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

From our Google Calendar

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October 28, 2017
  • NaNoWriMo Kick-Off Party at the Naperville Municipal Center

    October 28, 2017 @ 11:45 am - 2:45 pm
    Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle Street, Naperville

    Bring a dish and join us for the pot-luck lunch kick-off party for National Novel Writing Month! Be sure to RSVP in the Naperville regional forum when the RSVP post is up. There will be door prizes, fun games and an opportunity to meet with others who are participating in NaNoWriMo.

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November 1, 2017
  • Write-in: Plainfield Public Library

    November 1, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Plainfield Public Library District, 15025 S Illinois St, Plainfield, IL 60544, USA

    Hosted by NaperWriMo volunteer

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  • Write-in: Helen Plum Memorial Library

    November 1, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Helen Plum Library, 110 W Maple St, Lombard, IL 60148, USA

    Hosted by Library staff

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  • Write-in: Thomas Ford Memorial Library

    November 1, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Thomas Ford Memorial Library, 800 Chestnut St, Western Springs, IL 60558, USA

    Hosted by NaperWriMo volunteer. Snacks provided.

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  • Write-in: Downers Grove Public Library

    November 1, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:45 pm
    Downers Grove Public Library, 1050 Curtiss St, Downers Grove, IL 60515, USA

    Write-in - hosted by Downers Grove Public library staff with games and snacks

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  • Write-in: Joliet Junior College

    November 1, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Joliet Junior College Library, 1215 Houbolt Rd, Joliet, IL 60431, USA

    Room A-2003 in the Library, Campus Center, Level 2
    Writing space only, no host

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November 2, 2017
  • Write-in: Glenside Public Library

    November 2, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Glenside Public Library

    Writing space only, no host. Snacks provided.

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  • Write-in: Elmhurst Public Library

    November 2, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Elmhurst Public Library

    Hosted by NaperWrimo volunteer

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November 3, 2017
  • After Hours Write-in: Carol Stream Public Library

    November 3, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    Carol Stream Public Library

    Hosted by Library staff

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November 4, 2017
  • NaNoWriMo Write-In at the Woodridge Public LIbrary

    November 4, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Woodridge Public Library, 3 Plaza Dr, Woodridge, IL 60517, USA

    Be prepared for productive fun when you come out to Catherine's write-in for National Novel Writing Month in the bright and beautiful upstairs room at the Woodridge Public Library.

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  • Write-in: Batavia Public Library

    November 4, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
    Batavia Public Library, 10 S Batavia Ave, Batavia, IL 60510, USA

    Writing space only, no host. Snacks provided.

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  • Dueling Trains Write-in

    November 4, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
    Metra Trains from Downers Grove (Fairview Ave.) and Glen Ellyn

    If one train leaves Downers Grove (Fairview Ave) station at 10:47am with X number of Nano writers aboard and a second train leaves the Glen Ellyn station at 11:00am with Y number of Nano writers, which train will have the most words written by the time they reach the Chicago?

    There's only one way to find out. Come out and join fellow Nano writers on one of the two aforementioned Metra trains and we'll see which group can write the most words before reaching the Chicago train station stops. RSVP in the Nano Dueling Trains Write-in forum thread.

    We'll arrive at the Chicago station around noon and have lunch at the French Market located below the Ogilvie station trains. Please join us there if the Downers Grove or Glen Ellyn routes are not convenient.

    After lunch, we'll head to the Harold Washington Library for more writing from 1:30 to 4:00 and head back for the 4:40 trains head back to Downers Grove (Fairview Ave) and Glen Ellyn. The walk from the train stations (Ogilvie and Union) is about 1 mile.

    Participants are encouraged to attend wearing their favorite superhero costume.

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  • Write-in: Warrenville Public Library

    November 4, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Warrenville Public Library District, 28W751 Stafford Pl, Warrenville, IL 60555, USA

    Hosted by NaperWriMo volunteer

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  • Write-in: Harold Washington Library

    November 4, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
    Harold Washington Library (400 South State St., Chicago)

    NaperWriMo writers participating in the Dueling Trains Write-in will be continuing on to write in the top floor atrium of the Harold Washington Library (400 S State Street) in Chicago.

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  • Write-in: Gail Borden Public Library

    November 4, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Gail Borden Public Library District - South Elgin Branch, 127 S McLean Blvd, South Elgin, IL 60177, USA

    Hosted by Library staff

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November 5, 2017
  • Write-in La Grange Park Public Library

    November 5, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    La Grange Park Public Library

    Writing space only, no host. Snacks provided.

