Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Classes at Act 11 Counseling & Synthesis

Classes at Act 11 Counseling & Synthesis Dec. 5 & 6
Stratford Center, right next to the library

When: Saturday, Dec 5th, 2009 10:30am - 3:00pm
Class name/theme: "Using observation to chart your path in life";
"the mysteries of the Will to empower you"

When: Sunday, Dec 6th, 2009 10:30am - 3:00pm
Class name/theme: "De-stressing the Holidays"
Community Circle, meditation & guided imagery,
nondenominational prayer basket, networking

Grab bag for those who wish to participate (bring a wrapped gift)

Bring a sandwich & join us around the table - we serve coffee
& dessert (Noon)

Class fees cut in half plus sliding scale!!!

Fundraiser for food pantries

RSVP to Cybnthia P Russell PhD 203 377-2421; psynnie @ aol.com

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Date: Nov 7 & 8, 2009
Psychosynthesis at Act 11 Counseling, Stratford Center (next to the library)
Time: 10:30-3 p.m.
Bring a sandwich. We serve coffee, tea & dessert

Saturday -- Get to know your subpersonalities,
Strengthen your Will for mission and purpose
journaling, & sharing
with Rosalind Till, M.S.

Guided Imagery workshop with Cynthia Russell PhD.
$35 a class

work.swap/sliding scale

Sunday -- nondenominational prayer basket, networking for life & career
NO CHARGE -- Any proceeds for this event are gifting Sterling House Community Center Food Pantry

2:30 to 2:30 "Focusingl: an incredible way to move quickly to clarity"
with Carol Ann Lucia, Reiki master;
trademarked Eugene Gendlin PhD
$20. suggested contribution

For reservation or details contact Cynthia Russell PhD
203 377-2421
or email her at the following address: psynnie@aol.com

Silence Your Inner Critic: Let the Inspiration Flow!


Saturday, November 7th
9 am to noon

"I've always wanted to be a writer but I don't have the discipline/ I'm not good enough/ I never seem to find the time."

"You can't make any money as a writer, so why bother?"
"I would write my story but what if my mother/ husband/ friends ever read it?"

"Writing doesn't flow naturally for me. That must mean I'm not really a writer, right?"

Sound familiar?

Successful writers are plagued by all of these doubts, and more. But what makes them successful is persistence and the willingness to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) nevertheless.

In this three-hour interactive workshop, successful writer, NPR commentator and popular writing teacher Jessica Bram will tackle these doubts and more head-on. In interactive discussions and supportive, inspiring writing exercises, Jessica will guide a small group of aspiring writers through the steps to enable them to silence their inner critics and unlock the floodgates of their creativity.

As Founder and President of the Westport Writers' Workshop, Jessica Bram's personal mission is to empower people to fulfill their deepest desires to write. She frequently addresses writers' groups and consults with writers to help them break through writer's block, silence their inner critics, and allow them to overcome all those doubts that prevent them from fulfilling their writing talent and potential.

"I attended your recent "Silence Your Inner Critic" workshop at the Fairfield Library. I wanted to let you know how valuable it was for me. Ever since then I've continued to write the first draft of a children's fantasy book using your guidelines. The empowerment you spoke of is happening for me. I thank you so much!
--Robyn Boccardi, Fairfield

"Jessica, thank you again for your inspirational talk, "Silence Your Inner Critic, Let the Inspiration Flow". I needed to hear the part about writing being hard work! I sat down as scheduled today for two hours to write, and it really helps to have a schedule, as you said. Again, many thanks for your encouragement."
--Maurya C. Keating, Fairfield

Saturday, November 7
9 a.m. to 12 noon

32 Webb Road, Westport





Come join a fellow IWWG author Mary Carroll Moore to celebrate the publication of her new novel, Qualities of Light!!

Celebrate with a Fellow IWWG Author

Book-Release Party

Sunday, November 1, 2:00 p.m.

Hickory Stick Bookshop, Washington Depot, CT

www.hickorystickbookshop.com for directions

Come join a fellow IWWG author Mary Carroll Moore to celebrate the publication of her new novel, Qualities of Light, which was nominated for a PEN/Faulkner Award this month. Mary will be answering questions about her writing process and signing copies of her novel at the Hickory Stick Bookshop, Washington Depot, in beautiful Litchfield County, CT, this Sunday, November 1, at 2:00 p.m.

She'd love to see IWWG members there--please introduce yourself!

The Litchfield County Times featured Mary's book and her writing and art in a full-page article with photos last week. Click here to read:


Thursday, October 8, 2009

The Cape Cod Writers' Retreat Oct 25-29, 2009

The Cape Cod Writers Retreat, Oct 25-29

Join us!

