Monday, January 31, 2011

The International Women's Writing Guild Presents its 61st Big Apple Conference

The International Women's Writing Guild

Presents its 61st

Big Apple Conference

April 16 & 17, 2011

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Memoir and Metaphor:

Illuminating Your Life through Writing

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Meet the Authors/Meet the Agents

National Arts Club

15 Gramercy Park South

(just East of East 20th St. New York City)



Saturday, April 16
9:00-10:00 am: Registration
10:00-10:30 am: Introduction
10:15-12:30 pm: Memoir and Metaphor: Illuminating Your Life through Writing with Susan Tiberghien

With metaphor you bring your stories into clearer focus and discover deeper levels of meaning in your writing and in your lives. In this workshop you will look at how metaphor has been used over the centuries and with examples from contemporary memoirs and exercises, you will work on writing your own memoir.

What is metaphor?
How metaphor has been used over the centuries
Metaphor in Annie Dillard’s Teaching a Stone to Talk
Metaphor in C.G. Jung’s Red Book

12:30 - 1: 45 pm: LUNCH

1:45 – 4:45 pm: Memoir and Metaphor (continues)

Memoir as a window into your life
Memoir and mosaic
Metaphors that shed light on your life


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

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.

Stephanie Alson-Nero, In Wild Violet Shine: New and Selected Poems, Evolutionary Girls Press, 2009

Pat Carr, One Page at a Time: On a Writing Life, Texas University Press, 2010
Harriet Forman, Nursing Leadership for Patient-Centered Care: Authenticity Presence Intuition Expertise, Springer Publishing Company, 2010

Carol Hoenig, The Author's Guide to Planning Book Events: Tips and Tools for Bookselling Success, Star iUniverse, 2007
Terry Laszlo-Gopadze, The Spirit of a Woman: Stories to Empower and Inspire, Santa Monica Press, 2010
Barbara Kent Lawrence, The Hungry i: A Workbook for Partners of Men with Eating Disorders,Greene Bark Press, 2010
D. H. Melhem, Art and Politics/Politics and Art, Syracuse University Press, 2010
Edith Muesing-Ellwood, Selfhood and U.S .Democracy, Plain View Press, 2010
Mary Osborne, Nonna’s Book of Mysteries, Lake Street Press, 2010

Jayne A. Pearl, Kids, Wealth & Consequences: Ensuring a Responsible Future for the Next Generation, Bloomberg Press, 2010
Nadia Sahari, Breakaway: How I Survived Abuse, Pink Butterfly Press, 2009
Mary L. Tabor, Re-Making Love: A Sex After Sixty Story, Kindle, 2010
Mingmei Yip, Song of the Silk Road, Kensington, 2011


Book Fair of Books by Authors on Panel

Lunch (1:00 - 2:30 pm)
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.


(partial list)

Kimberley Cameron & Associates (April Eberhardt)
The Croce Agency (Nicholas Croce)
Don Congdon Associates (Katie Kotchman)
Diana Finch Literary Agency (Diana Finch)
Sheila L. Levine (publishing lawyer)
A. Mecke Company (Amanda Mecke)
Rita Rosenkranz Agency (Rita Rosenkranz)
Regina Ryan Publishing Enterprises (Regina Ryan)
Serendipity Literary Agency (Foladé Bell)



(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: $190.00 Non-Members: $220.00
(a sumptuous buffet lunch is included on both days)
Saturday, April 16 (9:00 am – 4:45 pm)
“Memoir and Metaphor”
Members: $125.00 Non-Members: $135.00
(buffet lunch is included)
Sunday, April 17 Full-Day Discount (morning and afternoon sessions)
Members: $125.00 Non-Members: $135.00
(buffet lunch is included)

Sunday, April 17 (10 am - 1:00 pm)
MEET THE AUTHORS Open House & Book Fair
Members: $50.00 Non-Members: $60.00
(buffet lunch on-site may be requested for $25)

Sunday, April 17 (2:30 PM to 6:00 PM)

Members: $85.00 Non-Members: $95.00

IWWG MEMBERSHIP: $55.00 (includes 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.
Online registration for the Big Apple Conference will be available soon on our website,
To join IWWG or to register for the Big Apple conference by mail, send a check to: IWWG, PO Box 810, Gracie Station., New York, NY 10028.
Credit cards are not accepted at the door.

