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IWWG has exciting online offerings, including writing workshops, open mics, free writes, and more.  Check back often to find the latest events.  We hope to see you online soon!

Upcoming Events

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    • Tuesday, January 10, 2023
    • Tuesday, January 31, 2023
    • 4 sessions
    • via Zoom
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    Workshop Series


    The Yin and Yang of Memoir Writing: 

    a mini-memoir workshop

    with author/activist

    Jan Phillips

    **Please note all times are listed in EST**  


    Writing a memoir is a full bodied experience. It includes the deep interior (yin) work of harvesting your life experience to unearth the jewels hidden in your caverns of darkness. It also brings up questions regarding the outer (yang)

    • aspects of the creative enterprise:
    • do you need an agent?
    • how do you find a publisher?
    • should you self publish?
    • who is your audience?
    • where should you start?

    This hands on experience will answer the questions you have about writing your memoir and start you on the path.


    Jan Phillips is a writer, teacher, photographer and activist. She has made a one-woman peace pilgrimage around the world, travelled across country as a photojournalist, co-founded Syracuse Cultural Workers (publishers of artwork for peace and justice), and founded Livingkindness Foundation which has built a computerized learning center in a Nigerian village. Jan is the author of 10 award-winning books and publisher of the photo-memoir Born Gay. Her books include No Ordinary Time, Finding the On-Ramp to Your Spiritual Path, The Art of Original Thinking-The Making of a Thought Leader, Divining the Body, Marry Your Muse, God is at Eye Level, Making Peace, and A Waist is a Terrible Thing to Mind.





    • Thursday, January 19, 2023
    • Thursday, February 16, 2023
    • 5 sessions
    • ONLINE
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    Writing Circle


    Fiction, Fairy Tales & Fabulation

    Writing Circle with Dorothy Randall Gray

    Rapunzel cuts her hair, Sleeping Beauty has nightmares, and happy ending becomes a tragic beginning. Explore alternate truths, biomythography, Pinocchio prose, feminist fairy tales, and the world of, "What if..."  Inspire your otherworldliness with Octavia Butler, unusualness with Ursula K. Le Guin, and memoir mendacity with Mary Shelley.


    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.

    • Tuesday, February 07, 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • ONLINE
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    FREE

    Poetry Palooza Panel


    Join IWWG with your host Trish Hopkinson for an evening of celebration and a panel discussion on growth and renewal for creative writers. We’ll be announcing the upcoming poetry programming, including both paid and no cost virtual events and workshops, and gathering together poets, writers, and educators, to talk about growth and renewal for creatives in the new year–how to find inspiration for generating new work with a focus on artistic growth through craft and revision. Our award-winning panelists include:

     

    Panelists:

    • Alina Stefanescu, poet, author, and bibliomaniac
    • Khalisa Rae, poet, educator, and journalist
    • Sherre Vernon, poet, educator, and mentor
    • Allison Joseph, poet, professor, and founder of CRWROPPS (Creative Writers Opportunities List)
    • Jenn Givhan, poet, novelist, and mentor


    Alina Stefanescu was born in Romania and lives in Birmingham, Alabama. She is a poet, writer, translator, and essayist whose work can be found in literary journals including Prairie Schooner, North American Review, World Literature Today, Pleiades, Poetry, BOMB, and Crab Creek Review, and various anthologies, including Best American Poetry 2022,What Things Cost: An Anthology for the People (University Press of Kentucky, 2023), Stronger Than Fear (Cave Moon Press, 2022), The Best Small Fictions (Sonder Press, 2021), Choice Words: Writers on Abortion (Haymarket Press, 2020), Writer’s Resist Anthology (Running Wild Press, 2018), For Love of Orcas Anthology (Wandering Aengus Press, 2019), and annual anthologies from Orison Press and Bending Genres. Alina is currently working on a novel-like creature and that  poetry manuscript.


