March 2017 - The International Women's Writing Guild
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News from The Guild

March 2017

 In this issue:

  • Summer Conference EARLY BIRD deadline extended to April 10
  • Mel Ryane & Nina Ayin Reimer teaching at Summer Conference!
  • SPECIAL DEAL for Regional Conference Registration + Membership
  • Follow the Flow! monthly writing exercise

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We “get” it. Saving some extra cash is a win for you and a win for us: we get you, your presence, your words, at the Summer Conference! 

So we’re extending the Early Bird registration deadline to Monday, April 10.

To read all about it and to register, click here.   

Here’s a bird’s-eye view:

  • 30+ workshops in fiction, poetry, memoir, creative nonfiction, playwriting, songwriting, screenwriting, multimedia, mind/body/spirit, social justice, and publishing
  • 3 critique groups: fiction, nonfiction, poetry
  • 2 book fairs
  • 4 nights of open readings by attendees
  • sustainably delicious meals in one of the 14 Best Dining Halls in America”

Join our flock of writers July 7‒14, 2017, at Muhlenberg College, in Allentown, PA, as we celebrate The Guild’s 40 years of serving the writer in the woman and the woman in the writer—and the soaring flight of both!

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Speaking of high-flying women writers, MEL RYANE and NINA AYIN REIMER will be teaching at this year’s conference:

Raising the Decibel of Women’s Voices with Mel Ryane

Your words itch to be written; your words starve to be heard. Your stories have significance. Women’s words matter. This is our time. It is the writer’s voice that attracts agents, editors, and readers. The uniqueness of a voice on the page is often unearthed by that voice on the stage. Our decibels don’t have to be shouted; our decibels, measured artfully, will be heard. This six-day workshop includes: Prompt writing; vocal warm-ups; reading aloud published works; reading aloud your works; one-on-one coaching; wrangling butterflies; and attention to editorial detail. The workshop is designed to help writers discover thematically, technically, and artistically what they have written and wish to write. All genres of writing welcome. Writers who request coaching must bring two hard copies (no laptops or devices, please) of one double-spaced page of their writing, preferably material they have not previously read publicly.

Meditate and Create with Nina Ayin Reimer

Using meditation to rejuvenate the body, mind, and spirit, you will make a small figurine with a variety of materials, using your imagination of character, color, and texture. In-class instruction combined with independent studio time means you can come away with a treasure of your own making, that soothes, enlightens, and gives you the joy of creating art. No experience is necessary. There will be $25 materials fee.

TELL YOUR WRITER PEEPS in California & Florida:

Regional Conference $pecial Rate with Purchase of New Membership

We are now offering two special rates for our regional conferences: 

Registration + Membership for new members and a Student rate.

Click on the conference name below to access the registration page, which includes the day’s schedule, workshop blurbs, presenter bios, the venue, and registration/payment options.

California Dreaming:  March 25, at Antioch University, Los Angeles

Florida Fling:  March 25, in Ponte Vedra, FL (St. Augustine area)

Spring Big Apple:  April 22, at Poets House, in Lower Manhattan

Boston “Writing from Your Life” Retreat:  May 6, in Medford, MA

Follow the Flow! : Our Monthly Writing Exercise

Every Your Latest Page features a line from a published text, the following of which―heart to mind to pen―will bear witness to the world and, in so doing, re-create it.

From “In Celebration of My Uterus” by Anne Sexton:

“Everyone in me is a bird
I am beating all my wings.”

(Remember to credit Anne Sexton with an epigraph.)

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