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

Also see our events page for details

October 6, 2022
  • Shut Yer Trap & Write

    October 6, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Zoom link will be provided in reminder email

    Join fellow Journey members for this weekly 3-hour writing session.

    See more details

October 8, 2022
  • NaNoWriMo prep workshop: Compare and Contrasting the Hero's / Heroine's Journey (Jenny, Johnson Jenn Bauer)

    October 8, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Compare and Contrasting the Hero's / Heroine's Journey (Jenny, Johnson Jenn Bauer). Hero's journey: single protagonist coming into their own. Heroine's journey: building the team (Harry Potter, Ocean's 11).

    This be will a hybrid event, in-person at the Nichols Library in Naperville and or virtual via zoom. Registration is required for whichever option you choose.

    • In-Person Registration (Registration is required. The in-person attendees will be limited to 20. Fill out the form at the bottom of the page and ignore comments about only needing to register if attending virtually.) 
    • Virtual Registration

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October 13, 2022
  • Shut Yer Trap & Write

    October 13, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Zoom link will be provided in reminder email

    Join fellow Journey members for this weekly 3-hour writing session.

    See more details

October 15, 2022
  • NaNoWriMo Prep Workshop: Learning from the Masters

    October 15, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Oct 15 Learning from the Masters (Sam McAdams, Tim Yao). Let the lessons from master novelists and screenwriters inspire your preparations for NaNoWriMo.

    This be will a hybrid event, in-person at the Nichols Library in Naperville and or virtual via zoom. Registration is required for whichever option you choose.

    • In-Person Registration (Registration is required. The in-person attendees will be limited to 20. Fill out the form at the bottom of the page and ignore comments about only needing to register if attending virtually.) 
    • Virtual Registration

    See more details

October 20, 2022
  • Shut Yer Trap & Write

    October 20, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Zoom link will be provided in reminder email

    Join fellow Journey members for this weekly 3-hour writing session.

    See more details

October 22, 2022
  • NaNoWriMo Prep Workshop: Story Wall Party (Sam McAdams)

    October 22, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Story Wall Party (Sam McAdams). Only have some of what you need for NaNoWriMo? Let your fellow NaNo participants serve as a sounding board to generate new plot twists, ask inspiring questions, and help you get ready for November!

    This be will a hybrid event, in-person at the Nichols Library in Naperville and or virtual via zoom. Registration is required for whichever option you choose.

    • In-Person Registration (Registration is required. The in-person attendees will be limited to 20. Fill out the form at the bottom of the page and ignore comments about only needing to register if attending virtually.) 
    • Virtual Registration

    See more details

October 27, 2022
  • Shut Yer Trap & Write

    October 27, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Zoom link will be provided in reminder email

    Join fellow Journey members for this weekly 3-hour writing session.

    See more details

October 29, 2022
  • NaperWrimo Kick Off

    October 29, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Come to Naperville Region's 2022 NanoWriMo kickoff. Meet your fellow NaNo participants, play games, and get a brief introduction to NaperWrimo 2022.

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November 1, 2022
  • Midnight Madness Write-in: hosted by Sam McAdams

    November 1, 2022 @ 12:00 am - 3:00 am
    Virtual - link will be available in the Naperville regional forums

    Get a jump on Nano and start writing at the stroke of midnight, November 1st.

    Join regional ML, Sam McAdams, for a late night write-in filled with his usual write-in antics.

    This will be a purely virtual event.

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  • Naperwrimo Lunch Write In

    November 1, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    This is a virtual lunch hour write in. Come join us. Zoom link will be on the forum.

    See more details

  • In-person Write-in at Joliet Junior College

    November 1, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Joliet Junior College A Building (Administration, Library, Child Development), 1215 Houbolt Rd, Joliet, IL 60431, USA

    Join this Day 1 in-person Write-in at the Joliet Junior College Library. There will be coffee, hot chocolate, tea and hot cider, plus cookies and candy to keep you going. We'll have WriMos on hand to help you get started if you are new to this, but there will also be time and areas for quiet writing.  

