The works of William Shakespeare are beautifully written but many aren’t aware of how much fun they are to read and to act. The Writing Journey, the writing group associated with the Naperville region of National Novel Writing Month, has scheduled two sessions:
Folks can come out to read-through (no memorization required!) one of Shakespeare’s plays. Everyone old enough to read Shakespeare is welcome to join us–everyone present will have at least some part in the work (and maybe two or three parts 😉 ). No experience or preparation is needed though it can be helpful to watch some of the free performances of the plays beforehand (As you like it; Midsummer Night’s Dream) . For more information, see writingjourney.org/events
What do you need to bring? A book or e-book (many are available online or free) of the Shakespeare play we will be performing. If you have a tablet or e-book reader, this works very well. The library also has many Shakespeare books that can be checked out.
What should you expect? Reading Shakespeare and acting out scenes is a lot of fun (and sometimes funny). This is a great way to spend an afternoon stretching your boundaries a little and making new friends. Recharge your creative batteries by trying something that Joss Whedon does with his friends.
Human is an anthology of short stories and poems exploring the human condition, social mores and normative behaviors.
What does it mean to be Human? Scientists, psychologists, theologians and others have asked this question since the beginning. In this anthology, The Writing Journey offers a collection of creative reflections on the ever-changing prism we call the human experience. What are the edges of being human? These stories and poems plumb those boundaries, some with the lightness of ironic humor and some with the heavy despair of reality. Enjoy these writers as they explore the many facets of love, family, friendship, growing up, growing old, death and dying, our fears, our needs, our alienations, and our aspirations. Or can we define human at the edges of our relationships between and among species, humans and technology?
The Writing Journey is publishing online this collection of flash fiction stories and poems, edited by Tim Yao, Mary O’Brien Glatz and Melinda Borucki and featuring stories and poems by Tanasha Martin, Arah Ko, Mary O’Brien Glatz, Todd Hogan, Elaine Fisher, Tim Yao, Keshia Nowden, Melinda Borucki, Ana Koulouris, Ed Pongklub, and Stephanie Ewing. An e-book form of the anthology will be made available this spring.
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.
Folks can join the Writing Journey by filling out this survey.