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Chicago Writers Association and In Print present
The Sixth Annual Writer’s Block Party!

Saturday, August 26, 2017, 1 to 4 pm at the Gail Borden Public Library
270 North Grove Ave., Elgin

 

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We invite you to join us for an afternoon of literary discussion in a comfortable social environment. Meet and greet panelists following the presentation and get to know other fellow writers.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Light snacks and beverages will be available.
The Chicago Writers Association and In Print are proud to co-sponsor this event.

The Panelists:
Dan Blank
Jennifer Brown Banks
Marcie Hill
Becky Sarwate
Mary Lamphere
Charlie Monte Verde
Moderators:
Dan Burns
Kristin Oakley

After Word of Art 3

Before the fall…

 

I fully expect to skin both knees.
To roll an ankle or miss the last step completely and land on my butt. Hard.

If pride goes before the fall, my wipe-out is inevitable.
Because I couldn’t be more proud.

We just wrapped up Word of Art 3 and it was everything I hoped, planned, and really, really wanted it to be.

Burpee Museum of Natural History was a phenomenal venue for our exhibition and book release reception and working with Dennis Harezlak and Lily Pocs was wonderful. The 56 pieces of printed Word and painted, collaged, ceramic, photographic, framed, dimensional, bright, dark, elaborate, simple, touching, unique Art were displayed beautifully thanks to Kristin Oakley, Debbie Deutsch, Kathy Baker, Kathleen Weber, and Lynda Johnson. The accompanying book was elegantly designed by Jean Oberg. The room allowed enough tables and chairs for all attendees to sit comfortably and view the Author/Artist program with ease. Kathleen Tresemer did a phenomenal job as host and both the Word Judge, John Bradley, and Art Judge, Roni Golan, were in attendance to announce their winning selections. The food provided by Kristin Oakley, Christina Lamphere, and myself, was plentiful, colorful, and delicious. The evening was captured by photographers Caitlin Podemski, Nate Iverson, and Krystle Tyler. Nicole Frazer and the Jefferson High School student volunteers assisted throughout the evening and were superstars come clean-up time. In Print board members, Lisa Roettger, Ted Iverson, and Margie Seger, offered two tables for introductions, information, and sales.

Thank you to everyone who has participated, volunteered, or otherwise supported Word of Art over the past few years. I blogged last week about “being one proud mama“. I birthed an idea for a creative collaboration and it grew. I did not do it alone.
Thank you for being my village.

Word of Art 3 will be my last Word of Art.

It was a stellar event and I am absolutely bursting with pride.
Color me prideful.
I am the blueberry girl of pride. Roll me to the juicer.
The good news? If pride truly does goeth before the fall, I know there will be a handful of amazing people there to catch me.

Which makes my spirit even more haughty.
I am dangerously proud.
Thank you.

What is Word of Art?

What is Word of Art?

I participated in a similar author/artist partnership a few years back. They did a book, which ours is based on, and the paintings were hung as part of the Art in Your Eye art festival in Batavia, but I wanted MORE.

With Word of Art 1 and 2, I’d say–without bias–that we have achieved MORE.

Our first two years we partnered with Emmanuel Lutheran Church, hosting the exhibition in their gallery. It was perfect for displaying the Word and Art. In our third year, we were contacted by Burpee Museum of Natural History to be included as part of their 75th Anniversary celebration.

Do you have ANY IDEA how exciting this is for ME?! I grew up with Burpee! Burpee is not only an historical staple of the Rockford region, but it’s also nationally renowned as one of the top museums in the country! And my little author/artist collaboration is partnered with them?! I am a proud mama.

Then we thought, as long as we’re mixing things up with a new venue, how about we add DIMENSION?! You know, Word of Art 3D! We have 41 participants from 22 cities and 5 states. In three meager years, Word of Art has conquered the Midwest!

After months of planning, wording, and arting, Word of Art 3 is upon us.
And really, I’m almost finished printing…

What is Word of Art?
A gallery exhibition with Words and Art on display.
What is Word of Art?
A program with Authors and Artists sharing a love of creativity.
What is Word of Art?
An opportunity for Word and Art lovers to come together.
What is Word of Art?
A full-color hard cover book featuring the Word and Art.
What is Word of Art?
In a word, it’s AWESOME.

When is Word of Art 3?
Friday, March 10, 2017, 5 to 9 pm, with a program from 6 to 8 pm.
At Burpee, 737 N. Main Street, Rockford, IL
It’s free and open to the public.

You should come.

Want to know more about Word of Art 3? Click on the highlighted words:
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Meet WoA3 Art Judge, Word Judge, and Emcee. Get to know WoA3 venue.

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What? Would? Why?

What are you reading? Would you recommend it? And why?

by Mary Lamphere (as previously posted at MaryLamphere.com)

I just finished the audio of Wool by Hugh Howey.
I would not recommend it.
It sucked.

Let me explain.
It was a compilation of several stories slapped together seamfully and since I had the audio, I wasn’t privy to the breaks that are probably obvious in the printed version. That’s still no excuse. After the first two losses, I refused to be invested in the next “main” character. I had no sense of where it was going or why. And again, being an MP3, I had no idea how close I was to the end. I could go on with my critique, I have more to say, and I’d be happy to discuss further. If you’re interested, message me.

That said, it didn’t suck.
Since anyone who was considering reading it will, and should, still do so, allow me to defend my initial review.

I came into this book on the hype of the author’s story. Hugh Howey is a writer who had a day job and wrote on the side. He self-published short stories on Kindle. As the series grew, so did the attention they drew. Cut to the now, he’s a millionaire who lives on a boat with multiple publishing deals and a film in the works.