    The Write-in will be held in Library Classroom A2003.

    Registration Link: https://libcal.jjc.edu/event/9597633

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November 2, 2022
  • Elmhurst Library NaNo Write-In Hosted by Sam McAdams

    November 2, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Elmhurst Public Library, 125 S Prospect Ave, Elmhurst, IL 60126, USA

    Regional ML, Sam McAdams will be hosting these hybrid, in-person and virtual write-in, with Sam's usual bowls of doom, spinning wheels, and other shenanigans.

    The in-person option is the Gathering Room of the Elmhurst Public Library (125 S Prospect Ave, Elmhurst)

    See more details

November 3, 2022
  • North Riverside Public Library In-Person Write-in

    November 3, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    North Riverside Public Library

    North Riverside Public Library is providing a quiet writing space for this Nano write-in.

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  • WRITE ON KICK OFF EVENT WITH AUTHOR RITA WOODS - Homer Township Library

    November 3, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Homer Township Public Library, 14320 W 151st St, Homer Glen, IL 60491, USA

    National Novel Writing Month is here and we want you to Write On! To help you succeed in your month of novel writing, we are hosting a writing series. We will kick off our series with an author talk with Rita Woods!

    Rita Woods is the literary fiction author of “Remembrance” and “The Last Dreamwalker.”  She will join us to discuss her books and her experience on the writing journey. This event is sure to leave you motivated to begin your novel writing journey.

    Registration is required.

    Rita Woods (Author of Remembrance) (goodreads.com)

    NOTE: This is not a writing event.

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November 4, 2022
  • Glenside Public Library Write-in hosted by Jenn Bauer

    November 4, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    Glenside Public Library, 25 E Fullerton Ave, Glendale Heights, IL 60139, USA

    Regional ML, Jenn Bauer will be hosting this hybrid, in-person and virtual write-in.

    Wheel!! Wheel!!Wheel!!

    See more details

November 5, 2022
  • Dueling Magic Buses (Virtual)

    November 5, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Virtual

    This will be a virtual event. Details to follow.

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  • Author Fair at Plainfield Area Public Library

    November 5, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
    Plainfield Area Public Library - 15025 S. Illinois St. Plainfield, IL 60544

    Plainfield Area Public Library Author Fair:

    • 10-11am: Virtual Selling your writing in the age of social media - Virtual Selling your writing in the age of social media Registration
    • 11am-Noon: Virtual Q&A Panel with Literary Agents - Join us for our Virtual Q&A Panel with Literary Agents: Katharine Sands of Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency, LLC : Sarah N. Fisk of Tobias Literary Agency : Lauren Spieller of TriadaUS Literary Agency Registration
    • Noon-1pm: In Person Writers group - Discuss writing prompts, craft, style and current works in progress with fellow Authors and Writers. Light Lunch will be provided for registered participants. Registration
    • 1:30-2:30pm: Barbara Gregorich | The Power of F WordsExplore the fascinating history of the English language as it relates to the Novel The F Words and it's relevance to writers today.  Registration
    • 2:30-3:30pm: Rania Zeithar | America through my eyes Moving from the Middle East to the United States was something that I never imagined. It was a step that changed my life, my thoughts, and my perspective of the world. It enabled me to see clearly things that were hidden. In this book, I share in my second language, moments, tears, smiles, reflections, thoughts, lessons I learned and my answers to many questions I heard. Registration
    • 3:30-4:30pm: Carl Armstrong | They Left One Tree Author Presentation by Carl Armstrong regarding his most recent work They Left One Tree. 
    • HONORABLE MENTION: THE 2022 PRISM PRIZE FOR CLIMATE LITERATURE Registration

    Barbara Gregorich, Rania Zeithar and Carl Armstrong will sign and sell books before and after their presentations. 

    General Author's Fair Registration

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November 6, 2022
  • Oak Park Library NaNo Write-in

    November 6, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Virtual

    During the month of November, we will be hosting NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) events every Sunday.

