IWWG is a network for the personal and professional empowerment of women through writing. Our mission is to encourage women to tell their stories, provide support and instruction as they seek to improve their craft, open avenues for them to bring their writing into the world, and build their confidence.
We know as a guild we stand in a long tradition dating back to the 14th century, when mostly men organized according to their trade to control their craft, as well as to gain more social and economic power. The wives of merchants and artisans rarely received the same training and camaraderie their husbands, fathers, brothers, and sons enjoyed.
With our guild, we used our imaginations.
We dreamed of a unique gathering for women to write together in an environment of mutual support and learning. And then we built it.
The Guild was founded in 1976. As a women’s writing guild, we are culturally diverse. From the beginning, we’ve represented women from many backgrounds.
We wanted to make a place where all women writers feel welcome, inspired, and empowered by skills, resources, and mentoring.
Now, after 40 years of enriching women writers’ lives, we are still growing and changing with the times. We have a robust membership, a membership publication, a signature summer conference, and a dynamic and growing list of established regional conferences.
We’ve been listening to women writers around the world. Many of us yearn for writing and publishing resources, friendship, self-expression, professional writing guidance, and development of craft. Many of us yearn for a community, but may not have the means or time to travel to a Guild event in person.
We refuse to let the voices of emboldened women writers go unheard.
We’re ushering in a movement of mighty, soulful women writers. Together, we’re changing the way women writers’ stories get heard, crafted, and spread around the globe.
We’re also growing our digital village where we can gather in community from anywhere we are in the world.
We’re creating a place where we craft our stories, grow our souls, and change our world.
We’re a global community of women with diverse backgrounds who share core common values.