2013 Summer Conference Workshop Instructors

Mel Ryane

Mel Ryane

Mel Ryane is bringing her workshop, "From Page to Podium," to the IWWG after teaching it at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House in New Mexico and the Women's Words Conference in Edmonton, Alberta.

In focusing on public speaking for writers, Mel will be drawing from her distinguished acting career on stage and screen in the U.S. and her native Canada. She has also worked as an acting and dialogue coach on film and TV projects, including the hit sitcom "Seinfeld," and taught presentation technique at the corporate level.

Mel was accepted into the Directing Workshop for Women at the prestigious American Film Institute, where she directed her short film, "Stepping on the Cracks." She also wrote a sitcom pilot that was optioned in Canada, and wrote and directed a play for the du Maurier World Stage Festival.

Her memoir, "Teaching Will: What Ten Kids Gave Me That Hollywood Couldn't" and first novel, "Nobody's Dolly," have secured literary representation. She is currently in revision on her second novel, "A Novel Class."

An avid blogger, Mel writes about her volunteering experiences at "Teaching Will" and about her travels around the world at "On Location." Both can be found at www.melryane.com.

 

Cathleen O'Connor

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Cathleen O'Connor, PhD is a writer, inspirational speaker, dream analyst, and life/business coach. A frequent radio guest and keynote speaker, she co-hosts her own weekly radio show (A Moment of Change) with celebrity psychotherapist Sherry Gaba Tuesdays from 6:00-7:00pm ET on CBS Radio’s The Sky. Her first publications were two pieces of poetry published in the 1980s in an anthology for a local publisher. In 2007 she wrote her fiction book Harriet Takes the Wheel, a fable for women about work-life balance. Originally agented and considered by McGraw-Hill, Cathleen ultimately self-published the book to use in her corporate consulting work.

In 2010 Cathleen authored The Everything Law of Attraction Dream Dictionary (Adams Media, 2010), a non-fiction guide to practical spirituality and dream interpretation. In 2011, Cathleen co-authored a memoir compilation by Inspired Living publishing entitled Embracing Your Authentic Self that became a best seller in the U.S. and Germany.

Cathleen has offered video teaching (live stream) for the Learning Annex in 2011 and has been invited to offer in-person classes via the new Learning Annex online in 2013. She has lectured and taught workshops at many venues in the tri-state area including Omega Institute, Wainwright House, the Dobbs Ferry Women’s Club, the Professional Women of Putnam and many more. Online, Cathleen has offered programs for GlobalTeleClass and has participated in online Telesummits on Happiness and Mediumship. Cathleen is also in the process of joining the Speaker’s Board for Over 40 Females, a national organization that empowers women through networking and will be speaking at several of their venues in 2013.

Cathleen has been featured in print and online magazines, most recently (in 2012) in Canada’s ALIVE Magazine on the subject of work-life balance and in the Huffington Post as an expert source for a series on dreams.

Cathleen’s websites are www.cathleenoconnor.com and www.thebalancewhisperer.com. In addition she is a co-founder and partner in the business www.spiritualliving.com, an online resource for igniting the universal heart through spirituality.

Cathleen has a PhD in Metaphysical Counseling, an MBA in Finance and is a Reiki Master and Certified Hypnotist. She is currently at work on a new release (summer 2013) of her fable on work-life balance with Balboa Press and also on a non-fiction book on productivity that will be released in early 2014.

Facebook: metacathleen
Twitter: @CathleenOConnor

 

Maureen Murdock

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Maureen Murdock, Ph.D., teaches weekly memoir classes in Santa Barbara and leads memoir workshops internationally. Since 1990, she has taught creative writing in the UCLA Extensions Writers’ Program where she received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award in 1995. She is the author of the best-selling book, The Heroine’s Journey, which explores the rich territory of the feminine psyche and delineates the feminine psycho-spiritual journey. Murdock is also the author of Fathers’ Daughters: Breaking the Ties that Bind; Unreliable Truth: On Memoir and Memory; Spinning Inward: Using Guided Imagery with Children; and The Heroine’s Journey Workbook. She is the editor of an anthology of memoir writing entitled Monday Morning Memoirs: Women in the Second Half of Life and has recently completed a memoir entitled Hooked on Hope: A Mother’s Tale.  She has also written pieces for the Huffington Post on criminal justice and mental illness. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages. You can read her blog at http://maureenmurdockblog.com.