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  • NaNoWriMo Write-In at the Nichols Library in Naperville

    November 5, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    Nichols Library, 200 W Jefferson Ave, Naperville, IL 60540, USA

    Bring your laptop and power adapter (if needed) and optional snacks and your own drink to come work on your novel for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The Nichols Library has its own parking lot, but if it is full, you can park over at the nearby Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Center (to the west of Eagle Street) or a block south at the Naperville Municipal Center lot. There will be word wars and small prizes.
    See http://naperwrimo.org/writeins for more information about what write-ins are.

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  • Come Write In, White Oak Library Crest Hill Branch

    November 5, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
    Crest Hill Branch, 20670 Len Kubinski Drive, Crest Hill, IL 60403

    Come to the Come Write In event at the White Oak Library – Crest Hill Branch, 20670 Len Kubinski Drive, Crest Hill, IL 60403. Bring your laptop and write at the library. Folks who are looking for a quiet place to write together will have a productive time!

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  • Come Write In, White Oak Library Lockport Branch

    November 5, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    White Oak Library Lockport Branch, 121 E. 8th Street, Lockport, IL 60441

    Come to the Come Write In event at the White Oak Library – Lockport Branch, 121 E. 8th Street, Lockport, IL 60441. Bring your laptop and write at the library. Folks who are looking for a quiet place to write together will have a productive time!

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  • Write-in: Fountaindale Public Library

    November 5, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W Briarcliff Rd, Bolingbrook, IL 60440, USA

    Hosted by Library staff

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November 6, 2017
  • Come Write In, White Oak Library Lockport Branch

    November 6, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    White Oak Library Lockport Branch, 121 E. 8th Street, Lockport, IL 60441

    Come to the Come Write In event at the White Oak Library – Lockport Branch, 121 E. 8th Street, Lockport, IL 60441. Bring your laptop and write at the library. Folks who are looking for a quiet place to write together will have a productive time!

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  • Write-in: Glen Ellyn Public Library

    November 6, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Glen Ellyn Public Library, 400 Duane St, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137, USA

    Hosted by NaperWriMo volunteer. Snacks provided!

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  • Write-in: Gail Borden Public Library

    November 6, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Gail Borden Public Library District: Main Library, 270 N Grove Ave, Elgin, IL 60120, USA

    Hosted by Library staff

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November 7, 2017
  • Write-in: Plainfield Public Library

    November 7, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Plainfield Public Library District, 15025 S Illinois St, Plainfield, IL 60544, USA

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  • Come Write In, White Oak Library Romeoville Branch

    November 7, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    White Oak Library, Romeoville Branch, 201 W. Normantown Road, Romeoville, IL 60446

    Come to the Come Write In event at the White Oak Library – Romeoville Branch, 201 W. Normantown Road, Romeoville, IL 60446. Bring your laptop and write at the library. Folks who are looking for a quiet place to write together will have a productive time!

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November 8, 2017
  • Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Daniel Rosenberg

    November 8, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Joliet Junior College Library, 1215 Houbolt Rd, Joliet, IL 60431, USA

    Room A-2003 in the Library, Campus Center, Level 2

    Daniel Rosenberg, the 2017 Soon To Be Famous (STBF) Illinois Author will talk about his book, "The Towers Still Stand," and the STBF experience. He will offer tips and advice as a self-published author.

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  • Write-in: Joliet Junior College

    November 8, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Joliet Junior College Library, 1215 Houbolt Rd, Joliet, IL 60431, USA

    Room A-2003 in the Library, Campus Center, Level 2
    Writing space only, no host

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November 9, 2017
  • Write-in: Elmhurst Public Library

    November 9, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Elmhurst Public Library

    Hosted by NaperWrimo volunteer

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  • Write-in: Wheaton Public Library

    November 9, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Wheaton Public Library, 225 N Cross St, Wheaton, IL 60187, USA

    Hosted by Library staff

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November 10, 2017
  • Write-In: Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora

    November 10, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N Broadway, Aurora, IL 60505, USA

    Come out and write with other Nano writers in the Two Brothers Cafe and Beer bar located in the Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora. Enjoy a artisan beer or artisan coffee, or both.

