This page has information about Journey monthly General Meeting and one time events like Shakespeare Theater and the Writer’s Voice Workshop. Other Paths have their own event information, though public events are typically added to the Journey calendar (shown in agenda view to the right).
Up to date information for all Journey activity should be on the google calendar — try looking at it in Agenda view. If an event is not listed there, you can sometimes find information on the google group site–but ask the Path leader to add the info to the Journey calendar.
We begin with round-robin sharing (the first hour) and then participate in 1-3 planned workshops. Zoom links for these meetings are available upon request.
- Saturday, Feb 12, 2022 (noon-3 pm central time)
- Serial fiction workshop (Jenn Bauer)
- Habits, Readiness for Change (Leslie Hatch Gail)
- Story Wall (Daniel McCullough)
- Saturday, March 12, 2022 (noon-3 pm)
- How to be mean to your characters (Tim Yao, Tina Porubsky)
- Podcasting and Audio Production (Jennifer Smith & Nikki Green)
- Saturday, April 9, 2022 (noon – 3 pm)
- Six Best SEO Rules with CJ powers
- Plottr vs Scrivener with Jenn Bauer
- Saturday, May 14, 2022 (noon-3 pm)
- Poetry workshop – Tim and Bevan
- Saturday, June 11, 2022 (noon-3 pm)
- Using AI to generate first drafts (CJ Powers)
- Mindset: How to be a confident writer and ignore trolls, overly-critical comments, and rejections. How to know when to listen to critiquers vs. holding your ground as an author. Facilitated discussion. (Karen Limbrick)
- Saturday, September 10, 2022 (noon-3 pm)
WHOSE STORY ARE YOU TELLING?
Choosing the correct point of view is one of the key elements of dramatic storytelling. Bestselling author John Gilstrap has been praised by Publishers Weekly for “flawless characterization” in his books, and in this interactive session, he’ll walk you through the critical decisions that help you propel your story through the most dramatic set of eyes. Bring paper and a pen, because there’ll be a writing exercise.
- Memoirs – Sherry Linker
- NOTE: All Journey events will be online-only for now, matching the NaNoWriMo policy.
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.
- Saturday, Feb 19, 2022 1-3 PM
Writer’s Voice Workshop
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 is sponsored by the Woodridge Public Library and is designed to help you understand what your writer’s voice is. Registration is required–register here. Participation is limited to 18 people. Participants should bring paper and pen and/or their laptop computer as there will be writing exercises.
- Saturday, June 18, 2022 1-4 PM
NaperWriMo / Journey events
2022 Past Events
- General meeting — Saturday, January 8, 2022 (noon-3 pm)
- We’ll begin with round robin introduction and info sharing. (Feel free to eat your lunch during this.) We’ll introduce everyone to the Journey and the major paths, brainstorm our program for 2021, and make plans for the year. There will be two workshops
- Intro to the Journey
- Flash fiction workshop (Tim Yao)
- Various paths met weekly, or monthly in January of 2022. You can still join a path.