Oct 302014

Every November, people from around the world try to write a 50,000-word book in a month as part of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Now you can too! Both the Batavia Public Library and the Geneva Public Library are participating in a NaNoWriMo Library Crawl.  Head to the Batavia Library on November 1st, from 9:30 am to 1 pm and then go to the Geneva Public Library from 1 pm to 3 pm. Both libraries will have some coffee and goodies to keep you fueled. Get your novel-writing month off to a great start!

See http://naperwrimo.org/wiki/index.php?title=2014_Events for more write-ins and participating libraries. Questions? Contact Kimberly Gotches at 630-232-4806.

Oct 272014

BATVLogoBATV will broadcast Waterline’s October event at the following times:

Wednesday, October 29: 3:30 pm, 9:30 pm
Thursday, October 30: 3:30 am, 9:30 am, 3:30 pm, 9:30 pm
Friday, October 31: 3:30 am, 9:30 am

You can see it at the scheduled times on Comcast Channel 17 (in Batavia), AT&T U-verse Channel 99 (throughout Northern Illinois), or streaming online during the scheduled broadcast times at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/batv-channel-17-live.

Mobile devices may require the Ustream app, free at: Apple app store (I-phones) & Market for Android devices. Once installed, search for batv; click on BATV Channel 17 Live.

Check the BATV website for other showtimes.

Oct 222014

Welcome to Waterline Writers: October 19 2014           

Tonight’s lineup includes:

Jennifer DuBose is the author of the column “Tales from the Motherhood,” published every Saturday in The Kane County Chronicle since May 2009. She also wrote “Parenting Isn’t for Sissies” for Chicago Parent Magazine from 2007-2012 and won the Bronze Award from Parenting Publications of America in 2008. She hopes soon to find an agent to help peddle her picture books for children, and to finish writing the novel she started several years ago. A licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, she enjoys helping others to make meaning out of their own ‘stories.’

Bruce Steinberg , author of 4 novels, wrote and co-produced a stage play at Naperville’s Center Stage Theater, edited and illustrated Allen’s Rocket, a first chapter book authored by his son, and is also a columnist for Silent Sports Magazine. He adds that he is happily married, and will stay that way if we include it in his bio.  Randy Martin, retired from 39 years of teaching Clinical Psychology at NIU, has worked on writing and filmmaking, including a documentary on writers groups. His wife, Danute Dockuviene, is the creative force behind it. Erika Denker, 12-year-old seventh-grader from St. Charles, has performed in local theater since age 7. She loves to read, ride her bike, dance, play the viola, and watch Gravity Falls with friends. She says that The Cheryls Only Tunnel has been a great experience and collaborating with Bruce and Randy has been a pleasure and an honor.

Gerry Souter is the full-time author of 55 traditionally published books. He has worked as an art teacher, officer for the Arizona State Guard and Detective Agency, rifle instructor, seaman in the U.S. Merchant Marine and Chicago Tribune photographer. His creative experience as an international photojournalist, filmmaker, and award-winning video director, producer, and writer has been extensive. His current platforms are U.S. History, Military History, Fine Arts, Biography, Computers, Auto Racing and Memoir.

Angela Ogburn is a freelance writer with publications in academia as well as literary anthologies. Holding a Master’s degree in psychology, her work explores how life’s seemingly inconsequential moments lead to building a lasting, collaged framework in the psyche. angelaogburn@gmail.com

Dolores Becker first came to Batavia with the Albright Theatre, then moved here with her husband and child.  Since then she’s had a second child, lost both her first child and her husband, and found her true calling at the public library.  Her first sale, a short story called ‘Everybody Knows Dmitri,’ was published in the only issue of Mountainland Magazine to see print and can be checked out from the Batavia Library. She also has a story in the Foxtales 3 anthology produced by the Fox Valley Writers group.

Don Bingle has written 3 novels, novellas, and 50+ pieces of short fiction in science fiction, horror, fantasy, thriller, steampunk, mystery, romance, and comedy genres.  He’s running a Kickstarter campaign for Frame Shop, a mystery/thriller set in a writers’ group and punctuated by violence, humor, and occasional writing advice.  You can get a free copy of bonus stories like Season’s Critiquings and Someday, which Don read at past Waterline events.  www.donaldjbingle.com.

