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 (, and professor at Florida International University, where she teaches in the M.F.A. program. Lynne’s webpage is


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:

To register online for the Big Apple Conference via PayPal, click on the following link:

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:

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:

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