Events 2016

2016 meetings

Date Time Library What
January 23, 2016 Noon-4 pm Woodridge General meeting: workshop on novel editing
February 27, 2016 11:30 am-3:30 pm Glen Ellyn General meeting: workshops:

Submitting to magazines: Great! You finished a story. Now what? Well, its time to put your writing to work and get paid! Maybe. On Feb 27th, come prepared to learn how to submit anything from a poem to a novela to magazines. Learn the lingo, what to keep an eye out for, where to research markets, how to format your submission, and patience. (Jenny Johnson)

Personalities: A quick introduction to several popular psychology theories on personalities and motivations designed to help authors write compelling characters. Theories covered include the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator, DiSC Leadership Profile, and Enneagram of Personality. (Sarah Johnson and Tanasha Martin)

March 5, 2016 1-4 pm Glen Ellyn Shakespeare Reader’s  Theatre: Come out and read-through A Midsummer Night’s Dream with us. Bring your tablet or use one of the books at the library.
March 19, 2016 Noon-4 pm Woodridge General meeting:Workshop #1: Melinda Borucki (Willow Sanders)
You wrote your book – now what? As wonderful as your manuscript is its not going to sell itself. Learn what you should be doing now – before even sending it to publish- as well as what to do after. Should you self publish or publish traditionally? On all platforms? Ebook or paperback? And what’s the fuss with Indies and Amazon?
Bring your questions for “Navigating Book Marketing II” presented by Melinda BoruckiWorkshop #2:  Learn how to write swoon-worthy heroes, plot your romance novel, and add romantic elements to any genre of fiction. With Suzanne Evans, Associate Editor with Entangled Publishing
April 23, 2016 Noon-4 pm Woodridge Workshop #1: Brian Cable and Sam McAdams – Writing Humor Workshop:
Looking to add a little humor into your writing? Learn the guys who take their humor seriously, as they provide a variety of techniques and methods for making your readers laugh, including comic timing, the use of exaggeration, and the lost art of the straight man.Workshop #2: Showing vs. Telling – Melinda Borucki and Awnna Marie Evans
Show, don’t tell. Most writers have heard this at some point, whether from a teacher, in writing books or from your fellow writer. But what does this writing advice mean, in practical terms? Do you always have to show? When is it okay to tell?We’ll look and discuss these issues plus put showing vs telling into practice with a brief exercise.
May 8, 2016 1-4 pm Glen Ellyn What is Shakespeare Reader’s Theatre? The works of William Shakespeare are beautifully written, but many aren’t aware of how much fun they are to read and to act. 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 ). No experience or preparation is needed (though it can be helpful to watch some free performances of the plays beforehand). We’re there to have fun, stretch ourselves a little, and enjoy the Bard’s great work. We’ll be doing As You Like It and some paper copies of the script will be available.
May 21, 2016 11:30 am-3:30 pm Glen Ellyn General meeting; Workshop on how to write effective fighting scenes by Brian Pelczarski.

2nd workshop: Workshop: More than Vehicles: Create depth in your novel by treating horses as characters rather than just props. BySarah Johnson

June 4, 2016 1:30-4:30 pm Woodridge Writer’s Voice Workshop.  Spaces are limited. This free program will help you understand what your writer’s voice is, the unique quality about your wriitng that draws readers to seek it out.
June 18, 2016 11:30 am-3:30 pm Glen Ellyn Workshop on how to write effective fighting scenes by Brian Pelczarski.
Workshop on Flash Fiction by Melinda Borucki
Author Rita Chhablani will then talk about her book Despite Odd: Tales of Choices, focusing on the writing process and her publication experiences.Rita Chhablani alternates her time between India and Chicago. She has written
lead articles for reputed Indian and International newspapers. Being a
popular yoga teacher she has authored the book ” The Joys of Yoga.” At the
College of Dupage, Chicago while doing creative writing courses, she and her
American author friends founded a highly active all women critique group. She
is also a dedicated member of a Writers Group in Pune. Having worked for
UNICEF, the cause of education for girls is very dear to her heart. She
devotes a lot of time in teaching English to girls.
September 17, 2016 11:30 am-3:30 pm Glen Ellyn General meeting

Come out to the general meeting of the Journey. Bring your own lunch and something to write on/with (for any writing exercises). The agenda:
* 11:30-12:30: lunch and round table discussion
* 12:30-1:30 pm: workshop: How to write a good short story (Todd Hogan)
* 1:30-2:30 pm workshop: A Discovery Workshop: Go beyond the mechanics of writing and discover the true writer within you. Be sure to bring writing materials. (Debra Kollar)
* 2:30-3:30 pm story walls (TBD) OR a discussion for Anthology 12 authors

January 14, 2017 11:30 am-3:30 pm Glen Ellyn General meeting
February ??, 2017 Noon-4 pm Woodridge General meeting

In 2016:

  • Woodridge: 3 general meetings, 1 Writer’s Voice workshop
  • Glen Ellyn: 4 general meetings, 1 Shakespeare Reader’s Theatre

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September 14, 2019
  • Journey meeting (Woodridge)

    September 14, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Woodridge Public Library, 3 Plaza Dr, Woodridge, IL 60517, USA

    Bring your lunch
    Round robin sharing
    Workshops TBD

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September 21, 2019
  • Journey Editing Path

    September 21, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Glen Ellyn Public Library, 400 Duane St, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137, USA

    The Editing Path is an in-person editing accountability group, which meets monthly to set editing goals, encourage each other to edit their work, share editing tips, and schedule time to work on our writing. You can read more and join the editing path email alias at The Editing Path website (https://editing.writingjourney.org/)

    The meetings are in the Shakespeare room of the Glen Ellyn Public library.

    Typical agenda:

    - Round-table: discussion of editing achievements since the last meeting and setting goals for the coming month and year (no worries if this is your first meeting. At the meeting let us know what you're working or what you want to be working on and set some goals for next month.)

    - Editing Workshop: - 15-20 minute workshop on editing

    - Brainstorming: We reserve 15-20 minutes for brainstorming/storying boarding for anyone seeking some help with a part of a project they are working on.

    After the meeting, many of us head to a local cafe or restaurant to write for 3 to 4 hours

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October 2, 2019
  • Writing a Novel in a Month: Preparing to NaNoWriMo

    October 2, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Joliet Junior College, 1215 Houbolt Rd, Joliet, IL 60431, USA

    Joliet Junior College Library - Campus Center (A Building), 2nd Floor

    Ever thought about writing a book? Learn how you can complete a novel in a month using techniques encouraged by National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). NaNoWriMo encourages participants to work towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel during the month of November. Sound interesting? Want to jump start your creative writing? Drop in and learn all about this fun initiative. Refreshments and prizes! Contact the Library at 815.280.2344 or librarian@jjc.edu for more details.

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October 5, 2019
  • NaNoWriMo Prep: 8 Easy Hacks to Help You Write Page-Turning Prose

    October 5, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Nichols Library, 200 W Jefferson Ave, Naperville, IL 60540

    8 Easy Hacks to Help You Write Page-Turning Prose teaches both beginning and intermediate authors simple ways to sharpen and strengthen their craft to create winning contest entries, queries and submissions.

    In this workshop Robyn Bachar addresses the eight most common problems she encounters in contest entries and critique submissions. Robyn covers simple fixes like knowing when and how to use dialogue tags to more advanced skills like using active language to make your pitches and prose pop. Robyn employs practical examples inspired by real contest entries she has judged as well as feedback she has received from editors to help authors identify common weaknesses in their writing and discuss methods to improve them.

    Author Bio: Robyn Bachar writes romance with swords, sorcery, spaceships and submersibles. Bachar's novels feature action and adventure, danger and suspense, found families and happily ever afters. Her books have finaled twice in the PRISM Contest for Published Authors, twice in the Passionate Plume Contest, and twice in the EPIC eBook Awards. As a gamer, Robyn has spent many hours rolling dice, playing rock-paper-scissors, and slaying creatures in rpgs. She is a developer with Girded Rose Games.

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October 8, 2019
  • NaNoWriMo Prep: How to Use Your Character’s Actions and Reactions to Build an Emotional Scene and Drive Your Plot Forward

    October 8, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Glen Ellyn Public Library, 400 Duane St, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

    How to Use Your Character’s Actions and Reactions to Build an Emotional Scene and Drive Your Plot Forward
    The scene is so common, it’s almost cliché. A person sets out to write a book. They develop a full character with few good traits, a few bad traits, and something to learn. They have a plot or at least a premise. But then the only thing the character seems to do is go for a drive or eat breakfast.
    Whether a person is a pantser or a plotter, if they’re writing romance, horror, mystery, or action and adventure, it is an author’s job to send their characters on a journey where they struggle, discover, and change while they solve a crime, find true love, conquer a monster, or outwit the bad guy. The question is how?

    This practical workshop uses a hands-on approach to apply the principle of show don’t tell at the level of the scene. We’ll work through several examples where we’ll use a character’s actions and reactions to move from one plot point to the next, and in so doing maximize emotions on the page.
    K.D. Garcia is a veterinarian by day and an author by night. She shares a home in the Chicagoland area with her usually wonderful children, mostly obedient dogs, an incredibly supportive husband, and then there's the cats. An active member of RWA and the Windy City Chapter, her contemporary and young adult romantic suspense stories have finaled for or won a number of awards including the Emerald City Opener, The Catherine, The Suzannah, and the prestigious Maggie. She is represented by Terrie Wolf of A.K.A. Literary Management.

