Word of Art 2 Words are Up!

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Please take these next few days to go through all of the submissions. Beginning Monday, March 30, you may send your request to WordofArt@inprintwriters.com. Please be sure and read the Artist Guidelines.

Stories and Poems can be found here.

Space is limited to thirty stories/pictures.
Don’t miss out on this creative collaboration!

Save the Date! Friday, September 4, 2015 will be the Word of Art 2 Exhibition and Book Release Reception.

April Writers’ Retreat

You’re Invited to the April In Print Writers’ Retreat!

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 9 am – 5 pm
At the lovely and historic Hiram Ellwood House
(not the museum, a private residence)
(about 40 minutes southeast of Rockford)

329 N 3rd St. DeKalb IL
Join your fellow writers for this In Print writers’ retreat at an original and meticulously restored property in northern Illinois. This location offers beauty, history, and hospitality.

We will meet at 9 am for a light breakfast and share our goals for the day. Bring your own lunch and break with others to discuss progress, or dine alone when the muse demands. At 4:30 pm we will reconvene to go over the day’s accomplishments. This retreat offers approximately six full hours of focused writing time.

Select a spot near a large bay window, settle into a quaint corner, or write at a century old table by the light through a leaded glass pane.
Plenty of outlets, no wi-fi.

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This lovely and historic mansion is your getaway for an all-day writing retreat. Don’t miss this opportunity!

A day dedicated for writers to write!

$15 for In Print members, $20 for nonmembers
Payment can be made in advance at the April 11 In Print meeting or the day of the retreat.
To hold your spot, please register with Gail Hummel  gail.hummel@yahoo.com

The Ron Kuka Workshop

The March 7, 2015 day-long writing workshop conducted by Ron Kuka, the Creative Writing Program Coordinator of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, exceeded all expectations. Participants left feeling confident and primed with tools to improve their writing.

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During the morning session, Ron demonstrated how good prose contains the ability to move a reader’s eye as if the reader is in a vivid and continuous dream. It’s important to never disrupt the dream or let the eye wander. We worked on exercises using perspective—up close and personal, mid-range, as well as long shots. We charted our manuscript movement like a storyboard, action by action. He pointed out that creating anxiety is an alert for our readers and the best way to achieve that connection is through the senses. Ron said, “When you have the reader in the palm of your hand, squeeze.” Honing in on sensory eliciting details and creating tension and interest, the prose should pulse like a heartbeat with action and relief.

In the afternoon session, Ron focused on editing prose through a four step process. Begin with writing long and baggy, free of censorship. Then, edit and cut. And edit and cut again. Finally, select what needs to be put back in for your final draft. Eliminate clutter and redundancy, create concise and compelling words; realize one half or more of the baggy draft may be gone in the final draft and the original story may not be the story that is eventually told. His one page example honed to half a page illustrated good editing and story focus.

The attendees’ comments best summarize their experiences:
“Amazing, fabulous, phenomenal!”
“Well-prepared, inspirational teacher.”
“This workshop was my all-time favorite for several reasons: gorgeous setting, sunny weather, and useful guidance.”
“What Ron taught us about framing has come at a perfect time. He made a huge amount of sense about writing and editing.”
“The time flew by and I could have easily continued for longer.”

In addition to the monthly meetings, In Print frequently offers workshops for writers of all genres and levels.

Thank you Catherine Conroy for facilitating this wonderful workshop with Ron Kuka.

Write for your Life with John Gile

Saturday, March 14, 2015, In Print is proud to present Author – Writing Coach – Speaker – Publisher – and last year’s Word of Art word judge, John Gile as our guest speaker. John has provided a list of questions for those who plan to attend the meeting to better focus his workshop.

From John:
I will be excerpting for you from several writing workshops (http://jgcunited.com/enrichment.html) during Saturday’s In Print Monthly Meeting at the library in Rockford. To assure that I focus on your needs and expectations, please private message me on Facebook or email me at mailbox @jgcunited.comwith your brief answers to the following questions:
1. What is your writing background?
2. What are your writing goals?
3. Do you have specific writing projects you are working on right now?
4. Do you have specific questions you want addressed? What are they?
5. Are there any specific writing challenges or obstacles you want to overcome? What are they?
6. Do you have other concerns or comments not addressed in the first five questions? What are they?
7. Is there anything you would like add? Please do.

In Print meets the second Saturday of each month from 1-4 pm and is currently meeting at the East Branch Library, 6685 E State St, Rockford, IL 61108

Our meetings are free and open to the public.

What is Word of Art 2?

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You don’t need to be a member of In Print Professional Writers’ Organization to participate, but with all IP offers
*Monthly meetings
*Workshops
*Retreats
*Networking
*Joint membership with the Chicago Writers’ Association
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Publication opportunities
*In Print Radio
*Book Club
*Word of Art!
and much more…
why wouldn’t you join?

How to participate in Word of Art 2:

Author Guidelines:
Word submissions are open from Feb. 14 – March 21, 2015.
Work can be any genre– fiction, non-fiction, poetry, etc.
Subject matter is at your discretion, but please, nothing of a graphic nature.
Stories must be original and previously unpublished.
Stories must NOT exceed a 200 word count, poetry limit is 16 lines (20 max with breaks).
Submissions exceeding the word or line count will not be posted.
All submissions must have a title. This will be the title of the accompanying art piece as well.
You may submit up to 3 pieces, but no more than two may be published.
Submit your work to WordofArt@inprintwriters.com in the body of the email, no attachments.
Multiple submissions should be sent separately.
Include name, address, phone and a brief bio, 50 words or less, in 3rd person.