Cape Cod Writers' Retreat

Inn at Cook Street

Have you been wishing for some quiet time all to yourself ... to write?

Then treat yourself to a peaceful and productive Cape Cod writers' retreat.

Four days and peace and quiet at the luxurious Inn at Cook Street in Provincetown, Mass., on the eastern tip of Cape Cod. Along with workshop leaders Jessica Bram and Suzanne Hoover and a small, exclusive group of writers, you will spend the days at your leisure writing in your private room at the Inn, the Inn garden, the beach, the Provincetown Public Library, or any of the other beautiful locales in Provincetown.

Every evening we will meet for a three-hour workshop guided by workshop leaders Jessica Bram and Suzanne Hoover, to share and critique each others' work. Other evening activities will include poetry readings, writing skills workshops, and informal conversations about writing.

Writers of both fiction and non-fiction are welcome.


Choose from among 6 beautiful rooms with private bath at the Inn at Cook Street.


Sunday, October 25 through 11 a.m., Thursday, October 29, 2009.

$1095 per person.

This includes:

•Four nights accommodation (single accommodation only) including all taxes and breakfast daily.
•Dinner at the Inn at Cook Street Sunday, October 25.
•All workshops and retreat activities.

Registration is limited to 7 participants. Reservations will be accepted first come, first served.

To reserve your space mail a $550 deposit to the Westport Writers' Workshop, 32 Webb Road, Westport, CT 06880. Balance due by October 1, 2009.

Please contact Jessica at (203)227-3250 or jessica@westportwritersworkshop.com.

"Branding for Writers: The Importance of the Platform"

On Saturday, October 17, at 10:30 a.m., award-winning writer and editor Adele Annesi will present "Branding for Writers: The Importance of the Platform," a seminar for fiction and nonfiction authors at Sycamore Hills Park Community Center in Avon, Conn. Sponsored by the Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association (CAPA), "Branding for Writers" explores the concept and importance of a platform, and how to create one that integrates and maximizes online presence.

Adele M. Annesi
CT Authors and Publishers Association Publicity Chair

Visit my website, http://adeleannesi.com/ and blogs http://wordforwords.blogspot.com/ and http://writinglinx.blogspot.com/

Find Your Mission and Purpose at Act II Counseling in Stratford

Contact: Cynthia Russell( psynnie@aol.com)
October 17 & 18 10:30 a.m., on
Synthesis Program at Act 11 Counseling, Stratford Center (next to the library)

Find your mission and purpose!!!
Saturday, Centering and Meditation -- how to make sense of it all
Sunday, Change Your Thoughts to Change Your Mood with Susan Curtiss lpc

sliding scale if needed
fund raising for "Distressed Children's International"
RSVP for details and reserv. Cynthia Russell PhD
203 377-2421

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Alice Hoffman will be appearing in West Hartford on Wed Sept 23rd at 7:00pm

New York Times bestselling author and Oprah Book Club favorite Alice Hoffman will open the Mandell Jewish Community Center's (JCC's) Jewish Book Festival on Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. The 17th annual Jewish Book Festival celebrates nationally acclaimed authors and their extraordinary contributions.

For more information, visit The Jewish Book Festival, or contact Elana MacGilpin.

Best regards,

Adele M. Annesi
CT Authors and Publishers Association Publicity Chair

Visit my website, Adele Annesi, http://adeleannesi.com/

and blogs Word for Words http://wordforwords.blogspot.com/

and Writing Linx http://writinglinx.blogspot.com/

Friday, September 4, 2009

Lisa Genova author of Still Alice is appearing in Watertown, CT

Lisa Genvova will be reading from her book Still Alice at The First Congregational Church in Watertown on Wednesday, October 14th at 7pm. For directions please click on the title of this blog.

My Fiction Bookclub and I read this book several months ago and we thought it was absolutely breathtaking. Important topic and done with astonishing skill. To date it remains the only book *all* of us loved.

We are organizing a "field trip" for the event. If you'd like to meet up with us please let me know.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book

How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book Six-Week Class

Monday afternoon class starts September 21 at Hudson Valley Writers' Center

Instructor: Mary Carroll Moore

Ready to go back to school? Recharge your writing with weekly accountability? Join us for a brand-new session of "How to Plan, Develop, and Write a Book," at the Hudson Valley Writers' Center in Sleepy Hollow, NY, starting in September.

Past attendees of this six-week class have said:

"My second time through--and I got even more out of it this time around."

"Material is tailored to the changing environment of what sells in publishing today. Great grounding in the real world."

"Excellent. I learned a ton of exactly what I was looking to learn."

"Mary is an incredible teacher--knowledgeable, approachable, passionate, patient."

