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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

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

 

 

 

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.

Word of Artist 2 Guideline Reminder

Artist Guidelines:

* Any medium is acceptable but it must be on the 16×20 canvas provided by In Print.

* Stories are open to interpretation, but please nothing of a graphic nature.

* Finish the sides of the canvas.

* The title of the artwork will be the same as that of the selected written piece.

* Some portion of the words of the story must be included in the artwork as well as the author’s name. Please sign your work.

* If your canvas will contain dimensional art, we ask that you add the hardware before you begin work. D-links with wire work well with our hanging system.

* Artwork must be dropped off by July 11 to be included in the book.

* For your convenience, completed art may be brought to the In Print meetings on June 13 or July 11, 1-3 pm, at the East State Branch of the Rockford Public Library.

* Artwork dropped off after July 11 can still be in the gallery exhibition, but will not be in the book.

If you have any questions or need to make arrangements for drop-off, contact Mary Lamphere at WordofArt@inprintwriters.com

*SAVE THE DATE!*
A WORD of ART 2 Reception, in Cooperation with the Center for the Arts and Spirituality and Art@Emmanuel, will be held Friday, Sept. 4, 2015 from 5-8 pm with the program running 6-7:30. It will again be at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 920 Third Avenue Rockford, Illinois 61104.
Word and Art will be displayed, authors will read their work and artists will talk about their inspiration.
Books will be for sale.
This event is free and open to the public.