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.

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 Cherry Valley Library, unless otherwise listed. They are free and open to the public.

Take a look at some of the things In Print offered in 2015:

Monthly Meetings
Lisa Roettger on editing
John Gile on the path to publishing
Hilary Dickinson on journalism and reporting
Mini Writers’ Conference – Pros of attending writers’ conferences
Dr. Rufus Cadigan on playwriting
In Print Initiative – Discussing what IP can do for you
Deb Lecos on creative expression
Laurie Scheer on the fear of success
Mary Lamphere on ways to stimulate your creativity
Annual Celebration of Successes
Click on the highlighted names for information on the meetings.

In Print facilitated several writing retreats, a salon, Loaded Brush– a painting party, the Writers’ Block Party, and an all-day workshop with Ron Kuka. Two of our members became Municipal Liaisons to the Rockford Region of NaNoWriMo, encouraging authors and offering write-in opportunities for all. Also, In Print proudly sponsored the Jefferson High School Relay for Life, “Writers Relay to Help Spread the Word”.

Retreats and workshops are open to the writing public (may include a fee). As a member of In Print, you will receive up-to-date information on events as well as discounts.

Word of Art 2
With over 100 word submissions to choose from, 31 artists selected stories and poems as inspiration for their canvas. The Words and Art were part of an exhibition with a reception that included readings and the sale of the hard cover, full color WoA2 publication. Thanks to our gallery hosts, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, WoA2 was part of the Rockford Fall ArtScene.

Word Winners as selected by judge Dan Klefstad:
Best in Show: “Spare Change” by Debra Borys
Honorable Mentions:
“Hummingbird” by Christine Swanberg
“Maggie’s Eyes” by Deborah Lucas
“Teacher, Teacher” by Cherie Hauptman
Art Winners as selected by Jerry Kortman and Doc Slafkosky:
Best in Show: Barry Treu, inspired by Marie Malicki’s “Blackbird”
Honorable Mentions:
“Dark Heart” by Katharine Johnson, inspired by Debbie Deutsch’s words
“Love on the Block” by Terry Werntz, inspired by Lisa Roettger’s story
“A Cottage by the Sea” by Caroline Robinson, inspired by Christine Swanberg’s poem
Peoples’ Choice Award for Best Collaboration was awarded to Debra Borys and Denise Stredde for “Spare Change”

We hope you’ll participate in Word of Art 3D in 2016!

In Print Radio
In Print Radio features award-winning interviews with and by noted writers as well as writing advice and readings. IPR has hundreds of hours of archived shows with more in the works. WBOM Radio ( is going to be the new home of In Print Radio… Stay Tuned!

The Prompt Club
Together, we select one prompt to write about and submit at the next meeting. The target word count is 1000 words. 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.

Our prompts for 2015 were:
Sweeps Week – Special Guest Star
Stretch your genre.
Second Person POV.
Write about reincarnation.
Busted! Write a story where something is found out.
Rewrite one of your past prompts.
Choose a post from the Police Beat or Classified Ads and tell the story behind it.
And now a word from our sponsor.
Write a story inspired by a location.
A package is delivered to the wrong house.
A person long dead is suddenly sitting beside you.

And up next:
Work the cliché. Start a story with Once up on a TimeA funny thing happened on the way to, or It was a dark and stormy night, or end with, and they lived happily ever after. 

The Prompt Club has openings! If you are interested in committing to the third Tuesday of each month from 6-8 pm at the Cherry Valley Library, writing a thousand word short story to a specific prompt, and reading and critiquing other member’s work, please contact Mary at Space is limited.

Writers as Readers Book Club (WaR)
Writers as Readers meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm at the CherryVale Mall Barnes & Noble, unless otherwise noted.
Our selections for 2015 were:
The Fault in Our Stars, John Green
Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline
All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
Animal Dreams, Barbara Kingsolver
Die Easy, Zoe Sharp
Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
What We Lost, Sara Zarr
The Cielo, Paul Salsini
Lived Through This, Ann K. Ream
Big Magic Elizabeth Gilbert
To read our reviews, please click on the titles.

Join us for our 2016 book discussions:
January 5, 2016 – American Copper, Shann Ray
February 2 – Before I Go to Sleep: A Novel, S. J. Watson
March 1 – The Professor’s House, Willa Cather
April 5 – Lilith’s Brood, Octavia E. Butler
May 3 – Gilead: A Novel, Marilynne Robinson
June 7 – The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream, Thomas L. Dyja
To find out more about the book selections, click on the titles.

WaR meetings are open to the reading public. Join us every month or as your schedule allows for lively literary discussions. Contact Linda at for more information.

The Write City Magazine
The Write City Magazine is published by the Chicago Writers Association. They welcome quality poetry, fiction and nonfiction, including short stories, personal essays, op-eds, biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, interviews, play and novel excerpts (if self-contained), plus writing tips and resources.

In Print members published in The Write City Magazine this year:
Bob Francis, Tricia Wagner, Sheila Kelly Welch, Terry Stolz, Catherine Conroy, Mary Lamphere, Chris Cacciatore, and Marie Malicki.
To read their entries, click on the names.

Submission guidelines for The Write City Magazine: Include your full name, the title of your submission, your email address, and website link (if available) plus a personal photograph and a short 150 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:
Please keep in mind that submissions may be edited.

CWA Book of the Year Awards
Current In Print President, Kristin Oakley, accepted her CWA Book of the Year Award for non-traditional fiction for her debut novel, Carpe Diem, IL earlier this year and members Sandra Colbert (Chicago Bound) and Debra Borys (Box of Rain) received honorable mentions at the 2015 ceremony.

2016 is already shaping up to be another stellar year.
It’s good to be IN PRINT!

MEMBERS: We invite you to share your 2015 Successes and 2016 Goals in the comments section. Feel free to add links.

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