"Changed everything I knew about writing (for the better)."

"Really opened my eyes to all aspects of book writing. I thoroughly enjoyed it."

Class meets six Monday afternoons, 1:30-4:30 p.m., starting September 21, and is limited to 14 participants. Fee is $355 for six weeks. Writers at any stage of book writing, whether beginner or advanced, and in any genre--memoir, novel, nonfiction, biography, children's and YA--are welcome to join us.

Sound like a good fit for your writing this fall? See the full description below. To hold your place, call the Writers' Center at 914-332-5953 or email Maureen Hatch at maureen@writerscenter.org. The Writers' Center is located on Riverside Dr in Sleepy Hollow near Tarrytown.

6 Mondays, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
September 21 - November 16 (skips Sept 28, Oct 12, Oct 19)
Fee: $355; returning Moore students deduct $15

Whether you’re a nonfiction author, memoirist, or novelist, and whether you have a book almost finished or merely a concept for one, this six-week class will help you get to know your book—what it is about, how to structure it, how to finish it! You’ll learn a step-by-step plan (including timetables, chapter grids, story-boarding, and other techniques) and ways to flow chapters, find holes in your material that need filling, organize research and concepts, and construct plots. You’ll also learn how to package your book for agents and publishers and gain essential tips on editing and evaluating your book at all stages.

Friday, August 28, 2009

The Big Apple Conference, Autumn 2009

The International Women’s Writing Guild

Presents its 58th Semi-Annual
Big Apple Conference
The National Arts Club (New Location)
15 Gramercy Park South (near East 20th Street)
New York City

October 17 & 18, 2009 (Saturday and Sunday)


Saturday Writing Workshop, October 17
9:30 am to 4:45 pm:

Plot: The Structure of Story in Fiction, Memoir and Narrative Nonfiction/How to Shape Your Work Using Change,
Movement and Territory
Lynne Barrett

Sunday, October 18
10:15 am to 6:00 pm:

Meet the Authors/Meet the Agents
Saturday, October 17, 9:00 am to 4:45 pm

9:00 to 9:30 am: Registration
9:30 to 10:00 am: Introducing ourselves to each other
10:00 to 12:30 pm: "Plot: The Structure of Story in Fiction, Memoir, and Narrative Nonfiction/How to Shape Your Work Using Change, Movement and Territory"

* What is story? How to discern plot, significant action, and design.
* Learn to see in scenes: Each scene is a little story that moves the larger story along. Wheels, tension and contrast.
* Construct meaningful journeys: How does the world change characters? How do characters change the world?

12:30 to 1:45 pm Lunch

1:45 to 4:45 pm Workshop continues

* Map the territory: Who owns what place as the story begins? Where do secrets lie? Where is danger and opportunity?
* Establish thresholds: Imbuing place and action with meaning. Obstacles and the distribution of discoveries.
* Find your ending: reversal, resolution, and measures of change.

LYNNE BARRETT is the author of two short story collections, The Secret Names of Women and The Land of Go. She has been honored with the Edgar Allan Poe award of the Mystery Writers of America for best mystery story and she has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. She is editor of The Florida Book Review (www.floridabookreview.com), and professor at Florida International University, where she teaches in the M.F.A. program. Lynne’s webpage is http://lynne.barrett.googlepages.com.


SUNDAY, October 18: 10:00 am to 12:30 pm

Twelve recently published Guild authors tell how they found their agents, how they got published, and speak of their successes and disappointments along the way. Questions from the audience are invited.

Stephanie Alston-Nero, Glenda Baker, Lynne Barrett, Eleanor Garrell Berger, Arlene Bice, Marian Bond, Toni Carroll (Termin), Marion Goldstein, Victoria Moran, Elsa Nad, Chris Ranck, Phyllis Edgerly Ring

Book Fair of Books by Author Panel (12:30 to1:30 pm)

Lunch (1:30 to 2:30 pm)

SUNDAY, October 18: 2:30 to 6:00 pm

The “Meet the Agents” Open House has yielded wonderful matches between authors and agents over the years. The agents introduce themselves at the podium and speak about their “shop,” trends in the marketplace, hits and misses. Then, members of the audience seek out those agents whom they wish to meet. After you introduce yourself and speak briefly about your work, the agent will let you know if he or she is interested in hearing from and possibly working with you and how to submit your work.