 

Enid Madaras

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“I write for the sheer joy of it. For me, writing is the creative mortar that holds life together and so I write as both art and meditation. My professional career has been as a college lecturer in English, Psychology, Sociology, French and feminist theory. In recent years I have been repairing an old farm in Pennsylvania where I have raised children, milked dairy goats, boarded horses, written poetry, run a homeschool coop and supported the arts and women's creativity. I founded and direct Stone Soup Women's Retreat and The Lyme Education Project, and work for Planned Parenthood and for myself, planting a thousand and a half trees on our farm to create a forest preserve. I am a Quaker, a world traveller, an ex Peace Corps volunteer, a student of Jungian psychology and of the sacred Feminine. I published a doctoral thesis for Harvard Graduate School of Education, Journeys Inward: Three Women's Growth Through the Entry Into Motherhood, and have been a contributing author to various publications on education, health, and environmental topics. I am working on a book of memories which has so far been distributed only by email, and am locally famous for my ability to pick off a groundhog from 100 yards with my grampy's antique Winchester."

 

Ann M. DeVenezia

Ann M. DeVenezia

Dr. Ann M. DeVenezia is the author of three collections: the award-winning Grave Rubbings: New and Selected Poems (2004), Riding My Tricycle: Poetry of Dreams and Visions (2006), and Telling Abuse: New Poems (2008). A former high school English teacher, she graduated from the College of Saint Elizabeth. Her Master of Letters in Humanities and Doctor of Letters in Creative Writing are from Drew University. She is the recipient of the Michael Ellis Award for her thesis “Dostoevsky’s Debt to Dickens” and a Dodge Grant for a study of the interrelationship of the arts. She has traveled widely in Europe, Russia, and China.

Her poetry appears and/or is forthcoming in Asphodel, Caduceus, Edison Literary Review, Italian Americana, Lips, Louisiana Literature, Paterson Literary Review, Poet Lore, Rattle, Red River Review, Tar River Poetry, and the anthology The Crafty Poet: a Portable Workshop, among others.
 

Julie Maloney

Julie Maloney

Julie Maloney has worked in the arts as a performer and educator her entire life. She holds a B.A. in English from New Jersey City University and an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Julie performed professionally for several modern dance companies in New York City and was artistic director, choreographer and principal dancer of the Julie Maloney Dance Company for thirteen years. The University of North Carolina has honored her with a Distinguished Alumna Award.

Julie is a writer, photographer and teacher.  In 2003, Julie founded WOMEN READING ALOUD, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting women writers through workshops, retreats and special literary events. Visit www.womenreadingaloud.org. She is a trained workshop leader in the Amherst Writers and Artists Method and has been leading workshops for the past twelve years to writers of all genres – all levels. Her book, Private Landscape, a book of poetry, was released in the fall, 2007. Her work has been published in several literary anthologies including the Paterson Literary Review, TIFERET, WomenKin and MORE magazine. She is a frequent speaker on writing and the creative process and established the series, Writing To Heal, for the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center in New Jersey. Her debut novel is represented by a NYC literary agent. Her latest keynote address delivered in 2013 in Palm Springs, California, focused on women in transition. She returns in June to the island of Alonnisos in Greece for the third year to lead an international writer’s retreat.

 

Lauren B. Davis

Lauren B. Davis

Lauren B. Davis’s most recent novel is THE EMPTY ROOM, to be published by Harper Collins Canada in May, 2013, a searing, raw and powerful a portrayal of the chaos and pain of alcoholism. Told with compassion, insight and an irresistible gallows humor, THE EMPTY ROOM takes us to the depths of addiction, only to find a revelation at its heart: the importance and grace of one person reaching out to another.

Her previous novel, OUR DAILY BREAD, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and named as one of the “Best Books of the Year” by The Globe & Mail and The Boston Globe

She is also the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed novels, THE RADIANT CITY, a finalist for the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize; and THE STUBBORN SEASON, a named as one of the Top 15 Bestselling First Novels by Amazon.ca and Books in Canada.  She has also published two short story collections, AN UNREHEARSED DESIRE and RAT MEDICINE & OTHER UNLIKELY CURATIVES.  Her short fiction has been shortlisted for the CBC Literary Awards, the ReLit Award and she is the recipient of two Mid-Career Writer Sustaining grants from the Canadian Council for the Arts. Lauren reviews books for Truthdig.com, THE GLOBE & MAIL and THE LITERARY REVIEW OF CANADA. A well-respected creative writing teacher who has taught in Geneva, Paris and Ireland, as well as in the USA and Canada, she is also a past Mentor with the Humber College Creative Writing by Correspondence Program, and past Writer-in-Residence at Trinity Church, Princeton. She now leads monthly SHARPENING THE QUILL writing workshops in Princeton, New Jersey.