    You can learn more about Two Brother Roundhouse at their website - http://twobrothersbrewing.com/restaurants/roundhouse/

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November 11, 2017
  • Java Plus Write In

    November 11, 2017 @ 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
    Java Plus, 1677 Montgomery Rd, Aurora, IL 60504, USA

    Hosted by Bonnie, private room at a dog friendly coffee shop.

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  • Write-in: Plainfield Public Library

    November 11, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Plainfield Public Library District, 15025 S Illinois St, Plainfield, IL 60544, USA

    Hosted by NaperWriMo volunteer

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  • Write-In: North Riverside Public Library

    November 11, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave, North Riverside, IL 60546, USA

    Hosted by Library staff. Snacks provided.

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November 12, 2017
  • Cafe & Pub Nano Write-in Crawl

    November 12, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
    Downers Grove, IL, USA

    Come out and write all day or part of day at Downers Grove's finest cafes and pubs.

    A full schedule of cafes/pubs and times will be posted soon,

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  • NaNoWriMo Write-In at the Nichols Library in Naperville

    November 12, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    Nichols Library, 200 W Jefferson Ave, Naperville, IL 60540, USA

    Bring your laptop and power adapter (if needed) and optional snacks and your own drink to come work on your novel for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The Nichols Library has its own parking lot, but if it is full, you can park over at the nearby Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Center (to the west of Eagle Street) or a block south at the Naperville Municipal Center lot. There will be word wars and small prizes.
    See http://naperwrimo.org/writeins for more information about what write-ins are.

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  • Come Write In, White Oak Library Crest Hill Branch

    November 12, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
    Crest Hill Branch, 20670 Len Kubinski Drive, Crest Hill, IL 60403

    Come to the Come Write In event at the White Oak Library – Crest Hill Branch, 20670 Len Kubinski Drive, Crest Hill, IL 60403. Bring your laptop and write at the library. Folks who are looking for a quiet place to write together will have a productive time!

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  • Come Write In, White Oak Library Lockport Branch

    November 12, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    White Oak Library Lockport Branch, 121 E. 8th Street, Lockport, IL 60441

    Come to the Come Write In event at the White Oak Library – Lockport Branch, 121 E. 8th Street, Lockport, IL 60441. Bring your laptop and write at the library. Folks who are looking for a quiet place to write together will have a productive time!

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November 13, 2017
  • Come Write In, White Oak Library Lockport Branch

    November 13, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    White Oak Library Lockport Branch, 121 E. 8th Street, Lockport, IL 60441

    Come to the Come Write In event at the White Oak Library – Lockport Branch, 121 E. 8th Street, Lockport, IL 60441. Bring your laptop and write at the library. Folks who are looking for a quiet place to write together will have a productive time!

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  • Write-in: Glen Ellyn Public Library

    November 13, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Glen Ellyn Public Library, 400 Duane St, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137, USA

    Hosted by NaperWriMo volunteer. Snacks provided!

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November 14, 2017
  • Write-in: Plainfield Public Library

    November 14, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Plainfield Public Library District, 15025 S Illinois St, Plainfield, IL 60544, USA

    Writing space only, no host

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  • Come Write In, White Oak Library Romeoville Branch

    November 14, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    White Oak Library, Romeoville Branch, 201 W. Normantown Road, Romeoville, IL 60446

    Come to the Come Write In event at the White Oak Library – Romeoville Branch, 201 W. Normantown Road, Romeoville, IL 60446. Bring your laptop and write at the library. Folks who are looking for a quiet place to write together will have a productive time!

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November 15, 2017
  • Write-in: Helen Plum Memorial Library

    November 15, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Helen Plum Library, 110 W Maple St, Lombard, IL 60148, USA

    Hosted by Library staff

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  • Write-in: Thomas Ford Memorial Library

    November 15, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Thomas Ford Memorial Library, 800 Chestnut St, Western Springs, IL 60558, USA

    Hosted by NaperWriMo volunteer. Snacks provided.

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  • Write-in Bartlett Public Library

    November 15, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Bartlett Public Library District, 800 S Bartlett Rd, Bartlett, IL 60103, USA

    Hosted by Library staff. Snacks provided.

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  • Write-in: Joliet Junior College

    November 15, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Joliet Junior College Library, 1215 Houbolt Rd, Joliet, IL 60431, USA

    Room A-2003 in the Library, Campus Center, Level 2
    Writing space only, no host

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November 16, 2017
  • Write-in: Glenside Public Library

    November 16, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Glenside Public Library

    Writing space only, no host. Snacks provided.

