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 9, 2017
  • Writing Journey final meeting for 2017 @ GEPL

    September 9, 2017 @ 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
    Glen Ellyn Public Library, 400 Duane St, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137, USA

    Welcome to the final Writing Journey general meeting for 2017.
    Workshop #1: TBD - Deb Kollar
    Workshop #2: TBD - Sarah Johnson

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October 7, 2017
  • NaNoWriMo Preparatory Workshop

    October 7, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Nichols Library-Naperville IL, 200 W Jefferson Ave, Naperville, IL 60540, USA

    Join writer Anna Gabrielli for this informative workshop on character as intertwined with their world / general worldbuilding for any genre. Bring some paper and something to write wtih for the writing exercises.

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October 14, 2017
  • NaNoWriMo Preparatory Workshop: Story Wall Party

    October 14, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Glen Ellyn Public Library, 400 Duane St, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137, USA

    Do you have a great idea for a novel, but are looking for help on how it should start? Have you created an amazing new world and a long list of interesting characters, but are in desperate need of a plot? Is there a story burning inside you, but you’re not sure how to turn it into a novel? Is your story mostly planned, but there are still a few nagging issues you want resolved before you start writing?
    If you answered yes to any of these questions or are looking for ideas to help complete your novel planning, come out to the Story Wall Party, hosted by Sam McAdams. During this brainstorming event, participants will present their novel plans/ideas and receive advice on anything they’re struggling with.
    Come prepared with note cards or visuals to quickly describe your novel ideas and explain your trouble spots. Then let the brainstorming begin.

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October 15, 2017
  • NaNoWriMo Preparatory Workshop

    October 15, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Nichols Library-Naperville IL, 200 W Jefferson Ave, Naperville, IL 60540, USA

    This is a preparatory workshop to help folks prepare for National Novel Writing Month. Join author Jenny Johnson for this workshop on structuring without plotting.

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October 21, 2017
  • NaNoWriMo Preparatory Workshop

    October 21, 2017
    Nichols Library-Naperville IL, 200 W Jefferson Ave, Naperville, IL 60540, USA

    Join writer Kira Swanson for this helpful workshop on writing with emotion. Prepare for National Novel Writing Month.

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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

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  • Write-in: Helen Plum Memorial Library

    November 1, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Helen Plum Memorial Library

    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

    Host TBD

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

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

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  • Write-in: Elmhurst Public Library

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

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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: Warrenville Public Library

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

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November 5, 2017
  • NaNoWriMo Write-In at the Nichols Library in Naperville

    November 5, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    Nichols Library in Naperville

    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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  • 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
  • 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

    Snacks provided!

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

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

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  • Write-in: Wheaton Public Library

    November 9, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Wheaton Public Library

    Hosted by Library staff

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November 11, 2017
  • 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

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  • Write-In: North Riverside Public Library

    November 11, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    North Riverside Public Library

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November 12, 2017
  • NaNoWriMo Write-In at the Nichols Library in Naperville

    November 12, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    Nichols Library in Naperville

    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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November 13, 2017
  • 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

    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

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

    November 15, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Helen Plum Memorial Library

    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

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

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

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  • Write-in: Geneva Public Library

    November 16, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:45 pm
    Geneva Public Library

    Only space provided, no write-in host

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  • Write-in: Elmhurst Public Library

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

    Not hosted, space only

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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 in Naperville

    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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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.