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.

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Prize for Military Women’s Writing

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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.
DO IT.

 

Hamilton!

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 lindak0003@comcast.net

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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Welcome Home!

In Print has a new home for our general meetings!

We are happy to announce that the Roscoe Public Library, 5562 Clayton Cir. Roscoe, IL. 61073, will be hosting our monthly meetings. In Print meets the second Saturday of each month from 1 to 4 pm.

The dates we have reserved are as follows:
Feb 11th, March 11th, April 8th, May 13th, and July 8th.
(June’s event is yet to be determined).

Click here to see our program schedule.

Hoping to see everyone at the Roscoe Public Library!

The Midwest’s Premier Writing Conference

3 Days of Education, Entertainment, and Writing Inspiration

The Writer’s Institute in Madison is the highlight of the year for many In Print members. Kristin Oakley, is not only In Print’s President, but also an integral part of the Institute. Many of our members are repeat attendees and have gone from novice to published author in the time they’ve attended.

The Institute offers writers of all levels and genres the opportunity to attend workshops and sessions, listen to notable keynote speakers, and mingle with industry elite. It also offers the opportunity for personal critiques and pitching to agents. For more information, go to the UW-Madison Writer’s Institute website, here.

Registration is now open!

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‑Aspiring, emerging and experienced writers‑
10 Reasons to Attend
  1. We are offering Master Classes with our keynote speakers and Continuing Studies faculty
  2. This year’s agents and editors are looking for material within over 40 genres, ranging from historical fiction/non‑fiction to magical realism
  3. There will be another successful Live Literary event for you to read your work on stage and win prizes
  4. We are offering an essay contest for our attendees ‑ the winner receives a complimentary registration to our conference
  5. Attend a luncheon event that celebrates our Page or Poem Contest winners along with our essay winner
  6. The first place winners of this year’s Page and Poem contests will automatically be published in the 2018 Midwest Review, so send us your contest submissions today!
  7. We have 35+ seminar sessions and 13 panels over 3 days
  8. Our Agent Q & A and Editors Q & A sessions are a chance for you to meet with our agents and editors one‑on‑one. We limit the attendance at 10 writers. (Pssst… these Q & A sessions fill up fast so sign up now ‑ fee is $10 per session)
  9. The book signing event features our instructors’ books as well as our attendees’ books
  10. The 28th annual Writers’ Institute is one of the best places to network with other writers and come away inspired, enlightened and energized about your writing as a result of spending three days with us

The Write City E-zine Looking for Submissions

Submission opportunity!

In Print Writers

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The Write City Magazine now pays $25 upon publication of newly-submitted pieces.

The Chicago Writers Association’s online journal, The Write City Magazine, is looking for submissions. 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.

Submission guidelines: Include your full name, the title of your submission, your email address, and website link (if available) plus a personal photograph and a short 250 word bio.

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: kristinoakley@outlook.com. Please keep in mind that submissions may be edited.

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On Writing – Catherine’s Observations

On Writing – Catherine’s Observations
by Catherine Conroy

It began with preparing for my Book Club meeting. This month each member is discussing their favorite book on writing. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott had been considered for all to read until the consensus became, each person bring the book they’d recommend.

In my writing studio, I scanned the bookshelves closest to me. The Elements of Style 4th ed by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White; The Scene Book, A Primer of the Fiction Writer by Sandra Scofield; and Writing Fiction, A Guide to Narrative Fiction by Janet Burroway; I often refer to these.

Because it had been discussed, I pulled out Bird by Bird, read it and held it in my lap. Two things struck me, a one inch view, and the view within a headlight beam; the field of focus for writing – go close in, the rest of the world isn’t the experience. These two reminders were worth the reread of Anne’s book.

Anne’s irreverence, her young child being heard saying “shit” and Anne’s intended admonishment met with, “…the f***ing keys” – he’s holding a set of plastic keys he’d planned to use after purposely locking himself outside. There’s “The Shitty First Draft,” and “Broccoli” meaning listen to your intuition, your child sense of what a character might do and say, and radio station KFKD – or K-F***ed, the station that can play in your head twenty-four-seven if you allow it to foster your defeat.

I wasn’t satisfied I’d honed in on my most valued book about writing. I searched further and pulled out, The Situation and the Story; the Art of Personal Narrative by Vivian Gornick, The Right to Write, and The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron (these started my journey as a writer), The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler, and Women and Writing by Virginia Woolf. Gornick’s book sucked me in and reminded me of connecting into the story through personal experience.

What do these books have in common? Why are they valuable to me? They prompt me to write and to stay with writing. In a pile, they are daunting and they taunt me with all that I have not accomplished. Why this now? What should I do? Find what keeps me writing forward. It was in Anne’s book when she wrote about having a writing partner or writing group; small, trusted. Do whatever it takes to keep you on task.

The most valuable books are the ones that keep you writing.