In Print Celebrates Five Years with Writing Contest

As part of our fifth anniversary celebration, In Print is hosting a writing competition. The theme is “In Print“. You can write up to 250 words in any genre, but it must include five “in” words:

  • Inspire
  • Indulge
  • Intrigue
  • Integrity
  • Innocent

The “in” words may be used in any form or tense of the word as long as they are used correctly (e.g., inspirational, inspired, inspiring are all acceptable forms of inspire).

Submit your entries in the body of an email along with a brief bio to WordofArt@inprintwriters.com with the subject line “5Y5W“.

The competition runs through midnight, February 13, 2016.  Entries will be posted on the In Print Facebook Page. Winners will be determined by the number of positive comments listed for the piece (one comment per person, may comment on up to 3 pieces). Voting will go through February 28.

Winners of the competition will have their pieces read at the I AM IN PRINT party, by our special guest, Dan Klefstad, Morning Show Host and Book Editor on Northern Public Radio.

Good luck! We hope to see you at the Five Year Anniversary Celebration, Saturday, March 12 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at Cliffbreakers. Everyone is invited to attend. Cost is $20 per person and includes hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks. There will also be a cash bar and silent auction. Tickets can be purchased at the In Print meeting on Saturday, February 13, at the Cherry Valley Library from 1-4 pm, or by contacting In Print.

Thoughts on January’s Meeting

by Lisa Roettger

Guest - Jerilyn WillinI am so sorry if you missed last Saturday’s In Print meeting because you missed a great chance to gear up for a new year of writing. Jerilyn Willin—speaker, writer, and coach—gave us some great tips for reaching our goals. I can’t cover them all here, but I’ll touch on a few. I hope you’ll find them useful, but even more, I hope you will chat with someone who was present, or better yet, attend one of Jerilyn’s presentations so that you can benefit from all Jerilyn has to offer.

As writers we are often our biggest hindrance. For example, we make excuses as to why we can’t find time to write. Does this sound familiar? I want to write, but I am too tired when I get home from my day job. (or substitute but I’m just too tired after I finally get the kids to bed.) It may be true, but is it helpful. Such statements are dead ends; there’s nowhere to go from there except defeat. Jerilyn’s tip? Substitute “and” for “but.” Now we have a statement that begs for a solution: I want to write and I’m too tired when I get home from my day job. Okay, so what do I need to do then? How can I fix this? If I can’t write after work, when can I write? Holidays? Weekends? In the morning, before I head off for work? I’m sure you can see the possibilities. Why don’t you try it on your “but” excuses?

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Jerilyn Willin Will Speak at In Print Meeting

Meeting - Jerilyn WillinInternational speaker Jerilyn Willin will share her expertise, enthusiasm and energy with In Print writers who can gain practical tools and techniques that can be implemented immediately. She will help uncover “how you might be getting in your own way,” and offer daily techniques to advance toward goal achievement.

Jerilyn will be combining two of her most popular presentations: “How to Make a Presentation Without Passing Out” to help writers enhance their work by giving presentations, and “Eyes on the Prize: Five Steps to Get Where You Want to Be” giving her audience steps designed to increasing clientele, getting a better handle on life, and –of special interest to many writers—finishing a long delayed project.

January’s meeting will be at the Cherry Valley District Library on Saturday, January 9, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.  Everyone is invited to attend.

Join us for JanOWriMo

by Sharon Boehlefeld

JanOWriMoWhile several In Printers won NaNoWriMo this year, and several more took part, November just doesn’t work for some writers. At our second November meeting, the members of LS Writing Gals (fans of In Print, all) decided we could make a better effort after the holidays. So we decided to have a JanOWriMo of our own. JanOWriMo is January: Our Writing Month. And our motto is “We write after the holidays.”

We’re inviting everyone we know to take part in our writing marathon. There are no big prizes (so we’re no threat to NaNoWriMo), but there is no one-size-fits-all goal either. You pick your topic. You pick your goal. You win the priceless reward of having accomplished what you wanted to at the end of the month.

If you aren’t sure what you want to do, we’ll have a story cube prompt every day. Writing something based on a roll of the dice may open the doors of your own imagination and you won’t need them after a few days.

Find out more on our JanO Facebook page or blog.

 

In Print 2015 – A Year in Review

Check out our accomplishments of 2015– Thank you for your support!

In Print

In Print provides a strong learning environment for writers of all ages, abilities and genres to grow in their craft and career. In addition to support and networking, we offer monthly meetings, guest speakers, workshops, writing retreats, field trips, contests, a monthly newsletter, and connections with the publishing world.

In Print sponsors Word of Art- a collaboration of authors and artists, In Print Radio, The Prompt Club, and Writers as Readers Book Club.

As an affiliate of Chicago Writers Association, In Print members are invited to participate in Printers’ Row, Speaker’s Bureau, Windy City Reviews, Write City Magazine, Book of the Year Awards, and many other literary opportunities. In Print and CWA co-host the annual Writers’ Block Party.

In Print dues are $30/year and include a membership to the CWA.

