In Print - Professional Writers Group

Get to know our WoA3 venue, Burpee Museum of Natural History

Following two very successful exhibitions, Word of Art 3, a collaboration of authors and artists, was contacted by Burpee Museum of Natural History and asked to participate in their 75th Anniversary celebration. We are honored to have one of the country’s best natural history museums host our event.


Burpee Museum Celebrates 75 Years! August 2016 – August 2017 with a variety of events, attractions, and special experiences for the whole family.

Next up, PaleoFest, where you can celebrate nineteen years of fossils and dinosaurs at Burpee Museum. Engage in make and take workshops, explore in hands-on Paleo Stations, venture through unique exhibits and learn with a world renowned paleontologist! FOSSIL FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!
Saturday, March 4 @ 9:00 am to Sunday, March 5 @ 5:00 pm

Enriching the Rockford community since 1942, the Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 North Main Street, Rockford, Illinois, is proud to celebrate its 75th year with tours, activities, special events including a partnership with Word of Art 3, and an exhibit showcasing the treasure trove of artifacts, specimens, and memorabilia from the museum collection.

During the special Rediscover Burpee anniversary displays, visitors are invited to witness the development of the museum through time and to see what makes it a local treasure and unique among the country’s most respected natural history museums.

Regular features include displays on GeoScience, the First People, Window to Wilderness, and The Prep Lab. Most notable is the comprehensive dinosaur display which includes Jane, the world’s most complete and best preserved juvenile Tyrannosaurus Rex.

There are four floors of evolving, engaging, and exciting exhibits, classes, and clubs that the Burpee Museum offers the community. The Burpee Museum also has meeting and event spaces available, including the newly renovated River Walk Terrace.

It is the mission of Burpee Museum of Natural History to inspire all people to engage in a lifetime of discovery and learning about the natural world, through preservation and interpretation. They believe that the best communities are those that work together to be successful.

To learn more or plan a visit, go to

The Word of Art 3 reception, exhibition, and book release, sponsored by In Print Professional Writers Organization in partnership with Burpee Museum of Natural History, will be held on Friday, March 10, 2017, from 5 to 9 pm, at Burpee Museum.

In Print would like to thank the dedicated staff of employees, board members, and volunteers at Burpee.

When the arts collaborate, history is made.

Hamilton! review

Hamilton: The Revolution

by Linda Kleczkowski

Hamilton: The RevolutionHamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Linda’s rating: 5 of 5 stars

The February Writers as Readers book choice was Hamilton: The Revolution.

Linda says, “I’m not a big fan of reading screen plays but I really enjoyed Hamilton: The Revolution. I also enjoyed listening to the soundtrack while I was reading the book. What I enjoyed most about Hamilton: The Revolution was following the creative process as it unfolded from early into Miranda’s inspiration to the Broadway phenomenon.”

The next WaR meeting will be Tuesday, March 11, 2017 at 6:30 pm at the CherryVale Barnes and Noble. The book selected is, Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor.

According to Wikipedia, Wise Blood is the first novel by American author Flannery O’Connor, published in 1952. The novel was assembled from disparate stories first published in Mademoiselle, Sewanee Review and Partisan Review. The first chapter is an expanded version of her Master’s thesis, “The Train” and other chapters are reworked versions of “The Peeler,” “The Heart of the Park” and “Enoch and the Gorilla”. The novel concerns a returning World War II veteran who, haunted by a lifelong crisis of faith, resolves to form an anti-religious ministry in an eccentric Southern town.

The novel received little critical attention when it first appeared but has since come to be appreciated as a somewhat unique work of “low comedy and high seriousness” with disturbing religious themes. It was placed 62nd in The Guardian‘s list of 100 greatest novels.

Meet our WoA3 Word Judge, JOHN BRADLEY

Word of Art has consistently brought together the complimentary expressive forms of word and art. In our third year of collaborations, we welcome author and teacher John Bradley as our Word Judge. John will read through the twenty-eight selected essay, prose, and poetry submissions and select three runners-up and one winner to be announced following the program at the Word of Art 3 Exhibition and Book Release Reception, Friday, March 10, 2017 at Burpee Museum of Natural History.

John Bradley is the author of Love-In-Idleness: The Poetry of Roberto Zingarello (Word Works), now in a second edition, Terrestrial Music (Curbstone), War on Words (BlazeVOX), You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know (CSU Poetry Center), Trancelumination (Lowbrow Press), and And Thereby Everything (Longhouse).

His poetry has appeared in the American Poetry Review, Caliban, Colorado Review, Diagram, Hotel Amerika, Ironwood, Lake Effect, Rolling Stone, and other journals.

His prose poems have been anthologized in No Boundaries, and his aphorisms in Short Flights.