MEET THE AGENTS These agents have frequented our Big Apple events recently: Robert Astle, Robert Astle & Associates Literary Management, Barbara Braun, Barbara Braun Associates; Regina Brooks, Serendipity Literary Agency; Diana Finch, Diana Finch Literary Agency; Linda Langton, Langton’s International Agency; Jessica Regel, Jean Naggar Literary Agency; Rita Rosenkranz, Rita Rosenkranz Agency; Regina Ryan, Regina Ryan Publishing Enterprises


REGISTRATION FEES (prices have remained the same for many years):

Discounted fees for full weekend conference as well as for Sunday all-day conference. Save up to $45 (or pay for individual sessions):

Weekend (both days, all events)
MEMBERS: $130.00 NON-MEMBERS: $160.00

Sunday Full-Day (morning and afternoon sessions)
MEMBERS; $80.00 NON-MEMBERS $105.00


Sunday, October 18 (10:00 AM - 1:30 PM)
MEET THE AUTHORS Open House & Book Fair
MEMBERS: $50.00 NON-MEMBERS: $60.00

MEET THE AGENTS Open House (2:30 PM to 6:00 PM)
MEMBERS: $55.00 NON-MEMBERS: $65.00

Saturday, October 17 (9:30 AM – 12:30 PM and 1:45 PM - 4:45 PM)
Lynne Barrett, "Plot: The Structure of Story in Fiction, Memoir, and Narrative Nonfiction"
MEMBERS: $90.00 NON-MEMBERS: $100.00

IWWG MEMBERSHIP: $45.00 (Members receive discounts on all IWWG workshops.) To join the IWWG online, click on the following link: http://iwwg.org/index.php?section=join

To register online for the Big Apple Conference via PayPal, click on the following link: http://iwwg.org/index.php?page=1042

To register by Mail, send a check to: IWWG, PO Box 810, Gracie Sta., New York, NY 10028

For a list of suggested hotels for an overnight stay in New York City, click on the following link: http://www.iwwg.com/index.php?page=1048

Registration fees are recorded as they are received. We do not mail out confirmation receipts. For confirmation, call (212) 737-7536. (In the event of your cancellation, payments may be applied to a future IWWG event.)

Credit cards are not accepted at the door.

Contact: IWWG, Telephone: 212-737-7536 or Email: dirhahn@iwwg.org

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

How Do First Authors Get Published?

How Do First Authors Get Published?

They told us it would be impossible - but we did it anyway!
Find out how at the

Wilton Library
First Authors' Panel

Thursday, Aug. 27
7 to 8:30 PM

No charge but reservations are recommended

Ready to be inspired?

Want encourgement to make your dream of a published book become reality?


Join us for a lively panel discussion at the Wilton Library in which three authors, with just published first books, will talk about our books, and of course, share our experiences in both writing and publishing our works.

Meet Jessica Bram, founder and teacher at the Westport Writers' Workshop and author of Happily Ever After Divorce: Notes of a Joyful Journey; Matthew Dicks, with his delightfully quirky first novel Something Missing; and Margot Berwin, with her Hothouse Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire: A Novel, which has a garnered a Publisher's Weekly starred review.

Jessica Bram will lead this lively discussion. Whether or not you're an aspiring writer, or just want to hear about these great new reads by local authors, be sure not to miss it.

There is no charge for this event. Books available for purchase and signing, courtesy of RJ Julia Booksellers.

Thursday, Aug. 27
7 to 8:30 p.m.

Wilton Library
Brubeck Room
137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton


RESERVATIONS ARE RECOMMENDED BY CALLING 203-762-3950 or visit www.wiltonlibrary.org.

Westport Writers' Workshop
32 Webb Road
Westport, Connecticut 06880

For questions or more information visit www.wiltonlibrary.org or call (203)762-3950

Also, if you are interested in receiving information about The Westport Writers' Workshops, click on the title of this blog and sign up for their newsletter! They feature some really fantastic workshops. I myself will likely be in attendance for this particular event. Join me!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Trish Lapidus's Kitchen Table Writing Group in New Haven

Dear Writing Sisters,

I am starting a kitchen table writing group this fall. I offer to host the group in my home on the first Sunday afternoon (second Sunday if the first is a holiday) of each month from 3:00 to 5:00pm. I live in the Westport area of New Haven at 33 Farnham Avenue, Apt 40 just before you get to Southern CT State U. Easy to get to from Route 15 and from Whalley Avenue. As a landmark, I live within easy walking distance of the face of West Rock Ridge.

Please let me know if you would be interested in writing and sharing around my kitchen table. Also, if you know of other women who would be interested, please pass the word. I will also ask Elizabeth Julia to post this notice in the next issue of Network, the newsletter of the Guild.

Patricia/Trish Lapidus
Writing Consultant, Life Coach, Author

Including Sweet Potato Suppers, a New eBook
and Long Awaited, Swamp Walking Woman


Mary Carroll Moore is inviting you to a Book Release Party!

You’re Invited to the Book Release Party and Author Reading

Tuesday, October 13, 7:00 p.m.

