Board Opportunity
The International Women's Writing Guild

Organization Profile

Mission Statement

IWWG is a network for the personal and professional empowerment of women through writing. Our mission is to encourage women to tell their stories, provide support and instruction as they seek to improve their craft, open avenues for them to bring their writing into the world, and build their confidence.

Organization Description

The International Women’s Writing Guild is a 44-years old women's writing organization with a Board of 9 members expanding to 15 members. Board Candidates will be expected to join the Guild as members, and while we are a writing organization there is no requirement that Board members have published or have a writing portfolio. At the moment we are a working Board in a transition to that of a policy-making and oversight Board. Candidates should be able to attend a monthly Board meeting and serve on one committee of the Board. We meet virtually and have one in-person annual Board meeting. While we have listed specific skills needed by our Board, we are open to qualified candidates with any skill set.

Offering some of the only women-focused, face-to-face writing conferences in the country, and online workshops attended by a global audience, The Guild brings together women of most every age, race, and ethnicity, working in most every genre, to learn, share, risk, and grow in a community distinguished by generosity of spirit, unconditional acceptance, and collaboration.

We have an active Mentorship program pairing Guild members with young women writers from marginalized communities partnering with organizations such as 826.org, Butterfly Dreams and more. We support both the woman and the writer at any stage. All are welcomed - with or without professional portfolio.

Service Area
Regional: National in-person events; full online program

Staff Size
1 person

Board Size
9 people

Average Board Tenure
4 years

Equity Statement

June 12, 2020

The IWWG unequivocally condemns the heinous murder of George Floyd and acknowledges and denounces racism and injustice in all its forms. We believe that black lives have made invaluable contributions to our world, and, as creative artists, wholeheartedly endorse the movement underway to demand a just and equitable society.

The written word is a powerful instrument for change. We represent women from many backgrounds and abilities, creating a space where all women writers feel welcome, inspired, and empowered, and we reaffirm our commitment to upholding principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion in all our practices.

Side by side, we learn, share, risk and grow in a community distinguished by generosity of spirit, unconditional acceptance, and collaboration. Our Mentors’ Program brings together the voices and aspirations of today’s young women with the wisdom and experience of long-time Guild members. Together they learn from each other, opening doors to a richer present and more hopeful future.

We can do more. We commit to strengthening our efforts toward building a just and equal society through a global dialog that embraces women’s voices and humanitarian principles. We encourage our members to reflect and find ways to participate that call to them as individuals – write, make art, protest, donate to organizations seeking to help, educate children, write your legislators, organize in your community, spend time in self-reflection – find what is true for you and take action.

Looking ahead, we commit to identifying and providing opportunities to amplify the voices and words of black women, through our programming and leadership options, our Open Mics and a broadened outreach to other organizations that share our values. As a first action we plan a special issue of our publication, Network, in which we will ask our black members and nonmembers to share their voices and their words.

Longtime IWWG member, poet, instructor and Harlem resident, Stephanie Alston-Nero, who died from pancreatic cancer at age 61, inspires us still with the gift of her words:

I believe we will survive
that we will heal, thrive, rise up
shuffle off the slave shadow inside our skin
live nearer to the homeland of Self-love.

As we open up again as a society, we commit to looking for new opportunities to ensure accessibility to all who attend our events, including those with disabilities, and those in need of economic assistance. We commit to a more balanced representation of black women as members of our faculty and Board of Directors. We reaffirm our commitment to hold a safe space for the diversity of voices that is the Guild, and to listen to each other with compassion and respect. We write our tomorrows together.

Programming Area(s)
Arts and Culture

https://www.iwwg.org

Address

5 Penn Plaza, 19th Floor, PMB #19059
New York, NY 10001

Board Position

Term Length
2 years with the option to serve three consecutive terms years

Position Description

Board-Member-Duties-Policy.pdf

Estimated monthly time commitment
4 hours

Board charitable giving policy
We ask that Board members consider the work of the Guild a philanthropic priority and make annual gifts that reflect that priority. So that the Guild can credibly solicit contributions from foundations, organizations, and individuals, it is expected that 100 percent of Board Members make an annual contribution that is commensurate with their capacity.

Desired board member experience/expertise
Accounting
Finance
Nonprofit Executive
Programs/Projects