He is the editor of Atomic Ghost: Poets Respond to the Nuclear Age (Coffeehouse Press), Learning to Glow: A Nuclear Reader (Univ. of Arizona Press), and Eating the Pure Light: Homage to Thomas McGrath (Backwaters Press).

He frequently reviews books of poetry for Rain Taxi.

John is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize in poetry and two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in poetry.

He received an M.A. in English from Colorado State University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University.

He resides in DeKalb, IL and teaches at Northern Illinois University.

Word of Art 3 is honored to have John Bradley as our Word Judge.


Inside Writing and Publishing Programs

The Helen Plum Library in Lombard, IL would like to invite area writers to their Inside Writing and Publishing (IW&P) programs happening in February and March at several locations. IW&P is an annual series of workshops and presentations aimed at aspiring writers in the Chicagoland area. Please visit the Inside Writing and Publishing Facebook page for more information.

Prize for Military Women’s Writing

Enter today for your
chance to be published 

For more than 250 years, American women have proudly and significantly contributed to the military in a number of ways, to include combat, since the Revolutionary War. Their stories and contributions, however, have received little more than a footnote of recognition from historians.

Therefore, Warren Publishing, a woman founded, owned and led custom publishing company since 1988, has formed the imprint,”Deborah Sampson” and will seek to publish two contest winners per year.

Books that Entertain, Enlighten, and Educate

A premier book publisher since 1988, Warren Publishing is passionate about bringing works of merit to the market. Authors benefit from their history of publishing and their relationships with global distributors, re-sellers, wholesalers, and retailers.

Click here for their website, or call them today and learn how to make your book dreams a reality!   980.265.2336

March 11 meeting to feature David Berner

Author David W. Berner will be the guest speaker on Saturday, March 11 at the In Print
Professional Writers Organization General Meeting, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Roscoe Public Library.

Berner’s talk is titled: Writing Retreat — How to submit and be accepted for a writer’s getaway. He has been both the Ernest Hemingway Writer-in-Residence and the Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence, in Florida.

Berner has written five books, mostly memoir and creative nonfiction, and has won numerous awards for his books and his journalism. Most recently,  Any Road Will Take You There was short-listed for the Eric Hoffer Grand Prize and his book of essays, There’s a Hamster in the Dashboard was named one of 2015’s “Best Books of the Year” by the Chicago Book Review. His newest memoir — October Song — is due out in April and has been called “beautifully authentic” by Michelle Burwell of Windy City Reviews. David is also a news anchor for CBS radio and teaches at Columbia College Chicago.

Meeting attendees are encouraged to bring writing paper for a writing exercise prior to Berner’s presentation.

In Print Challenge – February 2017

So, the month of January flew by. It’s all right, it happens. We have such BIG plans for the new year, we think we’re ready. But then *BOOM* it’s February and we’re spinning in the dust as last month tears off the calendar.

This month’s In Print Challenge is to set a goal.

Whether it’s a word count goal to be met in one week’s time or
the second draft completed by the end of the month or
a certain number of query letters sent out or
a short story or poem submitted or
…you get the idea.
What do you need to get done?
Set a goal.



The Writers as Readers book club has selected Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter for their February 7th book discussion.

HAMILTON: THE REVOLUTION gives readers an unprecedented view of both revolutions, from the only two writers able to provide it. Miranda, along with Jeremy McCarter, a cultural critic and theater artist who was involved in the project from its earliest stages—”since before this was even a show,” according to Miranda—traces its development from an improbable perfor­mance at the White House to its landmark opening night on Broadway six years later. In addition, Miranda has written more than 200 funny, revealing footnotes for his award-winning libretto, the full text of which is published here.
–Overview from the Barnes & Noble book listing

The WaR book club meetings are free and open to the public. They meet at the Barnes & Noble at CherryVale Mall on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.
If you are interested in attending a meeting, please contact Linda at

Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Time: 6:30 pm
Place:  Barnes & Noble at CherryVale Mall
Book: Hamilton: The Revolution

Independent Publishing Forum February 11, 2017

The publishing market has experienced great changes in the past decade. Independent publishing, including self-pub, hybrid publishing, and small press publishing, accounts for nearly half of all books printed (digitally and otherwise). Many In Print members have independently published and several are available to share their adventures with you. They will discuss the good, the bad, and the unexpected at the next In Print general meeting.

Our panel discussion on alt-publishing will include Kristin Oakley, Ted Iverson, Louise Brass, Sandra Colbert and Debbie Deutsch. These authors have all published independently in a variety of ways and genres and will share the pros and cons of DIY publishing.
Lisa Roettger, of Watchword Editing, will facilitate the discussion.

We hope you will join us on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 1 pm at the Roscoe Public Library for this insightful panel discussion.






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