    Khalisa Rae is an award-winning multi-hyphenate poet, educator, and journalist based in Durham, NC. She is best known for her community activism and nonprofit management as the co-founder of Poet.she (Greensboro), the Invisibility Project, and Athenian Press- QPOC writer’s collective, resource center, and bookstore in Wilmington, NC. Currently, Khalisa is a 4-time Best of the Net nominee, multi-Pushcart Prize nominee, and the author of the 2021 debut collection, Ghost in a Black Girl’s Throat, from Red Hen Press. As a champion for Black queer narratives, Khalisa’s articles appear in Fodor’s,Autostraddle, Vogue, Catapult, LitHub, Bitch Media,  Black Femme Collective, Body.com, NBC-BLK, and others. Her work also appears in Electric Lit, Southern Humanities Review, Pinch, Tishman Review, Frontier Poetry, Rust & Moth, PANK, HOBART, among countless others. Her YA novel in verse, Unlearning Eden, is forthcoming in 2023.


    Sherre Vernon (she/her/hers) is the author of two award-winning chapbooks: Green Ink Wings and The Name is Perilous. Sherre has been published in journals such as TAB and The Chestnut Review, nominated for Best of the Net, and anthologized in several collections including Fat & Queer and Best Small Fictions. Flame Nebula, Bright Nova, her full-length poetry collection, is available. To read more visit www.sherrevernon.com/publications and tag Sherre into conversation @sherrevernon.


    Allison Joseph lives in Carbondale, Illinois, where she directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Southern Illinois University.  Born in London, England to parents of Caribbean heritage, Allison Joseph grew up in Toronto, Canada, and the Bronx, New York. A graduate of Kenyon College and Indiana University, she serves as poetry editor of Crab Orchard Review, the publisher of No Chair Press, and the director of Writers In Common, a writing conference for writers of all ages and experience levels. In 2014, she was awarded a Doctor of Letters honorary degree from her undergraduate alma mater, Kenyon College. Her latest full-length book of poetry, Confessions of a Barefaced Woman, was published by Red Hen Press in 2018. Confessions of a Barefaced Woman was chosen as the Gold/First Place Winner in the poetry category of the 2019 Feathered Quill Book Awards. Confessions of a Barefaced Woman is also a 2019 nominee in the poetry category of the NAACP Image Awards. Confessions of a Barefaced Woman is also a 2019 finalist for both the Montaigne Medal and the Da Vinci Eye Book Award, sponsored by the Eric Hoffer Book Awards.


    Jenn is a Mexican-American and indigenous poet and novelist (author of Trinity Sight and Jubilee), who grew up in the Imperial Valley, a small, border community in the Southern California desert. Her family has ancestral ties to the indigenous peoples of New Mexico, Texas, and Mexico including Ysleta del Sur and the Tigua Indian peoples of the Ysleta region of El Paso. Jenn’s poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction has appeared in The New Republic, The Nation, Best of the Net, Best New Poets, AGNI, TriQuarterly, Ploughshares,POETRY, Boston Review, Crazyhorse, Blackbird, The Kenyon Review,New England Review, Salon, The Rumpus, and Prairie Schooner, among many others.



    • Saturday, February 11, 2023
    • Saturday, March 04, 2023
    • 4 sessions
    • ONLINE
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    Workshop


    Sonnetmania: A Workshop on Contemporary Sonnets


    A generative, 4-session workshop exploring various innovative, contemporary sonnet forms, including: double sonnets, shadow sonnets, American Sonnets, dedicated sonnets, contrapuntal modes, sonnet coronas, sonnet ballades, curtal sonnets, ekphrastic sonnets, and sonnets in translation. We will flirt with the feel of the sonnet, to paraphrase Marvin Bell, in all its raptures, laments, and furies—assuming an atmosphere of trust, respect, and confidentiality, writers will read sonnets, write sonnets, and share their work with one another, if they desire.  Sonnetmania is open to all levels. Pre-registration required. Limited to 15 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis. This workshop is influenced and inspired by The American Sonnet: An Anthology of Poems and Essays(Iowa University Press, January, 2023), edited by Dora Malech and Laura T. Smith — a treasure for sonnet-lovers. 


