Seeking submissions for the 2019 Journey anthology, Stranded

Hot on the heels of Near Myths (2017), Reasons for Hope (2018), and The Love Anthology (coming very soon in 2019), is the call for stories, flash fiction and poetry for the 2019 Writing Journey Anthology: Stranded. This is the latest anthology project for the Writing Journey.

Have you ever been stranded at an airport? Imagined yourself stranded on Mars? Or on a desert island? Or at a cocktail party? Or perhaps at a department store while your significant other is shopping? We will explore the theme of being stranded through stories, flash fiction and poems that cut across genres.

The kick-off is January 19th and first drafts are due February 23rd.

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

Join the 2019 Writing Journey

The Writing Journey (aka the Journey) is the year-round,a la carte writing group that is associated with the Naperville region of National Novel Writing Month. It is a completely free writing group where all are welcome to participate in our many Paths. A Path is an activity or event or project that one or more Journey participants creates and coordinates. Paths can be a one-time social event like a lunch or dinner out at a restaurant or a picnic or a musical (like Next to Normal or Heathers) or they can be as complex as a short story anthology. Some recent popular Paths include: short story anthologies, the (in-person) Critiquing group, the Editing Path, the query path, the MiniWriMo challenge (10k in 2 weeks), the Writer’s Voice workshop, Shakespeare Reader’s Theatre, the Writing Excuses Master Class and the Poetry Path.

You do not need to be in the region to be a member of the Journey, though many of our events and activities are local. The Journey’s core track are a series of monthly general meetings January through June and again in September (we take off July, August, October, November and December). Each general meeting typically features two interactive workshops (each presented by one or more volunteers) and some story walls (which are small group feedback/advice sessions on your novel). Our sponsors are the Woodridge Public Library and the Glen Ellyn Public Library, so the meetings will be held there (see for logistics). Meetings are typically Saturday afternoons.

To join (or rejoin for existing Journey members),please take this survey:

Be sure to share your thoughts on new Paths you would like to see (e.g., there were some rumblings about a knitting Path and a children’s book writing Path; and I think it might be cool to have an improv Path).

2019 Journey Members

  • NewMexicoKid
  • Animollya
  • Haberdashing
  • samcadams
  • odd soul
  • Leslie Hatch Gail
  • Squid
  • Writertodd07
  • Jessica Olive
  • aprilkitty
  • Grachael
  • Loanfreestudent
  • NaNoSue
  • dohenyster
  • anitairons
  • Gwen Tolios
  • DJRM
  • Basil Cliffside
  • pamebellezza
  • tireddadx3
  • cdecrease
  • Whitey
  • Cee-Bee
  • LibraryLore
  • KCSwier
  • DiamondRuby73
  • eleanor.roth
  • Debko
  • b-writer
  • Annavaneast
  • sadierose
  • Memoir
  • Mochomito
  • Barbara
  • fishmama
  • dianaartemis
  • corvus dubh
  • India Powers
  • elizhall

Shakespeare Reader’s Theatre 2018: King Lear

Shakespeare Reader’s Theatre is an open event (all are welcome; no previous experience is required) designed to give people the opportunity to read aloud the works of the great bard and to do some acting in a company of ones peers. This year, our Shakespeare Reader’s Theatre event will be Saturday, February 17th in the upstairs room at the Woodridge Public Library, 1-3 PM.

We’ll be reading/performing King Lear. If people have tablets or large phones, they are welcome to get the free e-book and use that; or there will be some copies of King Lear available in print.

From Wikipedia: King Lear is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare. It depicts the gradual descent into madness of the title character, after he disposes of his kingdom giving bequests to two of his three daughters based on their flattery of him, bringing tragic consequences for all.