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October 12, 2019
  • NaNoWriMo Prep: How To Write A Novel When You Have No Plot

    October 12, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Nichols Library, 200 W Jefferson Ave, Naperville, IL 60540

    How To Write A Novel When You Have No Plot
    Focusing on the core of NaNo - putting words on paper to get a first draft done - learn about what, other than plot, can drive a story. Filled with brainstorming tips and ways to help you push through blank pages, this pantsing 101 workshop helps you get words out of your head and onto paper even if you have no idea where your story is going. Sometimes, discovering where it's heading is the best part.
    Bio: A six time NaNoWriMo winner and two time regional ML, Jenny Johnson is fueled by coffee, chocolate, and computer ink. A self-identified bookworm and discovery writer, she's published various speculative fiction as Gwen Tolios.

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October 13, 2019
  • NaNoWriMo Prep: Story Wall Party

    October 13, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Woodridge Public Library, 3 Plaza Dr, Woodridge, IL 60517

    Do you have no idea what to write for Nano 2019? Is your novel idea only half-baked? Do you have plot holes you don’t know how to solve? If you answered yes to any of these questions, come to the Story Wall party, a massive brainstorming event designed to help participants come up with ideas for their novels, get advice, and iron out potential story issues. If you don’t have an idea for a novel yet, you’ll walk away from this workshop with several.
    Bio: Sam McAdams has participated in NaNoWriMo for over a decade, completing 7 novels and claiming NaNo victories as a rebel on 4 other occasions. Over the past 4 years, he has enjoyed the opportunity to serve as a regional ML. His everyday life as a mild-mannered telecommunications engineer, devoted husband, and father of two “adult” children keeps him busy, but in his spare time, he frequents local cafes writing and editing his BarnYard Heroes novels and satirical holiday letters.

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October 19, 2019
  • Journey Editing Path

    October 19, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Glen Ellyn Public Library, 400 Duane St, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137, USA

    The Editing Path is an in-person editing accountability group, which meets monthly to set editing goals, encourage each other to edit their work, share editing tips, and schedule time to work on our writing. You can read more and join the editing path email alias at The Editing Path website (https://editing.writingjourney.org/)

    The meetings are in the Shakespeare room of the Glen Ellyn Public library.

    Typical agenda:

    - Round-table: discussion of editing achievements since the last meeting and setting goals for the coming month and year (no worries if this is your first meeting. At the meeting let us know what you're working or what you want to be working on and set some goals for next month.)

    - Editing Workshop: - 15-20 minute workshop on editing

    - Brainstorming: We reserve 15-20 minutes for brainstorming/storying boarding for anyone seeking some help with a part of a project they are working on.

    After the meeting, many of us head to a local cafe or restaurant to write for 3 to 4 hours

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  • NaNoWriMo Prep: Using Descriptions to Enhance Theme and Mood

    October 19, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Nichols Library, 200 W Jefferson Ave, Naperville, IL 60540

    Using Descriptions to Enhance Theme and Mood
    When every word counts (and they always do!), make your descriptions work on multiple levels to enhance theme and mood in your scenes. We’ll look at several examples from published works and discuss how authors use sensory description to make a scene come to life, and how especially good descriptions can help you write so much more between the lines.

    Eleanor Roth has been a member of the Writing Journey since NaNoWriMo 2014. She reviews and blogs for Booklist, and is the assistant to the president at Browne & Miller Literary Associates. Hard at work on a speculative thriller, she’s also an alumna of the FutureScapes workshop and is currently enrolled in the Writers’ Program at UCLA Extension. Find her on Twitter @ellie_roth

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October 31, 2019
  • Fountaindale NaNoWriMo Kickoff

    October 31, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W Briarcliff Rd, Bolingbrook, IL 60440, USA

    NaNoWriMo KICKOFF Event with last-minute strategies.