Lauren was born in Montreal but lived in France for ten years from 1994-2004.  She and her husband, Ron, moved to Princeton in 2004, where they now live with their dog, Bailey, known as the Rescuepoo.  For more information, please visit her website at:  www.laurenbdavis.com

Facebook: Laurenbdaviswriter
Twitter: @LaurenBDavis

 

Robyn Hatcher

Robyn Hatcher

Having been an extremely shy child, Robyn is now on a mission to help elevate the way individuals communicate. For the past 17 years, Robyn and SpeakEtc. have helped thousands of business professionals improve their presentations, conversations and interpersonal communication skills. SpeakEtc. helps clients polish the non-verbal elements of communication–body language, gestures, vocal quality as well as the verbal–word choice, content and organization to become more powerful and engaging communicators. Her unique approach identifies and works with client’s strengths, core values, and passion.

In addition to her work with entrepreneurs, individual business professionals and corporations, Robyn is an adjunct professor at New York City’s Baruch College and The Fashion Institute of Technology, a master trainer and curriculum developer with Leadership Transformation Group, LLC; and a trainer/performer with Performance Plus, an innovative management training and employee development program whose clients include: Morgan Stanley, Bank of America and Wachovia. Robyn is a member of the Writers Guild of America East, Screen Actors Guild, Actors Equity and American Federation of Radio and Television Artists. She is also an active member of several professional organizations; Savor the Success, Ladies Who Launch, Step Up Women’s Network & New York Women in Communications and is an appointed member of Manhattan’s Community Board 5. Robyn is also an award winning professional actress and a TV and Film writer. She has appeared on TV in commercials and dramas and was recently awarded Best Actress in a Short Film at the Golden Door International Film Festival for her work in “Asbury Park.” Her voice can be heard on several radio commercials. She is a contributor to American Express Open Forum and has a book in development with Motivational Press.

Robyn uses her extensive experience to create innovative material and bring out the dynamism in every person she coaches. Her warm, humanistic approach and passion for her work encourages learners to push through their fears and into their greatness.

Facebook:  SpeakEtc
Twitter:  @SpeakETC

 

Kelly DuMar

Kelly DuMar

Kelly DuMar is a playwright, poet, fiction writer and author of a non-fiction book, Before You Forget – The Wisdom of Writing Diaries for Your Children. She has over thirty years of experience helping people write creatively in dynamic workshops that incorporate Playback Theatre and other dynamic approaches to storytelling.  Kelly’s plays, short stories and poems are inspired by nature, family, and her belief in the artistry of shared stories to transform individuals and communities. Her most recent publications include short stories in “Sliver of Stone,” "Open Road Review," "Literary Mama," “Red Earth Review,” poems in "Lingerpost,” "Blast Furnace," “*82 Review,” “Emerge,” “Apeiron,” and “Sugared Water,” and short plays by Art Age and “Foxing Quarterly."

Kelly’s plays have been performed around the US and Toronto and her award winning published plays include: Hothouse, a one-act comedy, Heuer Publishing; Bloom, a10-minute play, Heuer Publishing; Practicing Peace, a ten-minute play, Brooklyn Publishing; The Adventures of Rocky & Skye, a one-act comedy, Youth Plays; Cloud Jumping  & The Baby Artists, comic duets, Winners Competition Series Volume 2: Award-winning, 90-Second Comic Scenes for Ages 4-12, Smith & Kraus, and Everything Blows Away, by Art Age.

Kelly founded and produces the annual Our Voices Festival of Boston Area Women Playwrights held at Wellesley College, now in its 8th year. As board member and past President of Playwrights’ Platform, Kelly facilitated bi-monthly play critique groups for dozens of playwrights and helped produce the annual Playwrights’ Platform Annual Festival in Boston. Kelly has an M.Ed. from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and a B.A., English, University of Mass., Amherst (Phi Beta Kappa).  She’s a certified psychodramatist, a Fellow in the American Society for Group Psychotherapy & Psychodrama, a member of International Women’s Writing Guild, Playback North America and a member of the Dramatist’s Guild.

You can learn more about Kelly at www.kellydumar.com, or follow her @myenvia on Twitter.

