... Read More →


Saturday July 23, 2022 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Room 159 - Judge Science Center

1:00pm EDT

Rooted In Writing: The Earth, Air, Fire & Water Of Your Words
“The tides are in our veins, we still mirror the stars, life is your child, but there is in me...the eye that watched before there was an ocean.” Robinson JeffersYou already have all the elements of the world within you. You may have experienced climate change in your relationships, hurricanes of emotional storms, and rising tides in the ebb and flow of your life. In this workshop you will explore the wild, enchanting, engaging creative powers of the natural world, and the nature of your own inner landscapes. As you water the fertile earth of your past, and put your passions onto paper, you become more grounded in your words and their worth. This workshop offers inspiring prompts, handouts, and a generative space for intensive writing, deep listening, and supportive feedback. All genres and skill levels are welcome.


Speakers
avatar for Dorothy Randall Gray

Dorothy Randall Gray

Dorothy Randall Gray is the author of bestseller Soul Between The Lines (Avon/HarperCollins), an inspirational teacher, award-winning visual artist, and LA Poet-in- Residence. Her publications include Muse Blues, The Passion Collection, Woman, Fierce With Reality, Family, Tamarinda... Read More →


Saturday July 23, 2022 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Room 130 - Judge Science Center 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

1:00pm EDT

Going Forth: Nostalgia and Memory
We can explore the difference between nostalgia and memory in the reading and writing of poems. Doing so gives the opportunity to reflect on the ways we relate to the past, history, and tradition, in order to extend our vision and our voice.

Speakers
avatar for Myra Shapiro

Myra Shapiro

Myra Shapiro, born in the Bronx, returned to New York City after forty-five years in Georgia and Tennessee where she raised two daughters and worked as a teacher and librarian. Her books of poetry are I'll See You Thursday and 12 Floors Above the Earth, her memoir, Four Sublets: Becoming... Read More →


Saturday July 23, 2022 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Room 128 - Judge Science Center 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

1:00pm EDT

Magic Realism and You
In this writing space, we’ll call on our sense of awe and wonder with the seeming mundane to access this complex and rich genre. We’ll explore the wide range of styles within the genre, as we seek to build a strong foundation for story and create compelling characters to bring the magic to life.

Speakers

Saturday July 23, 2022 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Room 161 - Judge Science Center

2:45pm EDT

Advanced Seminar in Fiction Writing
To pre-register:  https://iwwg.wildapricot.org/event-4622851

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.

Award-winning fiction writer and MFA program professor Lynne Barrett will lead an advanced seminar in fiction writing, using short manuscripts that participants will submit in advance. Participants need to have some experience in writing fiction and may or may not yet been submitting their work for publication but must be open to suggestions for revision. This class aims to provide clear, constructive language for discussion of different aspects of writing and revising fiction, and through discussion will teach techniques including scenic development; building active characters; effective use of place; and handling point of view, time, exposition, and outcomes. In addition to receiving individual feedback, participants will benefit from reading, analyzing, and generously commenting on the works-in-progress of others. We will also discuss how editors, agents, and others read fiction submissions.
Fiction submitted can be a complete short story, a section of a story, novella, or novel, or multiple pieces of flash fiction, but in all cases must come to no more than 3,000 words. Work can be in any genre or category of fiction: realist, mystery, suspense, fantasy, sci-fi, historical, romance, western, etc., and can be for adults or YA audiences. Along with the manuscript, each participant will be asked to submit a brief statement of no more than 300 words indicating the state of the project and questions they have about it or challenges it has posed. The instructor then may use this statement in framing group discussion and/or in providing individual feedback. Full details about submission format and timing will be provided to participants after registration. 

Speakers
avatar for Lynne Barrett

Lynne Barrett

Lynne Barrett is the award-winning author of three short story collections The Secret Names of Women, The 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... Read More →


Saturday July 23, 2022 2:45pm - 4:15pm EDT
Room 357 - Judge Science Center

2:45pm EDT

Create Your Novel’s Foundation
Are you struggling to start your novel or having trouble with one that you’re already writing? If so, this weeklong class will give you the support you need to move forward with clarity and confidence. Using a process learned at developed by Author Accelerator, book coach Rona Gofstein will guide you through 
1.      Fundamentals – including understanding why you are writing this book, the point of your story, who your ideal reader is and more
2.      Flow  – more than an outline (and it works for plotters, pantsers, and those in between) this will give you a path to write foward. Developing the “because of that” story summary, and writing an Inside Outline that will ensure your book has the emotional arc and cause-and-effect trajectory that drives a novel.
3.      Writing – Draft the opening and closing scenes of your novel
Bring your ideas, your concerns, your novel, and your questions.
Story Fundamentals (Day 1 & 2)
1.      Why write this book?
2.      What’s your point?
3.      One line summary of your story
4.      Define your genre
5.      Choose a title
6.      What are your comps?
7.      Learn your ideal reader
8.      Write your jacket copy
Story Structure (Day 3-5)
1.      Write a “because of that” summary (Day 3)
2.      Write the Inside Outline (Day 3 & 4)
3.      Write the opening scene (Day 5)
4.      Write the closing scene (Day 5)
5.      Using these pieces going forward: Writing & Revising (Day 5)

Speakers
avatar for Rona Gofstein

Rona Gofstein

Rona Gofstein is a published romance author and an Author Accelerator certified fiction book coach, specializing in romance and women's fiction. She’s long believed in the power of story to make an impact both on the writer and the reader. She's spoken on writing craft and business... Read More →


Saturday July 23, 2022 2:45pm - 4:15pm EDT
Room 159 - Judge Science Center

2:45pm EDT

Hope and Renewal: How to Breathe New Life in Your Poetry
Have you been languishing in your writing life? Do you have an old poem that you want to dust off and make new? Are you struggling to put an experience into words that surprises and sharpens the senses? Join our study of Lyn Hejinian’s technique for unpredictability, and poets of hope like Ada Limon and e.e. cummings. From creating razor-sharp metaphors to injecting surprise and hope in your work, this workshop will include brief lectures and group exercises.

Speakers
avatar for Yun Wei

Yun Wei

Yun Wei received her MFA in poetry from Brooklyn College and studied at Georgetown University and London School of Economics. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in over 15 literary journals including The Boiler, Michigan Quarterly, Shenandoah, Summerset, Poetry Northwest and Wigleaf... Read More →


Saturday July 23, 2022 2:45pm - 4:15pm EDT
Room 130 - Judge Science Center 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

2:45pm EDT

Visible Invisibilty
What does visibility mean to you – and what has it meant for artists like Audre Lorde, Prince, Phillis Wheatley, and others? Through guided exercises, free writes, meditations, and deep dives into poetic works, we will create and share work that deals with visible invisibility.

Speakers
avatar for Toni Bee

Toni Bee

Toni Bee is a poet, educator, and photographer raised in Boston, MA, educated in Roxbury. In 2011, she was elected Poet Populist of Cambridge, the first woman to grace that position.  Bee led the Black Lives Matter march of Cambridge in 2015 and the following year was selected as... Read More →


Saturday July 23, 2022 2:45pm - 4:15pm EDT
Room 161 - Judge Science Center

2:45pm EDT

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.

Speakers
avatar for Kelly DuMar

Kelly DuMar

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... Read More →


Saturday July 23, 2022 2:45pm - 5:45pm EDT
Room 128 - Judge Science Center 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

3:00pm EDT

Rooted in Writing: The Earth, Air, Fire & Water of Your Words (Virtual)
“The tides are in our veins, we still mirror the stars, life is your child, but there is in me...the eye that watched before there was an ocean.” Robinson JeffersYou already have all the elements of the world within you. You may have experienced climate change in your relationships, hurricanes of emotional storms, and rising tides in the ebb and flow of your life. In this workshop you will explore the wild, enchanting, engaging creative powers of the natural world, and the nature of your own inner landscapes. As you water the fertile earth of your past, and put your passions onto paper, you become more grounded in your words and their worth. This workshop offers inspiring prompts, handouts, and a generative space for intensive writing, deep listening, and supportive feedback. All genres and skill levels are welcome.

Speakers
avatar for Dorothy Randall Gray

Dorothy Randall Gray

Dorothy Randall Gray is the author of bestseller Soul Between The Lines (Avon/HarperCollins), an inspirational teacher, award-winning visual artist, and LA Poet-in- Residence. Her publications include Muse Blues, The Passion Collection, Woman, Fierce With Reality, Family, Tamarinda... Read More →


Saturday July 23, 2022 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Zoom

4:15pm EDT

BREAK
Saturday July 23, 2022 4:15pm - 4:30pm EDT
Gerrish School of Business - LOBBY 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

4:30pm EDT

Prep Your Prose for the Mic
This workshop will cover how to select parts of a longer prose piece that might lend themselves well to a 3-minute reading and how to trim these pieces so that only the parts that sparkle in a reading format remain. Catharina will share one of her before and after pieces. Participants will select and work their own pieces with time for questions. Workshop will also include trial readings in pairs, mutual feedback, time for revision and test readings by volunteers.

Speakers
avatar for Catharina Coenen

Catharina Coenen

Catharina Coenen co-hosts IWWG’s virtual open mic series. Her essays have appeared in literary magazines, nominated for the Pushcart Prize, noted in Best American Essays, and featured in Best of the Net. She has served on IWWG’s Board of Directors and teaches biology at Allegheny... Read More →


Saturday July 23, 2022 4:30pm - 5:30pm EDT
Room 357 - Judge Science Center

4:30pm EDT

Turning Life Into Art: Tools for Making Memoir out of Memories
For writers of personal narrative, memory and emotions provide the raw material for story. Like clay, this rich potential needs to molded and shaped to reflect the artist’s vision – in our case, through the art of language. This workshop is for writers of memoir and personal essay who want to explore literary tools that can help them find the heart of their story and support the process of writing it. Techniques include voice, detail and description, narrative transitions, lyricism, point of view and structure.

Speakers
avatar for Jan Gary

Jan Gary

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... Read More →


Saturday July 23, 2022 4:30pm - 6:00pm EDT
Room 130 - Judge Science Center 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

4:30pm EDT

Writing Personal Essay: Making the Most of a Moment
A personal essay happens when you pay attention to a story that keeps following you around. It may have been dramatic, but it could be one moment that turned your head. Discover how to write your way from moments to meaning, and how they fit into a larger part of your life.

Speakers
avatar for Marsha McGregor

Marsha McGregor

Marsha McGregor’s personal essays have been published in BrainChild, Zone 3, Kenyon Review Online, Fourth Genre, Literary Mama and four anthologies. Her work most recently appeared in A Harp in the Stars, An Anthology of Lyric Essays (University of Nebraska Press). She leads writing... Read More →


Saturday July 23, 2022 4:30pm - 6:00pm EDT
Room 159 - Judge Science Center

5:00pm EDT

Dinner
Saturday July 23, 2022 5:00pm - 6:30pm EDT
Callahan Center (Dining Hall) 350 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

6:30pm EDT

ALL VOICES OPEN MIC
Saturday July 23, 2022 6:30pm - 8:00pm EDT
Judge Science Center (Klebanoff Auditorium) 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

8:00pm EDT

Youth Track Open Mic at the Lodge/Firepit
Speakers
avatar for Cynthia Manick

Cynthia Manick

Cynthia Manick is the author of No Sweet Without Brine (Amistad-HarperCollins, forthcoming 2023), editor of The Future of Black: Afrofuturism, Black Comics, and Superhero Poetry (Blair Publishing,  2021) and author of  Blue Hallelujahs (Black Lawrence Press, 2016). She has... Read More →
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Autumn Allen

Autumn is an educator, a writer, an editor and a reviewer of books for children and young adults, and an independent scholar of children’s literature. She holds an MA-MFA in children’s literature and writing for children from Simmons, a master‘s degree from the Harvard Graduate... Read More →


Saturday July 23, 2022 8:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
THE LODGE / BONFIRE
 
Sunday, July 24
 

7:30am EDT

Breakfast
Sunday July 24, 2022 7:30am - 9:00am EDT
Callahan Center (Dining Hall) 350 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

8:30am EDT

Story Structure Superpowers!
This 5-day workshop covers the elements of story structure. 
  • Hook your readers from the beginning – create a first chapter that has the reader wanting more. 
  • Create a powerful narrative arc 
  • Give your reader a captivating ending. 
The first chapter is fun, the middle a bit of a struggle (for everyone!) and the last chapter sometimes an afterthought. No longer! You are in this course to claim your Story Structure Superpowers! And that means first chapters with an irresistible hook, last chapters that has the reader wanting to move in with you and a middle that hits all the right points on the story arc. This course is for writers of fiction, nonfiction and memoir – a good story is a good story! There will be ample time for reading and discussion. 
Please Note: this is not a critique class. In-class writing, and reading, will be based on the workshop material. Attendees are welcome to bring writing in progress or just work with the concepts presented in class. All levels welcome. 

Speakers
avatar for Cathleen O'Connor

Cathleen O'Connor

Cathleen O’Connor, PhD is a writer, speaker, teacher, coach, and intuitive who offers developmental editing, publishing, book layout, and marketing services to other writers. An intuitive dream analyst, she has been quoted in the Huffington Post and had articles published in Canada’s... Read More →


Sunday July 24, 2022 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Room 359 - Judge Science Center

8:30am EDT

Ten Tips: An Intensive Workshop on Writing Your Personal Story
Pre-register here: https://iwwg.wildapricot.org/event-4622940

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, 2022Once 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.

Speakers
avatar for Judith Huge

Judith Huge

Judith Huge has spent over 30 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... Read More →


Sunday July 24, 2022 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Room 159 - Judge Science Center

8:30am EDT

The Heroine’s Journey as a Narrative Structure for Memoir and Myth
Like Hermes, the archetypal mediator between the realms of heaven, earth and the underworld, the memoirist mediates between time past and time present. Memoirs bring forward an event of the past and re-enact it by giving it form in writing. Myth fuels the psychic desire of humans to understand their origins and therefore their destinies, and contemporary memoirs address some of the same archetypal themes found in ancient myths such as origins, the fall, the parent-child relationship, quest, descent, and return.