    Alina Stefanescu was born in Romania and lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her partner and several intense mammals. Recent books include a creative nonfiction chapbook, Ribald (Bull City Press Inch Series, Nov. 2020) and Dor, which won the Wandering Aengus Press Prize (September, 2021). Her debut fiction collection, Every Mask I Tried On, won the Brighthorse Books Prize (April 2018). Alina's poems, essays, and fiction can be found in Prairie Schooner, North American Review, World Literature Today, Pleiades, Poetry, BOMB, Crab Creek Review, and others. She serves as poetry editor for several journals, reviewer and critic for others, and Co-Director of PEN America's Birmingham Chapter. She has served as a judge for numerous literary prizes, including the River Heron Review Poetry Prize, FRiction Literary Prize for Flash Fiction, F. Scott Fitzgerald Museum & Foundation Writing Prize, Poetry Foundation’s Pegasus Award for Literary Criticism, among others. She is currently working on a novel-like creature. More online atwww.alinastefanescuwriter.com.

    • Sunday, February 12, 2023
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • via Zoom
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    Workshop



    Storytelling Our Climate Futures


    **Please note all times are listed in EST**
     


    Storytelling & Climate Futures hinges on the fact that storytelling brings us closer together. Stories reveal what is important, what our values are, what is worthy of preservation. Poetry has been revealed to increase empathy, and is an effective teaching tool, particularly when it comes to topics like climate change. Storytelling has been a cornerstone of the Black tradition since before the trans-Atlantic slave trade. It was (and still is) a way to harbor memory, pass on tradition from generation to generation, and honor the histories that make up Black life. We will be looking at a couple of climate themed poems by Indigenous and Black authors (Camille Dungy and Craig Santos Perez) in order to build our own climate storytelling familiarity.


    Ashia Ajani is a Black environmental storyteller & educator hailing from Denver, CO, Queen City of the Plains and the unceded territory of the Cheyenne, Arapahoe and Ute peoples. They are the author of Heirloom, forthcoming April 2023 with Write Bloody Publishing and co-poetry editor of The Hopper Literary Magazine.Their words have been featured in Sierra Magazine, Atmos Magazine, World Literature Today and Apogee Journal, among others. Ajani believes another greener world is possible.


    • Wednesday, February 15, 2023
    • Wednesday, February 22, 2023
    • 2 sessions
    • via Zoom
    • 20
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     Generative Workshop




    The Power of Voice
    **Please note all times are listed in EST**
     (1 pm EST-230 pm EST)



    Voice is the writer’s fingerprint, a unique combination of inheritance, culture, language, experiences and identity. Voice also is the primary encounter between the writer and the reader/ listener. Often our voice is colonized by institutions and educations and gets lost in requirements, expectations, and decorum. The authentic voice of our characters, our speakers and ourselves are buried in a world of performance. In this workshop, writers work to liberate their individual voices to truly speak/tell/present their stories/poems/pieces. Specific exercises allow us to unearth our voices, while exchanging with one another to create an exciting writers’ dialogue. We produce pieces where our voices, interior and exterior, come to life.



    Elmaz Abinader is an author and a performer. Her most recent poetry collection, This House, My Bones, was The Editor’s Selection for 2014 from Willow Books/Aquarius. Her books include a memoir: Children of the Roojme, A Family’s Journey from Lebanon, a book of poetry, In the Country of My Dreams… which won the Oakland PEN, Josephine Miles Award. Recently she was awarded a Trailblazer Award by RAWI (Radius of Arab Writers International)  Her plays include Ramadan Moon, 32 Mohammeds, and Country of Origin. She has been a frequent contributor to Al-Jazeera English. She has been anthologized widely including the New Anthology of American Poetry, and in The Colors of Nature. She has been a fellow at residencies in Marfa (Lannan) Macedonia, Brazil, Spain and Egypt and a Senior Fulbright Fellow. Her teaching includes Master Workshops for Hedgebrook In India as well as for VORTEXT. Elmaz is one of the co-founders of The Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA/Voices) a writing workshop for writers-of-color. She teaches at Mills College, is a fitness instructor at http://www.fitnessinsmallspaces.com and lives with her husband Anthony Byers iin the Bay Area.   www.elmazabinader.com



