October’s Meeting to Stimulate Your Creativity

Whether you suffer from writer’s block, can’t seem to find the focus to begin (continue or finish), are stuck in a writing rut or just need some inspiration, the next In Print meeting is for YOU! The meeting is Saturday, October 10 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Cherry Valley District Library.

With a series of creative exercises geared towards changing your perceptions and habits, we’ll work through what’s bugging you and have some fun, too.  Please join us for Write Brain/Right Brain, Thinking Around the Box – Breaking Through the Block, Exercises to Stimulate Your Creativity.  Meetings are Free and Open to the Public.

A Place Where There Is No Space Or Time

by Sandra Colbert

InPrintBlog_EyesInSkyI can see you on the other side of the verdant valley. I know it’s you. As I walk closer I see the hair, the smile and the eyes. The loving, generous eyes. They told me that you died. They didn’t know about the place where there is no space or time. It’s part of song. One line about a place where there is no space or time. It does exist, this place, this precious place. We are there. I feel a joy that I did not know was possible.


Sandra Colbert, resident of Rockford, member of In Print and Chicago Writers Association. Author of Chicago Bound, a collection of short stories reflecting the life and times of a Chicago long gone.

Prompt Club – September Meeting

The Prompt Club met Tuesday, September 15 to share stories inspired by a location. Eighty percent of the stories were essays based on personal experiences, so we enjoyed getting to know each other a little better and shared some fun experiences.

The next meeting will be Tuesday, October 20 at 6:00 pm at the Cherry Valley District Library. The selected prompt is: A package is delivered to the wrong house. As always, the goal is to write a complete story in one thousand words.  Don’t forget to read, review and return the prompts at the next meeting.

The Secret

InPrintBlog_Secretby Kathleen Weber

Follows you in your shadow
And with a bony finger
Taps you on the shoulder
You turn
She is there
With that hideous grin
You turn back
And keep walking
That is all you can do
Keep walking


Kathleen is a diverse freelance and creative writer. She has written everything from advertising, business technical, and fund raising copy; to travel and human-interest stories for newspapers and magazines. She enjoys writing thought-provoking poetry and fictional stories, and satirical humor.

In Print Member Hosts Writing Conference

In Print member Kim Sigafus is an award-winning writer and Commissioning Editor for McIver Publishing.  They are sponsoring the Mississippi River Writers Conference.  It will be held October 2, 2015, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Freeport Public Library.
The conference will feature author Fred Waiss, author of Prophecy of Honor.  He will give a talk “Rejections Can Be Good, But How to Avoid Them”.  The conference will also feature mystery writer Don Harstad, author of Eleven Days and the Carl Houseman series.  He will be sharing his personal experiences writing and publishing stories in a talk entitled, “Write Because You Want To”.
Kim will be presenting on Self-Publishing Book Distribution, including information on what to do once your book is published.
All writers are welcome.  The conference is $50 to attend.  It includes lunch and entry in a writing contest.  There will also be time for sharing, critiques, and networking.  You can register for the conference online by clicking this link.  Registration is open until September 25th.
For more information, contact the Freeport Public Library at (815)297-2293.

4th Annual Writers Block Party!

The feature presentation of the 4th Annual Writers Block Party, to be held 1–4 pm Saturday, Sept. 19 at the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin, will be a Skype interview and panel discussion on the topic “Scripting Your Story”.

David Congalton, the writer of “Authors Anonymous,” a 2014 movie about a dysfunctional group of unpublished writers starring Chris Klein, Kaley Cuoco and Dennis Farina, will participate in a Skype interview with author Sandra Colbert (Chicago Bound) from his home in Southern California. David has a second screenplay, “Seven Sisters,” which is currently under Option with director Danny Leiner attached.

Following the Skype interview, we will have a panel discussion, moderated by In Print President and author, Kristin Oakley (Carpe Diem, Illinois). The panel will feature a diverse mix of screenwriters from Illinois and Wisconsin.

Introducing our panelists:
Dan Burns screenplay, “A Fine Line,” won the Best Screenplay Award at the Naperville Independent Film Festival (NIFF) Awards Gala. The screen adaptation of his short story, “Out of Touch,” based upon the story from No Turning Back: Stories, is now in production, directed by Danny Ahlfeld, with a cast including Michael McDermott Murphy, Julia Kessler, Paul D’Addario, and Ron Dean.