Our meetings are the second Saturday of each month from 1-4 pm, at the

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In Print Author Writes Book to Support Humane Society

by Jim Applegate

Book - Real Cats Don't Wear Collars“Ten years ago a feral kitten, we now call Ebby, came out of the woods across the street and changed our lives. Real Cats Don’t Wear Collars is Ebby’s story. Last January I decided to ask Mostly Cats, our cat’s spa, if they wanted to sell copies of this memoir to raise money for Paws Humane Society. At first I thought I would split the profit with them and they agreed, but by the next day I had time to think about how much joy Ebby has brought into my life and I decided to give all of the profits to Paws.

“I believe many more feral animals need help and could bring joy to those who cared for them. This year I have collected over $300 from the sale of Real Cats Don’t Wear Collars, with the help of Mostly Cats and the Roscoe Veterinary Clinic, and have passed that money along to Paws to save the lives of lost kittens and abandoned puppies.”

Anyone wishing to buy a copy of Real Cats Don’t Wear Collars should contact Jim at mariongapple@gmail.com. All proceeds ($10 per book) will go to Paws Humane Society. Give Real Cats Don’t Wear Collars to the animal lover on your Christmas list and help an animal friendly organization, Paws Human Society, at the same time.

In Print 2015 – A Year in Review

In Print provides a strong learning environment for writers of all ages, abilities and genres to grow in their craft and career. In addition to support and networking, we offer monthly meetings, guest speakers, workshops, writing retreats, field trips, contests, a monthly newsletter, and connections with the publishing world.

In Print sponsors Word of Art- a collaboration of authors and artists, In Print Radio, The Prompt Club, and Writers as Readers Book Club.

As an affiliate of Chicago Writers Association, In Print members are invited to participate in Printers’ Row, Speaker’s Bureau, Windy City Reviews, Write City Magazine, Book of the Year Awards, and many other literary opportunities. In Print and CWA co-host the annual Writers’ Block Party.

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Writers as Readers Discuss “Big Magic”

by Linda Kleczkowski

WAR - Big MagicPut a group of writers together to talk about creativity and sparks will fly, sparks of inspiration that is. Such was the case at the last Writers as Readers (WaR) Book Club meeting as we discussed Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book on creativity, Big Magic (http://www.elizabethgilbert.com/).

Gilbert’s approach is a fresh one, based on the concepts in her famous TED talk “Your Elusive Creative Genius”, and her popular Facebook posts. She speaks of creativity being serious business but that it should also be taken lightly; “art is absolutely meaningless,” writes Gilbert. “It is, however, also deeply meaningful” (pg 134). The idea being that, to live artistically, your creativity must be one of the most important things in the world to you, however, don’t take yourself so seriously that you scare yourself into not creating or not sharing your work with the world. “You have to make a lot of room in your head for her paradoxes,” remarked Mary Lamphere.

Gilbert gave voice to my own feelings that we are all creators. She views her creativity as a universal energy force that yearns for expression; one that beckons us to play, invent, engage, and explore this magnificent existence that we happen to be experiencing together.

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Celebrate the Best of 2015

It’s Time for the In Print Annual Celebration of Successes!

At In Print, we strive to promote creativity, commerce, craft and the community of writers. No matter your genre, ability, training or age, we’re here to support you.

We hope you’ll join us Saturday, December 12th, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the Cherry Valley District Library755 E State St, Cherry Valley, IL 61016, as we celebrate our successes!

  • Did you write something this year? Yay for you!
  • Did you submit something this year? Yay for you!
  • Did you publish something this year? Yay for you!
  • Did you sell something this year? Yay for you!
  • Did you win something this year? Yay for you!
  • Did you take a class, teach a class, attend a conference or otherwise work on your craft? YAY FOR YOU!

It sounds as if you’ve had a very successful year! You should tell us about it!

Light appetizers, desserts, coffee, water, and pop will be provided. Plan on snacking, socializing, networking, cheering, gaming, prizing, and reading (of up to two double-spaced pages).

Now that’s a party!

Word of Art books will be available for sale.  Original Words. Original Art. Original Gift!

ALL ARE WELCOME!

Prompt Club – November Meeting

We finished out our year with a small group of powerful stories. The prompt was, “A person long dead is suddenly sitting beside you. How does he/she react to this “modern” world?” There were some very strong interpretations of this prompt. We do not meet in December. Finish NaNoWriMo, then focus on time with the family (gathering stories to adapt to next year’s prompts, of course).

The first meeting of the new year will be Tuesday, January 19, 2016, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Cherry Valley District Library. The selected prompt to kick off 2016 is, “Work the cliché. Start a story with Once up on a Time, A funny thing happened on the way to, or It was a dark and stormy night, or end with, and they lived happily ever after.”  Turn the expected on its head, adapt an existing story to be more fairy-tale-ish, or “tall tale” an every day experience. Have fun with this one!

We have openings! Together, we select one prompt per meeting to write about and submit at the next meeting. The target word count is 1,000 words because that’s about three printed pages and a five minute read, it’s a really good editing tool to make a complete story with a target word goal, and it’s the perfect length for short story submissions to contests and publications.  The Prompt Club is a great way to commit to your writing on a regular basis. We could be the solution to your New Year’s Resolution!

If you are interested in committing to the third Tuesday of each month, writing a thousand word short story to a specific prompt, and reading and critiquing other members work, please let Mary Lamphere know to secure a space.  Space is limited.