2011 Summer Bios

JUDY ADOURIAN is the owner of Writeyes, a teaching, critiquing and support network that offers correspondence courses, critiques and workshops in the genres of playwriting, personal essay and short story. She has been published in six editions of the Cup of Comfort series, The Ultimate Mom and Grab Your Tiger anthologies as well as magazines and newspapers. Judy also spent 14 years as an editor for NEWN magazine. In ‘09 she received a grant for “Teaching as a Spiritual Practice,” a Unitarian Universalist religious exploration curriculum designed to meet both the educational and spiritual needs of three age groups and the adults teaching them. Judy is proud to be the Guild’s Rhode Island Regional Representative. Visit www.Writeyes.com. See blogtalkradio interview with Judy.

STEPHANIE ALSTON-NERO is a poet-healer and certified energy medicine practitioner in private practice in Harlem and Stone Feather Retreat in the Catskill Mountains. In her mission to relieve pain and suffering, she teaches EFT energy medicine to visiting nurses and hospice workers at VNS/NY. She also facilitates ongoing healing workshops nationally and abroad and is a member of Sisters of Honua, a global circle of healers and WisdomKeepers of many traditions. She studied shamanism with Malidoma Patrice Somé, Ph.D., elder shaman and author of The Healing Wisdom of Africa and Of Water and the Spirit. He has written: “Stephanie is a descendant of shamanic power, grounded in the very countenance where ancestral medicine started. She is healing the past to stabilize the present and future with more light.” She also received extensive shamanic training from Sandra Ingerman (Santa Fe). A performing poet who has written two books of poetry, Kiss Me on My Face of God and In Wild Violet Shrine (Evolutionary Girls Press, June ’09), her latest poetry DVD is Return to Beauty. Stephanie is at work on a new book, Sacred Acts of Healing: Transformation Stories from the Village of Harlem. Visit HealingHistory.googlepages.com.

THERESA “TERRY” APICELLA is a graduate of the New York School of Design. To further study architectural design, she traveled throughout Europe and South America and is a member of the Art Deco Society. She taught “Healing through Changing Our Environment” for three years at the Creative Art Center in New York City to cancer survivors until 2009. Currently, she works as a design consultant specializing in kitchens and baths. Terry notes: “I’ve been writing poetry and short stories for many years which led me to the IWWG. I learned how to fly a plane when I turned 50 and have been enlarging my horizons ever since.”

JACQUELINE AUPETIT, was born and raised in Paris, France, began as an actress and dancer along with teaching ballet at the Josyane Consoli Academy. For the past few years, she has been coaching her daughter who is now a successful, independent singer-songwriter actively involved in the New-York pop-folk music scene. Jacqueline gives writing workshops in Paris and has recently written a children’s book for a French publisher.

SANDRA BALINT is a Master and certified instructor in Tai Chi and Qi Gong, and a certified instructor for the Health Preservation Association. She teaches at the Capital District Tai Chi & Kung Fu Association, Total Body Trifecta in Saratoga Springs, at the Museum of Dance for Dancing Through Time programs, at the Glenville Senior Center, North Colonie Continuing Education, and privately. In 2010, as part of her studio’s martial arts team, Sandra performed at the Tai Chi Gala in Albany, NY. At the Northeast Open in 2010, she performed Chinese Fan for their Masters demonstrations. In ‘09 she presented “Tai Chi as a Modality in Falls Prevention in Older Adults” for the NYS Department of Health/Falls Prevention Bureau and the SUNY Albany School of Public Health Falls Prevention symposium. In the Fall ‘09 issue of Tai Chi Magazine, her Tai Chi and Fall Prevention was published. In ‘08 she collaborated on three articles titled Tai Chi Q & A, and a fourth article, Tai Chi By the Numbers, with Jianye Jiang for Tai Chi Magazine. Her article, Thirteen Years of Tai Chi Study, can be read on Kung Fu Magazine’s ezine. Sandra is a black belt holder and a gold medalist in Tai Chi and Kung Fu in both open hands and weapons disciplines. See blogtalkradio interview with Sandra.

