2017 Writing Journey

We’re nearing the end of 2016 and celebrating what turned out to be a very productive year for the Writing Journey. A resurrected Accountability Path (led by Todd Hogan), a brand new in-person critiquing group (the Journey Critique Workshop led  by Catherine Brennan), the Editing Path (led by Sam McAdams), seven monthly Journey meetings, each with two workshops and sundry story walls, and not one but two short story anthologies (the first led by Awnna Evans and Eleanor Roth; the second edited by myself, Mary O’Brien Glatz and Melinda Borucki). Jenny Johnson led the Query Path; and Sarah Johnson led some MiniWriMo sessions.

Now the 2017 Writing Journey is ready to launch. We have some events already scheduled (see writingjourney.org/events), including two Shakespeare Reader’s Theatre events, the annual Writer’s Voice Workshop, and the general meetings. We’ll be brainstorming new Paths at the first meeting January 14th.

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Voices from the Dark

VoicesFromTheDark_cvr The original release date for the latest Writing Journey anthology (I have a story in it!) was going to be today. It actually came out a couple of days ago, but either way, it’s available! In time for the holidays! Woohoo! Here’s a little information about our anthology, Voices from the Dark:
Within each of us lies a darkness. A deep, unnerving essence that lurks at the fringes of our consciousness. Eleven members of the Writing Journey set out to explore the darkness that lies in all of us. The Writing Journey beckons you to experience their darkness.
You can order the print book directly from CreateSpace here or from Amazon here. There should eventually be an e-book available as well. If you’re waiting for that to happen, please let me know (comments below would be great!) so I can poke and prod the powers-that-be to make it happen.

Where we are in the 2015 Journey

Last Friday was our third Shakespeare Reader’s Theatre event of this spring (thanks to the Naperville Public Library for providing us with rooms for two of the events). What is Shakespeare Reader’s Theatre? It’s an opportunity for writers/participants to stretch themselves out of their comfort zones, experience the words of the Bard first hand, and read/act out a Shakespeare play. Last Friday we did Romeo and Juliet, which featured some exciting fight scenes, romantic exchanges and humor amidst the drama. Here we have Brian as Romeo dueling with Barry’s Tybalt while Katherine relaxes in the background since Juliet is not in this particular scene ;-).

We are almost into May; the Journey’s activities primarily are concentrated in January through June and then in September. This has been a fairly active year for the Journey, with the following Paths in addition to three Shakespeare Reader’s Theatre events that Catherine and I organized:

  • Katherine’s Editing Path to help the novelists edit their novels
  • Ed’s Japanesey™ and Asian Paths, which have involved meals at great restaurants as well as exposure to cultural elements in the Chicago area (such as Japanese bakeries and markets). Ed has regaled attendees with entertaining stories and interesting facts on each outing.
  • Sarah’s monthly MiniWriMo challenges, offering little glow in the dark dinosaurs as prizes for writing 10K words in one week
  • The Horror Anthology of short stories, flash fiction and poems, which is currently in progress
  • Steven and Catherine’s Writing Excuses Path, which follows the terrific free Master Class by the Writing Excuses podcasters
  • Dan’s Path for freelance writers (this is new and just beginning)
  • my music Jam Path (also new and just beginning)

We’ve had two workshops at each of our monthly meetings, covering editing (Katherine Lato), critiquing, the Writing Excuses Path with exercises (Catherine Brennan and Steve White), some Story Walls, and Marketing for authors (Willow Sanders), POV/Perspective (Stephanie White).

Missing thus far from previous years are Paths such as the Accountability Path, the Spirit Path, and the Archery Path (though that may yet occur this summer).