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Dialogue–when done well–is a great way to move your story forward. But what can you do to make sure your dialogue is well done? Learn some tips and tricks and use them to revise your dialogue. Make sure you bring some dialogue from your own work. We’ll have group time where yu can test out your versions.

Join us at 1 p.m., Aug. 12, at the Roscoe (NSLD) Public Library.

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How to Get Past the Writers Block and Create!

On Saturday, July 8, please join In Print when our keynote speaker, Diana Laskaris will discuss How to Get Past the Writers Block and Create!

Diana is the Founder of the Chicago Writers Association, an attorney, movie producer, and hypnotherapist. After explaining the theory of mind and creative blocks, Diana will guide us through exercises to access our creative minds and then we’ll write about our experiences.

Diana says, “This sort of experience is not a typical coaching presentation that asks questions to be answered cognitively. Instead, facilitating creative minds entering into the imagery space allows unfettered metaphorical connections that happen outside the bounds of intellectual analysis. The subconscious is able to use these images for positive impact and creative freedom.”

Join us Saturday, July 8th, 1:00-4:00 p.m., Roscoe Public Library (5562 Clayton Circle, Roscoe, IL). This event is free and open to the public.

Writers’ Conferences Panel Discussion

Why You Should Attend Writers’ Conferences: A Panel Discussion

Saturday, April 8th from 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Roscoe Public Library (5562 Clayton Cir, Roscoe, IL)

Writers’ conferences give you the opportunity to hone your craft, pitch to agents, discover valuable resources, and network. Our panelists will discuss the advantages of attending conferences, particularly the UW-Madison’s Writers’ Institute which is the Midwest’s Premier Writing Conference, and will share what they’ve learned. Additionally, Laurie Scheer, the Director of the UW-Madison Writers’ Institute will be our guest.

Our panelists:

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Christine Cacciatore is a multi-published author. She enjoys co-writing romance novels with her sister, Jennifer Starkman; together they have published the magical mischief novels Baylyn, Bewitched and Cat, Charmed, with the third book Elise, Evermore coming out this fall. She has also published three novellas: a sassy holiday romance called Noah Cane’s Candy; a haunting erotic romance called Knew You’d Come, and in June released Trouble Lake, a Mary O’Reilly Paranormal Mystery in Kindle Worlds.

Chris was a three-year board member of the In Print Professional Writer’s Organization in Rockford, IL. She is married to a devastatingly handsome man she met on eHarmony and has three children, a gigantic black dog, two of the cutest granddaughters in the world, and a handsome prince of a grandson.

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Lynn Gibson has been writing on and off for the past 20 years.  She began her career in writing while in high school with an English teacher who told her, “You need to be a writer when you grow up.  If you don’t find writing, writing will find you.”  Since then, Lynn has published a number of articles and is currently working on a young adult novel with two of her children.

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Mary Lamphere, co-founder of In Print Professional Writers’ Organization, writes poetry, novels, short stories, and her Monday blog, MaryFranSays. Her debut novel, Pocket Money, was published in June 2016. An award-winning author, Mary has had many short stories and poems published. She has led workshops for In Print, UW Madison Writers’ Institute, and the Southwest Wisconsin Book Festival, including The Benefits of Critique, Come as your Character, and First Page: Engage! Mary is chairperson of Word of Art 3, a collaboration of Authors and Artists. She has participated in a variety of writing groups including DeKalb Area Writers’ Group (DAWGs), DeKalb Creative Writers (DCW), and Chicks of the Trade. She spends time with her bb Ben and looks forward to the arrival of his sibling fall 2017.  www.marylamphere.com.

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Della Leavitt‘s first novel, The Measure of Teachers, follows the cycle of experiences of two teachers from different generations and backgrounds in their struggles to teach in the Chicago district. Before becoming a writer, Della taught math in a Chicago high school after her lengthy technology career. In 2010, she completed her PhD in education to work in university/teacher partnerships. Della and her husband live in Chicago where their son attended the Chicago Public Schools from Kindergarten through his high school graduation.

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Tricia Wagner is a novelist, poet, and short story writer published in The Write City Magazine, Escarp, Chicago Newa, the Midwest Review, and Word of Art 3D. She placed in the 2015 University of Wisconsin Writers’ Institute First Page Contest for Mainstream/Literary Fiction, and her poetry has been recognized by In Print, the Ogle Winnebago Literary Society (OWLS), and the 2015 Festival for Poetry. She recently released an indie novelette titled Where Fish Can Breathe through Kindle Direct Publishing. When she’s not writing, she serves as the Coordinator of English as a Second Language Programs, at Rock Valley College. www.TriciaWagner.com

Moderator:

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Kristin A. Oakley’s debut novel, Carpe Diem, Illinois, won the 2014 Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year Award for non-traditionally published fiction, was a finalist in the Independent Author Network 2015 Book of the Year, and a runner-up in the 2016 Shelf Unbound Best Indie Book Competition. Its sequel, God on Mayhem Street, was released in September of 2016. Kristin is past president and co-founder of In Print Professional Writers’ Organization, a Chicago Writers Association board member, the managing editor of The Write City Magazine, and a UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies writing instructor. kristinoakley.net

 

 

 

Meet the WoA3 Emcee, Kathleen Tresemer

In Print is proud to introduce Kathleen D. Tresemer, our esteemed master of ceremonies. In her third year hosting, Kathleen looks forward to meeting and greeting the participants and guests.