The story we tell ourselves and others gives us a sense of identity. It helps us organize our life in a way that gives it meaning and direction. Although not every memoir reflects a mythic theme, most memoir writers unconsciously reveal mythic themes in their desire to find meaning in their lives. Who am I? What is my tribe, my family? Where am I going? How do I make my way? What is my purpose? Both myth and memoir arise from a human need for connection and that is why memoirs are so popular in culture today. 

In 1949, Joseph Campbell presented a model of the mythological journey of the hero, which has since been used as a template for the psycho-spiritual development of the individual and a pattern for many screenplays. The mythic pattern we will explore, however, is the journey of the heroine, the quest to heal the deep wound of our feminine nature on a personal, cultural and spiritual level. We will use the stages of The Heroine’s Journey as a framework for our writing to look at the most significant moments in our lives. The journey often entails an initial separation from the mother and feminine values, seeking recognition and success from the metaphorical father, experiencing spiritual aridity and death, and turning inward to reclaim the power and spirit of the sacred feminine. Through memoir exercises and examining excerpts from published memoirs, we will write our own journey.

Speakers
avatar for Maureen Murdock

Maureen Murdock

Maureen Murdock, Ph.D. is the author of the best-selling book, The Heroine’s Journey, which explores the rich territory of the feminine psyche. This groundbreaking book was released by Shambhala Publications in 2020 in a 30th anniversary publication. It has been translated into... Read More →


Sunday July 24, 2022 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Room 161 - Judge Science Center

8:30am EDT

Exploring the Realm of Dreams for Inspiration, Motivation and Creative Problem Solving
For centuries, writers like William Blake, Maya Angelou, Isabel Allende, Stephen King and many others have tapped into the rich imagery, metaphors and stories of their dreams to inspire and enrichen their writing.

Your dreams, sleep or conscious, have the power to:
  • Continuously inspire
  • Blast through fears and creative blocks
  • Provide concrete information for what to write, when to write, and steps to take to get that writing out into the world successfully.

In this workshop, you'll learn techniques to help you remember your dreams and record them in a dream journal; you'll learn several ways to use the material of your dreams for developing the initial idea or the meat of your book; and you'll learn how to use conscious dream techniques for answering book development questions, like title, chapters, and structure for nonfiction, and character, setting and conflict for fiction. Come learn the power of dreams to inspire and motivate your writing. 

Speakers
avatar for Paula Scardamalia

Paula Scardamalia

Paula Chaffee Scardamalia is book coach, dream and tarot intuitive and the author of In the Land of the Vultures (novel), and Tarot for the Fiction Writer. Her new book, Enchanting Creativity: With Fairy Tales, Dreams, Rituals, and Journals, will be released Summer 2022. For 20 years... Read More →


Sunday July 24, 2022 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Room 128 - Judge Science Center 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

8:30am EDT

Writing for Your Self-Care: How to Start and Sustain a Wellness Writing Practice
In this workshop, discover what expressive or personal writing is and the evidence-based studies on its health benefits, including self-care, emotional and physical wellness, self-awareness and resilience.
Workshop subtopics:
  • How to set up a regular writing practice that’s sustainable for your busy life, work and family commitments.  
  • Tips for those days when writing is the very last thing you want to do
  • Instructor-led group writing exercises and invitations for optional sharing
  • When not to use expressive writing
  • A take-home list of resources to keep you motivated through your new writing practice, to access daily writing prompts and/or join a virtual community of wellness writers. Also, some publishing tips.
What you will need for this workshop: 
A pen, a notebook (or laptop), and a sense of excitement to meet other writers and to discover your unique writing voice.

Speakers
avatar for Aine Greaney

Aine Greaney

Áine Greaney has presented or led workshops at regional and national conferences, including the Examined Life Conference at the Carver School of Medicine (University of Iowa), the North Shore Cancer Resource, the Ferry Beach Retreat and Conference Center, the Youth at Risk Conference... Read More →


Sunday July 24, 2022 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Room 357 - Judge Science Center

8:30am EDT

The Art and Craft of Poetry: Surprise Yourself
“I’m restless. Things are calling me away. My hair is being pulled by the stars again.” ~Anais Nin
"We write to taste life twice: in the moment and in retrospection." ~Anais Nin

Writing is a way of finding and creating meaning is our lives as well as creating art. We will write every day from prompts, poetry, props, music, and in-class experiences. Each class is different and unfolds in relation to the energy of the group. You will learn to write consistently from that place where words flow, time is suspended, and unplanned connections are made. You will engage all of your senses in the process of writing. We will explore process, product, and publication. You will confront your critic and find joy in the creative process. Come with lots of paper and ink. We will write freely and fast! 

Speakers
avatar for Linda Leedy Schneider

Linda Leedy Schneider

LINDA LEEDY SCHNEIDER, a psychotherapist in private practice and poetry mentor, was awarded The Contemporary American Poetry Prize by Chicago Poetry.  She has written six collections of poetry including Through My Window: Poetry of a Psychotherapist (Plain View Press).  A former... Read More →


Sunday July 24, 2022 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Room 130 - Judge Science Center 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

10:00am EDT

Break
Sunday July 24, 2022 10:00am - 10:15am EDT
Gerrish School of Business - LOBBY 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

10:00am EDT

The Art of Writing About Personal Experience (Virtual)
The Art of Writing About Personal Experience

“Therefore I would ask you to write all kinds of books, hesitating at no subject however trivial or
however vast. By hook or by crook, I hope that you will possess yourselves of money enough to
travel and to idle, to contemplate the future or the past of the world, to dream over books and
loiter at street corners and let the line of thought dip deep into the stream.”
― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

The personal essay, or the narrative essay, is the place where Philo and Sophia
(Love and Wisdom) meet. It’s an extremely rich and satisfying form of life writing.
Personal experience serves as a lens through which one views the world and our
place in language as writers and thinkers. The form itself is malleable, and though
emphasis is placed on the story, ultimately the reader will be left with a bouquet
of questions, reflections, and thoughts expressed in luminous words.

In this workshop, we will explore the techniques of writing the personal essay
through discussion and writing exercises. We will read several passages from
Leonardo Da Vinci’s Notebooks to see how he drew inspiration from the world
around him, turn to Virginia Wolf’s essays on Women and Writing, especially her
remarkable piece “Professions for Women,” and look also at the Lives column in
NYT. Everyone is welcome.

Speakers
avatar for Carmen Bugan

Carmen Bugan

Carmen Bugan, a George Orwell Prize Fellow, is a prize-winning writer based in Long Island, NY. She was born in Romania and has lived in England, Ireland, and France.  Educated at the University of Michigan and Balliol College, Oxford University, UK, with a PhD in English Literature, she is the author of five collections... Read More →


Sunday July 24, 2022 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
Zoom

10:00am EDT

Spoken Word Panel
IWWG’s young writers’ workshop will provide promising young writers an opportunity to learn from accomplished writers and teachers of poetry, drama, fiction, and creative non-fiction. The program also provides young writers with the opportunity to hear an established writer speak about his or her craft and to ask questions of that writer. Participation in the workshop is limited to students who are rising 18-25.

Speakers
avatar for Cynthia Manick

Cynthia Manick

Cynthia Manick is the author of No Sweet Without Brine (Amistad-HarperCollins, forthcoming 2023), editor of The Future of Black: Afrofuturism, Black Comics, and Superhero Poetry (Blair Publishing,  2021) and author of  Blue Hallelujahs (Black Lawrence Press, 2016). She has... Read More →


Sunday July 24, 2022 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
Judge Science Center (Klebanoff Auditorium) 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

10:15am EDT

Finding Our Stories: Active Imagination
“We are story. All of us.” But how do we find our stories? In this workshop we first will look at what and where is the story, and at what and where is the imagination. Then how do we access our imagination? C.G. Jung gives us a way which he called active imagination, to actively pursue our images. The way is ancient, from Plato (5th century BCE) to Meister Eckhart (14th century) to Margaret Atwood (20th century) images have opened the door to the inner world, to our creative self. We will practice active imagination to uncover our stories. We will craft them in journal entries, personal essays, short stories, or poems. And we will look at how in sharing them, “we change the world, one story at a time.” There will be handouts with excerpts from contemporary writers and writing exercises. The sessions will build on each other. All are welcome, for one day or the five days! (The two quotes are from Richard Wagamese, Native Canadian novelist, 1955-2017.)

Speakers
avatar for Susan Tiberghien

Susan Tiberghien

Susan Tiberghien is an American writer living in Geneva, Switzerland. For over 25 years she has been teaching creative writing at IWWG, C.G. Jung Societies, and writers’ centers, both in U.S. and in Europe. She is the author of four memoirs and the acclaimed One Year to a Writing... Read More →


Sunday July 24, 2022 10:15am - 11:45am EDT
Room 128 - Judge Science Center 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

10:15am EDT

How to Write About Climate Change: A Postmodern Writing Workshop
In these times, when we cannot be sure of anything, postmodernism can give us multiple new ways to express our love of the earth. While traditional writing often ends in triumph, postmodern writers know the fragility of their goals may be unattainable, but are worth pursuing anyway.  
We will write, share our work and receive feedback in a supportive community.
This workshop will be new each day and will not be repeated.

Speakers
avatar for June Gould

June Gould

June Gould, Ph.D., is a poet, novelist and the non-fiction author of, The Writer in All of Us, E.P. Dutton, In the Shadow of Trains and Beyond the Margins. She has also co-written, Counting the Stones, a book of Holocaust poetry.  She is a Master writing teacher who has led International... Read More →


Sunday July 24, 2022 10:15am - 11:45am EDT
Room 159 - Judge Science Center

10:15am EDT

Advanced Poetry Seminar
To Pre-register:  https://iwwg.wildapricot.org/event-4622872

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.

Speakers
avatar for Vanessa Jimenez Gabb

Vanessa Jimenez Gabb

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... Read More →


Sunday July 24, 2022 10:15am - 11:45am EDT
Room 359 - Judge Science Center

10:15am EDT

ReVision YourSelf
Whose narrative are you living? Your mother’s? Your father’s? Your culture’s? One stuck in a status quo of your own design? If language constructs the self, then language can deconstruct, and reconstruct, the self. We are the original revision! Just as the human body is in a constant state of regeneration, we can ongoingly conceive ourselves anew. Through the reading and writing of prose and verse, we will reimagine—and liberate—our past, present, and future selves. Say helloooo to YOU 2.o!

Speakers
avatar for Marj Hahne

Marj Hahne

Marj Hahne is a freelance editor, writer, and writing teacher, and a 2015 MFA graduate from the Rainier Writing Workshop, with a concentration in poetry. She has performed and taught at over 100 venues around the country, as well as been featured on public radio and television programs... Read More →


Sunday July 24, 2022 10:15am - 11:45am EDT
Room 357 - Judge Science Center

10:15am EDT

So you think your life is a movie?
No experience necessary! This six-day, cumulative class is not just for screenwriters. It is for novelists, memoirists, personal essayists, short-story writers or anyone who wants to learn to get to good story FAST. Linda focuses on the importance of a vivid log line and the industry standard, three-act STRUCTURE of a salable script. As an experienced buyer and seller in the entertainment industry, Linda uses popular films to teach you scene-writing, sub plots, plot points and act breaks. And on the last two days, she will stop and start an Academy Award film so you can see the structure of the film in action! Dialogue, character, research and the legal aspect of the process is also covered in this fun and entertaining class.

Speakers
avatar for Linda Bergman

Linda Bergman

Linda Bergman has written 24 films and produced 5 of them. She’s been nominated for an Emmy, Access Award, The Alpha Award, and the prestigious Writer's Guild Award. She’s taught in LA, NYC, Marin, San Miguel Allende and many locales for the IWWG. Linda wrote So You Think Your... Read More →


Sunday July 24, 2022 10:15am - 11:45am EDT
Room 130 - Judge Science Center 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

12:00pm EDT

Lunch
Sunday July 24, 2022 12:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Callahan Center (Dining Hall) 350 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

12:00pm EDT

IWWG BOOK SHOP
Sunday July 24, 2022 12:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
LOBBY

1:00pm EDT

Getting Below the Words: A Journey Through Soul Collage®
Working with images can take us deep. Images can get to “the words below the words” and can help us bridge the gap when there are experiences for which we don’t yet have the words. Working with SoulCollage® is like awake dream work. You will find that working with images
can be refreshing and can recharge your creative batteries. No previous “artist experience or skill” needed. Come with “beginners mind”, ready to engage in deep play and discovery! In this workshop, you will learn about the process of SoulCollage®. Each day we will cover a different facet of the process, and each day you will be able to create cards for your individual, intuitive deck of SoulCollage® cards. Part of the process is written dialogue with the images on the cards you have made. Each day, you will have the option to use some of the workshop time to write from your cards. Even though all art supplies will be furnished, please feel free to bring copies of photos of important people, animals, landscapes in your lives, or to bring any images that call 
to you between now and then. There will be a voluntary daily donation to help cover the cost of art supplies. 
SoulCollage® is a process for creating small collages on matboard. This process was developed by Seena Frost. For more background on SoulCollage®, visit www.soulcollage.com.

Speakers
avatar for Judith Prest

Judith Prest

Judith Prest is a poet, photographer, mixed media artist and creativity coach. Her poems have been published in several literary journals and in seven anthologies. Recently, her chapbook manuscript, After, was accepted by Finishing Line Press, and is scheduled to be in print by May... Read More →


Sunday July 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Room 159 - Judge Science Center

1:00pm EDT

Rooted In Writing: The Earth, Air, Fire & Water Of Your Words
“The tides are in our veins, we still mirror the stars, life is your child, but there is in me...the eye that watched before there was an ocean.” Robinson JeffersYou already have all the elements of the world within you. You may have experienced climate change in your relationships, hurricanes of emotional storms, and rising tides in the ebb and flow of your life. In this workshop you will explore the wild, enchanting, engaging creative powers of the natural world, and the nature of your own inner landscapes. As you water the fertile earth of your past, and put your passions onto paper, you become more grounded in your words and their worth. This workshop offers inspiring prompts, handouts, and a generative space for intensive writing, deep listening, and supportive feedback. All genres and skill levels are welcome.