LYNNE BARRETT is the author of two short story collections, The Secret Names of Women and The Land of Go. Her third, Magpies, will be out in Fall 2011. Her writing has been published in 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. She is co-editor of the anthology Birth: A Literary Companion. 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’s editor of The Florida Book Review, www.floridabookreview.com and is a professor at Florida International University teaching in the M.F.A. program. Her webpage is sites.google.com/site/lynnebarrett.

LINDA BERGMAN has been paid to write over 24 films and she produced five of them. A screenwriter by trade, she’s best known for her expertise in writing family drama and strong women’s stories, i.e., The Jessica Savitch Story (Lifetime); The Pearl Buck Story (ABC); The Barbara Mandrell Story (CBS); and Matters of The Heart (USA Network). Her films have been nominated for an Emmy, an Access Award, The Alpha Award for Excellence in children’s programming, and the Writer’s Guild Award. She’s currently developing her class and book, “So You Think Your Life’s A Movie,” for on-line consumption worldwide. Sarah Forever, a film about love on both sides of the curtain, has gone to producers, and her screenplay; Toot Toot Tootsie, Goodbye, is currently in-play at Sid Ganis’ Out Of The Blue Entertainment at Sony. As of this writing, the script has been sent to Ivan Reitman to direct and Steve Martin to star. Linda teaches “So You Think Your Life’s A Movie?” and “This Is No Ordinary Creative Writing Class” in Los Angeles and New York City. This September, she’s scheduled to take both classes out of the country to San Miguel Allende. A leukemia survivor, she’s a contributing writer to Writing for Wellness, the program and the book. In 2007, she was the keynote speaker to an audience of 4,000 at the annual ‘Survivor Day.’ Visit www.lindabergmancreativewriting.com.

RAINELLE BURTON was a writer-in-residence in the Interdisciplinary Studies Department at Wayne State University, Visiting Writer in the Hope College Visiting Writers Series, and a Visiting Writer in the Michigan State University Michigan Writers Series. Her novel, The Root Worker, is in hard cover and paperback in the U.S. and was published by The Overlook Press (‘01), Penguin Putnam (‘02) and in Great Britain by Overlook UK (‘03). It has been reviewed and featured in O (Oprah) magazine, Publishers Weekly, Ebony, Essence, the Chicago Tribune, Madison Times, and the Ann Arbor News. It was a Borders Books Recommended Book; BookSense 76 Independent Booksellers Association pick; and Great Lakes Book Award finalist. Rainelle is the author and facilitator of the Literary Landscape Workshop Series and Institute Fellow in the Detroit Institute for Creative Writers, sponsored by the College of Urban, Labor and Metropolitan Affairs at Wayne State University.

PAT CARR has a B.A. and M.A. from Rice, a Ph.D. from Tulane, and sixteen published books, including the Iowa Fiction Prize winner The Women in the Mirror, and the PEN Book Award finalist, If We Must Die. She’s published over a hundred short stories in such places as The Southern Review, Yale Review, and Best American Short Stories. Her latest short story collection, The Death of a Confederate Colonel, a nominee for the Faulkner Award, won the PEN Southwest Fiction Award, the John Estes Cooke Fiction Award, and was voted one of the top ten books from university presses for 2007 by Foreword Magazine. She’s won numerous other awards, including a Library of Congress Marc IV, an NEH, the Texas Institute of Letters Short Story Award, an Al Smith Literary Fellowship, and a Fondation Ledig-Rowohlt Writing Fellowship in Lausanne, Switzerland. A writing text, Writing Fiction with Pat Carr, appeared from High Hill Press in June 2010, and her autobiography, One Page at a Time: On a Writing Life, was published by Texas Tech University Press in December 2010.

