In Print Hosts Loaded Brush Event

lastfallswing_loadedbrushIn Print is hosting a Loaded Brush event at the 317 Studio & Gallery on Saturday, October 24, from 2:00 pm -5:00 pm.  Go from WRITER to ARTIST in one afternoon!  Have fun, tap into your visually creative side and learn how to paint with acrylic on canvas.  No experience necessary. Participants are given step-by-step instruction by seasoned painting instructors.  The painting we will be doing is called Last Fall Swing.

Cost is $35/person, minimum of 12 people, 20 maximum. Registration will be open through October 15, unless filled sooner.  Those interested in signing up may do so with check or cash at an In Print meeting or through this 317 Studio linkLook up “10/24 Mary” in the drop-down list of private parties.

We will do writing exercises before and after the process.  All materials and friendly, knowledgeable instruction are included. Light snacks provided, BYO beer, wine, or beverage of your choice (no hard alcohol).  You must be at least 21 years old to participate.  Questions can be directed to Mary Lamphere.

Fire

by Larry Vint

InPrintBlog_CampfireWisps of red accent
Flowing golden plumes riding
Ghostly waves of blue
As you tease and caress
The logs on which you dance

They snap and crackle
In protest as you
Turn their mass to heat
Their fuming turns to vapor
As you jump and race and roar

The logs turn black
And crumble as they fall apart
Til all that remains
Is the scent of acrid smoke
And a pile of dull gray ash

***

After a lifetime of technical writing, Larry Vint, has found that creating fiction is much more interesting and fun.  He leads a Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators group in DeKalb and was a founding member of the DeKalb Area Writers Group.

Kevinne Stredde will be in Word of Art 2

Congratulations to all the authors whose work has been selected by artists for the Word of Art 2 exhibition and publication! The authors include Kevinne Stredde! Kevinne is a 23 year old Nursing Major at Aurora University. She resides in Montgomery, Illinois, with her family and four rescued pets. Although she is interested in art and writing, Kevinne’s true passion lies in music and composing for piano.

Her work, Cat Magic, was selected by artist Katharine Johnson. Katharine is a Chicago area artist whose thoughtful expression is achieved through a variety of techniques and materials. Her current interests are Botanical Illustration and Nature Journaling.

Authors are invited to read their selected works and the original art will be displayed at the Word of Art 2 Gallery Exhibition and Book Release Reception at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church Gallery tomorrow, Friday, September 4, 2015. The gallery opens at 5:00 with the program beginning at 6:00. The reception is free and open to the public.

Pre-ordered books will be available for pickup at the Word of Art 2 reception. Additional copies will be available for sale at the reception ($15 for In Print members, $20 for non-members).

September’s Meeting at Lake Summerset

Our September 12 In Print meeting and writers’ retreat will be at Lake Summerset as guests of the Lake Summerset Writing Gals. Our business meeting will begin at 9:00 am with morning snacks and beverages, followed about 10:00 am with a talk from Laurie Scheer, a veteran of Hollywood screenwriting and director of the Madison Writers’ Institute. These will be in the Lake Summerset office conference room.

For those who plan to stay to write in the afternoon, we’ll have a light (free) lunch — food still to be determined. (If you have special diet needs, you’ll have to brown-bag it.)

Indoor lovers can write at the office, but for those who would like to write by the lake, we’ll have a reserved picnic shelter with electrical outlets (be sure your gear is fully charged before you come, though, and bring an extension cord.) There’s also a gazebo overlooking the lake and picnic tables on the lawn and at the beach. Bring a lawn chair if you’d like to find your own spot amid the trees and a camera if you’d like to take some “set” shots. And don’t forget a jacket, in case the day is on the crisper side. Plan to stay until 4:00 pm.

We will need to know you’re coming no later than September 10 so we can plan for lunch and morning snacks. Send a note to sharonlpb@gmail.com with your name (and the names of any friends you may be bringing). You’ll receive a confirmation email, a map and directions after your tell us you’re coming. Lake Summerset is a gated community, so your name will be on a list at the main entrance. When you get your pass, you’ll see the office on your right. Find a place to park (there’s plenty in the back) and join us for a great day of inspiration and writing.

And save November 7 for another retreat at Lake Summerset.

Christine Swanberg will be in Word of Art 2

Congratulations to author Christine Swanberg! Her work has been selected to be in the Word of Art 2 exhibition and publication! Christine has been writing poetry for decades. She has several books of poetry published with various national presses, most recently The Alleluia Tree (Puddin’head Press). Hundreds of her poems have appeared in national journals and anthologies such as Chiron Review, Garden Blessings, and Back to Joy. She has received many awards.

Her work, Hummingbird Whisperer, was selected by artist Samantha Kitchel. Author of The Beauty in the Beasts, Samantha enjoys writing and creating art that inspires.

