Our creative power thrives in community. We tuned in to what was getting in the way of our members’ ability to benefit fully from The Guild—notably the distance to get to our live events, the cost of travel, the time away. For these reasons and more, we’re building a village. A Digital Village.
The Guild Digital Village is our emerging learning hub committed to fulfilling our mission and living our values through online offerings and experiences—workshops, panels, interviews, open mics, book groups, critique groups,…all online!
If you’re new to online learning and feel a little insecure, no problem! We’ll walk you through the process. Don’t deny yourself this opportunity for meaningful connection and learning, wherever you are, all year round.
Open-mic readings have been a highlight of our in-person conferences, for readers and audience members alike, 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 can read three minutes of your work aloud in our All Voices Open Mic monthly online version! 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.