Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The International Women's Writing Guild Presents its 60th Big Apple Conference

The International Women's Writing Guild

Presents its 60th

Big Apple Conference

October 16 & 17, 2010

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Making Meaning from Myth and Memoir

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Open House: Meet the Authors/Meet the Agents

National Arts Club

(15 Gramercy Park South at East 20th St.

near Park Ave., New York City)



Saturday, October 16

9:00-9:30 am: Registration

9:30-10:00 am: Introduction

10:15-12:30 pm: Making Meaning from Myth and Memoir with Maureen Murdock

A one-day workshop exploring the mythic themes used by contemporary memoirists — myths that inform your life as you write:

The elements of memoir writing

Mythic themes

12:30 - 1: 45 pm: LUNCH

1:45 – 5:00 pm: Myth and Memoir (continues)

Readings from contemporary memoirists

Come prepared to look at the myths that inform your life as you write to make meaning from memory

The afternoon will also include a short presentation by Sheila J. Levine on Defamation and related Legal Issues of interest to writers of memoir.



Maureen Murdock, M.A., M.F.T., is a depth psychotherapist and past Chair of the MA Counseling Psychology Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara. She has taught creative writing in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program for the past 20 years, where she received the Outstanding Teacher Award in 1995. She has written a memoir about her mother's struggle with Alzheimer's — Unreliable Truth: On Memoir and Memory — which is also a reflection on the nature of memoir writing. She is the author of three internationally published books: The Heroine’s Journey, Fathers' Daughter: Breaking the Ties that Bind, and Spinning Inward, and is the editor of Monday Morning Memoirs: Women in the Second Half of Life. She teaches memoir writing internationally and her books have been translated into 12 languages.

Sheila J. Levine is a publishing lawyer in New York City. She began her career in Subsidiary Rights at Doubleday and became 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 intellectual property law for over twenty years, representing authors, agents, and publishers. Her goal is to help clients protect their rights and grow in today’s complex, fascinating, and challenging print and electronic publishing environments.

Sunday, October 17

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

Eleven 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

BARBARA BARNUM, Spirituality in Nursing: From Traditional to New Age, Springer Publishing, 2010

JULIE GENOVESE, Nothing Short of Joy, Behler Publications, 2010

RUTH LEHRER, My Book of Ruth: Reflections of a Jewish Girl, AuthorHouse,2010

MAUREEN HOGAN LUTZ, Diamonds in the Snow: Rescuing the Senses in the Aftermath of Breast Cancer, Pendulum Publications, 2010

ROSARY O’NEILL, The Awakening of Kate Chopin and Blackjack: The Thief of Possession, Samuel French, 2010

JAYNE A. PEARL, Kids, Wealth and Consequences: Ensuring a Responsible Financial Future for the Next Generation, Bloomberg Press, 2010

HOPE PLAYER, Find the Numbers for Your Business Plan, Full Court Press, 2010

LYNNE ROGERS, How to Be a Working Actor: The Insider's Guide to Finding Jobs in Theater, Film, and Television, Back Stage Books, 2008

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

BARBARA M. TRAYNOR, Second Career Volunteer: A Passionate, Pennywise Approach to Retirement, The Troy Book Makers, 2009

Book Fair of Books by Author Panel



Meet the Agents (Sunday, 2:30 pm 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.

Agents (plus occasional publishers and editors): Serendipity Literary Agency (Foladé Bell), The Croce Agency (Nicholas Croce), Kimberley Cameron & Associates (April Eberhardt), Diana Finch Literary Agency (Diana Finch), Don Congdon & Associates (Katie Grimm), Sheila J. Levine (Publishing Lawyer), A. Mecke Company (Amanda Mecke), Anderson Literary Management (Christine Mervart), Rita Rosenkranz Agency (Rita Rosenkranz), Regina Ryan Publishing Enterprises (Regina Ryan), and others.



(Attend all Saturday and Sunday events and save up to $70.00, or pay for individual sessions)

Special Full Conference Discount (Both days, all events)

Members: $180.00 Non-Members: $205.00

(a sumptuous buffet lunch is included on both days)

Saturday, October 16 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)

“Making Meaning from Myth and Memoir”

Members: $125.00 Non-Members: $135.00

(a sumptuous buffet lunch is included)

Sunday, October 17 Full-Day Discount (morning and afternoon sessions)

Members: $125.00 Non-Members: $135.00

(a sumptuous buffet lunch is included)

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

MEET THE AUTHORS Open House & Book Fair

Members: $50.00 Non-Members: $60.00

(a sumptuous buffet lunch on-site may 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 (online subscription to Network) or $65 (print subscription).

(Members receive discounts on all IWWG workshop fees.)

To join the IWWG online, visit and click on the JOIN NOW! button on the right side of the screen.

To register online for the Big Apple Conference and pay with a credit card, visit and click on the EVENTS tab and then on the REGISTER ONLINE VIA PAYPAL link underneath the Big Apple Workshop listing.

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

Credit cards are not accepted at the door. Cash and personal checks are accepted.

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.)

For further information, telephone or email the IWWG at (212) 737-7536 or

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