Donations: Your $5 donation helps provide honoraria for the evening’s writers, but you are always welcome even if you don’t have the $5. BUY a book from an author tonight and we’ll refund the $5.

Open Mics now follow our main events! There is a 5 minute limit and you can sign up on the clipboard at the counter before 7 or during breaks.

Galleries Are For Writers Too! with Anne Veague. Drop-in, no sign-up! Art can help writers see their own work in new ways. In the gallery’s paintings, photography and sculpture, we’ll discover attributes that can be instructional for writers, e.g. use of light, scope, metaphor, transparency, emotional impact, etc. Enjoy 1/2 hour informal discussion, 1 hour silent writing time (bring your laptop or pen, paper & clipboard), and 1/2 hour sharing. Open to creative writers of any genre, at any level. $5 donation. 1st, 2nd, 4th & 5th Sundays, 7-9 PM. (On 3rd Sundays, attend Waterline.) WSS, 160 S. Water St. Batavia.

The Writers Studio Space available at Water Street Studios is furnished with simple desks and office chairs (or bring your own). $125/month with 3-month minimum contract. Interview and deposit also required. See the space during our break, or contact wssfacilities@gmail.com.

Go to www.waterlinewriters.com for info on many local writer’s groups; West Suburban Wordplay’s teen writing workshops, held at WSS and other locations; and 2 area Open Mics– Frank Rutledge’s Harmonious Howl at Graham’s 318 in Geneva on Oct 23th, and Paul LaTour’s Lit By The Bridge at Culture Stock in Aurora on 3rd Thursdays; and National Novel Writing Month–with write-ins on Nov 1st at the Batavia Library from 9:30–1 and the Geneva Library from 1-3. Get your novel off to a great start!

Thanks to Rachael Stewart, director of ECC’s Writers Center for hosting Waterline Writers Barbara Barrows, D.C. Brod, Frank Rutledge & Patrick Shannon in October. On Nov 13 ECC hosts Wordplay!

Kevin’s Fox Valley Writers Group’s Foxtales 3 is available on Kindle.

Tonight’s event is being filmed for BATV broadcast: check MyBATV.com on Friday for Comcast 17 (Batavia), U-verse 99 (N.IL), or streamed schedules. We post videos on our website too!

KissTheSky.net, right next door, hosts concerts on Saturday mornings and 4th Sunday evenings, and sells vinyl lp’s, cd’s, and turntables.

Water Street Studios is the area’s full-spectrum art center: Galleries, Gift shop, Classes, free Art Flow and Awesome Art Afternoons, and Artist Access to PrintLab, CeramicLab or MetalLab equipment. Of course you may purchase art from the gallery! And yes, we’ll gladly refund your $5!

Thanks to tonight’s authors; to volunteers Frank Rutledge, Mary McHugh, Ginny Klespitz, Barbara Barrows, Nik Markevicius, and Brandon; to WSS, BATV, FreshGrounds; and to all of you for coming!

Your hosts, Anne Veague & Kevin Moriarity

Oct 182014

17234601M.L. (Maria) Roble grew up in the Fox Valley area. She recently self-published a novella, Encounter Way: A Novella of Supernatural Suspense, and a novel, The Magician’s Doll, a story for middle graders and up, which just received Gold for Pre-teen Fantasy from the 2014 Literary Classics Book Awards.

Before she took up novel writing, she was an ensemble member and writer for the sketch comedy group Stir-Friday Night!

Oct 172014
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ecc-readersThe Writers Center of Elgin Community College is hosting a Reading Series. Their event in October features Waterline Writers alumni! The event is Thursday, October 16th, at 7:30 pm. It’s held in Building H, Room H142 at Elgin Community College (1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin). Featured: Deb Brod, Barbara Barrows, Frank Rutledge, and Patrick Shannon.

Oct 082014

ecc-readersThe Writers Center of Elgin Community College is hosting a Reading Series. Their event in October features Waterline Writers alumni! The event is Thursday, October 16th, at 7:30 pm. It’s held in Building H, Room H142 at Elgin Community College (1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin). Featured: Deb Brod, Barbara Barrows, Frank Rutledge, and Patrick Shannon. Take a look at Patrick reading at a Waterline event.