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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August 25, 2018
  • Journey Editing Path Meeting

    August 25, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Glen Ellyn Public Library, 400 Duane St, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137, USA

    Journey Editing Path meeting:
    Shakespeare Room 

    Standard Agenda:

    • Round-Robin Accountability: Updates to existing goals and setting of new goals. Goals are recorded in the Editing Path Goals 2018 on the Journey/Editing Path Google Drive folder.  If you missed the meeting, you can still add/update your goals.
    • Editing workshop: Short 10 to 15 min workshop
    • Brainstorming session 

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September 8, 2018
  • Journey general meeting (GEPL)

    September 8, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
    Glen Ellyn Public Library, 400 Duane St, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137, USA

    Bring your lunch and join the Journey meeting for:

    • round robin sharing
    • two workshops:
    • Worldbuilding around Death, Dying and the Afterlife - Anna Gabriell
    • Novel query / pitch packet - Jenny Johnson?
    • story walls

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September 29, 2018
  • Journey Editing Path Meeting

    September 29, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Glen Ellyn Public Library, 400 Duane St, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137, USA

    Journey Editing Path meeting:
    Shakespeare Room 

    Standard Agenda:

    • Round-Robin Accountability: Updates to existing goals and setting of new goals. Goals are recorded in the Editing Path Goals 2018 on the Journey/Editing Path Google Drive folder.  If you missed the meeting, you can still add/update your goals.
    • Editing workshop: Short 10 to 15 min workshop
    • Brainstorming session 

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October 6, 2018
  • NaNoWriMo Workshop - The Chunky Method - Allie Pleighter

    October 6, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Nichols Library, downtown Naperville

    Pleiter’s innovative Chunky Method offers practical, real-world productivity advice in an easy to read and inspiring workbook. Follow a step-by-step plan to identify your unique writing “Chunk” and wield it to create a solid plan that works “even when life gets in the way.” No matter what your writing style, The Chunky Method Handbook will help you chart an individualized path to your creative writing goals.

    Here are quotes from previous workshop attendees:

    "Implementing the Chunky Method has charged my writing with confidence, quadrupled my productivity, organized my days, and enhanced my enjoyment of life. Allie is my hero!"

    "I was overwhelmed, but now I feel fantastic” 

    “I’m only one day into putting your processes into action; but wow, what a difference in my productivity and happiness.”

    "Some of the most valuable, and applicable information I've received in over fourteen years of conferences and online classes.”

    Award-winning bestselling author of over thirty books, Allie Pleiter writes both fiction and non-fiction working on as many as four novels at a time. The “dare from a friend” to begin writing has produced a seventeen-year career with over 1.4 million books sold.In addition to writing, Allie maintains an active writing productivity coaching practice and speaks regularly on faith, the creative process, women’s issues, and her very favorite topic—The Chunky Method of time management for writers. Visit her website at www.alliepleiter.com to learn more.

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October 13, 2018
  • NaNoWriMo Prep Workshop - Outlining Your Novel - Jennifer Smith

    October 13, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Nichols Library, downtown Naperville

    Outlining Your Novel
    A workshop by Jennifer Smith

    Find out how and why to create an outline for your novel. Learn tips, tricks and see a demo of a useful software application to help with the process. There will be several exercises and examples to illustrate the topics presented. Bring an open creative mind, paper, pencils, and/or a laptop.

    This is a NaNoWriMo preparatory workshop.

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October 20, 2018
  • NaNoWriMo Prep Workshop: Show and Tell: It's Not Just for Kindergarten - J. Leigh Bailey

    October 20, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Nichols Library, downtown Naperville

    Show and Tell: It’s not just for Kindergarten

    One of the most widely spread “rules” of writing is the infamous “show don’t tell.” In this program, we break down the hows and whys of this important guideline, and also discuss situations in which it’s better to tell than to show. This session will provide some quick and dirty tips to ensure readers experience the story through action, thoughts, senses, and feelings rather than through exposition, summarization, and description.

    j. leigh bailey is an office drone by day and the author of 8 Young Adult and New Adult LGBT Romance by night. She’s spent decades—first as a reader, then as a writer—chasing that vitally important Happily Ever After. She’s a firm believer that everyone, no matter their gender, age, race, religion, sexual orientation or paranormal affiliation deserves a happy ending. 