Speakers
avatar for Dorothy Randall Gray

Dorothy Randall Gray

Dorothy Randall Gray is the author of bestseller Soul Between The Lines (Avon/HarperCollins), an inspirational teacher, award-winning visual artist, and LA Poet-in- Residence. Her publications include Muse Blues, The Passion Collection, Woman, Fierce With Reality, Family, Tamarinda... Read More →


Sunday July 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Room 130 - Judge Science Center 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

1:00pm EDT

Going Forth: Nostalgia and Memory
We can explore the difference between nostalgia and memory in the reading and writing of poems. Doing so gives the opportunity to reflect on the ways we relate to the past, history, and tradition, in order to extend our vision and our voice.

Speakers
avatar for Myra Shapiro

Myra Shapiro

Myra Shapiro, born in the Bronx, returned to New York City after forty-five years in Georgia and Tennessee where she raised two daughters and worked as a teacher and librarian. Her books of poetry are I'll See You Thursday and 12 Floors Above the Earth, her memoir, Four Sublets: Becoming... Read More →


Sunday July 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Room 128 - Judge Science Center 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

1:00pm EDT

Memoir: Mining Our Personal Stories
We will discuss how to mine our personal stories for the gold and “shining” moments that might be hiding under layers of overwriting, mixed metaphor, or lack of clarity. Is your best first sentence buried in the middle of the paragraph? I will show you how to approach your paragraphs and essays with a miner’s eye, searching for the gold, extracting it, and using it wisely in your work. We will accomplish this by doing generative exercises, that are designed to pull out the best material without white-knuckling the computer or listening to the “you’re not doing this right,” voice in your head. It will be fun and productive -- my favorite combination!  

ABOUT EMILY RAPP BLACK
Emily Rapp Black is the author of Poster Child: A Memoir (BloomsburyUSA) and The Still Point of the Turning World (Penguin Press)New York Times bestseller and an Editor’s Pick. A former Fulbright scholar, she was educated at Harvard University, Trinity College-Dublin, Saint Olaf College, and the University of Texas-Austin, where she was a James A. Michener Fellow. A Guggenheim Fellow, she has received awards and fellowships from the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the Jentel Arts Foundation, the Corporation of Yaddo, the Fine Arts Work Center, Fundacion Valparaiso, and Bucknell University. Her work has appeared in VOGUE, the New York Times, Die Zeit, The Times-London, Lenny Letter, The Sun, TIME, the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal, O the Oprah Magazine, the Los Angeles Times and other publications and anthologies. She is currently Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California-Riverside, where she also teaches medical narratives in the School of Medicine. She is a member of the Inequities in Health Care Working Group and an architect of the Medical Narratives minor in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. She was recently named the nonfiction editor of The Los Angeles Review of Books. Her book that explores art and disability through the life of Frida Kahlo is forthcoming from Nottinghill Editions/New York Review of Books in 2021. She is the mother of two children: Ronan (2010-2013), and Charlotte (age 6).

Speakers
avatar for Emily Rapp Black

Emily Rapp Black

So, you want to write a memoir but you’re not sure where to start? No worries, you don’t need to be an expert writer to tell your story in a compelling way. Author Emily Rapp Black shows you how to write a powerful memoir by identifying your five moments of great change. And... Read More →


Sunday July 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Zoom

1:00pm EDT

Magic Realism and You
In this writing space, we’ll call on our sense of awe and wonder with the seeming mundane to access this complex and rich genre. We’ll explore the wide range of styles within the genre, as we seek to build a strong foundation for story and create compelling characters to bring the magic to life.

Speakers

Sunday July 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Room 161 - Judge Science Center

2:45pm EDT

Advanced Seminar in Fiction Writing
To pre-register:  https://iwwg.wildapricot.org/event-4622851

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.

Award-winning fiction writer and MFA program professor Lynne Barrett will lead an advanced seminar in fiction writing, using short manuscripts that participants will submit in advance. Participants need to have some experience in writing fiction and may or may not yet been submitting their work for publication but must be open to suggestions for revision. This class aims to provide clear, constructive language for discussion of different aspects of writing and revising fiction, and through discussion will teach techniques including scenic development; building active characters; effective use of place; and handling point of view, time, exposition, and outcomes. In addition to receiving individual feedback, participants will benefit from reading, analyzing, and generously commenting on the works-in-progress of others. We will also discuss how editors, agents, and others read fiction submissions.
Fiction submitted can be a complete short story, a section of a story, novella, or novel, or multiple pieces of flash fiction, but in all cases must come to no more than 3,000 words. Work can be in any genre or category of fiction: realist, mystery, suspense, fantasy, sci-fi, historical, romance, western, etc., and can be for adults or YA audiences. Along with the manuscript, each participant will be asked to submit a brief statement of no more than 300 words indicating the state of the project and questions they have about it or challenges it has posed. The instructor then may use this statement in framing group discussion and/or in providing individual feedback. Full details about submission format and timing will be provided to participants after registration. 

Speakers
avatar for Lynne Barrett

Lynne Barrett

Lynne Barrett is the award-winning author of three short story collections The Secret Names of Women, The 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... Read More →


Sunday July 24, 2022 2:45pm - 4:15pm EDT
Room 357 - Judge Science Center

2:45pm EDT

Create Your Novel’s Foundation
Are you struggling to start your novel or having trouble with one that you’re already writing? If so, this weeklong class will give you the support you need to move forward with clarity and confidence. Using a process learned at developed by Author Accelerator, book coach Rona Gofstein will guide you through 
1.      Fundamentals – including understanding why you are writing this book, the point of your story, who your ideal reader is and more
2.      Flow  – more than an outline (and it works for plotters, pantsers, and those in between) this will give you a path to write foward. Developing the “because of that” story summary, and writing an Inside Outline that will ensure your book has the emotional arc and cause-and-effect trajectory that drives a novel.
3.      Writing – Draft the opening and closing scenes of your novel
Bring your ideas, your concerns, your novel, and your questions.
Story Fundamentals (Day 1 & 2)
1.      Why write this book?
2.      What’s your point?
3.      One line summary of your story
4.      Define your genre
5.      Choose a title
6.      What are your comps?
7.      Learn your ideal reader
8.      Write your jacket copy
Story Structure (Day 3-5)
1.      Write a “because of that” summary (Day 3)
2.      Write the Inside Outline (Day 3 & 4)
3.      Write the opening scene (Day 5)
4.      Write the closing scene (Day 5)
5.      Using these pieces going forward: Writing & Revising (Day 5)

Speakers
avatar for Rona Gofstein

Rona Gofstein

Rona Gofstein is a published romance author and an Author Accelerator certified fiction book coach, specializing in romance and women's fiction. She’s long believed in the power of story to make an impact both on the writer and the reader. She's spoken on writing craft and business... Read More →


Sunday July 24, 2022 2:45pm - 4:15pm EDT
Room 159 - Judge Science Center

2:45pm EDT

Hope and Renewal: How to Breathe New Life in Your Poetry
Have you been languishing in your writing life? Do you have an old poem that you want to dust off and make new? Are you struggling to put an experience into words that surprises and sharpens the senses? Join our study of Lyn Hejinian’s technique for unpredictability, and poets of hope like Ada Limon and e.e. cummings. From creating razor-sharp metaphors to injecting surprise and hope in your work, this workshop will include brief lectures and group exercises.

Speakers
avatar for Yun Wei

Yun Wei

Yun Wei received her MFA in poetry from Brooklyn College and studied at Georgetown University and London School of Economics. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in over 15 literary journals including The Boiler, Michigan Quarterly, Shenandoah, Summerset, Poetry Northwest and Wigleaf... Read More →


Sunday July 24, 2022 2:45pm - 4:15pm EDT
Room 130 - Judge Science Center 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

2:45pm EDT

Visible Invisibilty
What does visibility mean to you – and what has it meant for artists like Audre Lorde, Prince, Phillis Wheatley, and others? Through guided exercises, free writes, meditations, and deep dives into poetic works, we will create and share work that deals with visible invisibility.

Speakers
avatar for Toni Bee

Toni Bee

Toni Bee is a poet, educator, and photographer raised in Boston, MA, educated in Roxbury. In 2011, she was elected Poet Populist of Cambridge, the first woman to grace that position.  Bee led the Black Lives Matter march of Cambridge in 2015 and the following year was selected as... Read More →


Sunday July 24, 2022 2:45pm - 4:15pm EDT
Room 161 - Judge Science Center

2:45pm EDT

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.

Speakers
avatar for Kelly DuMar

Kelly DuMar

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... Read More →


Sunday July 24, 2022 2:45pm - 5:45pm EDT
Room 128 - Judge Science Center 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

3:00pm EDT

ReVision Yourself (Virtual)
Whose narrative are you living? Your mother’s? Your father’s? Your culture’s? One stuck in a status quo of your own design? If language constructs the self, then language can deconstruct, and reconstruct, the self. We are the original revision! Just as the human body is in a constant state of regeneration, we can ongoingly conceive ourselves anew. Through the reading and writing of prose and verse, we will reimagine—and liberate—our past, present, and future selves. Say helloooo to YOU 2.o!

Speakers
avatar for Marj Hahne

Marj Hahne

Marj Hahne is a freelance editor, writer, and writing teacher, and a 2015 MFA graduate from the Rainier Writing Workshop, with a concentration in poetry. She has performed and taught at over 100 venues around the country, as well as been featured on public radio and television programs... Read More →


Sunday July 24, 2022 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Zoom

4:15pm EDT

Break
Sunday July 24, 2022 4:15pm - 4:30pm EDT
Gerrish School of Business - LOBBY 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

4:30pm EDT

Turning Life Into Art: Tools for Making Memoir out of Memories
For writers of personal narrative, memory and emotions provide the raw material for story. Like clay, this rich potential needs to molded and shaped to reflect the artist’s vision – in our case, through the art of language. This workshop is for writers of memoir and personal essay who want to explore literary tools that can help them find the heart of their story and support the process of writing it. Techniques include voice, detail and description, narrative transitions, lyricism, point of view and structure.

Speakers
avatar for Jan Gary

Jan Gary

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... Read More →


Sunday July 24, 2022 4:30pm - 6:00pm EDT
Room 130 - Judge Science Center 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

4:30pm EDT

Writing Personal Essay: Making the Most of a Moment
A personal essay happens when you pay attention to a story that keeps following you around. It may have been dramatic, but it could be one moment that turned your head. Discover how to write your way from moments to meaning, and how they fit into a larger part of your life.

Speakers
avatar for Marsha McGregor

Marsha McGregor

Marsha McGregor’s personal essays have been published in BrainChild, Zone 3, Kenyon Review Online, Fourth Genre, Literary Mama and four anthologies. Her work most recently appeared in A Harp in the Stars, An Anthology of Lyric Essays (University of Nebraska Press). She leads writing... Read More →


Sunday July 24, 2022 4:30pm - 6:00pm EDT
Room 159 - Judge Science Center

5:00pm EDT

DINNER
Sunday July 24, 2022 5:00pm - 6:30pm EDT
Callahan Center (Dining Hall) 350 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

7:00pm EDT

Afghan Women's Documentary and Salon Discussion
We all have our stories of love, of life, of loss, but few are likely to be as filled with danger, drama, and hope as those experienced by the women of Afghanistan. As these brave women, both here and in-country, struggle with the dramatic changes underway, their voices cry out to be heard. Their stories need to be told so the world will not abandon them. Together with IWWG, Pam will host Afghan women writers at the IWWG summer writing conference. Join them as we give them a platform on which their voices and stories can be raised. Especially at this time, providing our sister-writers a forum through which to express themselves and their experiences offers insight, healing and support, while helping to keep the world focused on their ongoing plight.

Speakers
avatar for Pamela Varkony

Pamela Varkony

Pamela Varkony is a dynamic speaker who has inspired audiences from America to Australia to Afghanistan through her passion for improving the lives of others. Considered to be a thought-leader in women’s empowerment, Pam speaks and trains frequently on the subjects of leadership... Read More →


Sunday July 24, 2022 7:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Judge Science Center (Klebanoff Auditorium) 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA
 
Monday, July 25
 

7:30am EDT

Breakfast
Monday July 25, 2022 7:30am - 9:00am EDT
Callahan Center (Dining Hall) 350 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

8:30am EDT

Story Structure Superpowers!
This 5-day workshop covers the elements of story structure. 
  • Hook your readers from the beginning – create a first chapter that has the reader wanting more. 
  • Create a powerful narrative arc 
  • Give your reader a captivating ending. 
The first chapter is fun, the middle a bit of a struggle (for everyone!) and the last chapter sometimes an afterthought. No longer! You are in this course to claim your Story Structure Superpowers! And that means first chapters with an irresistible hook, last chapters that has the reader wanting to move in with you and a middle that hits all the right points on the story arc. This course is for writers of fiction, nonfiction and memoir – a good story is a good story! There will be ample time for reading and discussion. 
Please Note: this is not a critique class. In-class writing, and reading, will be based on the workshop material. Attendees are welcome to bring writing in progress or just work with the concepts presented in class. All levels welcome. 

Speakers
avatar for Cathleen O'Connor

Cathleen O'Connor

Cathleen O’Connor, PhD is a writer, speaker, teacher, coach, and intuitive who offers developmental editing, publishing, book layout, and marketing services to other writers. An intuitive dream analyst, she has been quoted in the Huffington Post and had articles published in Canada’s... Read More →


Monday July 25, 2022 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Room 359 - Judge Science Center

8:30am EDT

Ten Tips: An Intensive Workshop on Writing Your Personal Story
Pre-register here: https://iwwg.wildapricot.org/event-4622940

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, 2022Once 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.

Speakers
avatar for Judith Huge

Judith Huge

Judith Huge has spent over 30 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... Read More →


Monday July 25, 2022 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Room 159 - Judge Science Center

8:30am EDT

The Heroine’s Journey as a Narrative Structure for Memoir and Myth
Like Hermes, the archetypal mediator between the realms of heaven, earth and the underworld, the memoirist mediates between time past and time present. Memoirs bring forward an event of the past and re-enact it by giving it form in writing. Myth fuels the psychic desire of humans to understand their origins and therefore their destinies, and contemporary memoirs address some of the same archetypal themes found in ancient myths such as origins, the fall, the parent-child relationship, quest, descent, and return.

The story we tell ourselves and others gives us a sense of identity. It helps us organize our life in a way that gives it meaning and direction. Although not every memoir reflects a mythic theme, most memoir writers unconsciously reveal mythic themes in their desire to find meaning in their lives. Who am I? What is my tribe, my family? Where am I going? How do I make my way? What is my purpose? Both myth and memoir arise from a human need for connection and that is why memoirs are so popular in culture today. 

