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 19, 2020
  • Journey Editing Path Meeting

    September 19, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89482616891?pwd=QVR3Uis4RmRVZ0Rxb0Z1cStrQnhkUT09

    The Editing Path is an in-person editing accountability group, which meets monthly to set editing goals, encourage each other to edit their work, share editing tips, and schedule time to work on our writing.

    The groups meets on via Zoom on the third Saturday of the month at 10 am.

    Below is the standard agenda:

    • Review last month’s editing achievements and set goals for the coming month. (60 – 90 min) Goals are store in Editing Path Goals 2020 Google sheet.
    • Short 15-20 min editing workshop led by one of the members  
    • Brainstorming session: a 15-30 minute story wall type brainstorming session to help a writer work through a trouble spot in their writing
    • Adjourn the meeting and write from noon to 4 pm.

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  • Shut Your Trap & Write - Editing Path Edition

    September 19, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Zoom

    A special Shut Your Trap and Write sessions following the The Journey Editing Path Meeting. 

    This will be a Virtual Meeting via Zoom.

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October 10, 2020
  • NaNoWriMo Prep: Story Wall Party

    October 10, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Do you have no idea what to write for Nano 2020?
    Is your novel idea only half-baked?
    Do you have plot holes you don’t know how to solve?

    If you answered yes to any of these questions, come to the Story Wall Party, a brainstorming event designed to help participants come up with ideas for their novels, get advice, and iron out potential story issues. If you don’t have an idea for a novel yet, you’ll walk away from this workshop with several.

    Host Bio: Sam McAdams has participated in NaNoWriMo for over a decade, completing 8 novels and claiming NaNo victories as a rebel on 4 other occasions. He has enjoyed the opportunity to serve as a regional ML, since 2015. His everyday life as a mild-mannered telecommunications engineer, devoted husband, and father of two “adult” children keeps him busy, but in his spare time he writes and edits his BarnYard Heroes novels.

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November 1, 2020
  • Overnight Monster Mash write-in

    November 1, 2020 @ 12:00 am - 6:00 am
    Zoom

    Write like a vampire by kickingoff the 2020 Nano at the stroke of midnight and writing ‘til the sun comes up.

    In honor of the HalloweenHarvest Full Moon, we’ll celebrate the monsters of the night with a Horror Noveltheme during this virtual write-in. Dress as your favorite monster or come straightfrom your Halloween party still in costume.

    There will be word wars, Sam’sBowl of Doom Challenge, blood-moon punch, Frankenguac, and Count Chocula cereal.Since it’s a virtual write-in, you must supply those last three items on your ownor prepare your own monster themed food and drinks.

    Join the fun and get off to aquick start on your wordcount.

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November 2, 2020
  • Write-in celebrating Novels of the High Seas

    November 2, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Zoom

    Novels of the High Seas Write-in:

    Write like Hemmingway, talk like a pirate, and drink up me hearties, for we will be honoring the novels of the high seas on this glorious evening. Join this virtual write-in dressed as your favorite Sea Captain, voyager, or water God.

    Sam McAdams will host and provide a virtualized version of his Bowls of Doom. (Beware the Kraken!).

    The Glen Ellyn Public Library,the region’s traditional Monday night sponsor, will be providing the Zoom link for this virtual write-in.

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November 7, 2020
  • Wrimo Travel Day -

    November 7, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

    Let's take the time to rest from our travels through imagination and just chat.

    Join me in the dining car of the Inspiration Light Rail

    Meeting on GoogleMeet.

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November 9, 2020
  • Write-In: British Sci-Fi and Fantasy

    November 9, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Zoom

    British Sci-Fi and Fantasy Write-in:

    Break out the Earl Grey tea, pour yourself a Butterbeer, or mix up a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster. Tonight’s theme is British Sci-Fi and Fantasy, which Sam recently learned includes more than Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Dressing up as one of your favourite British Sci-Fi or Fantasy characters is encouraged and Sam promises to keep the Monty Python references to a minimum.

    This write-in will include the usual Word Wars and Bowls of Doom, along with chances to earn badges.

    The Glen Ellyn Public Library,the region’s traditional Monday night sponsor, will be providing the Zoom link for this virtual write-in.

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November 14, 2020
  • Wrimo Travel Day -

    November 14, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

    Let's take the time to rest from our travels through imagination and just chat.

    Join me in the dining car of the Inspiration Light Rail

    Meeting on GoogleMeet.

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November 16, 2020
  • Write-in: Island Novels Theme (It's a real genre!)

    November 16, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Island Novels Write-in:

    Island Novels. Sam swears it’s a real genre and he didn’t make it up so he could wear a Hawaiian shirt, play Jimmy Buffett songs all night long, and eat Spam.  There’s plenty of Island novels, like…Treasure Island, …, um, Lord of the Flies, …and ah, …oh yea, Blue Lagoon, and of course, The Island of the Sequined Love Nun, and Sam is sure there’s many more,because Island Novels is a real genre.

    There will be the usual Sam McAdams write-in fun of Word Wars and Bowls of Doom.

    The Glen Ellyn Public Library,the region’s traditional Monday night sponsor, will be providing the Zoom link for this virtual write-in.

    (In case you are not aware,the Hawaiian Islanders love their Spam. Checkout these Hawaiian Spam recipes. )

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November 21, 2020
  • Wrimo Travel Day -

    November 21, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

    Let's take the time to rest from our travels through imagination and just chat.

    Join me in the dining car of the Inspiration Light Rail

    Meeting on GoogleMeet.

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November 28, 2020
  • Wrimo Travel Day -

    November 28, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

    Let's take the time to rest from our travels through imagination and just chat.

    Join me in the dining car of the Inspiration Light Rail

    Meeting on GoogleMeet.

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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.