Artist Guidelines:
Written submissions will be posted for reading March 23.
Artist selection begins March 30 and goes through April 20, 2015 (or until all slots are filled)
You may not select your own words.
We will need 2-3 additional artists to select stories in case one of the original 30 does not come through.
Send a request for your selected story to WordofArt@inprintwriters.com
Include name, address, phone and a brief, 50 word or less, bio in 3rd person.
Any medium is acceptable but it must be on the 16×20 canvas provided by In Print.
Canvases can be picked up at the In Print meetings, April 11, May 9, or June 13, 2015, or by arrangement.
Stories are open to interpretation, but please nothing of a graphic nature.
Finish the sides of the canvas.
Some portion of the words of the story must be included in the artwork as well as the author’s name.
You may select two stories but no one person shall be published more than 2 times (1 as author/1 as artist, 2 as artist, 2 as author)
If your canvas will contain dimensional art, please add the hanging hardware before you begin work. D-links with wire work well with our hanging system.
Artwork must be dropped off by July 11 to be included in the book.
Artwork dropped off after July 11 can still be in the gallery exhibition, but will not be in the book.
The books are horizontal in format.

Space is limited to thirty stories/pictures.
Don’t miss out on this creative collaboration!

Like our Facebook page, Word of Art 2, for inspiration and updates.

SAVE THE DATE!
A WORD of ART 2 Reception, in Cooperation with the Center for the Arts and Spirituality and Art@Emmanuel, will be held Friday, Sept. 4, 2015 from 5-8 pm with the program running 6-7:30. It will again be at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 920 Third Avenue Rockford, Illinois 61104.
Word and Art will be displayed, authors will read their work and artists will talk about their inspiration.
Books will be for sale.
This event is free and open to the public.

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Word of Art Two!

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In Print is proud to announce WORD OF ART TWO!
We are now accepting Word submissions.

Author Guidelines:
Word submissions are open from Feb. 14 – March 21, 2015.
Work can be any genre– fiction, non-fiction, poetry, etc.
Subject matter is at your discretion, but please, nothing of a graphic nature.
Stories must be original and previously unpublished.
Stories must NOT exceed a 200 word count, poetry limit is 16 lines (20 max with breaks). Submissions exceeding the word or line count will not be posted.
All submissions must have a title. This will be the title of the accompanying art piece as well.
You may submit up to 3 pieces, but no more than two may be published.
Submit your work to WordofArt@inprintwriters.com in the body of the email, no attachments.
Multiple submissions should be sent separately.
Include name, address, phone and a brief bio, 50 words or less, in 3rd person.

Word submissions will be posted to the In Print website on March 23.
We will host a Word of Art Two Exhibition and Book Release Reception on Friday, September 4, 2015.
Save the date! Details to come!
Like our Word of Art 2 Facebook page for inspiration, encouragement, and all the up to date information.
Tell your writer friends! Help spread the Word of Art 2!

Prompt Club – February Meeting

Most of our members were able to make February’s meeting of The Prompt Club.  The prompt was “Focus on your Genre”.  Often times, the “hardest” prompts bring out our best work.  Several members pushed the envelope of their genre, others experimented with a new genre.  It seemed to make the writers more aware of their choices, depending upon the genre that was showcased in the reading.

Out next meeting will be Tuesday, March 17, 2015, from 6:00 pm8:00 pm at the Cherry Valley District Library.  The selected prompt is “Second Person Point of View.”  Most stories seem to be either first person or third person.  Give the second perspective some love, where you are the main character.  Wikipedia has more information on Second Person Narrative.  If you can’t get the hang of it, try to rewrite a story where you become the main character.  You can do it (see what I did there?)!

Celebrate the Books of the Year

logoThe Chicago Writers Association is inviting everyone to join them in congratulating the winners of the 2014 Book of the Year. In Print member Kristin Oakley won the Non-Traditional Fiction category with her debut novel, Carpe Diem, Illinois (A Leo Townsend Novel). Other winners include Rebecca Makkal in the Traditional Fiction category for The Hundred-Year House, Samantha Irby in the Traditional Non-Fiction category for Meaty and Scott Jacobs in the Non-Traditional Non-Fiction category for Famous Ski Hills in Wisconsin.

The awards will be held on Saturday, January 24 at 7:00 pm at The Book Cellar (4736 Lincoln Avenue, Chicago). Authors will read selections from their work, and be available to sign copies of their books. The event is free and open to the public.

On the Subject of Storytelling

by Bob Francis

If I point up, I may mean, “Sky.” I may be trying to wipe away the clouds to show you the moon and stars. I may be trying to explain our Place in the Universe. I may be trying to say, “Heaven”. I may be trying to usher you into a paradise place of mythical wonders, Gods Greek and otherwise.

But you may see me point up and think, “Overpass?”

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Why I Create

by Ted Iverson

At first I thought it was to satisfy a life’s dream,
Or
Maybe to relieve the stress, immerse myself into a new world to push aside the trials and tribulations of everyday life,
Or
I cannot lie; even ponder fame and fortune.

Then, finally the first book was completed and published. People began to read and comment: Intriguing, exciting, characters you want to follow, when is the next one going to be available? Those people enjoyed the book. They even told their children to read it and they enjoyed it.
It was then that I became aware.

I create, not for my own personal satisfaction or gain. Not for meaningless reasons. I create so that you the reader might immerse yourself, so that you might forget your troubles, if only one novel at a time.

I create to see you smile…

Ted is one of several In Print members to have his work featured at the Allegory Project, an art space and exhibition co-sponsored by the Art Matters Artist Coop and the Rockford Area Arts Council. The Allegory Project plans to have a theme that is explored in various art forms: painting and sculpture, photography, repurposed objects, and the spoken and written word.

Ted’s piece and the others have been framed at the gallery and are available for viewing from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The show space is on the northwest corner of Madison and Prairie Streets in Rockford.