Heather Cariou

Heather Cariou

 Ms. Cariou is the best-selling author of “Sixtyfive Roses: A Sister’s Memoir,” foreword by Celine Dion, a Globe and Mail Best 100 Books of 2006, a 2010 Canada Reads Top 40 Finalist, and a 2008 Target Stores Recommend Read. She was a founding member and Board member of the Ontario Youtheatre, a founding member of the Center for Actor’s Study in Toronto, and enjoyed a professional theatre career lasting twenty years, acting on stages across Canada and off-Broadway.  She was a founding member of the Galaxy Writers Workshop in New Jersey, and for 20 years was a board member of the International Women’s Writing Guild. As a writer learning her craft she participated in the Humber College Mentor Program, the Aspen Writer’s Conference, the Mid-Atlantic Creative Non-fiction Writer’s Conference, and the IWWG Summer and Big Apple writing conferences. 

Ms. Cariou recently returned to school after 40 years to complete her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and in September will begin earning her Master of Science in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University.  She has taught writing workshops in Ireland, Canada and U.S., including the IWWG, Story Circle Network, Women Writers and Artists Matrix, and most recently the Women’s Voices for (a) Change symposium.  She has spoken to and inspired groups both small and large, keynoting such organizations such as Kin Canada, Cystic Fibrosis Canada, and the Story Circle Network for Women “Stories from the Heart” Conference. 

Her favorite quote is by Ralph Waldo Emerson:  "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."

 

Alice Orr

Alice Orr

Alice Orr’s personal muse led her to a life in publishing—as teacher and writer, editor and literary agent. She was book editor for a New York City publishing house.  With that experience to build on, she opened Alice Orr Literary Agency, also in New York, and worked with many talented, successful authors including New York Times bestsellers and numerous award winners.

Before, during and since all of that – she has been a writer with many articles, essays, eleven novels and two novellas published so far. Her fiction has received national awards and appeared on Amazon’s list of the most popular titles from her publisher & imprint.

She wrote her nonfiction book, No More Rejections: 50 Secrets to Writing a ManuscriptThat Sells, as a gift to the writing community she loves. It is a comprehensive guide to creating stories with agent-editor appeal. Amazon.com says, “This book has it all.”

Her current writing work includes A Blessing for Bethany the first book in a romance novel series titled Hearts of Hudson Hill – and Lifted to the Light: A Story of Struggle and Kindness, the memoir of her cancer experience and the people who carried her through.

Alice lectures nationally on writing and publishing. Her goal and her passion are to help authors take power over the fate of their writing work, their writing careers and their writers’ psyches as they confront the publishing marketplace. She also conducts workshops on memoir writing and storytelling for personal growth.

Alice regularly shares her knowledge of writing and publishing on her blog http://publishingsensefromaliceorr.blogspot.com.

Alice is past president of the New York City Chapter of Mystery Writers of America and past Vice-President of Sisters in Crime Mid-Atlantic Chapter. She was named Agent of the Year by both the New Jersey and New York Chapters of Romance Writers of America, and Editor of the Year by the National Booklovers Convention.

Alice is married and has two grown children and two perfect grandchildren.  She and her husband Jonathan live in New York City.

Facebook: aliceorrwriter
Twitter: @AliceOrrSeminar

 

Eunice Scarfe

Eunice Scarfe

Eunice Scarfe is an award-winning short story writer (winner of Short Fiction prizes from UBC’s Prism International and Event magazine at the U of Alaska) and her stories have been published widely in anthologies and literary magazines such as Best Stories in Canada and the Malahat Review. Her writing has been supported by grants from Canada Council and the Alberta Foundation for the Literary Arts as well as by residencies at Chateau Lavigny, the Espy Foundation and the Leighton Colony at the Banff Centre.

As the owner of Saga Seminars (www.sagaseminars.com), Eunice has taught and consulted with women writers since finishing her MFA. She was co-founder of the first Women's Summer Writing Institute at the U of Alberta (now celebrating its 20th year) for which she was given the first Design for Life-Long Learning Award. She has taught for the IWWG since 1995 and has nothing but admiration and respect for women whose creativity requires a writing life. She lives in Victoria, BC on Vancouver Island, once again in sight of the Olympic Mountains that frame the city of Seattle where she grew up.

 

Mary Beth Coudal

Mary Beth Coudal

Mary Beth Coudal is an award-winning blogger and comic. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, Salon.com, and Self magazine.  Mary Beth is the co-founder and co-owner of Boot Camp For Writers, a service for writers.

