PLEASE FORWARD THIS E-MAIL TO OTHERS WHO MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING THIS EVENT:
Members of the International Women’s Writing Guild, former members,
and women who have attended the IWWG “Remember the Magic” conference(s) in past years
As most of you probably know, WomanWords exists today – 15 years after its first meeting in 1997 – because of the International Women’s Writing Guild. If I hadn’t attended my first two Remember the Magic conferences and wanted to create the same sort of safe, supportive, inspiring space in the Capital District/Saratoga area beyond one week each summer, it is unlikely that the countless number of WomanWords events planned and carried out over these many years would have happened at all. There is no question in my mind that the Magic carries on, here and all over the country and planet, in myriad ways.
If you’re on this WomanWords E-News distribution list (rather than having this e forwarded to you), then you also know that I’ve initiated a new blog, Legacy: Women’s Voices – Remembering the Magic, and its first post covers the Ritual of Love and Healing for IWWG held at Still Point on February 19, 2012. When I first mentioned that the blog was being designed, noting that the cancellation of this year’s summer conference would “leave a hole in our summer,” I promised to provide additional information about upcoming WomanWords events very soon. In particular, and earliest on the list of such events (thus first to get detailed, beginning with registrations), is a daylong workshop specifically for IWWG members, former members and those women who’ve attended prior Guild conferences – in other words, for the women who are grieving the loss of our annual SisterWriters-fix, our weeklong-writing-prompt, the largest support group for women writers one could ever imagine. And this event will feature longtime IWWG workshop leader, Alice Orr.
When Alice read about our February 19th Ritual of Love and Healing for IWWG, she wrote, “I wish I could be with you but in spirit will have to do. This sisterhood is so much a part of us… I would like to suggest something… a day-long workshop… for Guild sisters… The result would be a powerful outpouring of the glorious positive energy of our common experience… an intense and cathartic day for all of us… [to] focus the frenetic unease I feel coming from so many of us now into a force that might be harnessed to keep us connected at the heart whatever might happen in the future.”
In order to keep the price as low as possible for Guild Sisters (especially since some may desire to travel some distance to attend), Alice has donated her time and energy for this workshop so that costs might be kept to a minimum for participants. It is possible that some partial scholarships will be available to decrease the cost for IWWGers who otherwise could not attend, especially if distance traveled will require them to pay for an overnight. (Number of scholarships will depend upon attracting enough registrations to cover basic costs for producing the workshop, such as space rental, travel costs for Alice to Albany from NYC and return, etc.)
Alice is tailoring one of her popular workshops to our IWWG experiences. She says, “I would guide us all toward telling our Guild stories as a crucial component of our own real life stories. Our purpose would be to write down and share the specific gifts the Guild has given us.” In so doing, we can open ourselves to the whole of our lives. Even members who have not yet managed to get to a summer conference can experience the Magic at this event, because we are the Magic and we are willing to share it with our SisterWriters.
Below find the details and a short blurb about the WomanWords’ June 2nd workshop: Mazes, Mentors and Miracles: We Tell Our Healing Stories with Alice Orr. Also included is a registration form. Space is limited, so you’ll want to register early!
If you’re coming from out of town and you wish to stay on site at Still Point (http://www.stillpointretreatcenter.com/), please be aware that bedspace at Still Point is extremely limited. Also, you will need to reserve your space directly with Still Point (518-587-4967). It would be wise to register early if you want to stay on-site – you can reserve via telephone but must follow up with a non-refundable deposit within one week (most likely half of the cost of your stay). If all SP spaces are filled (you can call them to find out), here’s info about local sleepover possibilities:
- A site that has lots of info re lodging for Saratoga Springs area:
- The site for the nearby Fairfield Inn (I believe management is Marriott/Fairfield Inns) – Looking at a map, it’s right after you exit the Northway (I-87) & it’s about 5-10 min from Still Point- taking Dunning down to Saratoga Lake, right at the lake, drive to 423, take another right, follow it until you see sign for Still Point’s road. I can give you more detailed directions if you decide to attend.
- Also, Still Point has no problem with campers on the property. One year, for the WW Retreat, someone spent their nights in the back of her covered truck! Welcoming House has a small kitchen, as well as a bathroom with shower (towels provided) if you choose that option.
E-mail me or call if you have any questions: 518-869-1705 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Sign up early—you don’t want to miss this empowering event for IWWG women!
MAZES, MENTORS AND MIRACLES: WE TELL OUR HEALING STORIES
(for members of the International Women’s Writing Guild, former members
& those who’ve attended IWWG events, especially Remember the Magic)
with Alice Orr – IWWG workshop leader, writer, former book editor & agent
(hosted by WomanWords founder/facilitaor, Marilyn Zembo Day)
Saturday, June 2, 2012; 10am to 4:30pm
Still Point Interfaith Retreat Center, Mechanicville, NY
(2.2 miles from Saratoga Lake)
Alice Orr tailors her popular Mazes, Mentors & Miracles: How to Bring Your Memoir to Life on the Page workshop to the current needs of IWWG members, as we seek to turn our grief at the loss of this year’s summer conference into positive energy through the telling of our stories. She will guide us as we:
- Write our personal stories,
- Re-Member their pieces,
- Dis-Cover whole chapters at the center of our hearts, and
- Ex-Cavate our truths from that deep place – giving them voice.
We will celebrate our lives, honor our experiences, tell our best real-life stories as they deserve to be told. In addition, an extended lunch period will allow participants time to enjoy the beautiful grounds of Still Point. Bring a journal (or paper) and favorite writing instrument (pen, pencil, laptop).
Cost: $45 for current/former IWWG members; $55 if not a current or previous member (but attended an IWWG event). Bring a lunch (unless staying at Still Point). REGISTER BY: May 26, 2012. Contact Marilyn Zembo Day at 518-869-1706 or email@example.com (e-mail contact preferred) with questions or for additional information. A limited number of partial scholarships available dependent upon registration levels.
ALICE ORR has a wide range of experience in teaching, writing and publishing – as seminar and workshop presenter, published author, book editor and literary agent. Her professional journey has been devoted to Stories and Storytelling; she knows that stories have the power to help us make sense of our lives, past, present and yet to come. She conducts writing workshops nationwide through Alice Orr Seminars and regularly posts to her writer-helpful blog, Publishing Sense from Alice Orr . Reach her via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAZES, MENTORS AND MIRACLES: WE TELL OUR HEALING STORIES
SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 2012 – 10 AM TO 4:30 PM
Yes! I’d like to attend MAZES, MENTORS AND MIRACLES: WE TELL OUR HEALING STORIES.
I am enclosing a check/money order for the following amount (check one):
__ $45.00 (I am a current IWWG member or a former member.).
__ $55.00 (I am not & have never been an IWWG member, but I’ve attended one or more IWWG events).
__Other- scholarship amount of $_________ (agreed upon with Marilyn prior to registration).
I understand that pre-registration monies are 50% reimbursable through 5/5/12 and non-refundable beyond 5/5/12,
unless the event is cancelled (in which case monies are fully refundable).
Mail check or money order (made payable to Marilyn Day), along with completed Registration Form, to:
Marilyn Day, P.O. Box 14315, Albany, NY 12212
Name of Registrant __________________________________________________________
Street Address ______________________________________________________________
Phone Number(s)- Day:__________________________ Eve:__________________________
E-Mail Address _______________________________________________________________
P.O. Box 14315
Albany, NY 12212
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