JOANNE HACKETT CHING has been using Ira Progoff’s Intensive Journal method for her own personal and spiritual well-being for over 30 years and has been teaching it to others at workshops around the U.S. since 1980. That was the year Hannelore first invited her to present at the Guild’s Summer Conference. At “Remember the Magic” 2000, after a chance conversation, she was inspired to go to grad school. She earned her Master’s degree in Creation Spirituality from Naropa University, where she studied with Matthew Fox. Joanne has been teaching English as a Second Language to adults for the past 23 years in Fresno, California.

ZITA CHRISTIAN, is a multi-published author of book-length fiction and several nonfiction articles. She’s also the host and producer of two national award-winning television shows (Page 1 and Full Bloom) that air weekly on public access channels in Connecticut and Massachusetts and on YouTube. Recently, Zita co-authored with Scott Galbraith an adaptation for the stage of the Little Rock Nine memoir Warriors Don’t Cry. The one-woman show was performed by Almeria Campbell (Baby Mama, Law and Order, CSI) in New York and Connecticut and will tour New England in 2012. While working on her next novel, she works in the Programs Department of the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford where she buys shows for children’s theater and creates mission-driven programs. In 2009, she organized a New England regional conference to explore the evolution of the horror genre in theater, film, and literature to celebrate the 200th birthday of Edgar Allan Poe. In 2010, Zita organized the first Bushnell Filmmakers Forum featuring several Oscar-winning producers, an Oscar-nominated director, and film/literary agents. A nondenominational ceremonialist, she’s created rituals for IWWG as well as funerals and memorial services for others. In August 2011, she’ll officiate at her first wedding.

CLAUDIA CLEMENTE is originally from New York and divides her time between Europe and the U.S. In Europe, her main hub is the Netherlands, where she is working as an academic researcher in Literary Studies, Comparative Literature, and Gender Studies at the University of Utrecht. She holds a Masters from New York University (Italian Literature), a BA from Cornell University (Comparative Literature), and has taught at a variety of universities. Her creative writing interests span genres from poetry to film to fiction. She is on the editorial board of a scholarly journal, has published poetry in journals such as Mudfish, travel writing (literarytraveler.com and TimeOut), and academic pieces, and has produced and written award- winning short films. She attends film markets/festivals and is working on feature length screenplays as well as long fiction. She brings a passion for expression, authenticity, and creativity to her teaching.

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’s been a Visiting Writer at the Israel Putnam Elementary School (CT) and 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 (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 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 some 15 publications and her news articles/features have appeared in some 30 outlets. She’s received awards/prizes from the Indiana Review, 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 is a Teaching Artist at the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism and she facilitates Words on Fire Studio Workshops.

RACHEL DE BAERE leads writing practice and critique groups and teaches writing and literature courses throughout the U.S. and Europe. She loves language, the delicacy and power of nuance, and sharing the writing process. For the last nine years, she’s been a workshop director for the IWWG. Through her publishing group, Madrone Avenue Press, Rachel has produced three anthologies of poetry and prose. Her poetry and essays have been published in a variety of journals. In 2009, her work appeared in the Hurricane Review, RiversEdge, Limestone, Poetry Flash, Oregon East, and Darkling. A member of the Poet’s Roundtable, the California State Poetry Society, the Marin Poetry Center, Left Coast Writers, and on the 2010 faculty of the Afghan Women’s Writing Project, Rachel’s current writing projects are a memoir and a poetry manuscript. She writes letters every day and publishes essays regularly on her blog, Unbecoming Mom. See blogtalkradio interview with Rachel.

eDeRuth is an interdisciplinary artist working in text and texture. Her journey is to envision wholeness—cultural, spiritual, and personal. She incorporates creative writing, visual and performing arts into internal articulation to fuse the constructs of identity. She has taught creative writing and visual arts for over 25 years. The New York Center for Book Arts, African Voices Magazine, and Up Front Muse International Review have published her poetry. Her artwork has been published by Goddard MFA/IA literary journal, and her photographs and visual art has been exhibited at group and individual shows. As an arts advocate independent publisher, she has created venues thought out the U.S. for artists to produce, perform, and publish their work.

