Speak to me


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.

BRAND-AID: Blogging and Social Media for Writers


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
Dan Burns
Kristin Oakley

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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


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




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.

September General Meeting – Reedy Press and a Harvest of Opportunities

Meet the Publisher

Writers are invited to meet with Josh Stevens, publisher and editor at Reedy Press, during the September general meeting of In Print Professional Writers Organization (IPPWO) from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept 10, at the Cherry Valley Public Library, 755 E Main Street, Cherry Valley.

IPPWO members, as well as non-members, may bring their ideas to discuss with Stevens and his representative, Molly Page, and hear what Reedy Press is seeking from writers.

Page is the author of  100 Things to do in Chicago before You Die, a regional best seller. According to Stevens, Page is a marketing dynamo, and is taking the lead for Reedy in acquiring new regional titles on Chicago / Illinois.

Bring Your Book Pitches

Stevens plans to be available to speak with authors individually for 10 to 15 minute time slots, and to take proposals for books.  A variety of non-fiction subjects may be proposed such as history, communities of note, tourism, food, institutions, iconic neighborhoods, guide books, sports. Include your bios and any information on published work you wish to mention in a package for Stevens to review. Continue reading “September General Meeting – Reedy Press and a Harvest of Opportunities”

A Different Approach to Storytelling, Writing for Non-Fiction Publications

A recap of July’s general meeting.

by Tricia Wagner

Chris Linden, editor and writer for Northwest Quarterly Magazine, joined In Printers for the July meeting and shared insights about writing for non-fiction publications. He stressed that, though a non-fiction magazine like Northwest Quarterly showcases true stories, writers should still tap into their creativity and provide pieces that demonstrate the universal qualities of great writing: strong characters, emotion, setting, and conflict.

In reviewing proposals, Chris looks for writers who can tell him a great story. Northwest Quarterly Magazine covers Northern Illinois, Southern Wisconsin, and Northwest Chicagoland, and he looks for content that is local, inspiring, and has good visual appeal. The staff of Northwest Quarterly recognize that negative stories are easy to find. Their mission, by contrast, is to be publishers of relentlessly positive, uplifting, and informative magazines. Chris encouraged In Printers to think differently about the news and take a different approach when capturing non-fiction stories – one that illustrates the rich quality of life that can be experience in the local area. As the magazine is release quarterly, Chris looks for stories that match the season. The topics he accepts are broad, and examples include nature, conservation, animals, people of interest, regional history, tourism activities, home living, and local business and industry. Continue reading “A Different Approach to Storytelling, Writing for Non-Fiction Publications”

5Y5W Contest Winners

In honor of our Five Year Anniversary, In Print hosted a 5Y5W writing contest. Submissions were limited to 250 words or less and had to include the 5 “in” words: Inspire, Indulge, Intrigue, Integrity, and Innocent. Submissions were posted to the In Print Facebook page for one week of reading and commenting. Readers could comment on up to five pieces. Voting was tallied by how many comments were left on each piece. After almost 200 comments, we are proud to announce the winners of the 5Y5W In Print Writing Contest.

  • Tricia Wagner, “The Slaying of the North”
  • Molly Nechvatal, “Truth is”
  • Kathleen Tresemer, “Celebrity Writer”
  • Mary Lamphere, “Yes, I’m Old”
  • Debbie Deutsch, “Bold Assault Charming on Nose”
  • Lynne Shippee Howe, “Innocence”

There was a tie for fifth place, so we have six winners. One a year for five years and one to grow on!  Winning pieces will be read by guest speaker Dan Klefstad at the I AM IN PRINT Five Year Celebration.  The anniversary event will take place Saturday, March 12, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the lovely and historic Cliffbreakers Riverside Hotel & Conference Center. Tickets are $20 and include soft drinks, appetizers, desserts, and a program. There will also be a cash bar and silent auction. Tickets can be purchased online using the PayPal link below (there is a $1 / ticket surcharge).

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What In Print Means to Me – Our Five Year Celebration

by Kristin Oakley

In Print, the professional writers’ organization, will be celebrating its 5th anniversary on Saturday, March 12 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at Cliffbreakers in Rockford and I can’t wait! I co-founded In Print and am incredibly proud that the organization has made such a wonderful impact on writers in the Rockford area.

So here goes — what In Print means to me – my five point countdown: Continue reading “What In Print Means to Me – Our Five Year Celebration”

I Am In Print – Celebrating Five Years

by Mary Lamphere

In Print, the professional writers’ organization that I helped create, turns five in March. That is pretty impressive. Not just to me, but to the hundreds of writers that we’ve served in a variety of ways over the last five years. Five years!  Condensing five years of highlights into a manageable blog has been quite the challenge. I’ve collected pages and pages of notes, hoping to pull together my thoughts on In Print for a promotional post in support of our I AM IN PRINT Five Year Celebration at Cliffbreakers on Saturday, March 12, 2016.  There are so many memories I have of members, meetings, retreats, guests, and general literary experiences associated with In Print, it’s hard to narrow them down. I adhered to the advice, Writer, edit thyself, and with the help of a deadline, I’m done.

Here are my highlights of Five Years of In Print: Continue reading “I Am In Print – Celebrating Five Years”