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November 2, 2019
  • Write-in: Glenside Public Library (co-hosted by Carol Stream Library)

    November 2, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Glenside Public Library, 25 E Fullerton Ave, Glendale Heights, IL 60139, USA

    Hosted by Library staff

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  • Batavia Public Library

    November 2, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
    Batavia Public Library, 10 S Batavia Ave, Batavia, IL 60510, USA

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November 3, 2019
  • Write-in: Naperville Library

    November 3, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    Nichols Library, 200 W Jefferson Ave, Naperville, IL 60540, USA

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  • LaGrange Park Public Library

    November 3, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    La Grange Park Public Library, 555 N La Grange Rd, La Grange Park, IL 60526, USA

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November 4, 2019
  • Write-in: Glen Ellyn Public Library

    November 4, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Glen Ellyn Public Library, 400 Duane St, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137, USA

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November 6, 2019
  • Write-in: Joliet Junior College

    November 6, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Joliet Junior College, 1215 Houbolt Rd, Joliet, IL 60431, USA

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November 9, 2019
  • Write-in: Plainfield Public Library

    November 9, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Plainfield Public Library District, 15025 S Illinois St, Plainfield, IL 60544, USA

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November 10, 2019
  • Write-in: Naperville Library

    November 10, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    Nichols Library, 200 W Jefferson Ave, Naperville, IL 60540, USA

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November 11, 2019
  • Write-in: Glen Ellyn Public Library

    November 11, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Glen Ellyn Public Library, 400 Duane St, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137, USA

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November 12, 2019
  • Write-in: Joliet Public Library

    November 12, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Joliet Public Library, 150 N Ottawa St, Joliet, IL 60432, USA

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  • Write-in: Fountaindale Public Library

    November 12, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W Briarcliff Rd, Bolingbrook, IL 60440, USA

    Hosted by Library Staff

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November 13, 2019
  • Write-in: Plainfield Public Library

    November 13, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Plainfield Public Library District, 15025 S Illinois St, Plainfield, IL 60544, USA

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  • Write-in: Wheaton Public Library

    November 13, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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  • Write-in: Joliet Junior College

    November 13, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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November 14, 2019
  • Write-in: Glenside Public Library (co-hosted by Carol Stream Public Library)

    November 14, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Glenside Public Library, 25 E Fullerton Ave, Glendale Heights, IL 60139, USA

    Hosted by Library staff

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November 15, 2019
  • Movie & Discussion: “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (2018)

    November 15, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    Joliet Junior College, 1215 Houbolt Rd, Joliet, IL 60431, USA

    Library Event Area

    Calling all writers! In celebration of NaNoWriMo, come join us for this look into the real struggles of a literary career. Part crime drama, part buddy movie and part personality study, we’ll have a lot to discuss after viewing this 2018 film, which received numerous performance nominations for leads Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant and won the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Refreshments and door prizes for all attendees. Contact the Library at 815.280.2344 or librarian@jjc.edu for more details.

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November 17, 2019
  • Write-in: Naperville Library

    November 17, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    Nichols Library, 200 W Jefferson Ave, Naperville, IL 60540, USA

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November 18, 2019
  • Write-in: Plainfield Public Library

    November 18, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Plainfield Public Library District, 15025 S Illinois St, Plainfield, IL 60544, USA

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  • Write-in: Glen Ellyn Public Library

    November 18, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Glen Ellyn Public Library, 400 Duane St, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137, USA

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November 19, 2019
  • Write-in: Joliet Public Library

    November 19, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Joliet Public Library, 150 N Ottawa St, Joliet, IL 60432, USA

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  • Write-in: Downers Grove Public Library

    November 19, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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November 20, 2019
  • Write-in: Joliet Junior College

    November 20, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Joliet Junior College, 1215 Houbolt Rd, Joliet, IL 60431, USA

    First hour is a hosted event featuring writing prompt games.

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Writing Journey general meetings

The Writing Journey is the year-round writing group associated with the Naperville region of National Novel Writing Month that serves the cities and suburbs west of Chicago. As an a la carte writing group, it encourages participants to share their knowledge and experiences through collaborative workshops and writing-related Paths which can cover writing, editing, critiquing, short story anthologies, poetry, social activities and more. All of its events and activities are free; everyone is welcome. There are monthly meetings January through June and in September; check the schedule at writingjourney.org/events for logistics and details on topics. The primary workshop topic for January 2016 is the start of the Editing Path that encourages participants to complete the editing of their novel first draft.

Shakespeare Reader’s Theatre – March 5, 2016

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 a session in the beautiful 2nd floor atrium of the Glen Ellyn Public Library for folks to come out to read-through (no memorization required!) one of Shakespeare’s works. 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. To see the play selected for this reading, please 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.

The Writing Journey Writer’s Voice Workshop – June 4, 2016

Your writer’s voice is the distinctive quality of your writing that characterizes it in the minds of those who read your works. Readers fall in love with their favorite authors’ writing voice and seek out their books. Becoming aware of your own writing voice is a helpful step towards mastering the craft of writing. This free three-hour workshop held at the Woodridge Public Library is designed to help you understand what your writer’s voice is. Registration is required; participation is limited to 18 people. Participants should bring paper and pen and/or their laptop computer as there will be writing exercises. A second session may be scheduled if there is sufficient interest.