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  • Come Write in: Downers Grove Public Library

    November 16, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:45 pm
    Downers Grove Public Library, 1050 Curtiss St, Downers Grove, IL 60515, USA

    Come Write In - writing space with snacks only.

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  • Write-in: Elmhurst Public Library

    November 16, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Elmhurst Public Library

    Hosted by NaperWrimo volunteer

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  • Write-in: Geneva Public Library

    November 16, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:45 pm
    Geneva Public Library District, 127 James St, Geneva, IL 60134, USA

    Only writing space provided; no host

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  • Write-in: Gail Borden Public Library

    November 16, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Gail Borden Public Library District: Main Library, 270 N Grove Ave, Elgin, IL 60120, USA

    Hosted by Library staff

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November 17, 2017
  • NaNoWriMo Write-In at the Woodridge Public Library

    November 17, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Woodridge Public Library, 3 Plaza Dr, Woodridge, IL 60517, USA

    Come out for a productive yet fun-filled Friday night of writing at the NaNoWriMo Write-In hosted by Catherine (she of many hats).

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November 18, 2017
  • All Day NaNoWriMo Write-In at the Naperville Municipal Center

    November 18, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle Street, Naperville

    Be sure not to miss the fun, exciting All Day Write-In at the Naperville Municipal Center, down in the Lunch Room (lower level). If you like, you can bring snacks or a lunch dish to share (pot-luck). There will be word wars. Join your hosts Kaden and Sam B.

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  • Write-in: Fountaindale Public Library

    November 18, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Fountaindale Public Library

    Hosted by Library staff

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  • Write-in: Warrenville Public Library

    November 18, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Warrenville Public Library District, 28W751 Stafford Pl, Warrenville, IL 60555, USA

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November 19, 2017
  • NaNoWriMo Write-In at the Nichols Library in Naperville

    November 19, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    Nichols Library, 200 W Jefferson Ave, Naperville, IL 60540, USA

    Bring your laptop and power adapter (if needed) and optional snacks and your own drink to come work on your novel for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The Nichols Library has its own parking lot, but if it is full, you can park over at the nearby Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Center (to the west of Eagle Street) or a block south at the Naperville Municipal Center lot. There will be word wars and small prizes.
    See http://naperwrimo.org/writeins for more information about what write-ins are.

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  • Come Write In, White Oak Library Crest Hill Branch

    November 19, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
    Crest Hill Branch, 20670 Len Kubinski Drive, Crest Hill, IL 60403

    Come to the Come Write In event at the White Oak Library – Crest Hill Branch, 20670 Len Kubinski Drive, Crest Hill, IL 60403. Bring your laptop and write at the library. Folks who are looking for a quiet place to write together will have a productive time!

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  • Come Write In, White Oak Library Lockport Branch

    November 19, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    White Oak Library Lockport Branch, 121 E. 8th Street, Lockport, IL 60441

    Come to the Come Write In event at the White Oak Library – Lockport Branch, 121 E. 8th Street, Lockport, IL 60441. Bring your laptop and write at the library. Folks who are looking for a quiet place to write together will have a productive time!

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November 20, 2017
  • Come Write In, White Oak Library Lockport Branch

    November 20, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    White Oak Library Lockport Branch, 121 E. 8th Street, Lockport, IL 60441

    Come to the Come Write In event at the White Oak Library – Lockport Branch, 121 E. 8th Street, Lockport, IL 60441. Bring your laptop and write at the library. Folks who are looking for a quiet place to write together will have a productive time!

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  • Write-in: Glen Ellyn Public Library

    November 20, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Glen Ellyn Public Library, 400 Duane St, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137, USA

    Hosted by NaperWriMo volunteer. Snacks provided!

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November 21, 2017
  • Come Write In, White Oak Library Romeoville Branch

    November 21, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    White Oak Library, Romeoville Branch, 201 W. Normantown Road, Romeoville, IL 60446

    Come to the Come Write In event at the White Oak Library – Romeoville Branch, 201 W. Normantown Road, Romeoville, IL 60446. Bring your laptop and write at the library. Folks who are looking for a quiet place to write together will have a productive time!

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November 25, 2017
  • Write-in: Plainfield Public Library

    November 25, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Plainfield Public Library District, 15025 S Illinois St, Plainfield, IL 60544, USA

    Hosted by NaperWriMo volunteer

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  • Write-in: Carol Stream Public Library

    November 25, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

    Hosted by Library staff

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  • Java Plus Write In

    November 25, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Java Plus, 1677 Montgomery Rd, Aurora, IL 60504, USA

    Hosted by Bonnie. Coffee shop's private room.

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November 26, 2017
  • Write-in: La Grange Park Public Library

    November 26, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    La Grange Park Public Library, 555 N La Grange Rd, La Grange Park, IL 60526, USA

    Hosted by NaperWriMo volunteer. Snacks provided.

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  • NaNoWriMo Write-In at the Nichols Library in Naperville

    November 26, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    Nichols Library, 200 W Jefferson Ave, Naperville, IL 60540, USA

    Bring your laptop and power adapter (if needed) and optional snacks and your own drink to come work on your novel for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The Nichols Library has its own parking lot, but if it is full, you can park over at the nearby Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Center (to the west of Eagle Street) or a block south at the Naperville Municipal Center lot. There will be word wars and small prizes.
    See http://naperwrimo.org/writeins for more information about what write-ins are.

    See more details

  • Come Write In, White Oak Library Crest Hill Branch

    November 26, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
    Crest Hill Branch, 20670 Len Kubinski Drive, Crest Hill, IL 60403

    Come to the Come Write In event at the White Oak Library – Crest Hill Branch, 20670 Len Kubinski Drive, Crest Hill, IL 60403. Bring your laptop and write at the library. Folks who are looking for a quiet place to write together will have a productive time!

    See more details

  • Come Write In, White Oak Library Lockport Branch

    November 26, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    White Oak Library Lockport Branch, 121 E. 8th Street, Lockport, IL 60441

    Come to the Come Write In event at the White Oak Library – Lockport Branch, 121 E. 8th Street, Lockport, IL 60441. Bring your laptop and write at the library. Folks who are looking for a quiet place to write together will have a productive time!

    See more details

November 27, 2017
  • Write-in: Glen Ellyn Public Library

    November 27, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Glen Ellyn Public Library, 400 Duane St, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137, USA

    Hosted by NaperWriMo volunteer. Snacks provided!

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  • Write-in: Gail Borden Public Library

    November 27, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Gail Borden Public Library District: Rakow Branch, 2751 W Bowes Rd, Elgin, IL 60123, USA

    Hosted by Library staff

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November 28, 2017
  • Write-in: Plainfield Public Library

    November 28, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Plainfield Public Library District, 15025 S Illinois St, Plainfield, IL 60544, USA

    Writing space only, no host

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  • Come Write In, White Oak Library Romeoville Branch

    November 28, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    White Oak Library, Romeoville Branch, 201 W. Normantown Road, Romeoville, IL 60446

    Come to the Come Write In event at the White Oak Library – Romeoville Branch, 201 W. Normantown Road, Romeoville, IL 60446. Bring your laptop and write at the library. Folks who are looking for a quiet place to write together will have a productive time!

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November 29, 2017
  • Write-in: Thomas Ford Memorial Library

    November 29, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Thomas Ford Memorial Library, 800 Chestnut St, Western Springs, IL 60558, USA

    Hosted by NaperWriMo volunteer. Snacks provided.

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  • Write-in: Joliet Junior College

    November 29, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Joliet Junior College Library, 1215 Houbolt Rd, Joliet, IL 60431, USA

    Room A-2003 in the Library, Campus Center, Level 2
    Writing space only, no host

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November 30, 2017
  • Write-in: Glenside Public Library

    November 30, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Glenside Public Library

    Writing space only, no host. Snacks provided.

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  • Write-in: Elmhurst Public Library

    November 30, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Elmhurst Public Library

    Hosted by NaperWrimo volunteer

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December 9, 2017
  • NaNoWriMo Thank Goodness It's Over Pot-luck Lunch Party

    December 9, 2017 @ 11:45 am - 2:45 pm
    Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle Street, Naperville

    Bring any Library Crawl cards you've earned in November (these can be redeemed for chances for prizes). Come bring a dish and join us for this super-fun pot-luck lunch extravaganza to celebrate the end of National Novel Writing Month. You do not need to have won or even participated in NaNoWriMo to come--bring your friends and family. There will be door prizes, the singing of the regional song and our traditional group photo (bring your stuffed animals, optionally garbed as a superhero or supervillain).

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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.