In 1949, Joseph Campbell presented a model of the mythological journey of the hero, which has since been used as a template for the psycho-spiritual development of the individual and a pattern for many screenplays. The mythic pattern we will explore, however, is the journey of the heroine, the quest to heal the deep wound of our feminine nature on a personal, cultural and spiritual level. We will use the stages of The Heroine’s Journey as a framework for our writing to look at the most significant moments in our lives. The journey often entails an initial separation from the mother and feminine values, seeking recognition and success from the metaphorical father, experiencing spiritual aridity and death, and turning inward to reclaim the power and spirit of the sacred feminine. Through memoir exercises and examining excerpts from published memoirs, we will write our own journey.

Speakers
avatar for Maureen Murdock

Maureen Murdock

Maureen Murdock, Ph.D. is the author of the best-selling book, The Heroine’s Journey, which explores the rich territory of the feminine psyche. This groundbreaking book was released by Shambhala Publications in 2020 in a 30th anniversary publication. It has been translated into... Read More →


Monday July 25, 2022 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Room 161 - Judge Science Center

8:30am EDT

Exploring the Realm of Dreams for Inspiration, Motivation and Creative Problem Solving
For centuries, writers like William Blake, Maya Angelou, Isabel Allende, Stephen King and many others have tapped into the rich imagery, metaphors and stories of their dreams to inspire and enrichen their writing.

Your dreams, sleep or conscious, have the power to:
  • Continuously inspire
  • Blast through fears and creative blocks
  • Provide concrete information for what to write, when to write, and steps to take to get that writing out into the world successfully.

In this workshop, you'll learn techniques to help you remember your dreams and record them in a dream journal; you'll learn several ways to use the material of your dreams for developing the initial idea or the meat of your book; and you'll learn how to use conscious dream techniques for answering book development questions, like title, chapters, and structure for nonfiction, and character, setting and conflict for fiction. Come learn the power of dreams to inspire and motivate your writing. 

Speakers
avatar for Paula Scardamalia

Paula Scardamalia

Paula Chaffee Scardamalia is book coach, dream and tarot intuitive and the author of In the Land of the Vultures (novel), and Tarot for the Fiction Writer. Her new book, Enchanting Creativity: With Fairy Tales, Dreams, Rituals, and Journals, will be released Summer 2022. For 20 years... Read More →


Monday July 25, 2022 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Room 128 - Judge Science Center 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

8:30am EDT

The Art and Craft of Poetry: Surprise Yourself
“I’m restless. Things are calling me away. My hair is being pulled by the stars again.” ~Anais Nin
"We write to taste life twice: in the moment and in retrospection." ~Anais Nin

Writing is a way of finding and creating meaning is our lives as well as creating art. We will write every day from prompts, poetry, props, music, and in-class experiences. Each class is different and unfolds in relation to the energy of the group. You will learn to write consistently from that place where words flow, time is suspended, and unplanned connections are made. You will engage all of your senses in the process of writing. We will explore process, product, and publication. You will confront your critic and find joy in the creative process. Come with lots of paper and ink. We will write freely and fast! 

Speakers
avatar for Linda Leedy Schneider

Linda Leedy Schneider

LINDA LEEDY SCHNEIDER, a psychotherapist in private practice and poetry mentor, was awarded The Contemporary American Poetry Prize by Chicago Poetry.  She has written six collections of poetry including Through My Window: Poetry of a Psychotherapist (Plain View Press).  A former... Read More →


Monday July 25, 2022 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Room 130 - Judge Science Center 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

10:00am EDT

BREAK
Monday July 25, 2022 10:00am - 10:15am EDT
Gerrish School of Business - LOBBY 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

10:15am EDT

Finding Our Stories: Active Imagination
“We are story. All of us.” But how do we find our stories? In this workshop we first will look at what and where is the story, and at what and where is the imagination. Then how do we access our imagination? C.G. Jung gives us a way which he called active imagination, to actively pursue our images. The way is ancient, from Plato (5th century BCE) to Meister Eckhart (14th century) to Margaret Atwood (20th century) images have opened the door to the inner world, to our creative self. We will practice active imagination to uncover our stories. We will craft them in journal entries, personal essays, short stories, or poems. And we will look at how in sharing them, “we change the world, one story at a time.” There will be handouts with excerpts from contemporary writers and writing exercises. The sessions will build on each other. All are welcome, for one day or the five days! (The two quotes are from Richard Wagamese, Native Canadian novelist, 1955-2017.)

Speakers
avatar for Susan Tiberghien

Susan Tiberghien

Susan Tiberghien is an American writer living in Geneva, Switzerland. For over 25 years she has been teaching creative writing at IWWG, C.G. Jung Societies, and writers’ centers, both in U.S. and in Europe. She is the author of four memoirs and the acclaimed One Year to a Writing... Read More →


Monday July 25, 2022 10:15am - 11:45am EDT
Room 128 - Judge Science Center 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

10:15am EDT

How to Write About Climate Change: A Postmodern Writing Workshop
In these times, when we cannot be sure of anything, postmodernism can give us multiple new ways to express our love of the earth. While traditional writing often ends in triumph, postmodern writers know the fragility of their goals may be unattainable, but are worth pursuing anyway.  
We will write, share our work and receive feedback in a supportive community.
This workshop will be new each day and will not be repeated.

Speakers
avatar for June Gould

June Gould

June Gould, Ph.D., is a poet, novelist and the non-fiction author of, The Writer in All of Us, E.P. Dutton, In the Shadow of Trains and Beyond the Margins. She has also co-written, Counting the Stones, a book of Holocaust poetry.  She is a Master writing teacher who has led International... Read More →


Monday July 25, 2022 10:15am - 11:45am EDT
Room 159 - Judge Science Center

10:15am EDT

Advanced Poetry Seminar
To Pre-register:  https://iwwg.wildapricot.org/event-4622872

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.

Speakers
avatar for Vanessa Jimenez Gabb

Vanessa Jimenez Gabb

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... Read More →


Monday July 25, 2022 10:15am - 11:45am EDT
Room 359 - Judge Science Center

10:15am EDT

ReVision YourSelf
Whose narrative are you living? Your mother’s? Your father’s? Your culture’s? One stuck in a status quo of your own design? If language constructs the self, then language can deconstruct, and reconstruct, the self. We are the original revision! Just as the human body is in a constant state of regeneration, we can ongoingly conceive ourselves anew. Through the reading and writing of prose and verse, we will reimagine—and liberate—our past, present, and future selves. Say helloooo to YOU 2.o!

Speakers
avatar for Marj Hahne

Marj Hahne

Marj Hahne is a freelance editor, writer, and writing teacher, and a 2015 MFA graduate from the Rainier Writing Workshop, with a concentration in poetry. She has performed and taught at over 100 venues around the country, as well as been featured on public radio and television programs... Read More →


Monday July 25, 2022 10:15am - 11:45am EDT
Room 357 - Judge Science Center

10:15am EDT

So you think your life is a movie?
No experience necessary! This six-day, cumulative class is not just for screenwriters. It is for novelists, memoirists, personal essayists, short-story writers or anyone who wants to learn to get to good story FAST. Linda focuses on the importance of a vivid log line and the industry standard, three-act STRUCTURE of a salable script. As an experienced buyer and seller in the entertainment industry, Linda uses popular films to teach you scene-writing, sub plots, plot points and act breaks. And on the last two days, she will stop and start an Academy Award film so you can see the structure of the film in action! Dialogue, character, research and the legal aspect of the process is also covered in this fun and entertaining class.

Speakers
avatar for Linda Bergman

Linda Bergman

Linda Bergman has written 24 films and produced 5 of them. She’s been nominated for an Emmy, Access Award, The Alpha Award, and the prestigious Writer's Guild Award. She’s taught in LA, NYC, Marin, San Miguel Allende and many locales for the IWWG. Linda wrote So You Think Your... Read More →


Monday July 25, 2022 10:15am - 11:45am EDT
Room 130 - Judge Science Center 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

10:15am EDT

WRITING SPRINTS
What is a Writing Sprint? A sprint is a dedicated block of time for writing whether alone or in a group with the goal of steadily putting words on the page without editing or analyzing as you go. Writing sprints can help you:
  • Write more as you allow the words to flow
  • Increase writing speed by letting the critical editing brain take a rest
  • Reach word count goals you have set for yourself for your WIP
  • Reach goals for number of pages written if that is how you want to measure your progress
We are inviting you to write with us at our annual Summer Conference. Each day’s writing sprints will be moderated, and we will write in three 25-minute blocks of time with a 5-minute break in-between. We’ll do three sprints and then use the last half-hour to talk about our work, ask questions of the moderator or other sprinters and get ready to keep going on your WIP.
You can participate in the writing sprints whether you are attending the conference or not as the sessions will be online as well as in person. In order to make the most of three days of sprints, know what WIP you want to work on. Come prepared. Decide if you just want to work on a particular chapter or use the sprints to develop scenes. If you want to set word goals for yourself, do so. The sessions only require that you show up and write.
The moderator will keep time and let you know when each break occurs and facilitate the discussion session at the end of each day’s sprint.
Writing sprints are all about quantity over quality. So let the internal editor take a break and don’t stop writing until the timer goes off.
Doing writing sprints with others is an easy way to hold yourself accountable and get more done on your project than you might otherwise do along.


Speakers
avatar for Cathleen O'Connor

Cathleen O'Connor

Cathleen O’Connor, PhD is a writer, speaker, teacher, coach, and intuitive who offers developmental editing, publishing, book layout, and marketing services to other writers. An intuitive dream analyst, she has been quoted in the Huffington Post and had articles published in Canada’s... Read More →


Monday July 25, 2022 10:15am - 12:15pm EDT
Zoom

12:00pm EDT

Lunch
Monday July 25, 2022 12:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Callahan Center (Dining Hall) 350 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

12:00pm EDT

IWWG BOOK SHOP
Monday July 25, 2022 12:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
LOBBY

1:00pm EDT

Create Your Publication Strategy
To publish, you need to understand your goals and audience, identify your brand, research the best path to publication, utilize resources for success (editors, agents, publicists) and prepare your marketing plan. Learn the key steps so you can lay out your publication strategy from the beginning.



Speakers
avatar for Caridad Pineiro

Caridad Pineiro

Caridad is a transplanted Long Island girl who fell in love with the Jersey Shore. When she isn't taking long strolls along the boardwalk, she's also a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author with over a million romance novels sold worldwide. Caridad is passionate about writing... Read More →


Monday July 25, 2022 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Room 359 - Judge Science Center

1:00pm EDT

Getting Below the Words: A Journey Through Soul Collage®
Working with images can take us deep. Images can get to “the words below the words” and can help us bridge the gap when there are experiences for which we don’t yet have the words. Working with SoulCollage® is like awake dream work. You will find that working with images
can be refreshing and can recharge your creative batteries. No previous “artist experience or skill” needed. Come with “beginners mind”, ready to engage in deep play and discovery! In this workshop, you will learn about the process of SoulCollage®. Each day we will cover a different facet of the process, and each day you will be able to create cards for your individual, intuitive deck of SoulCollage® cards. Part of the process is written dialogue with the images on the cards you have made. Each day, you will have the option to use some of the workshop time to write from your cards. Even though all art supplies will be furnished, please feel free to bring copies of photos of important people, animals, landscapes in your lives, or to bring any images that call 
to you between now and then. There will be a voluntary daily donation to help cover the cost of art supplies. 
SoulCollage® is a process for creating small collages on matboard. This process was developed by Seena Frost. For more background on SoulCollage®, visit www.soulcollage.com.

Speakers
avatar for Judith Prest

Judith Prest

Judith Prest is a poet, photographer, mixed media artist and creativity coach. Her poems have been published in several literary journals and in seven anthologies. Recently, her chapbook manuscript, After, was accepted by Finishing Line Press, and is scheduled to be in print by May... Read More →


Monday July 25, 2022 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Room 159 - Judge Science Center

1:00pm EDT

Rooted In Writing: The Earth, Air, Fire & Water Of Your Words
“The tides are in our veins, we still mirror the stars, life is your child, but there is in me...the eye that watched before there was an ocean.” Robinson JeffersYou already have all the elements of the world within you. You may have experienced climate change in your relationships, hurricanes of emotional storms, and rising tides in the ebb and flow of your life. In this workshop you will explore the wild, enchanting, engaging creative powers of the natural world, and the nature of your own inner landscapes. As you water the fertile earth of your past, and put your passions onto paper, you become more grounded in your words and their worth. This workshop offers inspiring prompts, handouts, and a generative space for intensive writing, deep listening, and supportive feedback. All genres and skill levels are welcome.


Speakers
avatar for Dorothy Randall Gray

Dorothy Randall Gray

Dorothy Randall Gray is the author of bestseller Soul Between The Lines (Avon/HarperCollins), an inspirational teacher, award-winning visual artist, and LA Poet-in- Residence. Her publications include Muse Blues, The Passion Collection, Woman, Fierce With Reality, Family, Tamarinda... Read More →


Monday July 25, 2022 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Room 130 - Judge Science Center 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

1:00pm EDT

Going Forth: Nostalgia and Memory
We can explore the difference between nostalgia and memory in the reading and writing of poems. Doing so gives the opportunity to reflect on the ways we relate to the past, history, and tradition, in order to extend our vision and our voice.

Speakers
avatar for Myra Shapiro

Myra Shapiro

Myra Shapiro, born in the Bronx, returned to New York City after forty-five years in Georgia and Tennessee where she raised two daughters and worked as a teacher and librarian. Her books of poetry are I'll See You Thursday and 12 Floors Above the Earth, her memoir, Four Sublets: Becoming... Read More →


Monday July 25, 2022 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Room 128 - Judge Science Center 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

1:45pm EDT

WRITING CIRCLE: Emergence: Finding Our Way In A Changed World
As we emerge from behind our masks into a very changed world, we need to navigate through an emotional landscape that is at once loving and volatile. How can we regain our balance and redefine need? Where does our wholeness reside?  Using prompts to push us towards Emergence, we will begin to find our way. 