    • Tuesday, February 21, 2023
    • 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • ONLINE
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    Workshop


    PUNCTUATE: Little Marks, Big Effects


    Punctuate” means “to point out,” from a Latin word meaning “to prick, pierce.” Isn’t that, really, all we want our writing to do: pierce the reader? In this interactive, hands-on inquiry for writers of all genres, we’ll discuss sample verse and prose to observe the effects of the period, comma, colon, semi-colon, slash, em-dash, parentheses and ellipses, as well as the absence of punctuation, then practice applying these choices to our own writings.


    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.

    www.MarjHahne.com

    Facebook:  www.facebook.com/MarjHahne

    YouTube:  https://bit.ly/2LxHUG2


    • Thursday, February 23, 2023
    • Thursday, May 04, 2023
    • 6 sessions
    • ONLINE
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    Writing Circle


    The Past is Everywhere at Once:
    a Memoir Writing Circle

    with JUNE GOULD


    In this hands on writing workshop you will : Find your big story,  understand lessons learned, discover your overarching theme,  establish your time frames, focus on  important events- past and present. We will discuss  the memoir’s imperative- the importance of truth. Samples of memoirs will include memoir letters, dialogues, emails, diaries and excerpts from recent and past memoirs.

    Please note the class intervals allow for some weeks in between to read and write. 


    June Gould, Ph.D., is the author of The Writer in All of Us: Improving Your Writing through Childhood Memories (EP Dutton), Beyond the Margins: Rethinking the Art and Craft of Writing, and the novel In the Shadow of Trains; and the co-author of Counting the Stones, a book of Holocaust poetry. June has given readings at The 92nd Street Y (NY), The Holocaust Museum (Washington, DC), the Jewish Museum and Yeshiva Museum (NY), and libraries, synagogues, churches, universities, and bookstores throughout the U.S. and in Greece and Canada. She has been an IWWG workshop leader for over 25 years.


    • Friday, February 24, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Zoom: https://iwwg.zoom.us/j/85111885604

    FREE

    Friday Free Write with Jenn Ghivan

    Stranger Things, Duende, & Writing into the Upside Down

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    The underbelly is the vulnerable spot. It could also be the dark spot, the seamy place, the liminal margins. This is the place we are most helpless, most in need of defense. And yet, this is where, in the writing of duende, we must confront. In Stranger Things, the Netflix sci-fi/horror throwback, the children and adults must both contend with the Upside Down, a parallel world distorted, a shadow world askew … The children in the show describe it as “a place of decay and death, a plane out of phase, a [place] with monsters. It is right next to you and you don’t even see it.” In this workshop, we will more than see it. We will create writing that maps the hidden creatures in our society, our psyches, our pasts—membrane-thin strings connecting the outer shells with the inner viscera of our collective and individual histories. Subverting expectations of the work, ourselves, and the world around us, we will locate and (re)create maps to the underbellies, to the duende world where madness and abandon often eclipse logic and where, as Tracy K. Smith writes, “skill is only useful to the extent that it adds courage and agility to intuition.” Join me as guide into the Upside Down, where our craft skills will help us unleash our inner beasts to battle with the beasts already residing breath-on-the-back-of-the-neck close.


    Jennifer Givhan is a Mexican-American and indigenous poet and novelist from the Southwestern desert and the recipient of poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and PEN/Rosenthal Emerging Voices. She holds a Master’s degree from California State University Fullerton and a Master’s in Fine Arts from Warren Wilson College. She is the author of five full-length poetry collections, including Rosa’s Einstein (University of Arizona Press), and the novels Trinity Sight and Jubilee (Blackstone Publishing), which were finalists for the Arizona-New Mexico Book Awards. Her newest poetry collection Belly to the Brutal(Wesleyan University Press) and novel River Woman, River Demon(Blackstone Publishing) both draw from her practice of brujería. Her poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction have appeared in The New Republic, The Nation, POETRY, TriQuarterly, The Boston Review, The Rumpus, Salon, and many others. She’s received the Southwest Book Award, New Ohio Review’s Poetry Prize, Phoebe Journal’s Greg Grummer Poetry Prize, the Pinch Journal Poetry Prize, and Cutthroat’s Joy Harjo Poetry Prize. Jenn would love to hear from you at jennifergivhan.com and you can follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for inspiration, prompts, and real talk about the writing life and publishing world.


