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NYC23 - Writing the Next Chapter

  • Saturday, November 04, 2023
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Arlo Soho, 231 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013
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  • includes 6-month extension of membership

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IWWG NYC23 - Writing the Next Chapter

IWWG is hosting a one-day event in NYC on November 4, 2023, from 9-5 that will include workshops, lunch, and time for networking and discussion. If you are in or near the city, please join us for a day of workshops, lunch, and feedback.  

8:30 - 9: Welcome


  • Linda Leedy Schneider (in person)
  • Virtual - Tanya Ko Hong


  • Heather Cariou (in person)
  • Dorothy Randall Gray (virtual)


  • Myra Shapiro
  • Virtual - Black Pruitt

3:15-5:00 Open Mic & Open discussion 

Heather Summerhayes CariouThe Lioness in Winter: Writing an Old Woman's Life  

Aging means loss, but it does not mean all is lost as we navigate old age. This workshop, based on the book of the same name by author Ann Burack-Weiss, will explore the lived experience of aging women. Writers of every genre are welcome. Using excerpts from the book, writers will be prompted to dialogue with Ann and her Lionesses, such as Collette, May Sarton, MFK Fisher, Florida Scott-Maxwell, Diana Athill, and Maya Angelou, as well as with each other. Writers will leave the workshop having strengthened their core sense of self, while generating poems or essays that may contribute to the canon on women and aging. 

Myra ShapiroFind Your Life in an Object:  

You will be given an object to get to know through your senses, then guided to where it may lead.

Linda Leedy SchneiderSurprise Yourself.
"Meaning is not what you start with, but what you end up with.~Peter Elbow
Join me in the mystery of letting go of product and entering the creative flow. You will get out of your head and write from first thought using poetry, objects and image as prompts. I want you to leave this workshop stronger in your craft, excited about your process and eager to continue.You will be part of a supportive community with the opportunity to read if you wish. All writers welcome. 

Tanya Ko Hong - Two lands. Two languages. Two Minds.

Reading excerpts from my poetry collections Generation One Point Five and The War Still Within as examples, I will share a process that non-native speakers can use to translate their lives to English. As a Korean-American poet, I often describe my writing process as two minds trying to communicate on the same page, across the gaps between identities; I naturally write in both languages because I think in both languages. So I will use my poem, “The Gap,” to demonstrate the effect of different languages represented as different minds. Then, participants will use the “gap method” to create their own short poem. We will reflect on the experience of learning a new language as an immigrant, engaging deeply with both the process and the outcome of sharing our stories in translation. 

Black Pruitt - Ecopoetics

How can we get in right relationship with the earth through our writing? What responsibility to the environment do we hold as artists? What role(s) can poets play in addressing climate change? We will engage and discuss research, essays, poetry and other media from activists, educators, and artists like Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Joy Harjo, and Askia Toure to study the ways they've addressed these topics in their work.

Dorothy Randall Gray - You Can't cut Loose Without Your JuiceIf your writing was a breakfast item what would it look like - a full glass of juice or a dry piece of dry toast? Have you felt drained and distracted by work, family, relationships or the daily news? Come and allow yourself to be nurtured, replenished and inspired by this interactive workshop. Refill your creative cup and activate your divine juiciness with poetry, song, soliloquy and story.

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att: Michelle Miller

22 Parsonage St #293

Providence, RI 02903

telephone: (518) 290-1636 

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888 8th Avenue, #537
New York, NY 10019

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