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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 provide a full refund or credit towards another workshop. 

Sassy Rhymes for Desperate Times
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September 23 & 30, 2023
2:00 - 4:00 PM ET

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This workshop will focus on how writers of both poetry and prose can use rhyme and other sound devices (alliteration, anaphora, refrain) to boost the power and effectiveness of literary writing. How do literary sound devices shape the utterances we want our readers to hear and our audiences to remember? Participants will both read and write during the two sessions.

Allison Joseph is a writer, poet, and professor who lives in Carbondale, Illinois, where she is part of the faculty of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Her award-winning books include Confessions of a Barefaced Woman and Lexicon. She was named Illinois Writer of the Year for 2022 by the Illinois Association of Teacher of English.

Getting Past the Inner Critic
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October 7, 2023
5:30 - 7:00 PM EST

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Thousands of books have gone unwritten because a writer has caved in to her inner voice: Who do you think you are? You don’t know enough yet. No one will be interested in what you have to say. You don’t know how to get something published. We could fill a page with them, but better to burn it and start anew:
What have you learned from the sufferings you’ve borne?
Who in your life could benefit from your stories?
What joy do you derive from writing?
What writers have influenced your life?
Once we start to ask the right questions, our courage and wisdom begin to align. We can imagine our audience. We feel a sense of purpose. We know our work is for the good, could relieve pain, save a life, cause some joy.

This 90 minute class is like a chiropractic adjustment or a wheel alignment. It puts things back in the proper relationship, tunes your ear to the Guiding Light. We’ll take some time to write a bit, listen a bit and ponder as a whole the practices we can use to stay afloat through trial and tempest.

When I attended the first IWWG conference, I didn’t think of myself as a writer. Now I have 11 books published. That is the effect of sisterhood, support, and solidarity. We’ll conjure up all that during our time together and your image of yourself as a writer will be clear and beautiful in the mirror of your soul.

Jan Phillips is a writer who connects the dots between spiritual intelligence, evolutionary creativity, and social transformation. She is the author of eleven award-winning books, has taught in over 25 countries, and has published work in the New York Times, Ms., Newsday, People, Parade Magazine, Christian Science Monitor, New Age Journal, National Catholic Reporter, Sun Magazine, and Utne Reader. Her memoir, Still On Fire—Field Notes from a Queer Mystic, was released by Unity Books in October 2021.
She has performed with Pete Seeger, presented with Jane Goodall, sung to Gladys Knight, and worked for Mother Teresa. Her books have been endorsed by Gloria Steinem, Jean Houston, Barbara Marx Hubbard and Joanna Macy.
Jan teaches throughout the United States and Canada, facilitating retreats on evolutionary faith and prophetic action. Her quest has taken her into and out of a religious community, across the country on a Honda motorcycle, and around the world on a one woman peace pilgrimage. She has produced three CDs of original music, several videos, and a seven-hour audio program called Creating Every Day.
Jan sends out her Bulletins of Immortality weekly and a monthly Museletter to her mailing list. You can subscribe on her website.

Writing Life: Exploring Memoir and
Personal Essay

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October 17 - November 21, 2023 (6 weekly sessions)
6:30 - 8:30 PM ET

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Now more than ever, memoir and personal essay allows us to speak of our own experiences on our terms. Unlike autobiography or biography, which are often preoccupied with the facts of an event, or when things take place on a timeline, memoir can instead focus on the feelings and senses of a memory’s architecture, and the unique ways our memories connect to one another.

In this generative six-week workshop, we will study and discuss techniques used by a variety of memoirists and poets who have written their own stories and experiences in interesting ways. Each student will also draft one piece in a form of their choice (prose or poetry) each week that experiments with sharing a memory or experience and receive weekly feedback from me and their classmates.

At the close of the course, each student will have up to six new drafts that share or explore memory. Each student will also be encouraged to choose one draft they are most proud of to share with the class during our final Zoom session as part of a celebratory reading.

Lauren Brazeal Garza is a disabled author and Ph.D. candidate in literature at the University of Texas at Dallas with an MFA in writing from Bennington College. Her published poetry collections include Gutter (YesYes Books, 2018), a memoir-in-verse which chronicles her homelessness as a teenager. She has also published three chapbooks of poetry and flash fiction, most recently Santa Muerte Santa Muerte: I was Here Release Me (Tram Editions, 2023), which features fictional interviews with ghosts. Her work has appeared in Poetry Northwest, Waxwing, and Verse Daily among many other journals.

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