    • Friday, February 24, 2023
    • Sunday, February 26, 2023
    • 2 sessions
    • ONLINE
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    Workshop

    Genealogy and Creative Writing  
    with JACINTA WHITE
    (2-Session Workshop)


    Let's re-record the narrative! Give a new, fresh voice to re-tell your history, your way! In this workshop, Jacinta V. White will take you through what she learned in her research for her book, Resurrecting the Bones: Born from a Journey Through African American Churches & Cemeteries in the Rural South.

    Whether you're writing poetry, a short story, a novel, or creative non-fiction, you will be provided tools that will inspire you to dig a little deeper...into your creative genius, archives/historical documents, what you know, and what you think you know already. 

    This is spiritual, healing work in which we will combine genealogy and creative writing with a foundation from our past but also with the wisdom of beginning anew. Both sessions will provide inspiration, poignant tips and questions to consider, and prompts for you to work with outside of class time. 


    As a lover of all things creative, Jacinta V. White merges her perspective as an artist, professional, and community advocate for change.  Jacinta is sought out to work with others on better understanding the role and value of arts in our lives for healing and to build community. ​

    Jacinta has her BA in Speech Communications from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. And after receiving her MPA in Nonprofit  Management from Georgia State University, she decided to redirect her love for art and community by starting The Word Project, a company through which she offers writing and creative workshops to help individuals and groups process tough issues. The Word Project also publishes the international, online quarterly Snapdragon: A Journal of Art & Healing. 

    Also a corporate trainer, first with Forsyth Tech Community College, and now on her own with Deeper Dive Consulting,  Jacinta works with organizations and companies like EMC Arts, Kramer Leadership, UNCSA, and the City of Winston-Salem by offering leadership development training and coaching

    • Monday, February 27, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
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    Workshop


    Writing What You’ve Never Had
    the Courage to Write

    with Maureen Murdock


    “What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open.” —Muriel Rukeyser

    In writing memoir about our lives, women are writing what we know, not what we are allowed to know or expected to know, or, above all, permitted to tell. We will inevitably be criticized.

    We often fear being judged if we put our truth on the page. We fear being criticized for being too angry, too vulnerable, too revealing, too sad. We’re told to stay small, not to take up too much space and, above all, to be likable, nice, straight, able-bodied, and mentally sane.

    This workshop is an opportunity to reveal your secrets to yourself and others. Write about what you never had the courage to write, what you never have wanted others to know about you. Put your secrets on the page and you can omit and edit later. Allow yourself to reveal your innermost thoughts, secrets, experiences, feelings because we have all had them. Carolyn Heilbrun writes: “Women are telling their stories to publicly tell other women what their lives have been like.” The purpose of art is to change the conversation.

    We will look at excerpts from memoirists who have had the courage to put their truth on the page about such topics as sexual abuse, desire, shame, dealing with family secrets: Chanel Miller, Katherine Harrison, Mary Karr, Jeanette Walls, Honor Moore

    During the workshop, you will have an opportunity to write your truth and read it aloud or share it in the chat if you wish. 



    Maureen Murdock, Ph.D. teaches memoir writing in Pacifica Graduate Institute’s memoir certificate program, “Writing Down the Soul” and has taught memoir for IWWG for the last 22 years. Since 1990, she has taught memoir writing in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program where she received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award in 1995. Her new book, Memoirists Are Contemporary Mythmakers which examines memoir through the lens of myth will be published in 2024.