    This is one of the preparatory workshops presented by the Illinois::Naperville region of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo); the October 20th workshop is a collaboration with the Windy City Romance Writers of America. There will be a brief introduction to NaNoWriMo at the start of the workshop.

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October 27, 2018
October 30, 2018
  • Learn to Write a Novel in 30 Days

    October 30, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    Joliet Junior College Library, 1215 Houbolt Rd, Joliet, IL 60431, USA

    Ever thought about writing a book? Get ready for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) this November! Learn everything you need to know to sign up and participate, plus tips and techniques encouraged by NaNoWriMo.org that will help you write a 50,000-word novel in a month. Door prizes for all attendees. Refreshments will be served. Contact the Library at 815.280.2344 or librarian@jjc.edu for more details.

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November 1, 2018
  • Write-in: Plainfield Public Library

    November 1, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Plainfield Public Library District, 15025 S Illinois St, Plainfield, IL 60544, USA

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November 3, 2018
  • Write-in Batavia Public Library

    November 3, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
    Batavia Public Library, 10 S Batavia Ave, Batavia, IL 60510, USA

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  • Warrenville Public Library District

    November 3, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Warrenville Public Library District, 28W751 Stafford Pl, Warrenville, IL 60555, USA

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  • Dueling Trains

    November 3, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
    Metra Trains from Downers Grove (Fairview Ave.) and Glen Ellyn

    Duel Trains returns for Nano 2018.
    One train full of Nano writers leaves Downers Grove (Fairview Ave) station at 10:47am and another leaves Glen Ellyn at 11:00am. Which train of writers will have the most words written by the time they reach the Chicago and claim the Dueling Trains trophy?

    Locations to have lunch and write some more in the city to be determine.

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November 4, 2018
  • Write-in: La Grange Park Public Library District

    November 4, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    La Grange Park Public Library District, 928 Barnsdale Rd, La Grange, IL 60525, USA

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November 5, 2018
  • Write-in: Glen Ellyn Public Library

    November 5, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Glen Ellyn Public Library, 400 Duane St, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137, USA

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November 6, 2018
  • Write-in: Plainfield Public Library

    November 6, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Plainfield Public Library District, 15025 S Illinois St, Plainfield, IL 60544, USA

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  • Write-in: Elmhurst Public Library

    November 6, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Elmhurst Public Library, 125 S Prospect Ave, Elmhurst, IL 60126, USA

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November 7, 2018
  • Warrenville Public Library District

    November 7, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Warrenville Public Library District, 28W751 Stafford Pl, Warrenville, IL 60555, USA

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  • Write-in: Joliet Junior College

    November 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Joliet Junior College Library, 1215 Houbolt Rd, Joliet, IL 60431, USA

    Hosted by Library staff from 7-8

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November 8, 2018
  • Write-in:Fountaindale Public Library

    November 8, 2018 @ 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 9, 2018
  • Two Brothers Roundhouse Write-in

    November 9, 2018 @ 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. The cafe area in the restaurant has a walk up counter where you can order food or drinks and features artisan beers and coffees.

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

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November 10, 2018
  • Write-in: Plainfield Public Library

    November 10, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Plainfield Public Library District, 15025 S Illinois St, Plainfield, IL 60544, USA

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  • Write-in: North Riverside Public Library

    November 10, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave, North Riverside, IL 60546, USA

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November 12, 2018
  • Write-in: Glen Ellyn Public Library

    November 12, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Glen Ellyn Public Library, 400 Duane St, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137, USA

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November 13, 2018
  • Write-in: Plainfield Public Library District

    November 13, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Plainfield Public Library District, 15025 S Illinois St, Plainfield, IL 60544, USA

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  • Write-in: Elmhurst Public Library

    November 13, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Elmhurst Public Library, 125 S Prospect Ave, Elmhurst, IL 60126, USA

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November 14, 2018
  • Write-in: Joliet Junior College

    November 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Joliet Junior College Library, 1215 Houbolt Rd, Joliet, IL 60431, USA

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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.