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Kathleen is co-founder of In Print Professional Writers Organization and a member of Chicago Writers’ Association, supporting writers throughout Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. She is a professional writer with a diverse background, from creating web content and marketing materials, to a weekly column and features for regional newspapers and magazines. Her fiction earned a top ten award in the Writer’s Digest 76th Annual Competition, a First Page Award at the UW Writers’ Institute, and her pieces appear in the 2014 and 2015 Word of Art publications. She has led numerous workshops for In Print, the UW Writer’s Institute, and the Southwest Wisconsin Book Festival including The Benefits of Critique and First Page: Engage!

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Kathleen’s first novel, Time in a Bottle, was published in 2016 by Soul Fire Press. This contemporary Young Adult novel has recently been featured in Northern Public Radio’s Read With Me Book Series, hosted by Dan Klefstad on WNIJ, our Regional NPR affiliate. She is currently writing a second novel featuring one of the characters from Time in a Bottle, as well as a series of social mystery novels.

Visit her website at www.kdtresemer.com

WORD OF ART 3 is In Print’s third annual collaboration of Authors and Artists.
The Gallery Exhibition, Reception, and Book Release will be Friday, March 10, 2017 at Burpee Museum of Natural History as one of their 75th Anniversary events. 

Date: Friday, March 10, 2017
Time: 5 to 9 pm
Program: 6 to 8 pm
Place: Burpee Museum of Natural History

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

March Challenge

Spring has sprung! Summer has sprung! Winter has sprung!

What a crazy couple of weeks we had leading up to March.

Regardless of the highs and lows of the thermometer, Spring as we officially recognize it, March 20, is right around the corner. Which means it’s time for Spring Cleaning!

The March In Print Challenge is for you to clean your writing house. Dump that drawer of miscellaneous jottings. Organize those scraps of paper with novel ideas. Consolidate the snippets of brilliance you’ve been gathering.

What are you working on NOW?
What will you work on next?
What have you already completed?

Sorting through your personal slush pile will help you focus. Getting organized will assist you in recognizing what your work is missing and help you realize solutions to potential road blocks.

Spring cleaning–it does an author good.

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Join CWA under the tent at Printers Row!

As a member of In Print, you are also a member of the Chicago Writers’ Association and are eligible for their benefits. To join In Print, click here.

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Registration now open to CWA members!

For the fourth consecutive year, the Chicago Writers Association has applied for a full tent at the Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest, which will be held Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11. We invite our member authors and book sellers to join us under the tent.

This year, in an effort to open up more slots and also to make the slots more equitable and less costly, we are changing things up a bit. We will be offering a total of 36 Saturday slots, ranging from 2.5 to 3 hours. Sunday slots will remain the same with a total of 24 4-hour slots. Because we will have more authors, we are passing the savings on to you. The cost per slot is dropping from $50 to $40. So even though the tent cost hasn’t gone down our authors will be paying less to participate.

The time slots will be as follows:

Saturday, June 10:
10 am to 12:30 pm
12:30 pm to 3 pm (SOLD OUT!)
3 pm to 6 pm

Sunday, June 12:
10 am to 2 pm (SOLD OUT!)
2 pm to 6 pm

All slots will be $40. Limit one slot per person.

Payments must be made online with PayPal using the button. Spaces are only available to registered members. Click here to go to page with PayPal button.

When purchasing a slot online use the drop down box to select your date and time. Dates and time slots are first come, first served. If your first choice is sold out, consider another date and time.  Note: we are not accepting payment by any method other than PayPal. All payments are non-refundable as of May 31, 2016. In the event that we do not get the requested space, all payments will be refunded.

Meet our WoA3 Art Judge, RONI GOLAN

In our third year of bringing together these creative worlds, Word of Art would like to welcome artist and gallery owner Roni Golan as our Art Judge. Roni will be the first to witness the WoA3 exhibition once it’s complete and select three runners-up and one winner to be announced following the program, Friday, March 10, 2017 at Burpee Museum of Natural History.

Roni Golan was born in 1960 in Israel. He graduated from an Art College in 1991 to become an art teacher and in 1996 moved to Rockford, IL.

For the first 10 years of his career, Roni concentrated mostly on sculpting, making him the perfect judge for our Word of Art 3D.

After his move to the U.S., Roni focused on painting, using a variety of mediums and styles and showing at art galleries around the states, as well as at his 5 local, privately owned galleries.

Roni is proud to announce the opening of his most recent gallery space, The Underground, at 418 E. State St., downtown Rockford. In this new facility, he hopes to engage the art loving public with live performances and integrated creations. The space is available to visit or rent for public and private events.

Also, mark your calendars–The Underground (under Kuma’s) will be open for the next First Friday, March 3, 2017, with art, music, and drinks. Now, that’s a great combination.

In the last 4 years, Roni has been performing collaborative live painting that encourages guests during events to physically take part in the creative process. He then melds together the guests ideas, stories, and memories into colorful original art work. This performance art has been a unique aspect of many wedding receptions–leaving the newlyweds with an original and tangible memory of their special day.

“My creative energy derives mainly from discovering the extraordinary in the mundane and from my love of improvisation that is, after all, a tool to investigate and expand the mind.  Therefore, the experience or the process of creating is most compelling. When the process is shared with other people, it reflects the ‘collective consciousness’ (Carl Gustav Jung) and that makes it a powerful experience.”    

Roni’s work may be found at several select galleries:
 Gioia Fine Art,  San-Francisco, CA
Van-Hart Gallery, Yorba Linda, CA
V Gallery, Lake Geneva, WI
Calhoun Street Gallery,  Bluffton, NC
Vale Craft Gallery,  Chicago IL

Collections:
Private and public collection including Steve Wynn Casino Resort Las-Vegas, NV

Word of Art 3 is honored to have Roni Golan as our Art Judge.

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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.

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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 www.burpee.org.

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

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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.

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