On her blog, To Pursue Happiness, she asks the big questions and looks for the big answers in her pursuit of happiness. She offers corporate communications trainings at http://www.coudalcreative.com/. For fun, Coudal performs improv comedy.

Facebook:  WritersBootCampEastAndWest
Twitter:  @MaryBethC

 

Myra Shapiro

Myra Shapiro

Myra Shapiro is the author of I'll See You Thursday (Blue Sofa Press, 1996) and a memoir, Four Sublets: Becoming a Poet in New York (Chicory Blue Press, 2007). Her latest book of poems 12 Floors Above the Earth was published by Antrim House Books in 2012. She serves on the board of Poets House for many years and teaches poetry workshops for The International Women’s Writing Guild. Myra Shapiro has read her work far and wide and been published in many literary magazines and anthologies.

 

Susan Tiberghien

Susan Tiberghien

Susan Tiberghien, an American writer living in Geneva, Switzerland, has been teaching writing for over twenty years. She is the author of three memoirs: Looking for Gold, A Year in Jungian Analysis; Circling to the Center, An Invitation to Silent Prayer; and Footsteps, A European Album. Her fourth book, One Year to a Writing Life, Twelve Lessons to Deepen Every Writer’s Art and Craft (Perseus Books, 2007) has sold over 20,000 copies. She has published numerous essays in journals and anthologies on both sides of the Atlantic. Tiberghien teaches at graduate programs, at C.G. Jung Centers and Institutes, and at writers’ centers and conferences across the States, in Paris, and each month in Geneva. She has been a workshop director for the International Women’s Writing Guild since 1990. An active member of International Pen, she is a founding member of the Writers Residency at the Château de Lavigny. Tiberghien directs the Geneva Writers’ Group (over 180 English language writers living in Geneva) and Conferences. See www.susantiberghien.com

Twitter: @SusanTiberghien

 

April Eberhardt

April Eberhardt

April Eberhardt Literary helps authors explore both traditional publishing and the emerging options for self-publishing, including agent-assisted independent publishing. The agency specializes in building long-term strategies with authors, which often include a blend of traditional and self-publishing. A self-described "literary change agent" and author advocate, April works with serious authors who recognize the need for professional support, and the importance of publishing in the highest-quality way. She holds an MBA in Finance and Marketing and a CPLF from the University of Paris. The agency's website is www.aprileberhardt.com

 

Clare Toohey

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Clare Toohey helped found and manages CriminalElement.com, a platform-straddling online community for lovers of crime stories from every subgenre, era, and medium. Her short stories have appeared in the Fresh Slices and Feeding Katecrime anthologies, the latter of which she co-edited. She also edited the first issue of an upcoming e-collection for Macmillan called The Malfeasance Occasional (akaThe M.O.). She's a musician who can't remember chords, an artist who buys greeting cards, an online gadabout, digital enthusiast, and friendly contrarian. Tweet her @clare2e

 

Sheila Levine

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Sheila J. Levine is a member of the New York Bar and has practiced law for 30 years.  She began her publishing career in Subsidiary Rights at Doubleday before becoming Contracts and Copyright Manager at Popular Library, a paperback imprint owned by CBS. She has had her own practice in publishing and intellectual property law for over twenty years, representing authors, literary agents, and publishers. She specializes in analyzing and negotiating contracts, reviewing manuscripts for defamation and privacy, advising on copyright and trademark matters, and counseling on a diverse range of publishing and intellectual property law and business issues. Sheila is the co-author of Blogs on the law of publishing contracts and related issues including copyright and trademark at http://www.legalcornerforauthors.com. She sits on the Board for the IWWG. Sheila is also co-founder of “Writers, Readers and Publishers,” a monthly Special Interest Group at the Princeton Club of New York.

 

 

Susanne Davis

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Susanne Davis's short stories have been published in numerous journals including: American Short Fiction, Notre Dame Review, descant, Feminist Studies, St. Petersburg Rev, Zone 3, Carve and Boston Fiction Annual Review. Her work has won awards and recognition including: Hemingway First Novel Award, American Short Fiction Contest (second place), and mention as distinguished story in Best American Short Stories series, among others. A section of her novel, GRAVITY HILL, was featured at the Boston Fiction Festival. Susanne holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.  Take the first courageous step to create YOUR story... She teaches creative writing at University of CT.  For more information, visit:  http://www.susannedavis.com/