Speakers
avatar for Margie Ann Stanko

Margie Ann Stanko

 Margie Ann Stanko is an award winning essayist and poet who has spent most of her adult life working with special populations, utilizing the creative arts to access increased self awareness and improved self acceptance.  For 5 years she taught writing at the  Mt. Sinai Hospital... Read More →


Monday July 25, 2022 1:45pm - 3:45pm EDT
Zoom

2:45pm EDT

Build Your Author Website

Whether you’ve decided to take the self-publishing route, or you are being traditionally published, you’ll need an author website. Your author website has three main goals – to build your brand, sell books, and communicate with readers. In this class, take a look at options and find out what is best from simple navigation to making sure your website has something to offer to keep readers coming back for more. Caridad Pineiro will provide suggestions and a checklist of things to consider as you build and grow your website.

Speakers
avatar for Caridad Pineiro

Caridad Pineiro

Caridad is a transplanted Long Island girl who fell in love with the Jersey Shore. When she isn't taking long strolls along the boardwalk, she's also a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author with over a million romance novels sold worldwide. Caridad is passionate about writing... Read More →


Monday July 25, 2022 2:45pm - 4:15pm EDT
Room 359 - Judge Science Center

2:45pm EDT

Advanced Seminar in Fiction Writing
To pre-register:  https://iwwg.wildapricot.org/event-4622851

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.

Award-winning fiction writer and MFA program professor Lynne Barrett will lead an advanced seminar in fiction writing, using short manuscripts that participants will submit in advance. Participants need to have some experience in writing fiction and may or may not yet been submitting their work for publication but must be open to suggestions for revision. This class aims to provide clear, constructive language for discussion of different aspects of writing and revising fiction, and through discussion will teach techniques including scenic development; building active characters; effective use of place; and handling point of view, time, exposition, and outcomes. In addition to receiving individual feedback, participants will benefit from reading, analyzing, and generously commenting on the works-in-progress of others. We will also discuss how editors, agents, and others read fiction submissions.
Fiction submitted can be a complete short story, a section of a story, novella, or novel, or multiple pieces of flash fiction, but in all cases must come to no more than 3,000 words. Work can be in any genre or category of fiction: realist, mystery, suspense, fantasy, sci-fi, historical, romance, western, etc., and can be for adults or YA audiences. Along with the manuscript, each participant will be asked to submit a brief statement of no more than 300 words indicating the state of the project and questions they have about it or challenges it has posed. The instructor then may use this statement in framing group discussion and/or in providing individual feedback. Full details about submission format and timing will be provided to participants after registration. 

Speakers
avatar for Lynne Barrett

Lynne Barrett

Lynne Barrett is the award-winning author of three short story collections The Secret Names of Women, The 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... Read More →


Monday July 25, 2022 2:45pm - 4:15pm EDT
Room 357 - Judge Science Center

2:45pm EDT

Create Your Novel’s Foundation
Are you struggling to start your novel or having trouble with one that you’re already writing? If so, this weeklong class will give you the support you need to move forward with clarity and confidence. Using a process learned at developed by Author Accelerator, book coach Rona Gofstein will guide you through 
1.      Fundamentals – including understanding why you are writing this book, the point of your story, who your ideal reader is and more
2.      Flow  – more than an outline (and it works for plotters, pantsers, and those in between) this will give you a path to write foward. Developing the “because of that” story summary, and writing an Inside Outline that will ensure your book has the emotional arc and cause-and-effect trajectory that drives a novel.
3.      Writing – Draft the opening and closing scenes of your novel
Bring your ideas, your concerns, your novel, and your questions.
Story Fundamentals (Day 1 & 2)
1.      Why write this book?
2.      What’s your point?
3.      One line summary of your story
4.      Define your genre
5.      Choose a title
6.      What are your comps?
7.      Learn your ideal reader
8.      Write your jacket copy
Story Structure (Day 3-5)
1.      Write a “because of that” summary (Day 3)
2.      Write the Inside Outline (Day 3 & 4)
3.      Write the opening scene (Day 5)
4.      Write the closing scene (Day 5)
5.      Using these pieces going forward: Writing & Revising (Day 5)

Speakers
avatar for Rona Gofstein

Rona Gofstein

Rona Gofstein is a published romance author and an Author Accelerator certified fiction book coach, specializing in romance and women's fiction. She’s long believed in the power of story to make an impact both on the writer and the reader. She's spoken on writing craft and business... Read More →


Monday July 25, 2022 2:45pm - 4:15pm EDT
Room 159 - Judge Science Center

2:45pm EDT

Hope and Renewal: How to Breathe New Life in Your Poetry
Have you been languishing in your writing life? Do you have an old poem that you want to dust off and make new? Are you struggling to put an experience into words that surprises and sharpens the senses? Join our study of Lyn Hejinian’s technique for unpredictability, and poets of hope like Ada Limon and e.e. cummings. From creating razor-sharp metaphors to injecting surprise and hope in your work, this workshop will include brief lectures and group exercises.

Speakers
avatar for Yun Wei

Yun Wei

Yun Wei received her MFA in poetry from Brooklyn College and studied at Georgetown University and London School of Economics. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in over 15 literary journals including The Boiler, Michigan Quarterly, Shenandoah, Summerset, Poetry Northwest and Wigleaf... Read More →


Monday July 25, 2022 2:45pm - 4:15pm EDT
Room 130 - Judge Science Center 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

2:45pm EDT

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.

Speakers
avatar for Kelly DuMar

Kelly DuMar

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... Read More →


Monday July 25, 2022 2:45pm - 5:45pm EDT
Room 128 - Judge Science Center 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

4:15pm EDT

BREAK
Monday July 25, 2022 4:15pm - 4:30pm EDT
Gerrish School of Business - LOBBY 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

4:30pm EDT

4:30pm EDT

Prep Your Prose for the Mic
This workshop will cover how to select parts of a longer prose piece that might lend themselves well to a 3-minute reading and how to trim these pieces so that only the parts that sparkle in a reading format remain. Catharina will share one of her before and after pieces. Participants will select and work their own pieces with time for questions. Workshop will also include trial readings in pairs, mutual feedback, time for revision and test readings by volunteers.

Speakers
avatar for Catharina Coenen

Catharina Coenen

Catharina Coenen co-hosts IWWG’s virtual open mic series. Her essays have appeared in literary magazines, nominated for the Pushcart Prize, noted in Best American Essays, and featured in Best of the Net. She has served on IWWG’s Board of Directors and teaches biology at Allegheny... Read More →


Monday July 25, 2022 4:30pm - 5:30pm EDT
Room 357 - Judge Science Center

4:30pm EDT

Turning Life Into Art: Tools for Making Memoir out of Memories
For writers of personal narrative, memory and emotions provide the raw material for story. Like clay, this rich potential needs to molded and shaped to reflect the artist’s vision – in our case, through the art of language. This workshop is for writers of memoir and personal essay who want to explore literary tools that can help them find the heart of their story and support the process of writing it. Techniques include voice, detail and description, narrative transitions, lyricism, point of view and structure.

Speakers
avatar for Jan Gary

Jan Gary

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... Read More →


Monday July 25, 2022 4:30pm - 6:00pm EDT
Room 130 - Judge Science Center 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

4:30pm EDT

Writing Personal Essay: Making the Most of a Moment
A personal essay happens when you pay attention to a story that keeps following you around. It may have been dramatic, but it could be one moment that turned your head. Discover how to write your way from moments to meaning, and how they fit into a larger part of your life.

Speakers
avatar for Marsha McGregor

Marsha McGregor

Marsha McGregor’s personal essays have been published in BrainChild, Zone 3, Kenyon Review Online, Fourth Genre, Literary Mama and four anthologies. Her work most recently appeared in A Harp in the Stars, An Anthology of Lyric Essays (University of Nebraska Press). She leads writing... Read More →


Monday July 25, 2022 4:30pm - 6:00pm EDT
Room 159 - Judge Science Center

4:30pm EDT

POETIC VALUE: How to Assess & Optimize Our Work’s Literary-ness
Just as a song is a note-by-note arrangement, just as a painting is a brushstroke-by-brushstroke composition, just as a dance is a move-by-move presentation, a poem is a word-by-word (-by-comma-by-line break) composition. In other words (ha!), a poem is a body of words (not a body of thoughts and feelings); a poem is a body of language’s gestures, just as any artwork is a body of its medium’s gestures. How, in our drafting and revising process, do we assess, smartfully and heartfully, the poetic value of our linguistic gestures? We will explore sample poems gesture-by-gesture—a depth of interrogation that will strengthen how we read and how we write any literary work. This is not a critique group, nor an editing workshop, but a discernment practice.


Speakers
avatar for Marj Hahne

Marj Hahne

Marj Hahne is a freelance editor, writer, and writing teacher, and a 2015 MFA graduate from the Rainier Writing Workshop, with a concentration in poetry. She has performed and taught at over 100 venues around the country, as well as been featured on public radio and television programs... Read More →


Monday July 25, 2022 4:30pm - 6:00pm EDT
Room 161 - Judge Science Center

5:30pm EDT

Dinner
Monday July 25, 2022 5:30pm - 7:00pm EDT
Callahan Center (Dining Hall) 350 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA
 
Tuesday, July 26
 

7:30am EDT

Breakfast
Tuesday July 26, 2022 7:30am - 9:00am EDT
Callahan Center (Dining Hall) 350 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

8:30am EDT

Story Structure Superpowers!
This 5-day workshop covers the elements of story structure. 
  • Hook your readers from the beginning – create a first chapter that has the reader wanting more. 
  • Create a powerful narrative arc 
  • Give your reader a captivating ending. 
The first chapter is fun, the middle a bit of a struggle (for everyone!) and the last chapter sometimes an afterthought. No longer! You are in this course to claim your Story Structure Superpowers! And that means first chapters with an irresistible hook, last chapters that has the reader wanting to move in with you and a middle that hits all the right points on the story arc. This course is for writers of fiction, nonfiction and memoir – a good story is a good story! There will be ample time for reading and discussion. 
Please Note: this is not a critique class. In-class writing, and reading, will be based on the workshop material. Attendees are welcome to bring writing in progress or just work with the concepts presented in class. All levels welcome. 

Speakers
avatar for Cathleen O'Connor

Cathleen O'Connor

Cathleen O’Connor, PhD is a writer, speaker, teacher, coach, and intuitive who offers developmental editing, publishing, book layout, and marketing services to other writers. An intuitive dream analyst, she has been quoted in the Huffington Post and had articles published in Canada’s... Read More →


Tuesday July 26, 2022 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Room 359 - Judge Science Center

8:30am EDT

Ten Tips: An Intensive Workshop on Writing Your Personal Story
Pre-register here: https://iwwg.wildapricot.org/event-4622940

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, 2022Once 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.

Speakers
avatar for Judith Huge

Judith Huge

Judith Huge has spent over 30 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... Read More →


Tuesday July 26, 2022 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Room 159 - Judge Science Center

8:30am EDT

The Heroine’s Journey as a Narrative Structure for Memoir and Myth
Like Hermes, the archetypal mediator between the realms of heaven, earth and the underworld, the memoirist mediates between time past and time present. Memoirs bring forward an event of the past and re-enact it by giving it form in writing. Myth fuels the psychic desire of humans to understand their origins and therefore their destinies, and contemporary memoirs address some of the same archetypal themes found in ancient myths such as origins, the fall, the parent-child relationship, quest, descent, and return.

The story we tell ourselves and others gives us a sense of identity. It helps us organize our life in a way that gives it meaning and direction. Although not every memoir reflects a mythic theme, most memoir writers unconsciously reveal mythic themes in their desire to find meaning in their lives. Who am I? What is my tribe, my family? Where am I going? How do I make my way? What is my purpose? Both myth and memoir arise from a human need for connection and that is why memoirs are so popular in culture today. 

In 1949, Joseph Campbell presented a model of the mythological journey of the hero, which has since been used as a template for the psycho-spiritual development of the individual and a pattern for many screenplays. The mythic pattern we will explore, however, is the journey of the heroine, the quest to heal the deep wound of our feminine nature on a personal, cultural and spiritual level. We will use the stages of The Heroine’s Journey as a framework for our writing to look at the most significant moments in our lives. The journey often entails an initial separation from the mother and feminine values, seeking recognition and success from the metaphorical father, experiencing spiritual aridity and death, and turning inward to reclaim the power and spirit of the sacred feminine. Through memoir exercises and examining excerpts from published memoirs, we will write our own journey.

Speakers
avatar for Maureen Murdock

Maureen Murdock

Maureen Murdock, Ph.D. is the author of the best-selling book, The Heroine’s Journey, which explores the rich territory of the feminine psyche. This groundbreaking book was released by Shambhala Publications in 2020 in a 30th anniversary publication. It has been translated into... Read More →


Tuesday July 26, 2022 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Room 161 - Judge Science Center

8:30am EDT

Exploring the Realm of Dreams for Inspiration, Motivation and Creative Problem Solving
For centuries, writers like William Blake, Maya Angelou, Isabel Allende, Stephen King and many others have tapped into the rich imagery, metaphors and stories of their dreams to inspire and enrichen their writing.

Your dreams, sleep or conscious, have the power to:
  • Continuously inspire
  • Blast through fears and creative blocks
  • Provide concrete information for what to write, when to write, and steps to take to get that writing out into the world successfully.

In this workshop, you'll learn techniques to help you remember your dreams and record them in a dream journal; you'll learn several ways to use the material of your dreams for developing the initial idea or the meat of your book; and you'll learn how to use conscious dream techniques for answering book development questions, like title, chapters, and structure for nonfiction, and character, setting and conflict for fiction. Come learn the power of dreams to inspire and motivate your writing. 

Speakers
avatar for Paula Scardamalia

Paula Scardamalia

Paula Chaffee Scardamalia is book coach, dream and tarot intuitive and the author of In the Land of the Vultures (novel), and Tarot for the Fiction Writer. Her new book, Enchanting Creativity: With Fairy Tales, Dreams, Rituals, and Journals, will be released Summer 2022. For 20 years... Read More →


Tuesday July 26, 2022 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Room 128 - Judge Science Center 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

8:30am EDT

Writing for Your Self-Care: How to Start and Sustain a Wellness Writing Practice
In this workshop, discover what expressive or personal writing is and the evidence-based studies on its health benefits, including self-care, emotional and physical wellness, self-awareness and resilience.
Workshop subtopics:
  • How to set up a regular writing practice that’s sustainable for your busy life, work and family commitments.  
  • Tips for those days when writing is the very last thing you want to do
  • Instructor-led group writing exercises and invitations for optional sharing
  • When not to use expressive writing
  • A take-home list of resources to keep you motivated through your new writing practice, to access daily writing prompts and/or join a virtual community of wellness writers. Also, some publishing tips.
What you will need for this workshop: 
A pen, a notebook (or laptop), and a sense of excitement to meet other writers and to discover your unique writing voice.