The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center

Sleepy Hollow, NY


Thursday, November 5, 7:00 p.m.

The Loft Literary Center

Minneapolis, MN


Nominated by publisher for a PEN/Faulkner Award

Qualities of Light, a novel by Mary Carroll Moore, is being released this week from Spinsters Ink/Bella Book, and Mary would love support from fellow IWWG members to spike sales on Amazon.com. It's being offered at a pre-order price of $10.17, so if you're interested, please visit amazon today and purchase a copy. Tell your friends!

Mary's gotten some great pre-pub reviews. Ann Bannon, best-selling author of The Chronicles of Beebo Brinker, wrote, "How many writers have caught that lightning-in-a-bottle that is young love? The story, set in lush summer in the Adirondacks, suffuses the young lovers with those qualities of light that illuminate the water, the woods, and the human heart. This is a tender and lively coming-of-age tale told with delicate insight, a romance etched in moonlight--the one we all wish we had had in our seventeenth summer."

Qualities of Light explores the budding of forbidden romance in the face of family tragedy, the forging of a new relationship between a daughter and her gifted, difficult parents, and an adolescent girl's confrontation with her own qualities of light and darkness.

Catherine Friend, author of Hit by a Farm, wrote, “Mary Carroll Moore’s skill as a painter blends beautifully with her sensitive portrayal of first love in Qualities of Light. She successfully layers Molly Fisher’s many struggles---guilt surrounding her brother’s accident, frustration that she and her father don’t understand each other, and confusion over where she fits in a group of lake friends. Shining through these layers are Molly’s vivid voice and her deepening love for a young woman named Zoe. Moore’s skillfully crafted novel both moves and entertains as she follows Molly’s summer journey.”

Ellen Hart, Minnesota Book Award winner, wrote, “Qualities of Light, by Mary Carroll Moore, isn’t just a beautifully nuanced contemporary lesbian romance, but a sensitive exploration of the cruelty and kindness--the intricate balancing act--that is family love. I couldn’t recommend it more highly.”

Please support a fellow IWWG member! Thank you!

To order from amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Qualities-Light-Mary-Caroll-Moore/dp/1935226061/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1249898663&sr=8-1

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Award-winning writer and editor Adele Annesi is launching a new website

Award-winning writer and editor Adele Annesi is launching a new website, AdeleAnnesi, on the theme of place as inspiration to complement her Word for Words and Writing Linx blogs for editors and writers.

Come visit the site to leave a comment on the Contact Me page. It would be great to hear from you!

Adele M. Annesi
Publicity Chair, CT Authors and Publishers Association

Visit my blogs

Word for Words


Writing Linx

The Adirondack Writer's Retreat

Dear Writers--

As the Adirondack Mountain Writers' Retreat draws near (August 20 - 23), I find myself with two slots left open. I want to fill them, and I want to do my best to make them affordable to interested writers. For that reason, I am offering a $50 discount to any registrant who is a member of the IWWG.

But WAIT! I can do better!! If TWO IWWG members sign up, I will deduct an additional $50 from the fee of each. Time is short and I will have to accept registrations on a first come, first served basis.

This note so far has discussed only money. I don't want to make the message unduly long, but I must add that this will be an outstanding creative writing workshop (fiction, memoir, personal essay) with gifted writer and teacher Irene Sherlock. Writers are urged to bring a work in progress and "workshop it" for the four days through seminars, discussion and consultations, pushing it toward publication. There's lots more information on my website (PersisGranger.com) and I'd be delighted to answer questions by phone (518-623-9305) or email. Please share this information with writers whom you think may find it of interest.

Many thanks--
Persis Granger
Registering Now - The Adirondack Mountain Writers' Retreat
August 20 - 23, 2009, a 4-day Creative Writing Workshop with Irene Sherlock
Visit PersisGranger.com

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Suite 101 - Therese Haberman

For anyone who lives or works in the local Newtown area of the Constitutional State -

Therese Haberman has just been named to the Feature Writer slot for Suite 101, "Parenting a Gifted Child" Section.


She is listed as Therese Haberman,
Facilitator, White Oak Women Writer's Group
Newtown, CT

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

"The Stories You Lived: Putting your Life into Words" Workshop hosted by Trish Lapidus

Connecticut Writers:

Please pass word of this free memoir workshop to your writing friends.

