Thursday, March 11, 2010

The International Women's Writing Guild Presents The 59th Big Apple Conference!

The International Women's Writing Guild

presents The 59th Big Apple Conference

April 17 & 18, 2010


Saturday April 17, 2010

MEMOIR: Writing and Publishing Your Life Stories

Sunday April 18, 2010

Open House: Meet the Authors/Meet the Agents


National Arts Club

(overlooking Gramercy Park at East 20th Street near Park Ave.)

New York City


Writing Workshop (Saturday, 9:00 am to 4:45 pm)

MEMOIR: Writing and Publishing Your Life Stories

9:00-9:30 am: Registration

9:30-10:00 am: Introduction

10:15-12:30 pm: Writing Your Memoir with Susan Tiberghien

"...memoir is not an autobiography, but a window into your life. You choose the window."

A window into your life

The frame of the window

Parts to include, parts to exclude

The pattern

The whole as a mosaic

12:30 - 1: 45 pm: LUNCH

1:45 - 4:45 pm: Publishing Your Memoir: Susan Tiberghien with Hope Player, Sheila Levine and Melissa Rosati

SHEILA J. LEVINE is a publishing lawyer in New York City. She began her career in Subsidiary Rights at Doubleday and then worked as Contracts and Copyright Manager and Managing Editor at Popular Library, a paperback imprint owned by CBS. She has had her own practice in publishing and related law for 20 years, representing authors, agents, and publishers. Her goal is to help clients protect their rights and grow in today's complex, fascinating, and challenging publishing environment.

HOPE PLAYER is an award-winning Certified Public Accountant and author of Find the Numbers for Your Business Plan. She is managing member of The Arcadian Group, LLC, CPAs, and Micro Business Press, LLC. Hope is a contributor to the "Ask the Expert" column in The Bergen Record and authors a newsletter, The Hope Chest. She has taught seminars and workshops for more than 20 years helping prospective business owners achieve success. Her dedication to the small business community is recognized by the Small Business Administration and Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants. Hope also teaches financial literacy courses to give women the tools to control their finances.

MELISSA ROSATI, CPCC, is a creativity coach, writer, and speaker. Throughout her executive career in the publishing industry, she has nurtured hundreds of authors on their path to success. She is a professor of publishing at Pace University in New York City. Melissa's forthcoming book is The Wisdom of Your Inner Marketer: How to Create Publishing Plans that Work for You. Her website is

SUSAN TIBERGHIEN is an American writer living in Switzerland who has been teaching writing for 20 years. She is the author of three memoirs: Looking for Gold, Circling to the Center, and Footsteps, A European Album, plus numerous essays in journals and anthologies. Her fourth book, One Year to a Writing Life, Twelve Lessons to Deepen Every Writer's Art and Craft, was published by Perseus Books in 2007. ("Tiberghien's advice, encouragement, and wisdom make this an invaluable book for writers at all stages of their writing lives." -Michael Steinberg.) She teaches at graduate programs, at C.G. Jung Centers, at writers' conferences and at the monthly Geneva Writers' Workshops. She has been a workshop director for IWWG since 1990. An active member of International PEN, she directs the Geneva Writers' Conferences. Susan's website is


Meet the Authors (Sunday, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm)

Thirteen recently-published Guild authors will speak about their trials and tribulations: How they got themselves published—through an agent, via self-publishing, or by some other means—and how their books are currently being promoted.

Questions are invited from the audience.

MARIANNE BAHMANN, Coping With the Limelight: A Manual on Stage Fright, BookSurge Publishing, 2009

SHERRY ELLIS, Now Write!: Fiction Writing Exercises from Today's Best Writers and Teachers, Tarcher, 2009; Illuminating Fiction, Red Hen Press, 2009

HELEN FOGARASSY, The Midas Maze, PageFree Publishing Int’l, 2007

BARBARA HALL, Sadie's Secret, Author House, 2007

JODY LAGRECA, Afternoon Tea, Xlibris 2008, Suburban Weird, Xlibris, 2008

PATRICIA JEAN LAPIDUS, Red Hen's Daughters, CreateSpace, 2009

DAHLMA LLANOS-FIGUEROA, Daughters of the Stone: A Novel, Thomas Dunne Books, 2009

JONNA-LYNN MANDELBAUM, Unpredictable Crossing, Outskirts Press, 2009

GRACE ZOLLA PROTANO, As Long As You Can See the Clock, You're Okay: South Brooklyn in the '50s, Outskirts Press, 2009

PEGGY SAPPHIRE, In the End A Circle, Antrim House, 2009; A Possible Explanation, Partisan Press, 2006

CARREN STROCK, A Writer's Journey: What to Know Before, During and After Writing a Book, Gray Rabbit Publishing, January 2010

SUSAN TIBERGHIEN, One Year to a Writing Life: Twelve Lessons to Deepen Every Writer's Art and Craft, Da Capo Press, 2007; Looking for Gold: A Year in Jungian Analysis, Daiman Verlag, 2008

MINGMEI YIP, Petals From the Sky, Kensington, March 2010


Book Fair of Books by Author Panel

LUNCH: 1:00 pm


Meet the Agents (Sunday, 2:30 pm - 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.

Agents (plus occasional publishers and editors): Sheree Bykofsky Associates (Janet Rosen), Dunham Literary (Blair Hewes), FinePrint Literary Management (Stephany Evans), Diana Finch Literary Agency (Diana Finch), Rita Rosenkranz Agency (Rita Rosenkranz), A. Mecke Company (Amanda Mecke), Katharine Sands Literary Agency (Katharine Sands), and others.



(Attend all Saturday and Sunday events and save up to $45.00, or pay for individual sessions)

Special Full Conference Discount (Both days, all events)

Members: $180.00 Non-Members: $220.00

(a sumptuous buffet lunch is included on both days)

Saturday, April 17 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)

"Writing and Publishing Your Life Stories"

Members: $115.00 Non-Members: $135.00

(a buffet lunch is included)

Sunday Full-Day - Discount (morning and afternoon sessions)

Members: $105.00 Non-Members: $135.00

(a buffet lunch is included)

Sunday, April 18 (10 am - 1:00 pm)

MEET THE AUTHORS Open House & Book Fair

Members: $50.00 Non-Members: $60.00

(a buffet lunch can be requested for $25)

MEET THE AGENTS Open House (2:30 PM to 6:00 PM)


Members: $75.00 Non-Members: $85.00

IWWG MEMBERSHIP: $55.00/$65.00 (online/print copy of Network Journal)(Members receive discounts on all IWWG workshop fees.)

To join the IWWG online, click on the following link:

To register online for the Big Apple Conference and pay with a credit card, 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, contact the IWWG office: (212) 737-7536

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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