Speakers
avatar for Aine Greaney

Aine Greaney

Áine Greaney has presented or led workshops at regional and national conferences, including the Examined Life Conference at the Carver School of Medicine (University of Iowa), the North Shore Cancer Resource, the Ferry Beach Retreat and Conference Center, the Youth at Risk Conference... Read More →


Tuesday July 26, 2022 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Room 357 - Judge Science Center

8:30am EDT

The Art and Craft of Poetry: Surprise Yourself
“I’m restless. Things are calling me away. My hair is being pulled by the stars again.” ~Anais Nin
"We write to taste life twice: in the moment and in retrospection." ~Anais Nin

Writing is a way of finding and creating meaning is our lives as well as creating art. We will write every day from prompts, poetry, props, music, and in-class experiences. Each class is different and unfolds in relation to the energy of the group. You will learn to write consistently from that place where words flow, time is suspended, and unplanned connections are made. You will engage all of your senses in the process of writing. We will explore process, product, and publication. You will confront your critic and find joy in the creative process. Come with lots of paper and ink. We will write freely and fast! 

Speakers
avatar for Linda Leedy Schneider

Linda Leedy Schneider

LINDA LEEDY SCHNEIDER, a psychotherapist in private practice and poetry mentor, was awarded The Contemporary American Poetry Prize by Chicago Poetry.  She has written six collections of poetry including Through My Window: Poetry of a Psychotherapist (Plain View Press).  A former... Read More →


Tuesday July 26, 2022 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Room 130 - Judge Science Center 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

10:00am EDT

BREAK
Tuesday July 26, 2022 10:00am - 10:15am EDT
Gerrish School of Business - LOBBY 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

10:15am EDT

Finding Our Stories: Active Imagination
“We are story. All of us.” But how do we find our stories? In this workshop we first will look at what and where is the story, and at what and where is the imagination. Then how do we access our imagination? C.G. Jung gives us a way which he called active imagination, to actively pursue our images. The way is ancient, from Plato (5th century BCE) to Meister Eckhart (14th century) to Margaret Atwood (20th century) images have opened the door to the inner world, to our creative self. We will practice active imagination to uncover our stories. We will craft them in journal entries, personal essays, short stories, or poems. And we will look at how in sharing them, “we change the world, one story at a time.” There will be handouts with excerpts from contemporary writers and writing exercises. The sessions will build on each other. All are welcome, for one day or the five days! (The two quotes are from Richard Wagamese, Native Canadian novelist, 1955-2017.)

Speakers
avatar for Susan Tiberghien

Susan Tiberghien

Susan Tiberghien is an American writer living in Geneva, Switzerland. For over 25 years she has been teaching creative writing at IWWG, C.G. Jung Societies, and writers’ centers, both in U.S. and in Europe. She is the author of four memoirs and the acclaimed One Year to a Writing... Read More →


Tuesday July 26, 2022 10:15am - 11:45am EDT
Room 128 - Judge Science Center 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

10:15am EDT

How to Write About Climate Change: A Postmodern Writing Workshop
In these times, when we cannot be sure of anything, postmodernism can give us multiple new ways to express our love of the earth. While traditional writing often ends in triumph, postmodern writers know the fragility of their goals may be unattainable, but are worth pursuing anyway.  
We will write, share our work and receive feedback in a supportive community.
This workshop will be new each day and will not be repeated.

Speakers
avatar for June Gould

June Gould

June Gould, Ph.D., is a poet, novelist and the non-fiction author of, The Writer in All of Us, E.P. Dutton, In the Shadow of Trains and Beyond the Margins. She has also co-written, Counting the Stones, a book of Holocaust poetry.  She is a Master writing teacher who has led International... Read More →


Tuesday July 26, 2022 10:15am - 11:45am EDT
Room 159 - Judge Science Center

10:15am EDT

Advanced Poetry Seminar
To Pre-register:  https://iwwg.wildapricot.org/event-4622872

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.

Speakers
avatar for Vanessa Jimenez Gabb

Vanessa Jimenez Gabb

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... Read More →


Tuesday July 26, 2022 10:15am - 11:45am EDT
Room 359 - Judge Science Center

10:15am EDT

ReVision YourSelf
Whose narrative are you living? Your mother’s? Your father’s? Your culture’s? One stuck in a status quo of your own design? If language constructs the self, then language can deconstruct, and reconstruct, the self. We are the original revision! Just as the human body is in a constant state of regeneration, we can ongoingly conceive ourselves anew. Through the reading and writing of prose and verse, we will reimagine—and liberate—our past, present, and future selves. Say helloooo to YOU 2.o!

Speakers
avatar for Marj Hahne

Marj Hahne

Marj Hahne is a freelance editor, writer, and writing teacher, and a 2015 MFA graduate from the Rainier Writing Workshop, with a concentration in poetry. She has performed and taught at over 100 venues around the country, as well as been featured on public radio and television programs... Read More →


Tuesday July 26, 2022 10:15am - 11:45am EDT
Room 357 - Judge Science Center

10:15am EDT

So you think your life is a movie?
No experience necessary! This six-day, cumulative class is not just for screenwriters. It is for novelists, memoirists, personal essayists, short-story writers or anyone who wants to learn to get to good story FAST. Linda focuses on the importance of a vivid log line and the industry standard, three-act STRUCTURE of a salable script. As an experienced buyer and seller in the entertainment industry, Linda uses popular films to teach you scene-writing, sub plots, plot points and act breaks. And on the last two days, she will stop and start an Academy Award film so you can see the structure of the film in action! Dialogue, character, research and the legal aspect of the process is also covered in this fun and entertaining class.

Speakers
avatar for Linda Bergman

Linda Bergman

Linda Bergman has written 24 films and produced 5 of them. She’s been nominated for an Emmy, Access Award, The Alpha Award, and the prestigious Writer's Guild Award. She’s taught in LA, NYC, Marin, San Miguel Allende and many locales for the IWWG. Linda wrote So You Think Your... Read More →


Tuesday July 26, 2022 10:15am - 11:45am EDT
Room 130 - Judge Science Center 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

10:15am EDT

WRITING SPRINTS
What is a Writing Sprint? A sprint is a dedicated block of time for writing whether alone or in a group with the goal of steadily putting words on the page without editing or analyzing as you go. Writing sprints can help you:
  • Write more as you allow the words to flow
  • Increase writing speed by letting the critical editing brain take a rest
  • Reach word count goals you have set for yourself for your WIP
  • Reach goals for number of pages written if that is how you want to measure your progress
We are inviting you to write with us at our annual Summer Conference. Each day’s writing sprints will be moderated, and we will write in three 25-minute blocks of time with a 5-minute break in-between. We’ll do three sprints and then use the last half-hour to talk about our work, ask questions of the moderator or other sprinters and get ready to keep going on your WIP.
You can participate in the writing sprints whether you are attending the conference or not as the sessions will be online as well as in person. In order to make the most of three days of sprints, know what WIP you want to work on. Come prepared. Decide if you just want to work on a particular chapter or use the sprints to develop scenes. If you want to set word goals for yourself, do so. The sessions only require that you show up and write.
The moderator will keep time and let you know when each break occurs and facilitate the discussion session at the end of each day’s sprint.
Writing sprints are all about quantity over quality. So let the internal editor take a break and don’t stop writing until the timer goes off.
Doing writing sprints with others is an easy way to hold yourself accountable and get more done on your project than you might otherwise do along.

Speakers
avatar for Cathleen O'Connor

Cathleen O'Connor

Cathleen O’Connor, PhD is a writer, speaker, teacher, coach, and intuitive who offers developmental editing, publishing, book layout, and marketing services to other writers. An intuitive dream analyst, she has been quoted in the Huffington Post and had articles published in Canada’s... Read More →


Tuesday July 26, 2022 10:15am - 12:15pm EDT
Zoom

12:00pm EDT

Lunch
Tuesday July 26, 2022 12:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Callahan Center (Dining Hall) 350 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

12:00pm EDT

IWWG BOOK SHOP
Tuesday July 26, 2022 12:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
LOBBY

1:00pm EDT

Build the Buzz: Your Marketing Strategy
Building the buzz in your brand and business is about more than trendy content and gaining new followers. Join me for an immersive learning experience where you will discover the simple science behind creating a profitable brand and social media strategy.

Speakers
avatar for Morgan Lett

Morgan Lett

Morgan Lett is an Atlanta native, millennial entrepreneur, and marketing creative. With a BBA in Hospitality Administration and over ten years of experience in event planning and content strategy, she is currently the owner and head writer of Morganlettinsights.com and founder of... Read More →


Tuesday July 26, 2022 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Room 359 - Judge Science Center

1:00pm EDT

Getting Below the Words: A Journey Through Soul Collage®
Working with images can take us deep. Images can get to “the words below the words” and can help us bridge the gap when there are experiences for which we don’t yet have the words. Working with SoulCollage® is like awake dream work. You will find that working with images
can be refreshing and can recharge your creative batteries. No previous “artist experience or skill” needed. Come with “beginners mind”, ready to engage in deep play and discovery! In this workshop, you will learn about the process of SoulCollage®. Each day we will cover a different facet of the process, and each day you will be able to create cards for your individual, intuitive deck of SoulCollage® cards. Part of the process is written dialogue with the images on the cards you have made. Each day, you will have the option to use some of the workshop time to write from your cards. Even though all art supplies will be furnished, please feel free to bring copies of photos of important people, animals, landscapes in your lives, or to bring any images that call 
to you between now and then. There will be a voluntary daily donation to help cover the cost of art supplies. 
SoulCollage® is a process for creating small collages on matboard. This process was developed by Seena Frost. For more background on SoulCollage®, visit www.soulcollage.com.

Speakers
avatar for Judith Prest

Judith Prest

Judith Prest is a poet, photographer, mixed media artist and creativity coach. Her poems have been published in several literary journals and in seven anthologies. Recently, her chapbook manuscript, After, was accepted by Finishing Line Press, and is scheduled to be in print by May... Read More →


Tuesday July 26, 2022 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Room 159 - Judge Science Center

1:00pm EDT

Rooted In Writing: The Earth, Air, Fire & Water Of Your Words
“The tides are in our veins, we still mirror the stars, life is your child, but there is in me...the eye that watched before there was an ocean.” Robinson JeffersYou already have all the elements of the world within you. You may have experienced climate change in your relationships, hurricanes of emotional storms, and rising tides in the ebb and flow of your life. In this workshop you will explore the wild, enchanting, engaging creative powers of the natural world, and the nature of your own inner landscapes. As you water the fertile earth of your past, and put your passions onto paper, you become more grounded in your words and their worth. This workshop offers inspiring prompts, handouts, and a generative space for intensive writing, deep listening, and supportive feedback. All genres and skill levels are welcome.


Speakers
avatar for Dorothy Randall Gray

Dorothy Randall Gray

Dorothy Randall Gray is the author of bestseller Soul Between The Lines (Avon/HarperCollins), an inspirational teacher, award-winning visual artist, and LA Poet-in- Residence. Her publications include Muse Blues, The Passion Collection, Woman, Fierce With Reality, Family, Tamarinda... Read More →


Tuesday July 26, 2022 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Room 130 - Judge Science Center 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

1:00pm EDT

Going Forth: Nostalgia and Memory
We can explore the difference between nostalgia and memory in the reading and writing of poems. Doing so gives the opportunity to reflect on the ways we relate to the past, history, and tradition, in order to extend our vision and our voice.

Speakers
avatar for Myra Shapiro

Myra Shapiro

Myra Shapiro, born in the Bronx, returned to New York City after forty-five years in Georgia and Tennessee where she raised two daughters and worked as a teacher and librarian. Her books of poetry are I'll See You Thursday and 12 Floors Above the Earth, her memoir, Four Sublets: Becoming... Read More →


Tuesday July 26, 2022 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Room 128 - Judge Science Center 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

1:45pm EDT

WRITING CIRCLE: Emergence: Finding Our Way In A Changed World
As we emerge from behind our masks into a very changed world, we need to navigate through an emotional landscape that is at once loving and volatile. How can we regain our balance and redefine need? Where does our wholeness reside?  Using prompts to push us towards Emergence, we will begin to find our way. 

Speakers
avatar for Margie Ann Stanko

Margie Ann Stanko

 Margie Ann Stanko is an award winning essayist and poet who has spent most of her adult life working with special populations, utilizing the creative arts to access increased self awareness and improved self acceptance.  For 5 years she taught writing at the  Mt. Sinai Hospital... Read More →


Tuesday July 26, 2022 1:45pm - 3:45pm EDT
Zoom

2:45pm EDT

Your Marketing Strategy – Creating Memes and More
This interactive workshop will demonstrate how to create memes, short videos, and other engaging content using online services such as Canva, iMovie, Inshot, and more. It will also instruct writers on how to utilize free streaming services such as YouTube and Vimeo for building a strong brand.

Speakers
avatar for Morgan Lett

Morgan Lett

Morgan Lett is an Atlanta native, millennial entrepreneur, and marketing creative. With a BBA in Hospitality Administration and over ten years of experience in event planning and content strategy, she is currently the owner and head writer of Morganlettinsights.com and founder of... Read More →


Tuesday July 26, 2022 2:45pm - 4:15pm EDT
Room 359 - Judge Science Center

2:45pm EDT

Advanced Seminar in Fiction Writing
To pre-register:  https://iwwg.wildapricot.org/event-4622851

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.

