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Let's Write Together

Our Mission for the Summer Conference Multi-Genre Writing Week

IWWG Annual Summer Conference

Craft, courage, and community—that’s what characterizes our annual week-long conference experience. Our mission for this intensive gathering is that every woman writer receive the best possible guidance and support, at whatever stage of her writing life. Fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, drama, screenwriting, playwriting, young-adult fiction, songwriting, multimedia, critique, publishing—we’re here for you. But we don’t stop at great instruction and programming. We also want every woman to own her story—the one on the page and the one she lives. We gather a stellar faculty of writers, agents, editors, and teachers—each attuned to story and to soul. You will have the opportunity to participate in our nightly All Voices Open Mic, two book fairs, and an open studio. You will gain confidence and courage. And you will, we hope, find a home with us.

Locale matters: We’re thrilled to house our summer conference at Muhlenberg College, a liberal arts college located 90 miles west of New York City in eastern Pennsylvania. The campus provides state-of-the-art classrooms, air-conditioned dorms, award-winning cuisine, and friendly staff. The campus landscape and accessibility to community gardens and parks allow for relaxation and enjoyment on a daily basis.

Day-long Community Writing Conferences and Retreats – By Region

We welcome both members and non-members, new and experienced writers, to our day-long writing conferences, where we write together, network, and listen to each other. No portfolio is required. Our intensives feature our talented faculty leading workshops across many genres—memoir, poetry, fiction, screenwriting, playwriting, young adult fiction, and more. Each intensive strives to create a unique experience for writers. Writers meet, focus on craft, network to build community, participate in book fairs, and share their writing at our All Voices Open Mic.

 

All Voices Open Mic

Your Three Minutes to Share Your Writing

Open-mic readings have been part of the Guild experience since our first summer conference in 1977. Whether you’re a bestselling author and longtime Guild member, or you’re brand-new to Guild events and even to writing itself, you’ll be given the opportunity to read your work aloud in our All Voices Open Mic session at any of our day-long writing conferences. At our Summer Conference, our All Voices Open Mic is held on four of our seven nights together, and is one of the highlights of the conference for readers and audience members alike. Participants sign up during the day for a three-minute reading that evening. Our unique model and expert moderation provide writers of all levels a dynamic forum of respectful and encouraging listeners with whom to share writing of any genre at any stage of completion. Three minutes? you ask. What can be read in three minutes? About a page and a half, double-spaced, Times New Roman size 12 font, or 400 words—and you will amaze yourself with your ability to craft your fiction, memoir, poetry, essay, or journal entry into a meaningful, 3-minute arc that will leave your listeners wanting more. As a reader, you’ll gain confidence and skill. As a listener, you’ll laugh and cry and walk away with renewed wonder at the creativity and talent of women raising the decibel of their voices—some for the first time.

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