    For the "Come Write In!" events, the majority of the time will be spent writing with word counts, prompts, and quick inspiration shared at the beginning and sprints sprinkled throughout. So come write in virtual space with us!

    What Is NaNoWriMo? National Novel Writing Month is a challenge to write 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days. Check out the website: https://nanowrimo.org/

    You will need to register to get the Zoom link. (One registration registers you for all four Oak Park Write-ins)

    See more details

November 7, 2022
  • In-Person Glen Ellyn Library NaNo Write-In

    November 7, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Glen Ellyn Public Library, 400 Duane St, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137, USA

    Program Description

    Come Write In with NaNoWriMo

    Challenge yourself to write a 50,000-word novel during National Novel Writing month in November. Visit naperwrimo.org for details.

    Event Details

    This program provides dedicated writing time along with fun challenges and word sprint competitions to boost your writing output. Create a NaNoWriMo profile.

    See more details

November 8, 2022
  • Nanowrimo

    November 8, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    This is a virtual lunch hour write in. Come join us. Zoom link will be on the forum.

    See more details

  • Virtual Joliet Junior College Library Write-in

    November 8, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Joliet Junior College A Building (Administration, Library, Child Development), 1215 Houbolt Rd, Joliet, IL 60431, USA

    Join your fellow WriMos online via Zoom for an enevening of quiet writing, support and fellowship.

    Registration Link: https://libcal.jjc.edu/event/9597822

    See more details

November 9, 2022
  • Elmhurst Library NaNo Write-In Hosted by Sam McAdams

    November 9, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Elmhurst Public Library, 125 S Prospect Ave, Elmhurst, IL 60126, USA

    Regional ML, Sam McAdams will be hosting these hybrid, in-person and virtual write-in, with Sam's usual bowls of doom, spinning wheels, and other shenanigans.

    The in-person option is the Gathering Room of the Elmhurst Public Library (125 S Prospect Ave, Elmhurst)

    See more details

November 10, 2022
  • WRITE ON WRITERS' GROUP SERIES - Homer Township Library

    November 10, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Homer Township Public Library, 14320 W 151st St, Homer Glen, IL 60491, USA

    Grab your laptop, notebook, or that dinner napkin filled with ideas because… November is National Novel Writing Month!  It is time to get writing. Write On is a writing group of writers for writers. Our group will be an inviting space where writers can share ideas, ask for constructive advice, or simply feel inspired being with other writers.  This group is for the first-time writer, the returning novelist, and everyone in between. We hope to see you there!   

    Registration is required.

    See more details

  • Batavia Public Library In-Person Write-in

    November 10, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Batavia Public Library, 10 S Batavia Ave, Batavia, IL 60510, USA

    Batavia Public Library will be hosting this Write-in which runs from 7-9pm.

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November 12, 2022
  • Messenger Public Library of North Aurora Write-in

    November 12, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Messenger Public Library of North Aurora, 113 Oak St, North Aurora, IL 60542, USA

    In-person write-in at the Messenger Public Library of North Aurora.

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  • All-Day Write-in

    November 12, 2022 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Virtual

    This is the day to catch up if you're behind or get head before Thanksgiving. This signature NaperWriMo event will carry in a virtual format. Details to follow.

    See more details

November 13, 2022
  • Oak Park Library NaNo Virtual Write-in

    November 13, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Virtual

    During the month of November, we will be hosting NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) events every Sunday.

    For the "Come Write In!" events, the majority of the time will be spent writing with word counts, prompts, and quick inspiration shared at the beginning and sprints sprinkled throughout. So come write in virtual space with us!

    What Is NaNoWriMo? National Novel Writing Month is a challenge to write 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days. Check out the website: https://nanowrimo.org/

    You will need to register to get the Zoom link. (One registration registers you for all four Oak Park Write-ins)

    See more details

  • Messenger Public Library of North Aurora Write-in

    November 13, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Messenger Public Library of North Aurora, 113 Oak St, North Aurora, IL 60542, USA

    In-person write-in at the Messenger Public Library of North Aurora.

    See more details

November 14, 2022
  • In-Person Glen Ellyn Library NaNo Write-In

    November 14, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Glen Ellyn Public Library, 400 Duane St, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137, USA

    Program Description

    Come Write In with NaNoWriMo

    Challenge yourself to write a 50,000-word novel during National Novel Writing month in November. Visit naperwrimo.org for details.

    Event Details

    This program provides dedicated writing time along with fun challenges and word sprint competitions to boost your writing output. Create a NaNoWriMo profile.

    See more details

November 15, 2022
  • Nanowrimo Lunch Write In

    November 15, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    This is a virtual lunch hour write in. Come join us. Zoom link will be on the forum.

    See more details

  • In-Person Joliet Junior College Library Write-in

    November 15, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Joliet Junior College A Building (Administration, Library, Child Development), 1215 Houbolt Rd, Joliet, IL 60431, USA

    Join this in-person Write-in at the Joliet Junior College Library in Library Classroom A2003. The event will have a NaperWrimo host,  but if you prefer a quiet writing space, this will be accommodated for in-person attendees. 

    Registration link: https://libcal.jjc.edu/event/9611026

    See more details

November 16, 2022
  • Elmhurst Library NaNo Write-In Hosted by Sam McAdams

    November 16, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Elmhurst Public Library, 125 S Prospect Ave, Elmhurst, IL 60126, USA

    Regional ML, Sam McAdams will be hosting these hybrid, in-person and virtual write-in, with Sam's usual bowls of doom, spinning wheels, and other shenanigans.

    The in-person option is the Gathering Room of the Elmhurst Public Library (125 S Prospect Ave, Elmhurst)

    See more details

November 17, 2022
  • WRITE ON WRITERS' GROUP SERIES - Homer Township Library

    November 17, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Homer Township Public Library, 14320 W 151st St, Homer Glen, IL 60491, USA

    Grab your laptop, notebook, or that dinner napkin filled with ideas because… November is National Novel Writing Month!  It is time to get writing. Write On is a writing group of writers for writers. Our group will be an inviting space where writers can share ideas, ask for constructive advice, or simply feel inspired being with other writers.  This group is for the first-time writer, the returning novelist, and everyone in between. We hope to see you there!   

    Registration is required.

    See more details

  • Carol Stream Public Library Write-in

    November 17, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Carol Stream Public Library, 616 Hiawatha Dr, Carol Stream, IL 60188, USA

    Write-in at the Carol Stream Public Library will be hosted by Sarah Kovac. This will be a hybrid event, offering both in-person and on-line options.

    The library has an air purifier system, but will limit the number of in person attends to 20. Masks are recommended.

    Registration link: www.cslibrary.org/attend

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November 18, 2022
  • Glenside Public Library Write-in hosted by Jenn Bauer

    November 18, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    Glenside Public Library, 25 E Fullerton Ave, Glendale Heights, IL 60139, USA

    Regional ML, Jenn Bauer will be hosting this hybrid, in-person and virtual write-in.

    Wheel!! Wheel!!Wheel!!

    See more details

November 19, 2022
  • NewMexicoKid's virtual write-in

    November 19, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Join NewMexicoKid for a virtual write-in before the mid-month meet-up!

    Click the following link to join the meeting from your computer: https://meet.jit.si/FantasticConsensusBaseGreatly

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    Just want to dial in on your phone?

    Call one of the following numbers:
    Australia: +61.8.7150.1136
    Brazil: +55.21.3500.0112
    Canada: +1.437.538.3987
    France: +33.1.87.21.0005
    Japan: +81.3.4510.2372
    Netherlands: +31.85.208.1541
    Spain: +34.932.205.409
    Switzerland: +41.61.588.0496
    UK: +44.203.885.2179
    US: +1.512.647.1431

    Dial your meeting ID: '2540305978' and you will be connected!

    See more details

  • Mid-Month Meet Up

    November 19, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Take a break from writing and enjoy a social hour with your fellow NaperWriMoers.

    See more details

November 20, 2022
  • Oak Park Library NaNo Virtual Write-in

    November 20, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Virtual

    During the month of November, we will be hosting NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) events every Sunday.

    For the "Come Write In!" events, the majority of the time will be spent writing with word counts, prompts, and quick inspiration shared at the beginning and sprints sprinkled throughout. So come write in virtual space with us!

    What Is NaNoWriMo? National Novel Writing Month is a challenge to write 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days. Check out the website: https://nanowrimo.org/

    You will need to register to get the Zoom link. (One registration registers you for all four Oak Park Write-ins)

    See more details

November 21, 2022
  • In-Person Glen Ellyn Library NaNo Write-In

    November 21, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Glen Ellyn Public Library, 400 Duane St, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137, USA

    Program Description

    Come Write In with NaNoWriMo

    Challenge yourself to write a 50,000-word novel during National Novel Writing month in November. Visit naperwrimo.org for details.

    Event Details

    This program provides dedicated writing time along with fun challenges and word sprint competitions to boost your writing output. Create a NaNoWriMo profile.

    See more details

November 22, 2022
  • Nanowrimoe Lunch Write In

    November 22, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    This is a virtual lunch hour write in. Come join us. Zoom link will be on the forum.

    See more details

  • Virtual Joliet Junior College Library Write-In

    November 22, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Virtual

    Join your fellow WriMos online via Zoom for an enevening of quiet writing, support and fellowship.

    Registration Link: https://libcal.jjc.edu/event/9611063

    See more details

November 23, 2022
  • Elmhurst Library NaNo Write-In Hosted by Sam McAdams

    November 23, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Elmhurst Public Library, 125 S Prospect Ave, Elmhurst, IL 60126, USA

    Regional ML, Sam McAdams will be hosting these hybrid, in-person and virtual write-in, with Sam's usual bowls of doom, spinning wheels, and other shenanigans.

    The in-person option is the Gathering Room of the Elmhurst Public Library (125 S Prospect Ave, Elmhurst)

    See more details

November 26, 2022
  • NewMexicoKid's virtual write-in

    November 26, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Come write at NMK's virtual write-in.
    Click the following link to join the meeting from your computer: https://meet.jit.si/InevitableInputsStuffSeriously

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    Just want to dial in on your phone?

    Call one of the following numbers:
    Australia: +61.8.7150.1136
    Brazil: +55.21.3500.0112
    Canada: +1.437.538.3987
    France: +33.1.87.21.0005
    Japan: +81.3.4510.2372
    Netherlands: +31.85.208.1541
    Spain: +34.932.205.409
    Switzerland: +41.61.588.0496
    UK: +44.203.885.2179
    US: +1.512.647.1431

    Dial your meeting ID: '995164354' and you will be connected!

    See more details

November 27, 2022
  • Oak Park Library NaNo Virtual Write-in

    November 27, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Virtual

    During the month of November, we will be hosting NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) events every Sunday.

    For the "Come Write In!" events, the majority of the time will be spent writing with word counts, prompts, and quick inspiration shared at the beginning and sprints sprinkled throughout. So come write in virtual space with us!

    What Is NaNoWriMo? National Novel Writing Month is a challenge to write 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days. Check out the website: https://nanowrimo.org/

    You will need to register to get the Zoom link. (One registration registers you for all four Oak Park Write-ins)

    See more details

November 28, 2022
  • In-Person Glen Ellyn Library NaNo Write-In

    November 28, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Glen Ellyn Public Library, 400 Duane St, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137, USA

    Program Description

    Come Write In with NaNoWriMo

    Challenge yourself to write a 50,000-word novel during National Novel Writing month in November. Visit naperwrimo.org for details.

    Event Details

    This program provides dedicated writing time along with fun challenges and word sprint competitions to boost your writing output. Create a NaNoWriMo profile.