    A 30th anniversary edition of her best-selling book The Heroine’s Journey and The Heroine’s Journey Workbook has been published by Shambhala Publications. Murdock is also the author of Unreliable Truth: On Memoir and Memory; Fathers’ Daughters: Breaking the Ties that Bind; Spinning Inward; and Blinded by Hope: My Journey through My Son’s Bipolar Illness and Addiction, published under a pseudonym. Her books have been translated into 18 languages including Polish and Farsi. Her blog about mental illness, addiction and the criminal justice system is on her website: www.maureenmurdock.com
    • Wednesday, March 01, 2023
    • Wednesday, March 22, 2023
    • 4 sessions
    • via Zoom
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    Writing Circle



    Open The Door To Spiritual Wholeness


    **Please note all times are listed in EST**
     


    To achieve a lasting comfort with self and grace requires taking action.  The first three steps are being honest, open minded, and willing.  In doing so we discover the wisdom that embraces us as we embrace it, finding ourselves so much closer to a new, deeper sense of self and purpose, engaging more fully in life.Using a variety of ways to engage with each spiritual principle, we will meditate, improvise, use visual, sound, and written prompts to define our journey.

    • Workshop #1:  Honesty
    • Workshop #2: Open Mindedness
    • Workshop #3:  Willingness
    • Workshop #4:  Wisdom

    This workshop will be presented in 4 sessions.  Participants have the option to participate in all or chose from the workshops being offered in this series


    Margie Ann Stanko has a BA in Dance & Religion/Creative Writing, is an ordained One Spirit Interspiritual Minister and Spiritual Counselor and Companion with an active practice. She, holds certification in Gerontology, Person Centered Care, Blindness Basics, Therapeutic Touch/Energy Healing, Creative Arts Therapy, and Mindfulness Meditation. She has been recognized by The Brain Injury Association, Archcare, National Aphasia Association, Story Corps, Winterthur Museum, and The Stroke Connection for her writing and award winning work with persons with dementia, stroke and traumatic brain injury, end of life support for the dying and their families, and sensitivity training for caregivers, including medical practitioners.  

    As an artist in residence for the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, Mt Sinai School of Medicine, Mt. Sinai Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Mt. Sinai TBI Research, NYC Department of Education, St. Helens (Oregon)Education Department, and the Teachers & Writers Collaborative, she has led multi-modality creativity and community building workshops, blending language, movement and sound/music through meditation and improvisation.  

    She currently lives at Elderspirit, in the Appalachian region of southwest Virginia. Elderspirit is an intentional community for persons 55+that strives for independence, social activism, inclusiveness, and continued spiritual journeying. At Elderspirit she leads workshops in Art and Meditation, Torn Paper Collage, and Improvisation, as well as works with local artist’s collaboratives and the local museum to develop programs for children and families.


    • Monday, March 06, 2023
    • Monday, April 24, 2023
    • 8 sessions
    • via Zoom
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    Writing Circle



    Renew (by Disrupting) Your Poetry Practice


    **Please note all times are listed in EST**
     


    “When water gets caught in habitual whirlpools, / dig a way out through the bottom / to the ocean,” Rumi counsels in his poem “The Worst Habit” (translated by Coleman Barks). Some habits move our lives forward; some keep us stuck in a pattern. Do you keep writing the same ol’ poem? Sure, the words are different, the subject matter is different, but what about your language usage, your poetic moves and strategies, your structure? Do you vary how you write? We will engage in inventive (but not gimmicky) exercises designed to disrupt our habitual ways of writing so we can generate poems that are revelatory—for the writer and the reader—in both content and form.


    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.

    www.MarjHahne.com

    Facebook:  www.facebook.com/MarjHahne

    YouTube:  https://bit.ly/2LxHUG2


    • Friday, March 10, 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • via Zoom
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    Workshop



    Query Audit Toolkit
    **Please note all times are listed in EST**
     


    Pitching before a manuscript is truly ready is one of the most common mistakes writers make. That's why book coach Julie Artz developed this self-audit toolkit that uses a manuscript's pitch or jacket copy and a 2–3 page synopsis to identify story-level issues.