Authors are invited to read their selected works and the original art will be displayed at the Word of Art 2 Gallery Exhibition and Book Release Reception at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church Gallery on Friday, September 4, 2015. The gallery opens at 5:00 with the program beginning at 6:00. The reception is free and open to the public.

Pre-ordered books will be available for pickup at the Word of Art 2 reception. Additional copies will be available for sale at the reception ($15 for In Print members, $20 for non-members).

Marie Malicki will be in Word of Art 2

Congratulations to all the authors whose work has been selected by artists for the Word of Art 2 exhibition and publication! The authors include Marie Malicki! Marie is a member of the In Print Professional Writers Organization.  She is an avid reader, caregiver advocate, and road trip enthusiast.  Marie is working on several short stories, and to honor caregivers, a memoir entitled, At Twelfth and Marquette.  Marie resides in Loves Park, Illinois with her dog Bella.

Marie’s work, Nehru Jacket, was selected by artist Susan Hasse. Susan is a self-taught artist who spends most of her artistic effort weaving.  She also makes jewelry and dabbles in collage, assemblage and painting.  In her professional life she counsels new home buyers and teaches classes in home ownership.

Authors are invited to read their selected works and the original art will be displayed at the Word of Art 2 Gallery Exhibition and Book Release Reception at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church Gallery on Friday, September 4, 2015. The gallery opens at 5:00 with the program beginning at 6:00. The reception is free and open to the public.

Pre-ordered books will be available for pickup at the Word of Art 2 reception. Additional copies will be available for sale at the reception ($15 for In Print members, $20 for non-members).

Word of Art 2 Invited to Join Fall ArtScene!

Authors and Artists! Readers and Admirers! Friends and Family! Big news!

The Gallery at Emmanuel Lutheran Church has invited us to extend the Word of Art 2 Exhibition as part of Fall ArtScene!

That is quite an honor!

Rockford hosts a Spring and Fall ArtScene which brings out thousands of art-lovers to galleries and studios all over town, to enjoy new exhibits of original works. ArtScene attracts many fans. It’s free, and it’s fun for both the browser and the buyer.  If available, we encourage participants to return to the Gallery during these times to share your work with a whole new audience.  Fall ArtScene is Friday, October 2, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm and Saturday, October 3, from 4:00 to 9:00 pm.

In addition to ArtScene, the ELC Gallery is available for viewing on weekdays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Tuesday, September 8 through Thursday, October 1. Enter through the north entrance, off Second Ave.

We appreciate this opportunity and graciously thank ELC for their help!

The Word of Art 2 Reception will be Friday, September 4, 2015 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm with the Author / Artist Presentations beginning at 6 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

Sarah McCashland will be in Word of Art 2

Congratulations to author Sarah McCashland! Her work has been selected to be in the Word of Art 2 exhibition and publication! Sarah is a small town girl from Indiana. When she is not working full time as a social work she is traveling the world looking for adventure. In Sarah’s free time she partakes in hobbies such as art, photography, nature, and writing of all forms and varieties.

Her work, Pieces, was selected by artist Monique Cronk. Monique Cronk has appreciated art since childhood but it is only recently that a true passion has been born. She describes herself as being ‘blessed beyond measure’. She and her husband of 45 years have raised five daughters and enjoy spending time with their fifteen grandchildren.

Authors are invited to read their selected works and the original art will be displayed at the Word of Art 2 Gallery Exhibition and Book Release Reception at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church Gallery on Friday, September 4, 2015. The gallery opens at 5:00 with the program beginning at 6:00. The reception is free and open to the public.

Pre-ordered books will be available for pickup at the Word of Art 2 reception. Additional copies will be available for sale at the reception ($15 for In Print members, $20 for non-members).

Prompt Club – August Meeting

August’s meeting was light on attendance and heavy on the rain!  The stories dealing with product placement were put on hold for a brief moment in the middle of the meeting as the Prompt Club was placed in a larger meeting room.  The stories were interesting as usual with a variety of talent and inspiration.

Our next prompt is Write a Story Inspired by a Location.  Feel free to include a photo.  Our next meeting will be Tuesday, September 15 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Cherry Valley District Library.

In Print Author Featured in CWA Magazine

Congratulations to In Print member Tricia Wagner! Her short story, The Flight of the Moor Children, is featured in the August 30th issue of the Write City Magazine. The Write City Magazine is published online by the Chicago Writers Association.  They welcome poetry, fiction and non-fiction.

Would you like to be considered for publication in the Write City Magazine?

Submission guidelines: Include your full name, the title of your submission, your email address, and website link (if available) plus a personal photograph and a short 250 word bio. While submissions previously published on personal blogs are acceptable, we do not accept submissions previously published in other publications.

Prose: Submit no more than one prose piece at a time. Prose should be single-spaced, Times New Roman font, and no longer than 1,500 words.

Poetry: Submit no more than three poems at a time. Poems should be single-spaced in a Times New Roman font.

Email submission to: kristinoakley@outlook.com. Please keep in mind that submissions may be edited.