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IWWG Annual Boston Writing From Your Life Retreat










3rd Annual Boston Writing From Your Life Retreat April 28,  2018

Join us on April 28, 2018 for the 3rd Annual IWWG (International Women's Writing Guild) Writing From Your Life Retreat

Metrowest Boston (Medfield, MA) REGISTER AT IWWG.ORG/EVENTS

Produced by: Kelly DuMar    kellydumar@gmail.com for more info

Featuring Writing Workshops with IWWG Faculty: Susan Tiberghien, Maureen Murdock & Kelly DuMar

Boston New England area writers – please join us for a springtime creative writing retreat with three outstanding IWWG instructors. Our Writing From Your Life Retreat offers you professional and personal insights into memoir, myth, poetry & prose as well as exceptional enrichment of your creative life.  Experience the gifts of guild community in our annual regional event in Metro-west Boston! 

WHAT  Writing From Your Life Retreat – In Memoir, Prose and Poetry

WHERE Metrowest Boston, MA

 WHEN April 28, 2018

TIME  9:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.

COST $95 IWWG Members; $120 non-members; new member special  $135

              (includes $55 Annual IWWG membership dues) includes Lunch

WHO      Susan TiberghienWriting Your Life Stories from Journaling to Memoir

               Maureen Murdock – Memoir as Contemporary Myth

               Kelly DuMar – Writing Truth & Beauty – Using Your Personal Photos for                

               Creative Writing in Poetry & Prose

Your Creative Writing Retreat Includes:

9:00        Arrival & registration - a warm welcome with bagels, coffee and juice

9:45      Introductions & Opening Remarks by host Kelly DuMar

10:00      Susan Tiberghien, Writing Your Life Stories – From Journaling to Memoir

1l:45       Enjoy a Catered Lunch & Book Fair – network with other writers and

               purchase books written by current IWWG members in attendance

1:15        Kelly DuMar, Writing Truth & Beauty – Using Your Personal Photos for

             Creative Writing in Poetry & Prose

3:15        Maureen Murdock, Memoir as Contemporary Myth

5:00      Wrap-Up & Goodbyes


To Register, go to: www.iwwg.org/events or contact Marj Hahn iwwgquestions@gmail.com

Workshop Descriptions & Instructor Bios

Writing Your Life Stories from Journaling to Memoir (Susan Tiberghien)

Memoir is a window into your life. You choose a life experience, shape it into story, and try to make meaning out of it. In this workshop we will first look at what windows we wish to open. Then at how to shape what we see into compelling narrative. We will write a short piece of memoir, in which ultimately we hope to uncover meaning. In so doing, we will respond to today’s urgent call to bear witness through our words.

Susan Tiberghien, an American writer living in Geneva, Switzerland, has published threememoirs Looking for Gold, Circling to the Center, Footsteps-A European Album, and the highly appreciated writing book,  One Year to a Writing Life, plus two new titles published in 2015: Side by Side: Writing Your Love Story and Footsteps:  In Love with a Frenchman.  She teaches at C.G. Jung Centers, at the International Women’s Writing Guild, and at writers’ centers and conferences in the States and in Europe where she directs the Geneva Writers’ Group, an association of over 230 English-language writers.   www.susantiberghien.com

Writing Truth & Beauty – Using Your Personal Photos for Creative Writing in Poetry & Prose (Kelly DuMar)

The photos we save & the photos we take show what we care about and hope to preserve, what moves and mystifies us, the people, places, stories and experiences that bring meaning into our lives. In this workshop, we’ll write creatively from personal photos that arrest our attention and unpack why they do. Writing stories from photos allows us to approach our pictures as works of art – no matter the quality of the photo, we can approach them with an artist’s perception and awareness of powerful hidden meanings and revelations worthy of development into creative prose. Writing from photos allows us to express the truth of what we feel - and know - and haven’t said, as we capture the beauty and deeper meaning of an image. Each participant will bring 1-3 photos to explore, as we shape images into poetry and prose that reveals personalities, identity, relationships, conflicts, universal truth and beauty. Participants may choose to bring photos specifically relating to current or prospective projects in poetry or prose.

Kelly DuMar is a playwright & poet who facilitates creative writing workshops for writers across the US. Her poems are published in many literary magazines, and her award-winning poetry chapbook, “All These Cures,” was published by Lit House Press in 2014. A past president of playwrights’ Platform, Boston, Kelly has been involved in facilitating new play development for many years. Her award winning plays have been produced around the US and Canada, and are published by dramatic publishers. She founded and produces the Our Voices Festival of Women Playwrights at Wellesley College, now in its 10th year, and she moderates, Let’s Talk TLA, a bi-monthly teleconference and poetry open mic for members of the Transformative Language Arts Association. Kelly s website is Kellydumar.com

Memoir as Contemporary Myth (Maureen Murdock)

The popularity of memoirs today reflects the desire to find meaning in the mystery of our lives and to understand our unconscious choices, actions, and dreams. Memoirists are our contemporary myth makers. Myth can be seen as an ordering principle that gives coherence to the way our memories unfold, and the mythic themes of family relationships, quest for identity, love and betrayal, personal sacrifice, and death dominate contemporary memoir writing. In this workshop you will write a short memoir piece that explores a mythic theme. 

Maureen Murdock, Ph.D., is the author of six non-fiction books, including the best-selling book, The Heroine’s Journey, about a woman’s psycho-spiritual journey and Unreliable Truth: On Memoir and Memory about memoir writing. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages. She has been teaching memoir writing in southern California and internationally since 1990 and has written pieces for the Huffington Post on criminal justice and mental illness. You can read her blog on her website: http://www.maureenmurdock.com