YAEL FLUSBERG is a writer, teacher, healer and leadership coach whose poetry collection, The Last of My Village, won Poetica Magazine’s 2010 Chapbook Award. Yael’s yoga classes—which she’s taught at yoga studios, army hospitals, public libraries, elementary schools, and poetry festivals—have been described as “a joyfully irreverent kind of poetry.” She is thrilled to be on the part of the IWWG faculty and hopes nobody accidentally calls her “Yale.”


JUNE GOULD, Ph.D., a member of PEN Women, is the author of The Writer in All of Us: Improving Your Writing through Childhood Memories, E.P. Dutton/Plume Books. She co-authored a book of Holocaust poetry, Counting the Stones (Shadow Press). She’s done a signing at the Holocaust Museum in D.C. for her newest book, In the Shadow of Trains. Her poetry has been published in and/or by, Pearl, The Storyteller, Shemom, Inkwell, The Well Spouse Foundation Newsletter, Ship of Fools Press, University of Rio Grande, The Round Table, IWWG, The Great American Poetry Show, and soon in The Jewish Literary Annual. June has given poetry readings and signings at The 92nd Street Y (NY), The Holocaust Museum (Washington, DC), the Jewish Museum and Yeshiva Museum (NY), and at libraries, synagogues, churches, universities and bookstores throughout the USA and in Toronto, Canada. She’s the author of numerous poems and short stories as well as an award-winning chapter on teaching the language arts in the text, Constructivism: Theories, Perspectives and Practice (Teacher’s College Press, Columbia University, NY). She was a workshop leader and keynote speaker on writing, “I Can Still See Their Faces,” (Yeshiva Museum, ‘07) and at The Aegean Arts Project (Andros, Greece, ‘04-‘07); The National Council of Jewish Women (NYC, ‘03-‘08); The IWWG (NYC, Saratoga Springs, NY, and Brown University, ’84 to present) and at The Guild’s Big Apple Writing Conference, NYC (‘05, ‘07). From ‘07 to now, she has led a series of Advanced Writing Workshops in NYC.

MARJ HAHNE considers herself first a teacher, then a poet, having taught poetry writing, high-school mathematics, English-as-a-Second-Language, Business English, and arts and crafts. A freelance editor and writer, Marj has performed and taught poetry at over 100 venues around the country and has been featured on public radio and television programs. Her poems have appeared in literary journals, anthologies, several art exhibits, and have been incorporated in the work of visual artists and dancers. Her poetry CD is titled notspeak. Her website is www.marjhahne.com.

JUDITH HUGE has spent over 30 years as a college teacher, writer, corporate consultant, and workshop director. She is the founder of a graduate program in the teaching of writing at Goucher College, president of her own national consulting firm, and has trained thousands to use communication in managing their work and lives. She’s conducted variety of workshops for women in transition including “The New PMS (Post-Move Syndrome),” “Finding the Me in Memory,” “Re-Minding the Body,” “Your Write to Heal” and “Feasting on Life.” Having taught courses in Advanced Writing and Therapeutic Journaling at Lakeland College in Wisconsin, she has written a regular business column and contributed frequent travel narratives for the Gannett newspaper/ magazine chain. In addition to serving as a workshop director at the IWWG’s conferences at Skidmore and Brown, she offers workshops at the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill on Cape Cod. She authored A Middle Aged Woman and the Sea, a tale of memoir and transition, published in Women in the Wild, and a contributing author with six other IWWG members to 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 career in Subsidiary Rights at Doubleday and became Contracts and Copyright Manager and Managing Editor at Popular Library, a paperback imprint owned by CBS. She has had her own practice in publishing and intellectual property law for over 20 years, representing authors, agents, and publishers. Her goal is to help clients protect their rights and grow in today’s complex, fascinating, and challenging print, electronic and self-publishing environments. See blogtalkradio interview with Sheila.