The Stories You Lived: Putting your Life into Words.
presented by Patricia Lapidus
Wednesday, Sept. 23 6-7:30pm
at New Haven Public LIbrary, 133 Elm Street

No charge, but bring your own writing materials--and coffee if you like!
Registration is required at http://memoir2.eventbrite.com/
or call the library at 203 946 8835

Patricia/Trish Lapidus
Writing Consultant, Life Coach, Author

Including Sweet Potato Suppers, a New eBook
and Long Awaited, Swamp Walking Woman


Saturday, June 20, 2009

Act 11 Counseling & Synthesis

Act 11 Counseling & Synthesis

Contact: Cynthia Russell PhD,. 203 377-2421

July 12, 2009 ‘Welcome Open Sunday’
Act 11 Counseling, & Synthesis; Stratford Center location
10:30-12 noon Welcoming circle; networking, bring a sandwich &
join us around the table. We serve coffee & cookies

Class for those interested in moving ahead in personal or
professional life, or creative retirement!!! 12:30-2:30
Fundraising for food pantries & children in distress

July 26 2009 CLASSICAL MUSIC JAM & POTLUCK 3-7 p.m.
RSVP for info. or to reserve your spot
Cynthia Russell PhD 203 377-2421 psynnie@aol.com

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

IWWG national news

Special Opening Weekend 80th Birthday Tribute to Anne Frank

Friday, June 12
Special Guest MAUREEN McNEIL
Director of Education of Anne Frank Center in NYC

Saturday, June 13
IWWG presents award-winning independent journalist and author
Keynote speaker for our 32nd annual
“Remember the Magic” Summer Conference (June 12-19, 2009)
at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY.

For complete press release, click on the following link:

Also, regarding Anne Frank, please read Elizabeth Donoghue's article on
The Huffington Post:


And a little local news.

If you aren't familiar with the name Jessica Brams, she is a member of the local
chapter of IWWG and founder of Westport Writers' Workshop. Of particular interest along with many other programs they have throughout the year is the Summer Creative Writing for Teens which begins on June 29th, 2009.

Westport Writers' Workshop
32 Webb Road
Westport, Connecticut 06880

For questions or more information see www.westportwritersworkshop.com or contact Jessica Bram at (203) 227-3250 or jessica@jbram.com

She has a fantastic newsletter that you should sign up for if you live in the area
or find the work of these workshops instructors of interest to you!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Remember the Magic Conference 2009

If you're looking to connect with women, who, like you, seek a nurturing community to uphold the written word, who revel in the female spirit of self, if you're looking to reconnect with your writerly and spiritual and nurturing self, then you need to watch this You Tube video: (you'll have to cut and paste into a new browser)


The video includes a candid interview with the founder herself, Hannelore Hahn.

For those of you who have never been to the conference, all I can say is, true to its name, the week is absolute magic.

Join us! For more information and to reserve your spot now before the spaces are all gone, please visit us at


June 12-19 (Full Week)
Remember the Magic Workshops
IWWG's 32nd Conference Year
Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, New York

Sunday, May 17, 2009

The Art of Editing in Writing

On Monday, May 11, at 7:00 p.m., award-winning writer and editor Adele Annesi will present the innovative Art of Editing in Writing workshop for fiction and nonfiction writers at Plumb Memorial Library in Shelton.

The Art of Editing in Writing uses the six Rs of editing — reading, revising, rewriting, restructuring, researching and rereading — to help writers hone their work for publication in today's competitive market. Workshop leader Adele Annesi is an editor with Gartner, Inc., and has worked as a development editor for Scholastic Publishing.

Adele is also a press correspondent and creative writer whose work has appeared in The Fairfield Review, Hotmetalpress, Miranda Literary Magazine, TheNovelette.com and The Pittsburgh Quarterly. She received the editor’s choice award from Poetic Voices in America and is a nominated member of Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who of American Women.

For more information, contact Adele Annesi at. wordforwords@sbcglobal.net
Adele M. Annesi
IWWG Member, CAPA Publicity Chair

Visit my blogs
Word for Words wordforwords.blogspot.com
Writing Linx writinglinx.blogspot.com

EDIT: MY APOLOGIES TO ADELE FOR NOT POSTING THIS SOONER. PLEASE VISIT HER WEBSITE. She is a local author and a very active member of the IWWG writing community. - G.A.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

free memoir writing class

Patricia Lapidus is giving a free workshop about memoir writing entitled, The Stories You Lived: putting your life into words Wednesday, May 6, 6-7:30pmNew Haven Public Library, 133 Elm Street50+ Transition Center"

Trisha will show participants how to retrieve the details that bring a story to life. This seminar offers writing exercises that open up a story, and time for sharing your work with others.

The class will also take a look at several memoir writing styles.There is no charge, but participants should bring their own writing materials".

Registration is required at www.memoir.eventbrite.com or call the library at 946-8835

Limited to 20 participants.

