Great kick-off meeting – January 23, 2016

With many thanks to Patti Naisbitt, Public Relations and Program Coordinator at Woodridge Public Library, the Writing Journey held its first meeting of 2016 in the beautifully renovated upstairs meeting room at the Woodridge Public Library. Twenty one people showed up and participated in the round table introduction and information sharing that took a bit more than the first hour.

I led, with help from Sam M. (samcadams), Sarah (anobi), Awnna (AwnnaMarie), Catherine (Cee-Bee), Ed (Fred Duck), and Jenny (Uniasus), the first workshop that defined the Journey, how it operated via member-led Paths, our shared internet resources, and the known Paths for 2016. These include:

  • a Writer’s Voice workshop, June 4th, at Woodridge Public Library
  • our 2016 short story and poetry anthology, themed to classic tales reimagined (edited by Awnna Marie Evans and Ellie Roth)
  • our fun-filled Shakespeare Reader’s Theatre event, March 5th, at Glen Ellyn Public Library’s beautiful upstairs space
  • monthly MiniWriMo events (write 10K words in 7 days), complete with small prizes (led by Sarah (anobi))
  • book swaps, led by Sarah (anobi)
  • Ed’s Japanesey and Asian paths that explore fine food and introduction to the cultures of Japan and Asia at unique restaurants, shops and other destinations around the area
  • an outing to go see Heathers the Musical
  • a writers workshop group, led by Catherine (Cee-Bee) (in-person critiquing of stories)
  • the return of the popular Accountability Path, led by Todd (writertodd07)
  • the 2016 Editing Path to help people edit a novel in a month (and perhaps beyond), led by Sam M.
  • monthly Story Walls
  • the Book-A-Month club, a book discussion Path led by Katherine (squiddish)

Thanks to our sponsors Woodridge Public Library and Glen Ellyn Public Library, all of our activities are free (beyond any costs people might incur themselves for meals or shows), as is membership in the Journey.

After this introductory presentation, Sam M. led a nice workshop on novel editing.

Afterwards, Sam M. went through his novel in the Story Wall process. Our talented Sam Brown illustrated this on the beautiful whiteboard:

Next month (February 27, 11:30 AM-3:30 PM at the Glen Ellyn Public Library), Jenny (Uniasus) will lead a workshop on querying and submitting work to magazines; and Sarah (anobi) will lead a workshop on character personalities (an aid to developing better characters). Sam B. and Ellie have volunteered for Story Walls (and we have room for 1-2 more).

ANTHOLOGY 12 (2016) – Call for Submissions!

The Writing Journey is looking for authors to submit their flash fiction, short stories and poems for our 2016 anthology that explores the theme of the classics reimagined. We’re looking for stories that play with themes, characters, plots, and images from classic stories – fairy tales, folklore, hero myths, and mythologies through new eyes. You can stay as close or wander as far as you’d like. You can modernize stories, replace all the characters with dragons, put it on another planet, or in another time and place. You could genderbend the characters, break heteronormative or neurotypical norms. You could pull a single character from a classic story and put them in another story – another classic or one all your own. You could combine classic stories across time, place, and genre. Do whatever you want, so long as you are drawing from some classic story (classic does not have to mean well known, by the way). We’re looking for poetry and fiction (from micro-fiction to short stories up to about 3000 words). Stories should be PG-13.

If you are interested in participating in this anthology, please enter your information here:

For more information, contact the Editors: Awnna Marie Evans and Eleanor Roth at


First meeting for authors (not mandatory):

  • Saturday, January 16, 1:30-3:30 pm
  • Woodridge Public Library
  • Bring your laptop if you have one
  • There will be a workshop on Critiquing in addition to discussion about the anthology


  • Glen Ellyn Public Library
  • The Shakespeare room is booked 1-4pm on the following dates: Jan 30, Mar 12, Apr 16, May 14.
  • Plan to work on your stories (bring your laptop/notebook)
  • There is room for 8-10 people in the room, so indicate if you are planning to attend.


  • first drafts due Feb 15
  • first round of inter-author critiques due Feb 29 (critiques will be assigned rather than free-for-all this year)
  • three weeks to redraft: second drafts are due March 21
  • two weeks for inter-author critiques: due April 4
  • three weeks for rewrites: third draft due April 25
  • final critiques due May 9
  • final draft due May 30


  • authors will divide costs involved in publication (e.g., fonts, cover design, book proofs) as agreed to by the authors
  • authors will divide profits (minus 30% for the publisher) after costs have been recouped

Mockup covers: