Feminist Imaginaria Symposium: Working Papers

As a lead-up to the full conference in November 2021, Femspec will be hosting a working papers session for members of the Femspec community to share and receive feedback on their work. You do not need to be a subscriber to Femspec to participate.

The intention of this session is to gather together, share work, and receive feedback. This event will be preliminary session to the full Feminist Imaginaria conference. However, participants should feel free to attend the working papers symposium, the full conference, or both. You do not have to register for the working papers symposium in order to attend the full conference, nor vice versa. Participation is not a guarantee or requirement of future publication. Rather, we intend for this to be an opportunity to get constructive feedback and test-run paper presentations. Scholars and writers of all stages of their careers are welcome.

The event will take place over 3 hours, with the time distributed among the participants. Each participant will have the opportunity to present their paper and have a short discussion and feedback session afterward. Participants will receive feedback from the editorial board of Femspec, other participants, and attendees.

If you would like to register as a participant, which secures you a spot to present your paper and receive feedback, we ask for a suggested donation of $45-$85 at the donation link below. Please submit your abstract for consideration to Batya Weinbaum. You will be registered as a participant when you submit your donation and receive a notice of acceptance for your abstract.

If you would like to register as an attendee, listen to the presentations and provide feedback without presenting your own paper, we ask for a suggested donation of $25-$35. You will be registered as an attendee when you submit your donation; you do not need to send any additional information.

The Feminist Imaginaria: Working Papers session will be held on June 12th from 10am EST - 1pm EST on Zoom. Participants will receive a Zoom link shortly before the event takes place. We hope to see you there!


We are delighted to announce the workshop series hosted by members of the Femspec community!

All workshops meet 4 times for 1 hour each via Zoom. Registration is a flat fee of $150 and includes registration for all four sessions. You can also pay for individual sessions. Please see below.

If you would like to host a workshop, please see our call for workshops

Workshops Currently Enrolling

Painting from the Divine Feminine
Instructor: Batya Weinbaum (weinbaumbatya@gmail.com)

When: Friday mornings at 9 am EST

A special way to give, greet and connect with friends and loved ones in a spiritual way, and to honor your sacred ties with others in symbolic ways. You will need a notebook, pens, and watercolors or color pencils. I will give sketching instructions in a technique I learned from a Chilean painter in the 80s. We will explore how the archetype connects with our psyche and then color or paint. Goddesses explored will include Durga, Kali, Ixchel, and Inanna.

Testimonials: "Don't think you can draw?  No worries!  This class is about feeling it, not getting it 'right".  Great information about the Goddesses from a very knowledgeable instructor.  When I connected to the divine being of the day, I found attributes that I could use in my everyday life!"
- Reverend Jenni Vinecourt (Church of the Angels, Cleveland)

Register Now: You may pay for one session at a time, $35-40. If you are paying for one session at a time, please do so by Thursday the day before the class and donate here to receive the zoom link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/y3x5pu-femspec

                     $150 for 4 sessions

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Creative Writing Through Myth

Instructor: Batya Weinbaum (weinbaumbatya@gmail.com)

When: Fridays at 10 AM EST

Four Zoom Workshops with Batya Weinbaum

Each workshop will use a different divine female archetype and the myths

surrounding her such as Durga, Kali, Inanna and IxChel as prompts for timed

 free writes of fiction or poetry. Use these powerful female images to transform

 your life. Create modern day characters infused with ancient archetypal energy,


$150 for four one hour sessions the workshop is ongoing and you may enter at any time. You may also pay for one session at a time, $35-40. 

Batya Weinbaum editor of Femspec, has published fiction and poetry in a variety of publications and anthologies, several books of poetry,

a short story collection, and a novel. She has won awards for both poetry and fiction.

Donate here to receive the zoom link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/y3x5pu-femspec

For questions: weinbaumbatya@gmail.com

Ceres by Jenna Weston