IWWG Board of Directors
HANNELORE HAHN, IWWG Founder: It has been said that ironing informed the writing of Tillie Olsen. Equally true is the fact that vacuuming propelled Hannelore's vision of the Guild when she founded it in 1976 as a network using writing as the means for life-long learning and personal as well as professional growth.
Having been a refugee and immigrant child, Hannelore never forgot the significance of the "open door" which allowed her and her family to slip into the United States, an experience which decades later imbued IWWG with its "no portfolio necessary" philosophy: allowing anyone, regardless of background, or education to enter and to seek the support and training to express her true self and fervent interests through writing. Now, more than three decades later, some 4,000 books have been published by Guild members and the honing of "thinking on paper," regardless of publication, has become a tool for lifelong learning to thousands of women who literally feel a sense of family within the Guild, particularly upon experiencing IWWG gatherings and conferences.
Hannelore served as a translator of the "Scientific Correspondence of Albert Einstein" before the original documents were transferred from the Institute of Advanced Studies at Princeton to Israel. She is the author of the popular children's book, Take a Giant Step, and of the 25th IWWG Anniversary book, Remember the Magic. Her memoir, On the Way to Feed the Swans, won the Hannah Ahrendt Award in Germany and her essays and piquant observations have appeared in The New York Times and other publications. Additionally, she writes a column, "In My Own Words," which appears quarterly in the IWWG Network newsletter.
LYNNE BARRETT, is the author of the short story collections Magpies, The Secret Names of Women, and The Land of Go. She is editor of Tigertail, A South Florida Annual: Florida Flash and co-editor of the anthology Birth, A Literary Companion. Her writing has been published in Blue Christmas, Delta Blues, Miami Noir, A Dixie Christmas, One Year to a Writing Life, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Saw Palm, The Written Wardrobe, The Southern Women’s Review, and many other anthologies and magazines. The Penguin books Now Write! and Now Write! Nonfiction include her writing exercises. Her work has been honored with the Edgar Allan Poe award of the Mystery Writers of America for best mystery story, and she has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. She is a professor in the M.F.A. program at Florida International University and edits The Florida Book Review. More information is available at www.lynnebarrett.com.
SUSANNE DAVIS, received an M.F.A. in Creative Writing/Fiction at the University of Iowa and a B.A. in English from the University of Connecticut. She has been a Visiting Writer at the Israel Putnam Elementary School (CT) and at the Connecticut Writing Project of the University of Connecticut; Resident Director of the Russia Study Abroad Program; Faculty Member of the Seven Mountain Writers Conference (Colrain, MA); Visiting Lecturer at the Continuing Education Program of the University of Connecticut and the Graduate Liberal Studies Program of Wesleyan University; Writer-in-Residence at the Southeast School (CT) and the Pawcetuck Middle School (CT); Instructor at the University of Hartford, Iowa State University, and Des Moines Area Community College. Her fiction has appeared in about 15 different publications and her news articles/features have appeared in about 30 outlets. She received various awards/prizes from: the Indiana Review Prize, Raymond Carver Award, Reynolds Price Short Fiction Award, Brenda Ueland Prose Prize, Heekin Group Foundation James Fellowship, Dana Award for Novel in Progress, Best American Short Stories, Heekin Group Foundation Tara Fellowship for Short Fiction, Hartford Advocate, American Short Fiction, Hemingway First Novel Competition, and the Iowa Arts Council Literary Awards Program. Susanne currently is a Teaching Artist at the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism and Owner/Facilitator of Words on Fire Studio Workshops (CT).
JUDITH HUGE graduated cum laude from Goucher College where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and holds a Masters degree from The Johns Hopkins University. She is the founder of the Goucher (College) Teachers’ Institute, a graduate program focused on improving the teaching of writing. Her own consulting firm, Work/Write consulting, helps clients make a difference in the way they define, approach, and solve the communications and management challenges that are unique to their particular situations.
Clients have ranged from Fortune 100 corporations to not-for-profits. Her projects have ranged from working with senior management at a New York utility to improve their crisis communication after the first World Trade Center bombing to helping one of the nation's largest foodbanks redesign their business model after traditional sources of donated food dried up. She helped individuals as well as organizations grow through their transitions teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in organizational development, advanced writing and therapeutic journaling as well as directing workshops in venues across the nation. Additionally, she is the author of A Middle Aged Woman and the Sea, a tale of memoir and transition published in Women in the Wild as well as her own business column and travel articles for the Gannett newspaper chain. She is also a contributing author, with six other IWWG members, to the recently published 101 Ways You Can Help: How to Offer Support and Comfort to Those Who are Grieving.
SHEILA J. LEVINE is a publishing lawyer in New York City. She began her publishing career in Subsidiary Rights at Doubleday and then became 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, 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.
ANNA MURRAY, Acting President, is a native New Yorker. Her great-grandfather was the partner of Thomas Edison. Her career is synonymous with the emergence of new media and the interactive space. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Yale, she taught English and drama while working on her Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University. There, her thesis won the James A. Weschler scholarship. Before founding e*media in 1996, Anna worked for NewsOne, the ABC News satellite feed service, and World News Tonight. Over the past eleven years, Anna has gained national recognition as an internet specialist for her ability to craft online programs for national and international companies. Her achievements include: creating the first branded multimedia game, Mott's Mind Castle (1994); launching many consumer goods' companies first websites, including one for the Keebler elves in 1996; launching an Instant-Messenger 'bot,' a program so groundbreaking it was covered in the Wall Street Journal; speaking regularly at industry gatherings such as AdTech, Jupiter Media, the Direct Marketing Association, and the Yale School of Management; publishing numerous articles and books, including a book on e-Marketing Strategies (Marketing Sherpa, 2003). In 2004, e*media was acquired by the Technology Management Group to form tmg-e*media inc. where she now serves as the President of the e*media division of the combined companies.
ELIZABETH JULIA STOUMEN has worked alongside her mother, Hannelore Hahn, since the inception of the Guild.
SUSAN TIBERGHIEN, is an American writer living in Switzerland who has been teaching writing for 20 years. She is the author of three memoirs: Looking for Gold, Circling to the Center, and Footsteps, A European Album, plus numerous essays in journals and anthologies. Her fourth book, One Year to a Writing Life, Twelve Lessons to Deepen Every Writer’s Art and Craft, was published by Perseus Books in 2007. (“Tiberghien’s advice, encouragement, and wisdom make this an invaluable book for writers at all stages of their writing lives.” – Michael Steinberg.) She teaches at graduate programs, at C.G. Jung Centers, at writers’ conferences and at the monthly Geneva Writers’ Workshops. She has been a workshop director for IWWG since 1990. An active member of International PEN, she directs the Geneva Writers’ Conferences. Susan’s website is www.susantiberghien.com.
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