Big Apple Conference

The International Women’s Writing Guild Presents its


April 13-14, 2013

Scandinavia House

58 Park Ave. (between 37th and 38th Streets)
New York City, NY 10016


Saturday, April 13, 2013:

Mother May I? Women and Words Since Betty Friedan with Eunice Scarfe

9:30 am - 4:30 pm

After Betty Friedan, women were able to articulate their position in society more clearly. Whether you bought your copy in 1963, inherited your mother’s copy or have never read a copy, the publication of The Feminine Mystique 50 years ago marked a turning point: before Friedan, after Friedan.

This seminar invites you to identify and write the ‘turning points’ in your own life. We’ll start the day with questions only you can answer and we'll take time to write our responses, working in solitude but not alone. During the day, we’ll listen to your words as well as learn from women whose published memoirs have painted a portrait of women’s lives ‘in our time’. The portrait isn't finished until you've written your version. Your story is essential! Come and add your voice.

Bio: As the owner of Saga Seminars (, Eunice Scarfe has taught women writers since finishing graduate work at the U of Chicago and the U of Alberta. She is an award-winning short story writer (winner of Short Fiction prizes from UBC’s Prism International and the U of Alaska) and her fiction has been published widely in anthologies and literary magazines such as Best Stories in Canada and the Malahat Review. Her writing has been supported by grants from Canada Council as well as by residencies at Chateau Lavigny and the Banff Centre. She helped design the first Women and Words Summer Writing Program at the U of Alberta, now celebrating its 20th year. Eunice has taught for the International Women’s Writing Guild since 1995 and has great respect for women whose creativity requires a writing life. She lives on Vancouver Island in Victoria BC, once again in sight of the Olympic Mountains that frame the city of Seattle where she grew up.

Sunday, April 14, 2013:

(FREE) Author Book Fair

9 am - 10 am

Dr. Barbara Stevens Barnum, Mystic Encounters: The Door Ajar (Spirituality)

Suzi Banks Baum, An Anthology of Babes: Thirty-six Women Give Motherhood a Voice (Women's Issues)

Elizabeth Benedict, What My Mother Gave Me: Thirty-one Women on the Gifts That Mattered Most (Anthology, Memoir)  

Susan Cummings, Adventures of a One-Breasted Woman: Reclaiming My Moxie After Cancer (Memoir)

Sandra Cuza, The Art of Brazilian Cooking (Nonfiction/Cookbook)

Jan Lisa Huttner, Penny's Picks: 50 Movies by Women Filmmakers (Nonfiction/Film Criticism/Feminism)

Judy L. Mandel, Replacement Child (Memoir)

Elaine Mellon, unREAL Education: Beyond Report Cards (Education/Special Ed/Learning Disabilities/Dyslexia)

Mona Rodriguez, Forty Years in a Day (Historical Fiction)

Natalie H. Rogers, The New Talkpower: The Mind-Body Way to Speak Without Fear (Business and Personal Development)

Deborah J. Taranto, The Land of Crystals (Historical Fantasy)

Rosalyn Will, Chrysalis, A Memoir: My Life Beyond the Cage of Scoliosis (Memoir)

Morning session: Righting Your Life by Writing Your Life with Amy Ferris

10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Our stories: the ones we want to take out from the back of the drawer, and shake open. Air them out. Give them some fresh, clean air. The ones we keep buried. Hidden. The ones that keep us small. Afraid. The stories we dare to tell. The A to Z of toxicity. Those stories need to be told. Shared. Claimed. Because truthfully, once shared, they will fill us with grand courage and power. Once released they will fill others with great hope and encouragement.

Stories, the ones that break open another person's heart because we shared them.
Our truth.
Our stories.
Our lives.

We instill courage and hope in others when we share our words. And the hardest words to write, tell, share are the ones that release us from shame, self-doubt and guilt.

Isn't it time we right/write our own lives?

Bio: Amy Ferris is an author, editor, screenwriter and playwright. Her memoir, Marrying George Clooney, Confessions From a Midlife Crisis (Seal Press) is off-broadway bound. She has contributed to numerous anthologies,He Said What, The Buddha Next Door, The Drinking Diaries, and Exit Laughing. She has written everything from YA novels, a greater goode, to movies/films: FUNNY VALENTINES, MR. WONDERFUL. She co-created and co-edited the first ever "all women's issue" of Living Buddhism magazine. She was both an editor, and contributing writer at the (monthly) magazinesUrban Refugee, and Milford Magazine. She serves on the Executive Board of Directors at The Pages & Places Literary Festival, Peters Valley Arts, Education and Craft Center, and on the Advisory Board of The Women's Media Center. She is on faculty at The San Miguel de Allende Writers Festival where she teaches Memoir writing. She is a "visiting" teacher at the UCLA Writers Workshop (extension). She contributes regularly to iPinion Syndicate. Her number one goal, desire, dream: THAT ALL WOMEN AWAKEN TO THEIR GREATNESS, THEIR BEAUTY, and THEIR POWER. Amy is delighted, over the moon delighted, to be co-editing THE SHAME PROM with Holly Dexter.

You can find her blogging in the middle of the night at: Marrying George Clooney.

Amy Ferris

Author. Writer. Girl.


Afternoon Session: Meet the Agents

2 pm - 6 pm

Pitch your project in a one-on-one setting to these 8 literary professionals:

Paul Cash, Larson Publications 

Linda Langton, Langtons International Agency 

Sheila Levine, Levine Samuel, LLP 

Amanda Mecke, A Mecke Co. Inc. 

Janet Rosen, Sheree Bykofsky Associates, Inc. 

Rita Rosenkranz, Rita Rosenkranz Literary Agency

Regina Ryan, Regina Ryan Publishing Enterprises, Inc.

Katharine Sands, Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency

**Not all these literary professionals will be approriate for your project. We suggest doing your homework ahead of time to choose the right ones for you.** 

Pricing Info

Member Pricing

Full weekend - $275

Saturday, whole day with Eunice Scarfe - $175

Sunday, morning session with Amy Ferris - $100

Sunday, afternoon session, Meet the Agents - $120

Non-Member Pricing

Full weekend - $350

Saturday, whole day with Eunice Scarfe - $205

Sunday, morning session with Amy Ferris - $115

Sunday, afternoon session, Meet the Agents - $140