Award-winning fiction writer and MFA program professor Lynne Barrett will lead an advanced seminar in fiction writing, using short manuscripts that participants will submit in advance. Participants need to have some experience in writing fiction and may or may not yet been submitting their work for publication but must be open to suggestions for revision. This class aims to provide clear, constructive language for discussion of different aspects of writing and revising fiction, and through discussion will teach techniques including scenic development; building active characters; effective use of place; and handling point of view, time, exposition, and outcomes. In addition to receiving individual feedback, participants will benefit from reading, analyzing, and generously commenting on the works-in-progress of others. We will also discuss how editors, agents, and others read fiction submissions.
Fiction submitted can be a complete short story, a section of a story, novella, or novel, or multiple pieces of flash fiction, but in all cases must come to no more than 3,000 words. Work can be in any genre or category of fiction: realist, mystery, suspense, fantasy, sci-fi, historical, romance, western, etc., and can be for adults or YA audiences. Along with the manuscript, each participant will be asked to submit a brief statement of no more than 300 words indicating the state of the project and questions they have about it or challenges it has posed. The instructor then may use this statement in framing group discussion and/or in providing individual feedback. Full details about submission format and timing will be provided to participants after registration. 

Speakers
avatar for Lynne Barrett

Lynne Barrett

Lynne Barrett is the award-winning author of three short story collections The Secret Names of Women, The 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... Read More →


Tuesday July 26, 2022 2:45pm - 4:15pm EDT
Room 357 - Judge Science Center

2:45pm EDT

Create Your Novel’s Foundation
Are you struggling to start your novel or having trouble with one that you’re already writing? If so, this weeklong class will give you the support you need to move forward with clarity and confidence. Using a process learned at developed by Author Accelerator, book coach Rona Gofstein will guide you through 
1.      Fundamentals – including understanding why you are writing this book, the point of your story, who your ideal reader is and more
2.      Flow  – more than an outline (and it works for plotters, pantsers, and those in between) this will give you a path to write foward. Developing the “because of that” story summary, and writing an Inside Outline that will ensure your book has the emotional arc and cause-and-effect trajectory that drives a novel.
3.      Writing – Draft the opening and closing scenes of your novel
Bring your ideas, your concerns, your novel, and your questions.
Story Fundamentals (Day 1 & 2)
1.      Why write this book?
2.      What’s your point?
3.      One line summary of your story
4.      Define your genre
5.      Choose a title
6.      What are your comps?
7.      Learn your ideal reader
8.      Write your jacket copy
Story Structure (Day 3-5)
1.      Write a “because of that” summary (Day 3)
2.      Write the Inside Outline (Day 3 & 4)
3.      Write the opening scene (Day 5)
4.      Write the closing scene (Day 5)
5.      Using these pieces going forward: Writing & Revising (Day 5)

Speakers
avatar for Rona Gofstein

Rona Gofstein

Rona Gofstein is a published romance author and an Author Accelerator certified fiction book coach, specializing in romance and women's fiction. She’s long believed in the power of story to make an impact both on the writer and the reader. She's spoken on writing craft and business... Read More →


Tuesday July 26, 2022 2:45pm - 4:15pm EDT
Room 159 - Judge Science Center

2:45pm EDT

Hope and Renewal: How to Breathe New Life in Your Poetry
Have you been languishing in your writing life? Do you have an old poem that you want to dust off and make new? Are you struggling to put an experience into words that surprises and sharpens the senses? Join our study of Lyn Hejinian’s technique for unpredictability, and poets of hope like Ada Limon and e.e. cummings. From creating razor-sharp metaphors to injecting surprise and hope in your work, this workshop will include brief lectures and group exercises.

Speakers
avatar for Yun Wei

Yun Wei

Yun Wei received her MFA in poetry from Brooklyn College and studied at Georgetown University and London School of Economics. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in over 15 literary journals including The Boiler, Michigan Quarterly, Shenandoah, Summerset, Poetry Northwest and Wigleaf... Read More →


Tuesday July 26, 2022 2:45pm - 4:15pm EDT
Room 130 - Judge Science Center 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

2:45pm EDT

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.

Speakers
avatar for Kelly DuMar

Kelly DuMar

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... Read More →


Tuesday July 26, 2022 2:45pm - 5:45pm EDT
Room 128 - Judge Science Center 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

4:15pm EDT

BREAK
Tuesday July 26, 2022 4:15pm - 4:30pm EDT
Gerrish School of Business - LOBBY 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

4:30pm EDT

POETIC VALUE: How to Assess & Optimize Our Work’s Literary-ness
Just as a song is a note-by-note arrangement, just as a painting is a brushstroke-by-brushstroke composition, just as a dance is a move-by-move presentation, a poem is a word-by-word (-by-comma-by-line break) composition. In other words (ha!), a poem is a body of words (not a body of thoughts and feelings); a poem is a body of language’s gestures, just as any artwork is a body of its medium’s gestures. How, in our drafting and revising process, do we assess, smartfully and heartfully, the poetic value of our linguistic gestures? We will explore sample poems gesture-by-gesture—a depth of interrogation that will strengthen how we read and how we write any literary work. This is not a critique group, nor an editing workshop, but a discernment practice.


Speakers
avatar for Marj Hahne

Marj Hahne

Marj Hahne is a freelance editor, writer, and writing teacher, and a 2015 MFA graduate from the Rainier Writing Workshop, with a concentration in poetry. She has performed and taught at over 100 venues around the country, as well as been featured on public radio and television programs... Read More →


Tuesday July 26, 2022 4:30pm - 6:00pm EDT
Room 161 - Judge Science Center

5:00pm EDT

Dinner
Tuesday July 26, 2022 5:00pm - 6:30pm EDT
Callahan Center (Dining Hall) 350 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

7:00pm EDT

ALL VOICES OPEN MIC
Tuesday July 26, 2022 7:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Judge Science Center (Klebanoff Auditorium) 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

9:00pm EDT

SOCIALIZING AT GULLY's PUB
Tuesday July 26, 2022 9:00pm - 11:00pm EDT
Gully's Pub
 
Wednesday, July 27
 

7:30am EDT

Breakfast
Wednesday July 27, 2022 7:30am - 9:00am EDT
Callahan Center (Dining Hall) 350 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

8:30am EDT

Story Structure Superpowers!
This 5-day workshop covers the elements of story structure. 
  • Hook your readers from the beginning – create a first chapter that has the reader wanting more. 
  • Create a powerful narrative arc 
  • Give your reader a captivating ending. 
The first chapter is fun, the middle a bit of a struggle (for everyone!) and the last chapter sometimes an afterthought. No longer! You are in this course to claim your Story Structure Superpowers! And that means first chapters with an irresistible hook, last chapters that has the reader wanting to move in with you and a middle that hits all the right points on the story arc. This course is for writers of fiction, nonfiction and memoir – a good story is a good story! There will be ample time for reading and discussion. 
Please Note: this is not a critique class. In-class writing, and reading, will be based on the workshop material. Attendees are welcome to bring writing in progress or just work with the concepts presented in class. All levels welcome. 

Speakers
avatar for Cathleen O'Connor

Cathleen O'Connor

Cathleen O’Connor, PhD is a writer, speaker, teacher, coach, and intuitive who offers developmental editing, publishing, book layout, and marketing services to other writers. An intuitive dream analyst, she has been quoted in the Huffington Post and had articles published in Canada’s... Read More →


Wednesday July 27, 2022 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Room 359 - Judge Science Center

8:30am EDT

Ten Tips: An Intensive Workshop on Writing Your Personal Story
Pre-register here: https://iwwg.wildapricot.org/event-4622940

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, 2022Once 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.

Speakers
avatar for Judith Huge

Judith Huge

Judith Huge has spent over 30 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... Read More →


Wednesday July 27, 2022 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Room 159 - Judge Science Center

8:30am EDT

The Heroine’s Journey as a Narrative Structure for Memoir and Myth
Like Hermes, the archetypal mediator between the realms of heaven, earth and the underworld, the memoirist mediates between time past and time present. Memoirs bring forward an event of the past and re-enact it by giving it form in writing. Myth fuels the psychic desire of humans to understand their origins and therefore their destinies, and contemporary memoirs address some of the same archetypal themes found in ancient myths such as origins, the fall, the parent-child relationship, quest, descent, and return.

The story we tell ourselves and others gives us a sense of identity. It helps us organize our life in a way that gives it meaning and direction. Although not every memoir reflects a mythic theme, most memoir writers unconsciously reveal mythic themes in their desire to find meaning in their lives. Who am I? What is my tribe, my family? Where am I going? How do I make my way? What is my purpose? Both myth and memoir arise from a human need for connection and that is why memoirs are so popular in culture today. 

In 1949, Joseph Campbell presented a model of the mythological journey of the hero, which has since been used as a template for the psycho-spiritual development of the individual and a pattern for many screenplays. The mythic pattern we will explore, however, is the journey of the heroine, the quest to heal the deep wound of our feminine nature on a personal, cultural and spiritual level. We will use the stages of The Heroine’s Journey as a framework for our writing to look at the most significant moments in our lives. The journey often entails an initial separation from the mother and feminine values, seeking recognition and success from the metaphorical father, experiencing spiritual aridity and death, and turning inward to reclaim the power and spirit of the sacred feminine. Through memoir exercises and examining excerpts from published memoirs, we will write our own journey.

Speakers
avatar for Maureen Murdock

Maureen Murdock

Maureen Murdock, Ph.D. is the author of the best-selling book, The Heroine’s Journey, which explores the rich territory of the feminine psyche. This groundbreaking book was released by Shambhala Publications in 2020 in a 30th anniversary publication. It has been translated into... Read More →


Wednesday July 27, 2022 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Room 161 - Judge Science Center

8:30am EDT

Exploring the Realm of Dreams for Inspiration, Motivation and Creative Problem Solving
For centuries, writers like William Blake, Maya Angelou, Isabel Allende, Stephen King and many others have tapped into the rich imagery, metaphors and stories of their dreams to inspire and enrichen their writing.

Your dreams, sleep or conscious, have the power to:
  • Continuously inspire
  • Blast through fears and creative blocks
  • Provide concrete information for what to write, when to write, and steps to take to get that writing out into the world successfully.

In this workshop, you'll learn techniques to help you remember your dreams and record them in a dream journal; you'll learn several ways to use the material of your dreams for developing the initial idea or the meat of your book; and you'll learn how to use conscious dream techniques for answering book development questions, like title, chapters, and structure for nonfiction, and character, setting and conflict for fiction. Come learn the power of dreams to inspire and motivate your writing. 

Speakers
avatar for Paula Scardamalia

Paula Scardamalia

Paula Chaffee Scardamalia is book coach, dream and tarot intuitive and the author of In the Land of the Vultures (novel), and Tarot for the Fiction Writer. Her new book, Enchanting Creativity: With Fairy Tales, Dreams, Rituals, and Journals, will be released Summer 2022. For 20 years... Read More →


Wednesday July 27, 2022 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Room 128 - Judge Science Center 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

8:30am EDT

The Art and Craft of Poetry: Surprise Yourself
“I’m restless. Things are calling me away. My hair is being pulled by the stars again.” ~Anais Nin
"We write to taste life twice: in the moment and in retrospection." ~Anais Nin

Writing is a way of finding and creating meaning is our lives as well as creating art. We will write every day from prompts, poetry, props, music, and in-class experiences. Each class is different and unfolds in relation to the energy of the group. You will learn to write consistently from that place where words flow, time is suspended, and unplanned connections are made. You will engage all of your senses in the process of writing. We will explore process, product, and publication. You will confront your critic and find joy in the creative process. Come with lots of paper and ink. We will write freely and fast! 

Speakers
avatar for Linda Leedy Schneider

Linda Leedy Schneider

LINDA LEEDY SCHNEIDER, a psychotherapist in private practice and poetry mentor, was awarded The Contemporary American Poetry Prize by Chicago Poetry.  She has written six collections of poetry including Through My Window: Poetry of a Psychotherapist (Plain View Press).  A former... Read More →


Wednesday July 27, 2022 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Room 130 - Judge Science Center 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

10:00am EDT

BREAK
Wednesday July 27, 2022 10:00am - 10:15am EDT
Gerrish School of Business - LOBBY 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

10:15am EDT

Finding Our Stories: Active Imagination
“We are story. All of us.” But how do we find our stories? In this workshop we first will look at what and where is the story, and at what and where is the imagination. Then how do we access our imagination? C.G. Jung gives us a way which he called active imagination, to actively pursue our images. The way is ancient, from Plato (5th century BCE) to Meister Eckhart (14th century) to Margaret Atwood (20th century) images have opened the door to the inner world, to our creative self. We will practice active imagination to uncover our stories. We will craft them in journal entries, personal essays, short stories, or poems. And we will look at how in sharing them, “we change the world, one story at a time.” There will be handouts with excerpts from contemporary writers and writing exercises. The sessions will build on each other. All are welcome, for one day or the five days! (The two quotes are from Richard Wagamese, Native Canadian novelist, 1955-2017.)

Speakers
avatar for Susan Tiberghien

Susan Tiberghien

Susan Tiberghien is an American writer living in Geneva, Switzerland. For over 25 years she has been teaching creative writing at IWWG, C.G. Jung Societies, and writers’ centers, both in U.S. and in Europe. She is the author of four memoirs and the acclaimed One Year to a Writing... Read More →


Wednesday July 27, 2022 10:15am - 11:45am EDT
Room 128 - Judge Science Center 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

10:15am EDT

How to Write About Climate Change: A Postmodern Writing Workshop
In these times, when we cannot be sure of anything, postmodernism can give us multiple new ways to express our love of the earth. While traditional writing often ends in triumph, postmodern writers know the fragility of their goals may be unattainable, but are worth pursuing anyway.  
We will write, share our work and receive feedback in a supportive community.
This workshop will be new each day and will not be repeated.

Speakers
avatar for June Gould

June Gould

June Gould, Ph.D., is a poet, novelist and the non-fiction author of, The Writer in All of Us, E.P. Dutton, In the Shadow of Trains and Beyond the Margins. She has also co-written, Counting the Stones, a book of Holocaust poetry.  She is a Master writing teacher who has led International... Read More →


Wednesday July 27, 2022 10:15am - 11:45am EDT
Room 159 - Judge Science Center

10:15am EDT

Advanced Poetry Seminar
To Pre-register:  https://iwwg.wildapricot.org/event-4622872

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.