Patricia/Trish LapidusWriting Consultant,
Life Coach, Author Including Sweet Potato Suppers, a New eBook
and Long Awaited, Swamp Walking Woman

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


Location: Stratford Center

Date: March 28 & 29

classes in finding your mission and purpose

Time: 10:30 - 3 pm.

Fee: Sliding scale as needed.

We always include writing and several of us belong to IWWG!

Cynthia Russell PhD; 20...; psynnie@aol.com RSVP for Res. & details.....

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Annual Writer's Digest Competition

Annual Writing Competition

For 78 years, the Annual Writer’s Digest Competition has rewarded writers just like you for their finest work. We continue the tradition by giving away more than $30,000 in cash and prizes!

Win a trip to New York City !

GRAND PRIZE: $3,000 cash and a trip to New York City to meet with editors or agents.Writer's Digest will fly you and a guest to The Big Apple, where you'll spend three days and two nights in the publishing capital of the world. While you're there, a Writer's Digest editor will escort you to meet and share your work with four editors or agents! Plus, you'll receive a free Diamond Publishing Package from Outskirts Press.

Entry Deadline: May 15, 2009.

For entrants paying with a credit card, we will accept manuscripts submitted online. Manuscripts in the script categories must be submitted via regular mail.

Compete and Win in 10 Categories!
Inspirational Writing (Spiritual/Religious)
Memoirs/Personal Essay
Magazine Feature Article
Genre Short Story (Mystery, Romance, etc.)
Mainstream/Literary Short Story
Rhyming Poetry
Non-rhyming Poetry
Stage Play
Television/Movie Script
Children's/Young Adult Fiction
Entry Fee: Poems are $15 for the first entry; $10 for each additional poem submitted in the same online session.

All other entries are $20 for the first manuscript; $15 for each additional manuscript submitted in the same online session.

Add $5 per manuscript to all entries postmarked after May 15, 2009. Entries postmarked after June 01, 2009, will not be accepted.


Wednesday, January 7, 2009

"A Recession Regression"

To my sister writers and members of Connecticut IWWG,

As a psychotherapist and affiliate member of NAPFA (The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors), I have great concerns about the absence of discussion in the financial and media worlds about the real roots of our relationships with money, and the effects on the economy nationally and globally. To respond to this gap and the need it reveals, I am working to bring such a discussion into the public for people in all walks of life to be informed, inspired, and empowered.

I’m writing this blog post today because I have a unique way of looking at people’s relationships with money, and I am delighted to announce that my second article on the subject, A Recession Regression, has just been published – an article I think can help people in ways that aren’t being addressed in our financial and media worlds (and even the world of healing). These articles reflect my own efforts to help us all understand and change our relationships with money – at the root – beginning with discovery and awareness about the truth of those relationships. The responses to my articles, my workshops, and my individual work with people on this theme have been heart-warming and very satisfying, as I have witnessed the changes that have occurred and can occur.I would love to share this article with you, who know what it is like to create! And to long to have a positive impact on people with your writing. Perhaps you would like to display the article in your place of business, send the articles to colleagues (and friends), suggest other people to whom I should write, brain-storm and heart-storm with me other possibilities for utilizing such articles to help so many people navigate these times much better than they are, and much better than they will without this insight.If you would like to receive a pdf copy of this article, please email me at Info@PowerAbusedPowerHealed.com and I would be happy to email you a copy.

Many Blessings,

The Truth About Power

To my sister writers,

You may know that 1 ½ years ago I published my first book, Power Abused, Power Healed. Since that time I've had many people suggest I create a DVD of one of my talks. I have done that and now my new DVD, The Truth About Power, which stands alone and also as a companion to my book, is available to people.

I want to share this with you, who know what it is like to create!

Thanks for receiving me and my announcement (below).



The holidays have come and gone. People have been approaching life with new priorities, new values. . .values that can help us invest in healing that will guide us as we create new possibilities and realities in our world.

Misuse and abuse of power is commonplace in our world. It occurs in homes, schools, churches, businesses, government, even in the therapeutic and healing professions. The root of power abuse is woundedness . . . woundedness calling to be healed! And it is definitely calling us! We cannot heal the misuse of power simply by action in the outer world. We each need to do the healing of our relationship with power within ourselves . . . and that will help us heal our world!

As past feelings and childhood wounds emerge during our daily lives, it is crucial that we become aware of these ancient feelings, and how they can affect our relationships with power, our relationships with each other, our relationships with ourselves, as we enter the new year beyond. In “The Truth About Power,” I teach the truth about the roots of our relationships with power, how these relationships affect our lives as well as our world . . . and how we can heal the wounds that foster the abuse of power in our world.

For more information about “The Truth About Power,” or to order copies as gifts for your loved ones any time of the year, or as a gift of healing to yourself, please visit http://www.judithbarr.com/PowerAbusedPowerHealed//pages/order-dvd.htm

The Truth About Power . . . what a healing gift to those who matter to you!