Wool has received over nine thousand five star reviews on Amazon.

Bottom line is, my expectations were too high.
This is why I tell you it sucked.
When you start with suck, there’s nowhere to go but up, right?
That is the gift I give you, potential Wool reader.
So, in a way, I guess I am recommending it.
I have no doubt that you will enjoy Wool more than I did.
I look forward to your review.

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Your turn…
What are you reading? Would you recommend it? And why?

If you would like to submit a review or blog post to the In Print website, click here for details.

In Print Radio Schedule

Tune into WBOM.playtheradio.com every Sunday and Monday morning at 7 a.m. for In Print Radio. Monday shows are repeated the following Sunday.

Sunday, January 22 – Jan Bosman with Lolita Ditzler

Monday, January 16 – Lolita Ditzler talks with poet Jan Bosman

Sunday, January 15 – David Berner speaks with Sandy Colbert

Monday, January 9th – Sandy Colbert talks with David Berner

Sunday, January 8th – Richard Pulfer talks with Samantha Hoffman

Return of the In Print Challenge

It’s 2017! 
And the beginning of a new year always instills in us a desire to improve, to focus, and to be better. In that vein, we offer you an In Print Challenge.

The January IP Challenge:
Find your creative space. An office, a kitchen table, a library carrel, whatever suits you.
Sit down, relax, inhale deeply. Now look around.
This is where the magic happens. Become familiar with the environment.
Consider the light, the colors, the space available.

Comfortable?
Okay, now write.
By hand, on a laptop, keyboard, clay tablet, etc.
Write whatever comes to mind.
Start a new project. Continue a scene from an existing project. Babble through a laundry list of excuses as to why you don’t feel like writing. Go ahead and type, “this is stupid”.
It’s not stupid. It’s the Challenge.

Write for ten minutes straight. Here’s an online timer.

You probably haven’t written in a while. Those distracting holidays consumed most of your time. You’re probably out of the habit.

Write for ten minutes more.

That’s it. You’ve completed the challenge. Congratulations.
Sometimes it takes us twenty minutes of forced writing to find our way, our voice, our story.

REPEAT AS NEEDED

January’s Challenge is to reestablish your writing habit.
2017 is unfolding before you and it holds much literary promise, don’t waste a moment of it.

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In Print 2015 – A Year in Review

Check out our accomplishments of 2015– Thank you for your support!

In Print Writers

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

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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.

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Celebrate the Best of 2015

It’s Time for the In Print Annual Celebration of Successes!

At In Print, we strive to promote creativity, commerce, craft and the community of writers. No matter your genre, ability, training or age, we’re here to support you.

We hope you’ll join us Saturday, December 12th, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the Cherry Valley District Library755 E State St, Cherry Valley, IL 61016, as we celebrate our successes!

  • Did you write something this year? Yay for you!
  • Did you submit something this year? Yay for you!
  • Did you publish something this year? Yay for you!
  • Did you sell something this year? Yay for you!
  • Did you win something this year? Yay for you!
  • Did you take a class, teach a class, attend a conference or otherwise work on your craft? YAY FOR YOU!

It sounds as if you’ve had a very successful year! You should tell us about it!

Light appetizers, desserts, coffee, water, and pop will be provided. Plan on snacking, socializing, networking, cheering, gaming, prizing, and reading (of up to two double-spaced pages).

Now that’s a party!

Word of Art books will be available for sale.  Original Words. Original Art. Original Gift!

ALL ARE WELCOME!

4th Annual Writers Block Party!

The feature presentation of the 4th Annual Writers Block Party, to be held 1–4 pm Saturday, Sept. 19 at the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin, will be a Skype interview and panel discussion on the topic “Scripting Your Story”.

David Congalton, the writer of “Authors Anonymous,” a 2014 movie about a dysfunctional group of unpublished writers starring Chris Klein, Kaley Cuoco and Dennis Farina, will participate in a Skype interview with author Sandra Colbert (Chicago Bound) from his home in Southern California. David has a second screenplay, “Seven Sisters,” which is currently under Option with director Danny Leiner attached.

Following the Skype interview, we will have a panel discussion, moderated by In Print President and author, Kristin Oakley (Carpe Diem, Illinois). The panel will feature a diverse mix of screenwriters from Illinois and Wisconsin.

Introducing our panelists:
Dan Burns screenplay, “A Fine Line,” won the Best Screenplay Award at the Naperville Independent Film Festival (NIFF) Awards Gala. The screen adaptation of his short story, “Out of Touch,” based upon the story from No Turning Back: Stories, is now in production, directed by Danny Ahlfeld, with a cast including Michael McDermott Murphy, Julia Kessler, Paul D’Addario, and Ron Dean.

Rebecca Williams Spindler was awarded First Place in the 2nd Annual Project Famous Short Screenplay Competition. Her script, “Wrong Number Right Day,” will be produced by Project Famous Films for release in 2016.

Peggy Williams and Christine DeSmet co-write screenplays, some of which have been optioned. Their award-winning, “Chinaware-Fragile” (with additional co-written by Bob Shill), was recently featured in a Huffington Post article.

Following the discussion there will be an opportunity for attendees to meet the panelists during a social networking “Writers Block Party.” Light snacks and soft drinks will be served.

This free event is co-sponsored by In Print and our affiliate Chicago Writers Association.

The Gail Borden Public Library provides library meeting space as a community service. The library neither sponsors nor endorses this event nor the presenting individual(s) or organization(s).