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Developing Your Character & Their Arc of Change

2-part workshop: next session June 14, 2023
7:00 - 8:30 PM EST

A strong character change arc keeps readers turning pages, but how do you create one? The building blocks of a character's change come from their Goals, Motivation and Conflict - both internal and external. Over the course of the two workshops, we'll work on these areas, delve deep into who our characters are, what they want, what they desire and what's getting in their way. You'll leave with a great foundation for your character -- and some ideas for the scenes that will push them through their arc.

Rona Gofstein is a published author and an Author Accelerator certified fiction book coach who loves working with writers who have longed to make their book writing dreams a reality. She describes her style as intensive feedback combined with compassionate enthusiasm because she knows that on this journey, writers need clarity, support and encouragement. She has spoken on writing craft and business across the country and is the past president of the New Hampshire RWA chapter and Board Universe. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and sons, misses the 24-hour diners of her home state of New Jersey and is always up for getting coffee or talking about books, writing, and where to go out for dinner. You can reach her at

The Ins and Outs of Self-Publishing

June 15, 2023
4:00 - 5:00 PM EST

You’ve decided to pursue an Indie or Self-publishing path for your book. Now what? This workshop goes over how to proceed once you’ve made that choice.
Included topics:

    • Indie publishing - what is the best approach to get a small publisher interested in your book. What services can you expect included with an Indie Publisher? What key steps do you need to take to ensure a successful relationship and launch.
    • Self-publishing - what are the tasks required to self-publish? When should you pay for experts. What should you make sure to do yourself. How to use the idea of a general contractor to understand your role as author in self-publishing.
    • Marketing and Sales - why creating a Logline helps bring clarity in a marketing strategy. How a good marketing strategy is needed to maximize sales and what key elements of a good strategy are essential.

Cathleen is a writer, speaker, teacher, coach, and intuitive who offers developmental editing, publishing, book layout, and marketing services to other writers. Books include The Everything Law of Attraction Dream DictionaryHigh Heels on the Hamster Wheel - A Fable for the Modern Woman and The Collection: Flash Fiction for Flash Memory. She successfully developed a book launch plan for her 2014 book, 365 Days of Angel Prayers, keeping it at number 1 in its category on Amazon and eventually selling the rights in 2017. She is currently at work on her first romance novel.

New Anthology, Arrows of Light, Launch Celebration, Readings and Discussion

June 18, 2023
5:00 PM EST

Join us for a celebration of our latest book published under the IWWG Press Imprint. Arrows of Light features original stories written by Afghan women writers, some still in Afghanistan and many who emigrated after the U.S. exit and the return of Taliban rule. These women's voices are so important right now as they start over in new countries, often having to leave their professional work and other family behind. For those still in country, their words carry even greater importance. The anthology features original photography and also original art loaned to the IWWG for publication by the Peace Pen Art, Peace Gallery Exhibition, where women artists captured their artistic interpretation of what peace might mean.

Editor Pamela D. Varkony will lead the discussion and introduce excerpts from the anthology read by contributors.  

Your support of these women through attending the event and through the purchase of the book expresses the solidarity that is a core value of the IWWG.

Pamela Varkony is a dynamic speaker who has inspired audiences from America to Australia to Afghanistan through her passion for improving the lives of others. Her insights on life, leadership, politics, and the human condition are read and heard across four continents. Considered to be a thought-leader in women’s empowerment, Pam speaks and trains frequently on the subjects of leadership, gender diversity, and their impact on corporate cultures and government policies. In 2017 she was named a Pearl S. Buck International Woman of Influence.  From 2012 to 2014 she served as a gubernatorial appointee to the Pennsylvania State Commission for Women.

All Creatures Great & Small -Solstice Celebration of Animals 

June 21, 2023
1:00 - 2:00 PM EST

From the Secret Life of Bees to Jaws and Jumanji creatures have served as pivotal inspiration for myths and metaphors, symbols of perseverance, companionship, loyalty and courage. We've learned horses heal, cats can communicate and pets protect. As we craft stories, poems and fiction we will mine these arenas as well as the worlds of centaurs and griffins, Aesop's Fables, Animal Farm, Bambi and Temple Grandin,  In exploring animals as visible victims and indicators of climate change we will also connect with activists Greta Thunberg and Wanjiru Wathuti. If there is a creature you've loved, or a wildness you'd like to revisit, come take this journey from Lassie to literature and discover your inner creature power.

Dorothy Randall Gray is author of the bestseller, Soul Between the Lines (Avon/Harper Collins), a recent volume of poetry Sharing the Same Sky, and numerous anthology selections.  Her other published works include Muse Blues, Woman, Family, The Passion Collection, and A Taste of Tamarinda. A two year LA Poet-in-Residence Dorothy's  "When I Was A Tree" poetry film was awarded Official Selection by the Film & Poetry Video  Symposium. Her work is also featured in the upcoming Eve Ensler/Aja Monet production, VOICES. She is a former board member of the International Women's Writing Guild, NPR commentator, and UNESCO delegate. Her workshops have inspired thousands throughout the US, China, Iceland, and India. They have served a variety of audiences including beginning and seasoned writers, graduate and high school students, creative aging groups, and incarcerated populations. A global activist Dorothy is a Hedgebrook Fellow who has shared the dais with the Dalai Lama, performed poetry in Iceland, danced with tribal boys in India, and boogied with James Baldwin in NYC.

Open Mic

June 22, 2023
4:00 - 5:30 PM EST

  • Your 3-minute reading includes your piece(s) + any introductory remarks. 
(PLEASE prepare your reading in advance by timing yourself.)
  • No requirement to indicate in advance your participation.
  • Please come to read or to listen!

Marj Hahne is a freelance editor, writer, and writing teacher, and a 2015 MFA graduate from the Rainier Writing Workshop, with a concentration in poetry. She has performed and taught at over 100 venues around the country, as well as been featured on public radio and television programs. Her poems have appeared in literary journals, anthologies, art exhibits, and dance performances. Committed to making poetry hospitable for everyone, she launched a YouTube channel featuring videos in which she reads poems to dogs and pairs poems with craft beers, craft spirits, and coffees.



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