Speakers
avatar for Vanessa Jimenez Gabb

Vanessa Jimenez Gabb

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... Read More →


Wednesday July 27, 2022 10:15am - 11:45am EDT
Room 359 - Judge Science Center

10:15am EDT

ReVision YourSelf
Whose narrative are you living? Your mother’s? Your father’s? Your culture’s? One stuck in a status quo of your own design? If language constructs the self, then language can deconstruct, and reconstruct, the self. We are the original revision! Just as the human body is in a constant state of regeneration, we can ongoingly conceive ourselves anew. Through the reading and writing of prose and verse, we will reimagine—and liberate—our past, present, and future selves. Say helloooo to YOU 2.o!

Speakers
avatar for Marj Hahne

Marj Hahne

Marj Hahne is a freelance editor, writer, and writing teacher, and a 2015 MFA graduate from the Rainier Writing Workshop, with a concentration in poetry. She has performed and taught at over 100 venues around the country, as well as been featured on public radio and television programs... Read More →


Wednesday July 27, 2022 10:15am - 11:45am EDT
Room 357 - Judge Science Center

10:15am EDT

So you think your life is a movie?
No experience necessary! This six-day, cumulative class is not just for screenwriters. It is for novelists, memoirists, personal essayists, short-story writers or anyone who wants to learn to get to good story FAST. Linda focuses on the importance of a vivid log line and the industry standard, three-act STRUCTURE of a salable script. As an experienced buyer and seller in the entertainment industry, Linda uses popular films to teach you scene-writing, sub plots, plot points and act breaks. And on the last two days, she will stop and start an Academy Award film so you can see the structure of the film in action! Dialogue, character, research and the legal aspect of the process is also covered in this fun and entertaining class.

Speakers
avatar for Linda Bergman

Linda Bergman

Linda Bergman has written 24 films and produced 5 of them. She’s been nominated for an Emmy, Access Award, The Alpha Award, and the prestigious Writer's Guild Award. She’s taught in LA, NYC, Marin, San Miguel Allende and many locales for the IWWG. Linda wrote So You Think Your... Read More →


Wednesday July 27, 2022 10:15am - 11:45am EDT
Room 130 - Judge Science Center 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

10:15am EDT

WRITING SPRINTS
What is a Writing Sprint? A sprint is a dedicated block of time for writing whether alone or in a group with the goal of steadily putting words on the page without editing or analyzing as you go. Writing sprints can help you:
  • Write more as you allow the words to flow
  • Increase writing speed by letting the critical editing brain take a rest
  • Reach word count goals you have set for yourself for your WIP
  • Reach goals for number of pages written if that is how you want to measure your progress
We are inviting you to write with us at our annual Summer Conference. Each day’s writing sprints will be moderated, and we will write in three 25-minute blocks of time with a 5-minute break in-between. We’ll do three sprints and then use the last half-hour to talk about our work, ask questions of the moderator or other sprinters and get ready to keep going on your WIP.
You can participate in the writing sprints whether you are attending the conference or not as the sessions will be online as well as in person. In order to make the most of three days of sprints, know what WIP you want to work on. Come prepared. Decide if you just want to work on a particular chapter or use the sprints to develop scenes. If you want to set word goals for yourself, do so. The sessions only require that you show up and write.
The moderator will keep time and let you know when each break occurs and facilitate the discussion session at the end of each day’s sprint.
Writing sprints are all about quantity over quality. So let the internal editor take a break and don’t stop writing until the timer goes off.
Doing writing sprints with others is an easy way to hold yourself accountable and get more done on your project than you might otherwise do along.

Speakers
avatar for Cathleen O'Connor

Cathleen O'Connor

Cathleen O’Connor, PhD is a writer, speaker, teacher, coach, and intuitive who offers developmental editing, publishing, book layout, and marketing services to other writers. An intuitive dream analyst, she has been quoted in the Huffington Post and had articles published in Canada’s... Read More →


Wednesday July 27, 2022 10:15am - 12:15pm EDT
Zoom

12:00pm EDT

Lunch
Wednesday July 27, 2022 12:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Callahan Center (Dining Hall) 350 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

1:00pm EDT

Getting Below the Words: A Journey Through Soul Collage®
Working with images can take us deep. Images can get to “the words below the words” and can help us bridge the gap when there are experiences for which we don’t yet have the words. Working with SoulCollage® is like awake dream work. You will find that working with images
can be refreshing and can recharge your creative batteries. No previous “artist experience or skill” needed. Come with “beginners mind”, ready to engage in deep play and discovery! In this workshop, you will learn about the process of SoulCollage®. Each day we will cover a different facet of the process, and each day you will be able to create cards for your individual, intuitive deck of SoulCollage® cards. Part of the process is written dialogue with the images on the cards you have made. Each day, you will have the option to use some of the workshop time to write from your cards. Even though all art supplies will be furnished, please feel free to bring copies of photos of important people, animals, landscapes in your lives, or to bring any images that call 
to you between now and then. There will be a voluntary daily donation to help cover the cost of art supplies. 
SoulCollage® is a process for creating small collages on matboard. This process was developed by Seena Frost. For more background on SoulCollage®, visit www.soulcollage.com.

Speakers
avatar for Judith Prest

Judith Prest

Judith Prest is a poet, photographer, mixed media artist and creativity coach. Her poems have been published in several literary journals and in seven anthologies. Recently, her chapbook manuscript, After, was accepted by Finishing Line Press, and is scheduled to be in print by May... Read More →


Wednesday July 27, 2022 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Room 159 - Judge Science Center

1:00pm EDT

Rooted In Writing: The Earth, Air, Fire & Water Of Your Words
“The tides are in our veins, we still mirror the stars, life is your child, but there is in me...the eye that watched before there was an ocean.” Robinson JeffersYou already have all the elements of the world within you. You may have experienced climate change in your relationships, hurricanes of emotional storms, and rising tides in the ebb and flow of your life. In this workshop you will explore the wild, enchanting, engaging creative powers of the natural world, and the nature of your own inner landscapes. As you water the fertile earth of your past, and put your passions onto paper, you become more grounded in your words and their worth. This workshop offers inspiring prompts, handouts, and a generative space for intensive writing, deep listening, and supportive feedback. All genres and skill levels are welcome.


Speakers
avatar for Dorothy Randall Gray

Dorothy Randall Gray

Dorothy Randall Gray is the author of bestseller Soul Between The Lines (Avon/HarperCollins), an inspirational teacher, award-winning visual artist, and LA Poet-in- Residence. Her publications include Muse Blues, The Passion Collection, Woman, Fierce With Reality, Family, Tamarinda... Read More →


Wednesday July 27, 2022 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Room 130 - Judge Science Center 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

1:00pm EDT

Going Forth: Nostalgia and Memory
We can explore the difference between nostalgia and memory in the reading and writing of poems. Doing so gives the opportunity to reflect on the ways we relate to the past, history, and tradition, in order to extend our vision and our voice.

Speakers
avatar for Myra Shapiro

Myra Shapiro

Myra Shapiro, born in the Bronx, returned to New York City after forty-five years in Georgia and Tennessee where she raised two daughters and worked as a teacher and librarian. Her books of poetry are I'll See You Thursday and 12 Floors Above the Earth, her memoir, Four Sublets: Becoming... Read More →


Wednesday July 27, 2022 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Room 128 - Judge Science Center 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

1:45pm EDT

WRITING CIRCLE: Emergence: Finding Our Way In A Changed World
As we emerge from behind our masks into a very changed world, we need to navigate through an emotional landscape that is at once loving and volatile. How can we regain our balance and redefine need? Where does our wholeness reside?  Using prompts to push us towards Emergence, we will begin to find our way. 

Speakers
avatar for Margie Ann Stanko

Margie Ann Stanko

 Margie Ann Stanko is an award winning essayist and poet who has spent most of her adult life working with special populations, utilizing the creative arts to access increased self awareness and improved self acceptance.  For 5 years she taught writing at the  Mt. Sinai Hospital... Read More →


Wednesday July 27, 2022 1:45pm - 3:45pm EDT
Zoom

2:45pm EDT

Advanced Seminar in Fiction Writing
To pre-register:  https://iwwg.wildapricot.org/event-4622851

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.

Award-winning fiction writer and MFA program professor Lynne Barrett will lead an advanced seminar in fiction writing, using short manuscripts that participants will submit in advance. Participants need to have some experience in writing fiction and may or may not yet been submitting their work for publication but must be open to suggestions for revision. This class aims to provide clear, constructive language for discussion of different aspects of writing and revising fiction, and through discussion will teach techniques including scenic development; building active characters; effective use of place; and handling point of view, time, exposition, and outcomes. In addition to receiving individual feedback, participants will benefit from reading, analyzing, and generously commenting on the works-in-progress of others. We will also discuss how editors, agents, and others read fiction submissions.
Fiction submitted can be a complete short story, a section of a story, novella, or novel, or multiple pieces of flash fiction, but in all cases must come to no more than 3,000 words. Work can be in any genre or category of fiction: realist, mystery, suspense, fantasy, sci-fi, historical, romance, western, etc., and can be for adults or YA audiences. Along with the manuscript, each participant will be asked to submit a brief statement of no more than 300 words indicating the state of the project and questions they have about it or challenges it has posed. The instructor then may use this statement in framing group discussion and/or in providing individual feedback. Full details about submission format and timing will be provided to participants after registration. 

Speakers
avatar for Lynne Barrett

Lynne Barrett

Lynne Barrett is the award-winning author of three short story collections The Secret Names of Women, The 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... Read More →


Wednesday July 27, 2022 2:45pm - 4:15pm EDT
Room 357 - Judge Science Center

2:45pm EDT

Create Your Novel’s Foundation
Are you struggling to start your novel or having trouble with one that you’re already writing? If so, this weeklong class will give you the support you need to move forward with clarity and confidence. Using a process learned at developed by Author Accelerator, book coach Rona Gofstein will guide you through 
1.      Fundamentals – including understanding why you are writing this book, the point of your story, who your ideal reader is and more
2.      Flow  – more than an outline (and it works for plotters, pantsers, and those in between) this will give you a path to write foward. Developing the “because of that” story summary, and writing an Inside Outline that will ensure your book has the emotional arc and cause-and-effect trajectory that drives a novel.
3.      Writing – Draft the opening and closing scenes of your novel
Bring your ideas, your concerns, your novel, and your questions.
Story Fundamentals (Day 1 & 2)
1.      Why write this book?
2.      What’s your point?
3.      One line summary of your story
4.      Define your genre
5.      Choose a title
6.      What are your comps?
7.      Learn your ideal reader
8.      Write your jacket copy
Story Structure (Day 3-5)
1.      Write a “because of that” summary (Day 3)
2.      Write the Inside Outline (Day 3 & 4)
3.      Write the opening scene (Day 5)
4.      Write the closing scene (Day 5)
5.      Using these pieces going forward: Writing & Revising (Day 5)

Speakers
avatar for Rona Gofstein

Rona Gofstein

Rona Gofstein is a published romance author and an Author Accelerator certified fiction book coach, specializing in romance and women's fiction. She’s long believed in the power of story to make an impact both on the writer and the reader. She's spoken on writing craft and business... Read More →


Wednesday July 27, 2022 2:45pm - 4:15pm EDT
Room 159 - Judge Science Center

2:45pm EDT

Hope and Renewal: How to Breathe New Life in Your Poetry
Have you been languishing in your writing life? Do you have an old poem that you want to dust off and make new? Are you struggling to put an experience into words that surprises and sharpens the senses? Join our study of Lyn Hejinian’s technique for unpredictability, and poets of hope like Ada Limon and e.e. cummings. From creating razor-sharp metaphors to injecting surprise and hope in your work, this workshop will include brief lectures and group exercises.

Speakers
avatar for Yun Wei

Yun Wei

Yun Wei received her MFA in poetry from Brooklyn College and studied at Georgetown University and London School of Economics. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in over 15 literary journals including The Boiler, Michigan Quarterly, Shenandoah, Summerset, Poetry Northwest and Wigleaf... Read More →


Wednesday July 27, 2022 2:45pm - 4:15pm EDT
Room 130 - Judge Science Center 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

2:45pm EDT

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.

Speakers
avatar for Kelly DuMar

Kelly DuMar

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... Read More →


Wednesday July 27, 2022 2:45pm - 5:45pm EDT
Room 128 - Judge Science Center 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

4:15pm EDT

BREAK
Wednesday July 27, 2022 4:15pm - 4:30pm EDT
Gerrish School of Business - LOBBY 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

5:00pm EDT

Dinner
Wednesday July 27, 2022 5:00pm - 6:30pm EDT
Callahan Center (Dining Hall) 350 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

7:00pm EDT

ALL VOICES OPEN MIC
Wednesday July 27, 2022 7:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Judge Science Center (Klebanoff Auditorium) 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

9:00pm EDT

SOCIALIZING AT GULLY's PUB
Wednesday July 27, 2022 9:00pm - 11:00pm EDT
Gully's Pub
 
Thursday, July 28
 

7:30am EDT

Breakfast
Thursday July 28, 2022 7:30am - 9:00am EDT
Callahan Center (Dining Hall) 350 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

8:30am EDT

DEBRIEF: So you think your life is a movie?
No experience necessary! This six-day, cumulative class is not just for screenwriters. It is for novelists, memoirists, personal essayists, short-story writers or anyone who wants to learn to get to good story FAST. Linda focuses on the importance of a vivid log line and the industry standard, three-act STRUCTURE of a salable script. As an experienced buyer and seller in the entertainment industry, Linda uses popular films to teach you scene-writing, sub plots, plot points and act breaks. And on the last two days, she will stop and start an Academy Award film so you can see the structure of the film in action! Dialogue, character, research and the legal aspect of the process is also covered in this fun and entertaining class.

Speakers
avatar for Linda Bergman

Linda Bergman

Linda Bergman has written 24 films and produced 5 of them. She’s been nominated for an Emmy, Access Award, The Alpha Award, and the prestigious Writer's Guild Award. She’s taught in LA, NYC, Marin, San Miguel Allende and many locales for the IWWG. Linda wrote So You Think Your... Read More →


Thursday July 28, 2022 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Room 130 - Judge Science Center 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

8:30am EDT

Play Lab Intensive Debrief
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.

Speakers
avatar for Kelly DuMar

Kelly DuMar

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... Read More →


Thursday July 28, 2022 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Room 128 - Judge Science Center 354 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915, USA

11:00am EDT

Closing Session
Details coming soon...

Thursday July 28, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT