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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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 16, 2019
  • Write-in at Shorewood-Troy Public Library

    November 16, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Shorewood-Troy Public Library 650 Deerwood Dr, Shorewood IL 60404

    Jeffrey Fisher will be speaking at 10:30 am on how to get over the mid-month hump and win NaNoWriMo.
    So hopefully people will be setting up that half hour before.
    Snacks are welcome of course and Kimberlee Patton will be providing snacks and beverages.
    Shorewood-Troy Public Library
    650 Deerwood Dr, Shorewood IL 60404
    815-725-1715
    Meeting room A

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  • NaNoWriMo All Day Write-In

    November 16, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Meeting room B, lower level of the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle Street, Naperville

    Need several hours of writing in a supportive community setting? Come out for the fun All Day Write-In down in Meeting Room B (lower level, Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle Street).

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  • Mid-Month Meetup (nanowrimo)

    November 16, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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November 17, 2019
  • NaNoWriMo Write-in: Naperville Library

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

    Come out to the longest-running write-ins in the Naperville region of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), hosted by Tim Yao (aka NewMexicoKid), one of four MLs in 2019. There will be word wars, Box's of Doom, and Huzzah Balls (not familiar with what these are? See about write-ins). Feel free to bring snacks for yourself and/or to share. There will be coffee/hot water for tea.
    Note: we'll be in the Program Room, on the lower level to the left of the stairs as you're coming down).

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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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November 21, 2019
  • Write-in: North Riverside Public Library

    November 21, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    North Riverside Public Library

    Hosted by Library staff

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  • Write-in: Bloomingdale Public Library

    November 21, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Bloomingdale Public Library, 101 Fairfield Way, Bloomingdale, IL 60108, USA

    Coffee and tea will be provided

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  • Write-In: Moraine Community College, Palos Hills

    November 21, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 College Pkwy, Palos Hills, IL 60465

    Write-In
    When: Thursday, Nov 7, 2019, at 5:00 pm CST
    Duration: 12:30
    Where: Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 College Pkwy, Palos Hills, IL 60465, USA
    In Building M, Moraine Rooms—It’s a writing party! Work alongside other participants for a motivating night of writing and fun. Laptops available. Light refreshments will be served.

    Organizer: head_canon

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November 23, 2019
  • NaNo Write-in at Joliet Public Library

    November 23, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Joliet Public Library, Ottawa Street Branch 150 North Ottawa Street Joliet, IL 60432

    • 10am-4pm
    • Pizza at 1pm 
    • Water and Coffee all day
    • There will be some notebooks and pens, etc for people- lots of outlets- tables - chairs.

    So come on out for an ML-hosted write-in! Bring  your laptop, extension cords, and novels for a productive day of writing!

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November 24, 2019
  • Write-in: LaGrange Park Public Library

    November 24, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    La Grange Park Public Library, 555 N La Grange Rd, La Grange Park, IL 60526, USA

    Host: Ellie

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  • NaNoWriMo Write-in: Naperville Library

    November 24, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    Nichols Library, 200 W Jefferson Ave, Naperville, IL 60540, USA

    Come out to the longest-running write-ins in the Naperville region of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), hosted by Tim Yao (aka NewMexicoKid), one of four MLs in 2019. There will be word wars, Box's of Doom, and Huzzah Balls (not familiar with what these are? See about write-ins). Feel free to bring snacks for yourself and/or to share. There will be coffee/hot water for tea.
    Note: we'll be in the Program Room, on the lower level to the left of the stairs as you're coming down).

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November 25, 2019
  • Success Booster: Simply Self-Publish

    November 25, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Joliet Junior College, 1215 Houbolt Rd, Joliet, IL 60431, USA

    Campus Center (A Building), 2nd Floor, Library Event Area

    As we enter the homestretch before the holidays, some Wri-Mos, along with many other writers, may be thinking about self-publishing. Find out about the platforms and resources available to you, along with great contest opportunities in Illinois for unpublished authors. 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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  • Write-in: Glen Ellyn Public Library

    November 25, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Glen Ellyn Public Library, 400 Duane St, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137, USA

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November 26, 2019
  • Write-in: Bloomingdale Public Library

    November 26, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Bloomingdale Public Library, 101 Fairfield Way, Bloomingdale, IL 60108, USA

    Coffee and tea will be provided

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November 30, 2019
  • Write-in: Plainfield Public Library

    November 30, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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  • Write-in: Glenside Public Library

    November 30, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Glenside Public Library, 25 E Fullerton Ave, Glendale Heights, IL 60139, USA

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December 4, 2019
  • Wrap-up Party (Palos Hills)

    December 4, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm

    Wrap-up Party
    When: Wednesday, Dec 4, 2019, at 12:00 pm CST
    Duration: 4:30
    Where: Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 College Pkwy, Palos Hills, IL 60465, USA
    In the Library—Let’s celebrate all those words written with refreshments and door prizes!

    Organizer: head_canon

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December 7, 2019
  • NaNoWriMo Thank Goodness It's Over (TGIO) Party

    December 7, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
    Lunch room in the lower level of the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle Street, Naperville

    NaNoWriMo ends at midnight November 30th; win or lose, novel completed or only partially finished, come out to the fun, friendly, pot-luck lunch TGIO party in the Lunch Room of the Naperville Municipal Center (400 S. Eagle Street, Naperville). Watch the Naperville nanowrimo.org forum for the RSVP thread so you can plan what to bring to share with the other party-goers.
    Feel free to bring friends and family to this event to celebrate with you.
    There will be some small door prizes, singing of the regional song, and other fun.

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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.