Rgistration fees are recorded as they are received. We do not mail out confirmation receipts. For confirmation, call (212) 737-7536. (If you cancel, payments may be applied to a future IWWG event.)

For further information, telephone or email the IWWG at (212) 737-7536 or
Sunday, April 17 (10:00 am - 1:00 pm)

Act 11 Counseling & Psychosynthesis

February 12 & 13, 2011

Act 11 Counseling & Psychosynthesis

" An Empowerment Weekend for all!"

learn what an incredible tool your will can become!

All classes taught by professional counselors

10:30-3 both days. Bring a sandwich, we serve coffee...

RSVP as space is limited

reasonable fees and sliding scale

Cynthia P Russell PhD 203 377-2421

The Roots of Bullying and Crying: Is it a Game or Is It for Real?

I have recently felt called to address, in a variety of media venues, the very timely topic of the roots of our children, in our world, and in ourselves.

I am delighted to announce a new interview, scheduled for February 9 at 3pm EST on this topic with Sallie Felton of A Fresh Start. I hope this interview inspires you in your own healing journey.


Reports are circulating around the globe about a new study out of Israel about the effect of a woman's tears on men. In response to the study and the way it's being discussed, I have written a new blog post: Crying: Is It A Game? Or Is It for Real? To read this post, please visit:

Recently, I joined Don Russell on Morning News Weekend with Don Russell to explore hate speech and the mob mentality that exists in every form of media -- radio, TV, online blogs . . .

I am delighted to be able to share with you the audio of this short but powerful, packed interview.
To listen, please visit

Many blessings,



AND THEN . . .

On winter solstice the light is born.

Maybe you'd like to think we can leap

straight from the darkest dark

to the lightest light.

A leap of light!

Perhaps here's where you'd like that quick fix -

the one that's been promised by

too many who knew better,

or could have known better

if they weren't buried by their own

greed, their own personal agendas,

their own false hopes,

or the ice of their own illusions.

The illusions of how things work

going from darkness to light.

Even in the outer world

there are no harmless, sustainable quick fixes.

We don't go straight from

the winter to the summer solstice.

There are six l-o-n-g months between them.

And freezing or even below-freezing cold.

Feet of snow you have to shovel

or it will turn to ice.

Ack! The hard, back-breaking work of shoveling.

And inches of ice -

hard, hardened, ever so slippery ice -

you have to chip away at or find a way to melt,

or you will slide, fall, crash.

Even though it's getting a little bit lighter

day by day by day,

this can go on for at least two or three of those

six long months.

And beneath the snow and ice

there is hard frozen ground.

Nothing can penetrate it

from the outside in

or the inside out. . .

until it thaws in its own timing.


deep in the heart of the earth,

our plants are keeping warm,

nourished by the life energy

that returned down, down, down to them

from blossoms, leaves, and stalks,

right before the light was born.

And there they will stay,



until ice and snow

are dissolved and melted,

hardened ground softens once again,

and they innately know it is safe

to slowly, slowly grow up and out into the world again.

This is all true in our inner worlds, too.

Starting to birth the light from within out into the world,

we'd like to believe there are quick fixes

that aren't harmful and are sustainable.

But it isn't true. . .

and it is harmful to believe it is.

It is harmful to you as an individual person and soul,

and it is harmful to our world.

For deep in your own underground labyrinths

at the heart of your Self,

is life that you have wanted to protect for years,

since your earliest storms in life,

the ones in which you were hurt and scared,

angry and sad, resigned and hopeless.

The ones you buried deep and covered over with

layers and layers of defense . . .

defense that froze - became harder and harder,

more and more brittle,

and eventually broke off and took on a life of its own.

Hardened life, no matter how it appeared on the surface.

You can't just throw salt on a frozen heart.