LISA DALE NORTON authored the critically acclaimed memoir Hawk Flies Above: Journey to the Heart of the Sandhills (Picador USA/St. Martin’s Press) and the popular writing book Shimmering Images: A Handy Little Guide to Writing Memoir (Griffin/St. Martin’s Press). She blogs for The Huffington Post as a Story Expert, writes a monthly column for Authorlink.com, and since ‘85 has worked as a Book Editor and Developmental Writing Coach specializing in memoir. Lisa is on the faculty of the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program and teaches Memoir Writing on the internet at www.lisadalenorton.com. She holds degrees from Reed College and the University of Iowa.

JAN PHILLIPS is a visionary thought leader, award-winning author and dynamic speaker. Jan is known nationally for her keynote speaking, workshops and multimedia video presentations. She creates a unique multi-sensory experience, weaving humor, storytelling, captivating imagery, and music to inspire and ignite insights for life-changing action. Jan shows people how to access their wisdom, activate their own creative energy and communicate with passion and power.  Her own quest has led her into and out of a religious community, across the U.S. on a Honda motorcycle, and around the world on a one-woman peace pilgrimage. Blending east and west, art and activism, reflection and ritual, Jan’s transformational presentations inspire social consciousness and evolutionary creativity. Jan is the author of  No Ordinary Time: The Rise of Spiritual intelligence and Evolutionary Creativity (2011), The Art of Original Thinking—The Making of a Thought Leader (2006) Divining the Body (Skylight Paths, 2005), God Is at Eye Level—Photography as a Healing Art (Quest Books, 2000), Marry Your Muse—Making aLasting Commitment to Your Creativity (Quest Books, 1997), Making Peace: One Woman's Journey Around the World (Friendship Press, 1990), Born Gay, and editor of A Waist is a Terrible Thing to Mind (Breakthrough Press, 2000). She has taught in over 23 countries and her work has appeared in the New York Times, Ms., Parade Magazine, Newsday, People, Christian Science Monitor, New Age Journal, National Catholic Reporter and Utne Reader. See blogtalkradio interview with Jan.

JUDITH PREST is a poet whose work has appeared in Chronogram, Mad Poets Review, Earth’s Daughters, Akros Review, Slightly West, Bereavement Magazine, four anthologies and in three self-published chapbooks. She’s been a teacher/social worker for 26 years and has given creative writing and expressive arts workshops in schools, retreat centers, prisons, community agencies and at conferences since 1997. In the past year, in addition to leading “Taking Dictation From Within: Writing From SoulCollage®” for IWWG at Brown, she’s conducted workshops in the Dolores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Facility and Three Hearts Press Retreat Center (both in Delaware), Stillpoint Interfaith Retreat Center, Fort Plain Library, and at Crossroads Gallery and her Spirit Wind Studio (both in Duanesburg, NY). This year, she was one of four facilitators who developed and led a SoulCollage® retreat at Silver Bay Conference Center. Of all her workshops, she finds SoulCollage® to be the best blend of art-making and creative writing.

NATALIE REID (M.A., TESOL) has been teaching English writing skills in Europe, Japan, the Pacific, and the U.S. for over 20 years, specializing in academic writing, contrastive rhetoric, and technical writing. Getting Published in International Journals: Writing Strategies for European Social Scientists (NOVA, ‘10), is in use in the U.S. and in Europe. When not writing, teaching or consulting, she edits professional books and papers for social scientists. Clients include the Smithsonian Institution, the University of Zurich, and the Danish National Centre for Social Research. Natalie also conducts transformational writing workshops focused at the confluence of creativity, spiritual awareness, and self-knowledge. Her book, The Spiritual Alchemist: Working with the Voice of Your Soul (River Daughter Press, ‘08), shows readers how to tap into their purest source of creativity. In addition to “The Spiritual Alchemist,” her workshops include “Writing in the Mythological Voice” and “Writing Our Way Out of the Masks We Wear.” A presenter at academic and metaphysical conferences, she enjoys the ways in which writing, editing, and teaching across genres strengthen her creative muscles, and finds that the skills she develops in one area often enhance her professionalism to the others. Shorter works have appeared in Aura, Knock, Natural Bridge, Releasing Times, Remembering the Magic, Sarasvati, Women Across Cultures, Sofer, 13th Moon, Venture Inward, Women’s Words. She has written four books published in Tokyo including Dictionary of English Phrasal Usage (Taishukan,’85), and three collections of essays: America Grows Young, Making Choices, and Making Choices: Towards the 21st Century (Asahi Press). Visit www.nataliereid.com, www.thespiritualalchemist.com.