    See more details

November 29, 2022
  • Nanowrimo Lunch Write In

    November 29, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    This is a virtual lunch hour write in. Come join us. Zoom link will be on the forum.

    See more details

  • WRITE ON SERIES PRESENTS: SELF PUBLISHING WITH RYAN MILLIGAN - Homer Township Public Library

    November 29, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Homer Township Public Library, 14320 W 151st St, Homer Glen, IL 60491, USA

    National Novel Writing Month is almost over and we are ending our series with a fun night with author Ryan Milligan. He will discuss his journey in self-publishing. Ryan is the author of “My Very Punny Dad”. This is a great, heartfelt book for the whole family. 

    Join us for a fun night learning about a great local author and how he turned his love for puns into a wonderful family book.

    Registration required.

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  • In-Person Joliet Junior College Library Write-in

    November 29, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Joliet Junior College A Building (Administration, Library, Child Development), 1215 Houbolt Rd, Joliet, IL 60431, USA

    Join this in-person Write-in at the Joliet Junior College Library in Library Classroom A2003. The event will have a NaperWrimo host,  but if you prefer a quiet writing space, this will be accommodated for in-person attendees. 

    Registration link: https://libcal.jjc.edu/event/9611144

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December 1, 2022
  • (In-Person) Joliet Junior College Library NaNoWriMo Wrap-Up

    December 1, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Joliet Junior College will host a NaNoWriMo Wrap-up 

    • Share your story! How did it go this month?
    • Whether you win or not, please feel free to join us in-person for treats and prizes to celebrate NaNoWriMo, your participation and writing progress.
    • We will also introduce you to the self-publishing platform, Inkie, available to all residents of Illinois, along with IL writing contests and other resources.

    Registration link: https://libcal.jjc.edu/event/9611211

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December 8, 2022
  • Shut Yer Trap & Write

    December 8, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Zoom link will be provided in reminder email

    Join fellow Journey members for this weekly 3-hour writing session.

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December 10, 2022
  • NaperWrimo Thank Goodness it's Over Party

    December 10, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Join the volunteer Municipal Liaisons for the Naperville regional Thank Goodness It's Over (TGIO) Celebration of the end of National Novel Writing Month.
    We'll start things off with a quick ice breaker, cover the 2023 Writing Journey (our year-round writing community, absolutely free), recognize people's achievements, and have a lot of fun. Have your stuffed animal on hand for the group zoom photo!
    We'll hold the raffle for the Library Crawl and have a few door prizes as well.

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December 15, 2022
  • Shut Yer Trap & Write

    December 15, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Zoom link will be provided in reminder email

    Join fellow Journey members for this weekly 3-hour writing session.

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December 17, 2022
  • December Editing Path Meeting

    December 17, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82908160818?pwd=ZXpHQWtWMzNIMk9OeVBxUzdwOFU5Zz09

    Meeting will be held via Zoom

    Editing Path Agenda:

    • Review last month’s editing achievements and set goals for the coming month. (60 – 90 min) Goals are store in Editing Path Goals 2022 Google sheet.
    • Not-Ready-for-Primetime Workshop: TBD 
    • Brainstorming session – 15-30 minute story wall type brainstorming session to help a writer work through a trouble spot in their writing
    • Time to write from noon to 3 pm. These Shut Your Trap & Write (Editing Path Edition) will be held via the same Zoom Link

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  • Shut Yer Trap & Write (Editing Path Edition)

    December 17, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    All are welcome to join the post Editing Path Shut Yer Trap & Write session on Zoom.

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December 22, 2022
  • Shut Yer Trap & Write

    December 22, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Zoom link will be provided in reminder email

    Join fellow Journey members for this weekly 3-hour writing session.

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December 29, 2022
  • Shut Yer Trap & Write

    December 29, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Zoom link will be provided in reminder email

    Join fellow Journey members for this weekly 3-hour writing session.

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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.