    In this session, you will learn how to:

    • Identify red flags in your query/jacket copy & synopsis that indicate story level issues

    • Think about how to position your book in the market

    • Self-audit for publication readiness

    There will be time at the end for Q & A about Julie's self-audit toolkit, querying, and more.


    Julie Artz spent her young life sneaking into wardrobes searching for Narnia. When people started to think that was creepy, she went in search of other ways to go on mystical adventures. Now she finds those long-sought doors to magical story worlds in her work as an author, editor, and book coach. 

    An active member of the writing community, she has volunteered for SCBWI, TeenPit, and Pitch Wars and is a member of EFA, the Authors Guild, and AWP. A social and environmental justice-minded story geek, Julie lives in an enchanted forest outside of Redmond, Washington, with her husband, two strong-willed teenagers, and a trio of naughty furry familiars. She's been coaching writers across genres and age categories to both indie- and traditional-publishing success since 2016.


    • Friday, March 17, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Zoom: https://iwwg.zoom.us/j/81172661587

    FREE

    Friday Free Write with Khalisa Rae

    Call and Response Writing: - Exploring Sound & Mining the Music, Rhythm, and Lyric in Our Poetry

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    From Janis Joplin to Madonna, to Earth Wind and Fire and James Brown, in this free write we will find the music within our writing by responding to some of the industry's most influential voices. Music is poetry set to a beat, rhythm, and meter. Far too often, our poetry and prose is missing musicality, rhythm, and sound. Sound is so important to everything we create, which is why writers like Terrance Hayes and Jericho Brown have written whole collections based on music. Let's bring back the sound and sonic brilliance to our work by exploring and playing with our favorite singer/ songwriters. Songs have the ability to evoke emotion, draw out memories, make us feel something new and different. Khalisa will help you spark inspiration with a beat, catchy tune, and hidden messages and metaphors found in music that we may have missed. Join her for this free write where we talk back to the greats in hopes of inspiring new work!


    Khalisa Rae is an award-winning storyteller, poet, and activist, and the author of the acclaimed poetry collection, Ghost in a Black Girls Throat, the chapbook, Real Girls, Have Real Problems,and the sold-out play production, 7+ Deadly Sins of Being a Woman. As a arts and humanities historian and  lover of Black Southern narratives, stories and poetry have been featured in the Cameron Art Museum, Southern Humanities Review Anthology, NC Museum of History and more. A lifelong advocate for women's rights and steward and literary education, Khalisa has taught on both the collegiate level, public school, and is a former Catapult instructor. As a trained performer and playwright, her powerful work has been featured in countless literary journals and magazines such as Pinch, PANK, Autumn House, Jezebel, Bitch Media, Blavity, NBC-BLK. Her powerful feminist poetry has landed her an Appalachian Arts and Entertainment Award, a Gwendolyn Brooks Prize, numerous Pushcart nominations, among countless others. Khalisa Rae is currently the founder of Think in Ink: BIPOC Literary Collective, Women Speak reading series, and the forthcoming YA novel in verse, Unlearning Eden. Find her online at khalisarae.com.

    • Saturday, March 18, 2023
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • via Zoom
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    Workshop



    Magical Realism and the Power of Place: From Hauntings to Home, Using Magic and Myth to Craft Powerful Poetry & Prose
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    Come with Khalisa on this fantastical journey that blends the magical and the real. Where people have wings, horses can talk, and messages appear on the walls. Magical realism is an honored tradition that dates back centuries, and has been used by some of literature's greatest writers to break and bend what the mind believes as possible, particularly by Black and Indigenous writers. In this writing intensive workshop, we will walk through how place, setting, and innate objects can come alive in your poetry with magic and wonder. Using literary greats, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Angela Carter, Franni Choi, Ben Okri, Salman Rushdie, Toni Morrison, Haruki Murakami, and Isabel Allende we'll look at examples that span diverse cultures and traditions. Transform your writing by leaving the natural world and exploring the supernatural and how it enhances and illuminates poetry and story.