NINA AYIN REIMER is the original medical illustrator of the acclaimed book, Our Bodies, Ourselves (Simon & Schuster); 2011 celebrates its 40th anniversary. She was staff medical illustrator at the University of California, has a Bachelor of Science in Art and Health from SUNY, and a NYC teaching credential. She’s a Usui Reiki Master/Teacher, sculptor, painter and author of several books. Her first nonfiction book, Artist as Healer, Stories of Transformation and Healing (seen at the ‘07 New York Book Expo, reviewed in Art Doll Quarterly, and online at www.dollsforthesoul.net), tells the story of her journey as a healing artist. It includes case histories of lives transformed by her healing art. Since 1998, Nina has been teaching workshops around the U.S. Other written works include Scruffy Finds Love, The Chelsea Cats and The Wise Wizard of Wakashan, Dolls for The Soul Manual, and Mother Took Me to See the King. Nina’s first of two novels will be published in 2011. Her Doll For The Soul™ art has been exhibited widely with reviews/articles in Branford Review, CT Jewish Ledger, Light Voices, DOLL Magazine NY, Bay Area Business Women’s News, Art Doll Quarterly and Southwest Magazine.

MELISSA ROSATI, CPCC, is the founder and creative director of Melissa's Coaching Studio. She’s also an adjunct professor of publishing in the Master of Science in Publishing program, Pace University (NYC) where she co-leads executive training programs for the Phoenix Publishing and Media Group (PPMG), a premier publisher based in Nanjing, China. In ‘97, She was recognized as “Editor of the Year” by the International Culinary Review. She’s the former publisher of numerous titles written by the faculty from The Culinary Institute of America. At the corporate level, Melissa created and launched the Professional Culinary Resource Center, an online professional network. This accomplishment was included in the “Top 10 Innovations of 1996” for Thomson Corporation. A pioneer in online education, she developed and launched the first accredited online publishing courses adopted by the publishing program at Pace University. Her courses include Books Sales & Distribution Methods, Principles of Marketing, and General Interest Books. As the Editorial & Production Director of McGraw-Hill International (UK), Melissa recruited and trained staff in all aspects of the publishing business. A Board member of IWWG, she teaches writers the business skills they need in order to be published successfully. She is also the founder and organizer of the IWWG Meetup Group in New York City. Melissa earned her coaching certification from The Coaches Training Institute, San Rafael, CA. She’s a member of the Creativity Coaching Association and the International Coaching Association.

EUNICE VICTORIA SCARFE has taught in the Writing Program at the University of Alberta since 1990 and is the recent winner of the Faculty's award for Excellence in Innovation and Design for Lifelong Learning. Her prize-winning stories are published widely and her writing has been supported by both Canada Council and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. She is the owner of Saga Seminars (www.sagaseminars.com). Eunice believes that because women inherit a literary tradition in which more has been written about them than by them, it is urgent for them to find language and structure for their own artistic expression, whether in memoir, fiction or poetry.