Many Blessings,

"How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book"

How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book
Six-week class begins January 26, Monday afternoons
Hudson Valley Writers Center
Instructor: Mary Carroll Moore

It's a new year--are you regrouping, maybe thinking about your writing project, a book you really want to work on? There are still a few openings in Mary Carroll Moore's Monday afternoon six-week class, "How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book," at the Hudson Valley Writers Center. Consider joining this wonderful group of writers of all levels, learning about what makes a publishable book.

This class is opens to first-time book writers as well as anyone wanting a refresher on the basics of structure and book creation. It fills fast, so please call or email soon if you're interested: info@writerscenter.org or 914-332-5953.

How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book--6 Mondays, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.January 26 - March 16 (skips February 16 and 23) Fee: $355; returning Moore students deduct $15

Whether you’re a nonfiction author, memoirist, or novelist, and whether you have a book almost finished or merely a concept for one, this six-week class will help you get to know your book—what it is about, how to structure it, how to finish it! You’ll learn a step-by-step plan (including timetables, chapter grids, story-boarding, and other techniques) and ways to flow chapters, find holes in your material that need filling, organize research and concepts, and construct plots. You’ll also learn how to package your book for agents and publishers and gain essential tips on editing and evaluating your book at all stages.

You can also sign up to receive free weekly writing exercises by visiting Mary's website at www.marycarrollmoore.com/signup.html.

"Writing on the side"


Q: Can you use your writing talent to supplement your income?

A: Yes, you can!

Learn how from successful freelance writer Susan Farewell in a special half-day workshop:


Saturday, January 24
9 a.m. to noon

You are feeling the pinch of these economic hard times. But wait! There may be a silver lining, which is discovering that you have the ability to earn some extra cash with your untapped creativity.

Writing on the Side is a workshop designed for writers of all levels and all genres. It is designed to motivate individuals to act on some ideas they may have been mentally kicking around for years.

You always wanted to write a book? Why not give it a shot now? You think you could have written that article in The New York Times Connecticut section....do it. You're sick of reading all the cliché content in the parenting magazines and believe your ideas are newer? Go after it. This workshop will appeal to individuals who are otherwise busy, whether raising their families or looking for jobs or working in different fields.

Workshop leader Susan Farewell has been earning a living as an independent journalist/author for many years. With the Internet, she sees the word as having a bigger appetite than ever for well written content.

Susan Farewell is an accomplished freelance writer who for more than fifteen years has managed her own successful freelance writing business, writing books, magazine, newspaper and Internet articles. Prior to that she had a ten year career as a travel editor and staff writer at Condé Nast Publications in New York City. Her work has been published throughout the United States and in European and Asian publications.

WHEN: Saturday, January 24, 9 a.m. to 12 noon

WHERE: 32 Webb Road, Westport

COST: $150 or Early Bird Registration: $125 if paid by December 31, 2008.
Early Bird Discount extended to January 12, 2009!

Enrollment is limited to 9 to allow each participant to discuss his/her writing strengths and goals.

To register, log on to Westport Writers' Workshop and click on REGISTER NOW for instructions for registering by mail or with PayPal. For information call (203)227-3250 or see www.WestportWritersWorkshop.com.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Writers' Workshop at Key West, Florida

Writers' Workshop at Key West, Florida

"How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book" Weekend Workshop
with award-winning author Mary Carroll Moore.

Join Mary Carroll Moore for a special weekend workshop on "How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book"--at The Studios at Key West, Florida, February 20-22, 2009. It's a great chance to soak up some sun, smell the ocean air, and get away from the Connecticut winter--and into your book!

Book writers need other writers, and you'll find them at this weekend gathering. Our writing community will explore structuring, plot and character development, island-writing versus outlining, pacing and rhythm, and other book-writing techniques. We will work through a series of exercises that put learning into practice and give you plenty of next steps for your book journey.

The workshop is economical at $225 for the weekend instruction, Friday evening to Sunday afternoon. For details about lodging and agenda, visit The Studios at Key West at
http://tskw.org/ and click on Workshops, then scroll down to How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book.

It will be fun and relaxing, creative and intense. Hope you can join us!

Mary Carroll Moore is a former syndicated columnist for the Los Angeles Times and author of over a dozen published books in memoir, self-help, and other nonfiction genres. Her novel, Qualities of Light, will be released in 2009 from Spinsters Ink and her writing craft book, How to Plan, Develop, and Write a Book from Riverbed Press, will also be released in 2009. She teaches at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis as well as The Hudson Valley Writers Center in Westchester County, NY.