    Khalisa Rae is an award-winning storyteller, poet, and activist, and the author of the acclaimed poetry collection, Ghost in a Black Girls Throat, the chapbook, Real Girls, Have Real Problems,and the sold-out play production, 7+ Deadly Sins of Being a Woman. As a arts and humanities historian and  lover of Black Southern narratives, stories and poetry have been featured in the Cameron Art Museum, Southern Humanities Review Anthology, NC Museum of History and more. A lifelong advocate for women's rights and steward and literary education, Khalisa has taught on both the collegiate level, public school, and is a former Catapult instructor. As a trained performer and playwright, her powerful work has been featured in countless literary journals and magazines such as Pinch, PANK, Autumn House, Jezebel, Bitch Media, Blavity, NBC-BLK. Her powerful feminist poetry has landed her an Appalachian Arts and Entertainment Award, a Gwendolyn Brooks Prize, numerous Pushcart nominations, among countless others. Khalisa Rae is currently the founder of Think in Ink: BIPOC Literary Collective, Women Speak reading series, and the forthcoming YA novel in verse, Unlearning Eden. Find her online at khalisarae.com.


    • Sunday, March 19, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • via Zoom
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    Workshop



    Building Poems from Scraps:
    Making Old Things New

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    For this workshop, you will be asked to bring drafts of old poems that aren’t “working” for you. These might be finished poems, or they might be scraps of incomplete poems, sentences or paragraphs. We will use several techniques to infuse new life into them. You will leave the workshop with at least one new draft that surprises you. Writers who are new to poetry, but have old bits of prose to repurpose, are welcome.


    Sherre Vernon (she/her/hers) is the award-winning author of Green Ink Wings (Elixir Press) and The Name is Perilous (Power of Poetry). Her debut full-length poetry collection, Flame Nebula, Bright Nova was released in 2022 by Main Street Rag. Sherre has been published in journals such as TAB and The Chestnut Review, nominated for Best of the Net, and anthologized in several collections including Fat & Queer and Best Small Fictions. Read more of her work at http://www.sherrevernon.com


    • Wednesday, March 29, 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • via Zoom
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    Generative Workshop



    Joy of Creation: A Generative Poetry Workshop
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    Art is everywhere and you can create a poem or story from just about anything. Have you ever written a poem from a list? Have you ever used your senses to stimulate your imagination? Have you ever stared at the pictures on the wall and wondered what they are showing you? Have you ever tried to summarize your life story in just a few words?

    Tanya shows writers at any stage how to turn a simple shopping list into poetry, how to compose 45-word, even 6-word poems using your senses, how to tell the story behind the pictures on your walls, and how to get in touch with your creativity by finding joy in the everyday!


    Tanya Ko Hong (Hyonhye) is an internationally published poet, translator, and cultural curator championing bilingual poetry and poets. Born and raised in South Korea, she immigrated to the USA at the age of eighteen. She holds an MFA degree from Antioch University, Los Angeles. Tanya’s work has won the the Dritëro Agolli award, at the  International Korçare Poetry Festival, Yun Doon-ju Korean-American Literature Award, Ko Won’s 10th Literary Award was a finalist in Frontier’s Chapbook Contest, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Tanya is the author of five books, including The War Still Within (KYSO Flash Press, 2019). Her work appears in Rattle, Beloit Poetry Journal, Allium, Entropy, Cultural Weekly, WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly (The Feminist Press), great weather for MEDIA, the Choson Ilbo, and The Korea Times, among others. You can find her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.



    • Thursday, July 20, 2023
    • 7:00 AM
    • Monday, July 24, 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr PA
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    Summer Conference


    Summer Conference 2023
    Writing for Equity and Inclusion

    Join us this summer!  You can stay connected and get all relevant conference information on the conference event site here:

    Summer Conference.

    Registration includes all workshops, 4 nights in a single room on the Bryn Mawr campus and all meals (Friday dinner through Monday breakfast). Full workshop descriptions and schedule will be posted by early February. 





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