LINDA LEEDY SCHNEIDER is a poetry and writing mentor and psychotherapist. She’s been a faculty member at Aquinas College and Kendall College of Art and Design. Linda received a Readers’ Choice Award from Pedestal Magazine, was honored by the Dyer-Ives Poetry Competition, and her work was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She leads workshops nationally including a Manhattan Writing Workshop. An advocate for social justice, her volunteer work in orphanages in Albania served as a catalyst for seeking publication, and her work has since been published in hundreds of literary magazines and anthologies including Rattle, The Spoon River Poetry Review, Pudding Magazine, Midwest Poetry Review, Jerseyworks, and The Sow’s Ear. She’s written five collections of poetry including Through the Lattice: Poetry of a Psychotherapist (Argonne House Press, ‘02) and Through My Window: Poetry of a Psychotherapist, (Pudding House Publications, ‘07). In ‘10, Linda edited a poetry anthology written by writers she’s mentoring, Mentor’s Bouquet (Finishing Line Press). Another anthology written by writers in her Manhattan Writing Workshop, Poems From 84th Street (Pudding House Publications, ‘10), was launched at The Saturn Series Poetry Reading as a benefit for IWWG. Her poetry was included in the anthology Not A Muse, for which she produced a benefit reading at The Bowery Poetry Club (NYC). Linda has been a featured poet at venues in New York City, Chicago, Detroit and Grand Rapids. Some Days: Poetry of a Psychotherapist will be released by Plain View Press in June ‘11. All of the writers Linda has mentored who sought publication have achieved that goal.

JUDITH SEARLE provides a full spectrum of editorial services for writers and publishers through her company, The Editorial Department, based in Santa Monica, CA. She has taught workshops at The New School in New York City and UCLA and UC Irvine in California on “Dialogue Techniques,” “How to Edit Your Own Manuscript,” “Mystery/Suspense,” and “Cutting-Edge Fiction Techniques.” Judith is the author of four books including Lovelife, a novel; Getting the Part, a book for actors; and In the Teeth of Time: Poems 1971-2004. Her most recent book, The Literary Enneagram: Characters from the Inside Out, is of special interest to writers because it offers a fresh approach to character development. As a longtime member of both the Writers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild, Judith’s distinctive approach to character development has attracted many writers, actors and other entertainment industry professionals to her “Great Movies, Great Books and the Enneagram” seminars. Visit www.judithsearle.com.

MYRA SHAPIRO was born in the Bronx and returned to New York after 45 years in Georgia and Tennessee. Her poems have appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies, including The Best American Poetry. She serves on the board of Poets House and is the author of I'll See You Thursday and a memoir, Four Sublets: Becoming a Poet in New York.


CARREN STROCK is an internationally published writer, photographer and painter. She is the author of Married Women Who Love Women, which sold to Doubleday in ‘98 and was reissued in paperback by Alyson Publications in ‘00 before the second edition was published by Routledge Press in ‘08. Her second book is A Writer’s Journey: What to Know Before, During, and After Writing a Book (Gray Rabbit Publications, ‘10). Her articles, essays and stories have appeared in publications such as Newsweek, Ms., Women’s Day, Curve Magazine and in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. In conjunction with her writing, Carren’s photography has appeared in books, magazines and newspapers. Her photos have graced the covers of Architectural Design. By combining her writing and photography, sales have grown to include international markets such as My Weekly (England) and Women’s Weekly (Australia).

MARY REYNOLDS THOMPSON is a certified professional coach, and certified applied poetry and journal facilitator. She serves on the faculty of the Therapeutic Writing Institute and the council for the International Association for Journal Writing. Mary is also founder of Write the Damn Book, a company that guides writers on the heroic path from procrastination to publication; and Reclaiming the Wild Soul, which promotes her unique program of ecological spirituality through her writing, keynotes and workshops. Her essays have appeared in numerous publications and three anthologies. Her book, Embrace Your Inner Wild: 52 Reflections for an Eco-Centric World comes out in Fall 2011 (White Cloud Press).

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, C.G. Jung Centers, writers’ conferences, and at the monthly Geneva Writers’ Workshops. She’s been a workshop director for IWWG since 1990. An active member of International PEN, she directs the Geneva Writers’ Group and Conferences. Susan’s website is www.susantiberghien.com.

ANNE FRAZIER WALRADT is a freelance teacher, writer, and editor. Her articles and essays have appeared in such diverse publications as Maine in Print and Romance Forever. She taught literature and power writing at the secondary and college levels. She edited Romance Recipes for the Soul, which includes one of her short stories, and wrote small portions of Liz Aleshire’s 101 Ways You Can Help (Sourcebooks). She’s been a member of IWWG for nearly 20 years. She includes humor in her current writing, whether article, essay, nonfiction, or fiction.