You can't just chip away at it.

It's too delicate for that.

You have to melt your frozen heart with

Commitment, compassion, purpose, truth, and the fire of feeling safely.

Feeling all that you have frozen that froze your heart, too.

And when your heart is thawed,

the work will not be over.

It will take place in the warm breeze of summertime,

when the light is full and then . . .

As we enter the new year,

May you continue your journey with the growing light

and the snowy, frozen winter . . .

melting whatever is frozen within you

with commitment, compassion, purpose, truth, and the fire of feeling safely.

And if I can be of service to you in the process . . .

Feel free to let me know.

Many blessings,

© Judith Barr 2010


A heartful thank you to Betsy Bethel-McFarland for an inspiring interview with me as part of her article in OV Parent on the topic of bullying in holiday specials.

And on the same topic . . . many thanks to Mary Jacobs, for a wonderful interview with me on United Methodist Portal's website.

I look forward to working with both of you in the future!


In your outer world . . .

As I have said many times before . . . abuse of power in our world is coming out into the light of day more and more. Within and all around us are opportunities for healing!

Recently, I have felt called to begin to gather a consortium of like-minded and -hearted people, from various professions and walks of life, people who not only believe in doing the depth inner work necessary to heal themselves and our world, but who are also committed to it themselves. Together we would brain- and heartstorm how to bring further out into our world the healing it so needs . . . and to touch people even more . . . in the deep places where they are called to do their own inner healing.

I would love to have someone from each profession and arena of expertise . . . medicine, law, business, financial, mediation, government, politics, different branches of the media, publishing, entertainment, religion, spirituality, the arts . . . can you think of others?

If you know someone who may be interested in this consortium, and if you are open to making a bridge between him or her and me, please forward this newsletter to them, or otherwise take them the message, and please email me to let me know.


In your inner world . . .

During this time of longer nights and shorter days, remember that the darkness often holds the clues to the path toward our deepest healing . . .

In this "dark" time, explore your relationship with your own darkness. Use this time as a mirror of your own soul . . . reflecting your own need to go into and through the darkness within to reach the light.

As feelings arise in you while you contemplate the darkness, trace them back to your early experiences with darkness, both literally and metaphorically. Explore how your own experience of the dark has affected how you view the darkness within and the feelings you have about exploring this darkness.

If you are able, explore the dark within . . . finding both hidden strengths ready to be utilized, and hidden weaknesses waiting to be transformed. If you need help, reach out and find the help you need, someone who can help you explore safely and with integrity.

If we can all find the strength to do the inner work in our own dark places . . . imagine what our world would be like!

If this has informed you, intrigued you, inspired you . . . please help it inform, intrigue, inspire others by sharing it via Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites.

Judith Barr

is a depth psychotherapist and spiritual counselor in private practice in Brookfield, Connecticut. For more than 30 years, she has brought a passion for safety to the healing process and a commitment to help heal the abuse of power in every arena of life. She is one of the first in her profession to seriously and continually focus on the misuse and abuse of power in the healing arts. Her book, Power Abused, Power Healed addresses this theme in both the healing arts and other arenas of life. Power Abused, Power Healed is an invitation to look into the mirror at our own misuse and abuse of power . . . for the greatest, deepest healing possible, individually and globally. Sylvia Brinton Perera says about Judith's book: "Because Judith Barr's parables are deceptively simple, they help to raise consciousness in non-threatening ways. They creep under our defenses to wake us up." And Roger Woolger has called Power Abused, Power Healed "the best book on power and its abuse by therapists and spiritual healers since Guggenbuhl-Craig's trenchant 'Power In The Helping Professions'" and states: "It should be required reading for all therapists and healers in training." Judith offers workshops, including her life-changing "Healing Our Relationship with Power" series, her series "Making The World Safe from The Inside Out," and individual consultations and sessions for people in all walks of life. To learn more about Judith's work and her book, Power Abused, Power Healed, please contact Jenni Calladio-Nuzzo at 860-824-7923 or 203-364-7918, email Judith directly or go to