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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
Dan Burns
Kristin Oakley


What? Would? Why?

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

by Mary Lamphere (as previously posted at

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.









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.

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!


‑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