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Poetry Palooza Events
Fall 2022

The International Women’s Writing Guild is a vibrant creative community that connects soulful women writers across the world—writers from countless backgrounds, interests, and genres. Now, we are delighted to share with you our ambitious new poetry series.

The Guild’s Poetry Palooza is a multiple-month program where you can hone your craft, learn about self-care in writing life, social justice writing, and arm yourself with insider knowledge on the publishing industry. Whether you’re brand new to poetry or a best-selling professional, there is lots to learn with our panel kick-off event and workshops, scheduled alongside free writes and open mics so you can attend them all. 

Credit/Refund Policy

If you withdraw from a workshop or class:

  • At least 10 business days prior to class you will receive a full refund or credit towards another class
  • 9 business days prior to class until 1 business day before you will receive a credit towards another class
  • Within 1 business day you will receive no refund or credit.

Please note that notification of withdrawal must be processed via email writers@iwwg.orgIf IWWG must cancel a class for any reason, we will give you a full refund or, if you choose, a credit in the amount of your payment, to be used for any future class or event. 


"Sound, Setting, and Syntax: Recipe For a Southern Writing Revival": making your writing as savory and flavorful as Southern gumbo

October 12 & October 19, 2022
4:00 - 6:00 PM EST

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Jambalaya and Gumbo are essentially mixtures of lots of flavors that compliment each other to make the tastiest meal-- much like the craft od writing. In this workshop, we'll use the Southern writing tradition as an example of how all the best ingredients should work together. Ever had a meal that made you feel like you'd had a spiritual experience? That hit you on a physical and soul level? Well that's what writing should do. Ignite our senses! 

In this workshop, Khalisa will guide the class on what we need to make your writing sound, look, and feel like a revival and a soul meal. To stir the spirit, shake the soul, and awaken something that had been dormant. 

The recipe: sound, setting, and syntax that reads like scripture. This workshop will cover Southern sounds, the importance of setting, and language/jargon/syntax will look at the Southern writers Paul Lawrence Dunbar, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, and other writers.

Khalisa Rae is an award-winning poet, educator, and journalist in Durham, NC. She is the author of the debut poetry collection, Ghost in a Black Girl's Throat (Red Hen Press 2021), and Contributing Writer for Kindred. Her essays are featured in Autostraddle, Catapult, LitHub, as well as articles in Jezebel, Blavity, Bitch Media, NBC-BLK, and others. Her poetry appears in Southern Humanities Review, Gravy, Frontier Poetry, Florida Review, Rust & Moth, PANK, HOBART, among countless others. She is the winner of the Appy Award, Vulgar Genius, Bright Wings Poetry contest, the Furious Flower Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize, among other prizes. As a former Winter Tangerine, Frost Place and Watering Hole fellow, she is currently the EIC of Think in Ink BIPOC collective. Her YA novel in verse, Unlearning Eden, is forthcoming. 


Writing Circle: Making Your Poems from the Inside Out

with Marj Hahne

8 Weekly Sessions, beginning October 3, 2022
12:00 - 2:00 PM EST

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Consider this: A poem is a body of words, not a body of thoughts and feelings. Yes, our thoughts and feelings and experiences may catalyze our poems, but how we choreograph our words, how we make meaning (not what our words say or mean), is what moves a poem from self-expression to literary art. How do we make such poems, textual/subtextual bodies that enact and transform experience (rather than report or describe it) so that discovery or rediscovery is possible for both writer and reader?

We build them from the inside out, which requires relating to language primarily as material, as our artistic medium (and secondarily as meaning). For each session of this 8-session writing circle, we will examine, via the interrogation and discussion of model poems, one of multiple local or global strategies that make a poem poetry, followed by a generative or revision exercise to practice that strategy.
This Writing Circle is for you if you’re seeking:

  • a breakthrough in, or jumpstart to, your poem-making
  • practical, immediately applicable craft strategies for drafting and revising
  • a structure for learning and practicing in digestible pieces
  • fresh distinctions for interrogating and illuminating your poems

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 (BARK & BARD) and pairs poems with craft beers (MASH), craft spirits (DISTILL), and coffee (PO-JOE).


Poetry Contest



Entry: September 15 – November 30, 2022 

First-round reading period: December 1–14

Finalist reading period for the judge: December 15–31

Winners announced: January 2023

ENTRY FEE: $15 for three poems

(Enter as many times as you wish) 

A limited number of International Women’s Writing Guild entry fee scholarships are available for those financially unable to pay the fee; please contact for eligibility information.

JUDGE: Katie Manning


Katie Manning is the founding editor-in-chief of Whale Road Review and a professor of writing at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. She is the author of Tasty Other, which won the 2016 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award, and her fifth chapbook, 28,065 Nights, is newly available from River Glass Books. Her poems have appeared in december, The Lascaux Review, Kahini Quarterly, New Letters, Poet Lore, and many other venues. Find her online at 


First Place: $500, feature in virtual reading, plus featured poet publication in The Orchards Poetry Journal June 2023 issue, a contributor copy of the print issue, no reading fee for one future manuscript submission to Kelsay Books.

Second Place: $100, plus publication in The Orchards Poetry Journal,

a contributor copy of the issue, no reading fee for one future manuscript

submission to Kelsay Books.


Two Honorable Mentions: Publication in The Orchards Poetry Journal,

contributor copy of the issue, no reading fee for one future manuscript

submission to Kelsay Books.



NOTES: No revisions after submission.


FORMS: Poetry, any form, up to 30 lines in length.

PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED: Previously published poems accepted as long as the author retains rights.

JUDGING METHOD: We are judging with names redacted. Remove your name from your poetry document. We accept word documents, no PDFs please.



1. First pay the entry fee (see below).  For 1-3 poems the cost is $15.00

Multiple entries are allowed. Submit your payment and email

1-3 of your poems in one Word document.

2. Include your PayPal transaction ID inside the body of your email.

The transaction ID is emailed to you once the Paypal

payment has been accepted.

3. Write CONTEST in the subject line of your email.

4. The body of the email should contain the titles of your poems,

and your name, address, and 50-word biography.

5. Submit your 1-3 poems in ONE word document attached to the email.

If you send multiple entries you must pay new submission fees

and submit a new Word document for each group of poems.

6. Do NOT put your name in the Word document that has your poems.

We are judging with names redacted.



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