International Women’s Writing Guild in NYC

Join me on Sunday for the Author’s Panel and Book Sale!

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Writing & Submitting Nonfiction Pieces

Branding with Integrity

Author Panel & Book Fair

Meet the Agents Session

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Schedule of Events

 Sunday, April 17

8:30 – 11:00 am

Mary Beth CoudalMaking Spaces/Going Places

Research, report, and write long-form narrative stories. Then, plan to pitch your stories effectively. This workshop dives into the basics of publishable essays. We brainstorm, craft, and discuss service, Q&A, travel, health, personal, editorial, and human interest pieces.

In this workshop you will learn how to:

  • Discover your expertise
  • Find sources and stories
  • Know what editors look for
  • Rewrite and edit
  • Share success stories
  • Network

Mary Beth Coudal is an award-winning journalist, blogger, and copywriter. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times,, and Self magazine. At the blog To Pursue Happiness at, she asks the big questions in her pursuit of happiness. For fun, Coudal is a teacher, actress, and mixed media artist.

11:15 am – 12:15 pm Author Panel

12:15 – 1:30 pm Book Fair

12:15 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch on your own (options within building and nearby)

2:00 – 3:00 pm Meet the Agents Panel 

3:10 – 5:00 pm Meet the Agents Pitch Sessions

2:30 – 4:30 pm The Story Beyond the Book: Why Branding with Integrity Matters More Than Ever with Jeffrey Davis

Jeffrey Davis, The Story Beyond the Book: Why Branding with Integrity Matters More Than Ever

Talk of platform and branding confounds authors, new and veteran. Yet when approached in the right way, branding can be a dynamic, rewarding process for authors and their audiences. In this interactive workshop, you will:

  • learn what branding is and why it matters now, not after you’re published
  • learn how branding with integrity gives you agency and authority of your writing life & career
  • own the ideas you value and that your book reflects as part of your brand
  • start to raise and lead a valuable conversation that your creative work is part of
  • foreground aspects of your author personality as part of your brand
  • discover ways to build up and engage a community of readers

A combination of interactive exercises, author examples, coaching, and guided conversation, this workshop will give you concrete ideas and starting steps to own your brand and brand story now.

Member Author Panel and Book Fair 

Our published member authors discuss the process of writing and publishing their book. Followed by a book fair where you may chat with the authors and purchase their books. 

Author List

Elaine Freed Lindenblatt

Stop at the Red Apple: The Restaurant on Route 17


December 1, 2014, SUNY (State University of NY) Press, Albany, NY

Stop at the Red Apple is the colorful story of the Red Apple Rest, the landmark restaurant on NY Route 17 en route to the Catskills. Founder Reuben Freed’s daughter takes us on a 50-year ride back to the eatery that served over a million customers annually.

Gloria S. Allen

Smoke in the Kitchen: A Novel About Second Chances

Contemporary/Multicultural Fiction

March 31st, 2014, AuthorHouse, LLC

This book, set in Freetown, Sierra Leone, tells the story about 43 year old Sara Moses who happens to find life’s purpose where she least expects. Following the untimely death of her fiancé and her unborn daughter, her life becomes empty…Sara channels her energy by forming a reforestation society and encourages an entire nation to replant the forest. 

Kathleen Frazier

Sleepwalker: The Mysterious Makings and Recovery of a Somnambulist

Inspirational Memoir/Narrative Medicine/Women’s Health 

September 2015, Skyhorse Publishing, distributed by Perseus 

Frazier untangles twenty years of violent sleepwalking, sleep terrors, and insomnia that affected every area of her life and, in particular, her intimate relationships. She faces and recovers from intergenerational trauma, alcoholism and mental illness – with hard won love as her reward.

Kathryn E. Livingston

Yin, Yang, Yogini: A Woman’s Quest for Balance, Strength and Inner Peace


2014, Open Road Integrated Media

Yin, Yang, Yogini is a memoir about transformation through yoga. It is also a journey of triumph over breast cancer, anxiety, and fear.

Lisa Acerbo

No Trouble at All

Romantic thriller

October 31, 2015, Destiny Whispers Publishing

It’s a bad day for Sophie Carter when she stumbles across a dead body in the woods. But when the suspected murderer turns out to be a leather-clad vagabond who died in 1889, her carefully controlled quiet life explodes. 

Lo Anne Mayer      

Celestial Conversations:  Healing Relationships After Death

Spiritual Healing

December 2012, Cape House Books

Through journaling, Mayer restored a broken bond and soothed her grief after the deaths of her mother and daughter. She shares her story and simple technique with bereaved people everywhere. 

Margaret Winslow

The Cusp of Dreadfulness: Fifteen Seasons in Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia


2016, iUniverse

This memoir recounts the struggles of a geologist as she navigates through the wilderness at the tip of South America. Her stories include crossing the Andes on foot, facing military interrogation, rescuing an injured child, and repelling a rapist, which brings on severe agoraphobia.  

Marie Murphy Duess 

Ashley Hall

Memoir as Fiction

2014 by Waterfall Publishing (independently published)

Set in the 1960s, Ashley Hall examines the secrets and sorrows of the residents who live in the apartments on one floor of a Queens, New York, apartment building. It relates the events of the 1960s through the eyes of a cast of diversified characters, and uncovers their regrets, their joys, and their capacity to love and accept even the most unlikely strangers. 

Marylou Kelly Streznewski

Book 1: Dying with Robert Mitchum   


May, 2015 by Kelsay Books, Aldrich Press

This poetry book is a meditation on war by someone who has never been in one. I have been, as most of us are, a war watcher since I was 5 years old..

Book 2: HEART RENDING – HEART MENDING: Saved by Medical Science, Healed by ancient Wisdom


January, 2016 J. G. Whitthorne Press for Create Space

Highlighting the necessity of educating the women of America about the dangers of heart disease as their number on killer, this dramatic memoir takes the reader inside the trauma of open heart surgery, using the actual surgeon’s notes, prose, letters and her own poetry. It shows how her use if integrative medicine modalities taught her that she had to heal herself after the surgeons rebuilt her heart.

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