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)

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