Rebecca Williams Spindler was awarded First Place in the 2nd Annual Project Famous Short Screenplay Competition. Her script, “Wrong Number Right Day,” will be produced by Project Famous Films for release in 2016.

Peggy Williams and Christine DeSmet co-write screenplays, some of which have been optioned. Their award-winning, “Chinaware-Fragile” (with additional co-written by Bob Shill), was recently featured in a Huffington Post article.

Following the discussion there will be an opportunity for attendees to meet the panelists during a social networking “Writers Block Party.” Light snacks and soft drinks will be served.

This free event is co-sponsored by In Print and our affiliate Chicago Writers Association.

The Gail Borden Public Library provides library meeting space as a community service. The library neither sponsors nor endorses this event nor the presenting individual(s) or organization(s).

In Print partners with ELC for Fall ArtScene with Word of Art 2

In Print Professional Writers’ Organization and Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Art@Emmanuel, and the Center for the Arts and Spirituality, are proud to bring Word of Art 2 to Fall ArtScene 2015.

Word of Art 2 is a collaboration of Authors and Artists. The show is comprised of 35 artists’ canvases that were inspired by the written word. All of the poems, essays, and short stories and their accompanying works of art will be available for viewing in Emmanuel’s Celebration Room Gallery. Many of the canvases are available for sale. Also available to purchase is a full color, hard cover, beautiful publication that includes the Words and Art.

Please join us on Friday, October 2nd from 5 to 9 pm & Saturday, October 3rd from 4 to 9 pm for ArtScene.

Word of Art 2 Authors and Artists
are invited to attend the receptions and read their pieces and describe their art. This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce your published work to a whole new audience. Please contact Ruth Ann Molyneaux @ 815-218-5149 if you would like to schedule a reading.

Hors d’oeuvres & sweets will be served.

Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 920 3rd Ave., at the corner of 6th St & 3rd Ave in MidTown. Use the North entrance off of the 2nd Ave parking lot.

For more information, please visit: www.EmmanuelLutheranRockford.org or http://www.fallartscene.com/

Lovers of both Word and Art enjoy the Word of Art 2 gallery exhibition at Emmanuel Lutheran Church.

Lovers of both Word and Art enjoy the Word of Art 2 gallery exhibition at Emmanuel Lutheran Church.

Secret Fog

InPrintBlog_Fogby Cat Stark

The fog surrounds me like a blanket of secrets.
Cold and harsh, a nightmare in disguise.


I walk on; blind in the gray world
Knowing hope lays beyond.


Cat Stark was raised in California, but now lives in Illinois with her two cats. She has traveled much, and though life hasn’t gone the way she planned, it has taken her through the best love stories possible, both in the real world and between the pages of lovely books. She has one book published on Amazon called The Elven Prince. She is in the midst of getting together a book of short stories and poems, which will include Secret Fog and hopes to have that available by the end of 2015.

Rocket Summer (To Ray Bradbury)

by Bob Francis

One day it was Illinois winter.  Kids bundled up like deep-sea divers, waiting for the bus on the corner snow piled high.  Houses exhaled deep purple smoke from their chimneys like dragons resting still on the frozen February plains.

InPrintBlog_RocketSummerAfter lunch, there was a subtle change to the sunlight.  The actinic glare softened and people found themselves stopping at their windows to look outside.  The frost on the windows shrank away from the warm light.  Snow dropped from the roofs where it had lain for more than a month.  Some melted away from underneath.  Long rivulets rushed down driveways and collected in puddles in the street as blue as volcano lakes.

The children coming home from school actually dawdled on their way, pushing and laughing, their winter things wadded up in their backpacks.  Adults stood on their porches, squinting up towards the sun as if they’d never seen it before.  Some quick-thinking souls rolled hoses out of their garages to wash road salt off their cars and – in the distance – someone decided to go fly a kite.


Bob Francis is a writer.  He lives in Belvidere, IL.

In Print Member to be at Chicago Bookstore Event

In Print member Sandy Colbert will be at the Book Cellar in Chicago as one of the authors featured on Local Author Night. Sandy will join authors Tim Lees (Devil In the Wires), Pam Ferderbar (Feng Shui and Charlotte Nightingale), Tamara Winfrey Harris (The Sisters Are Alright) for a panel discussion. She will be reading from her new book of short stories, Chicago Bound and signing copies. The event is Wednesday, September 16 at 7:00 pm. Everyone is invited to attend.