Spring 2011

 Hannelore Hahn and D.H. Melhem

After more than 30 years with the International Women’s Writing Guild (IWWG), from its kernel of inception in 1976, to serving as a founding Board member, I decided—not without shared reluctance—it was time for me to move on.  I leave, however, with the proud title of First Vice President Emerita, the honorific symbolizing my unshakable connection with the Guild.  I’ve been privileged to serve this unique organization, devoted to “all women connected to the written word,” conceived and directed by IWWG Founder Hannelore Hahn. Her daughter, Elizabeth Julia Stoumen, now serves as Associate Director.

I could not recommend the association more highly.  Its welcoming ambience and supportiveness have developed a membership that often includes generations—daughters wanting to share the fun their mothers have at our summer conferences and other events.  Do check the website, www.iwwg.org  

This year, the IWWG’s annual  summer conference, “Remember the Magic,” will be headquartered at Yale University, New Haven, CT.  Dates:  June 24-July 1.   Yale will be an inspiring new venue for the Guild.   Recently held: the first of two exciting IWWG weekends, “Early Spring in California,” Santa Cruz, CA, with Rachel de Baere leading a writing workshop called “The Alchemy of Language:  Turning Simple Words into Shimmering Works.” 

Next month, April 16-17, the renowned “Big Apple Conference” takes place: April 16, a memoir-writing workshop with Susan Tiberghien; April 17, “Meet the Authors/Meet the Agents,” at the National Arts Club, Manhattan, NY.  BTW, the food (lunch, in this case), is delicious!  

New York winter—and the season throughout most of the country–has been capricious and often merciless.  While the Egyptian Revolution seemed (at least temporarily), to be a largely peaceable triumph, the latest news from Japan continues to be dire.  Our hearts—along with real assistance–go out to the country’s entire population in their current suffering and uncertain future.

NOTE:  The photo of Hannelore and me was taken at my first reading from Art and Politics / Politics and Art (Syracuse University Press, 2010), at Barnes and Noble, Manhattan, NY, last August.  (Available in bookstores and from Amazon.com.)