Sep 172014
 

mtlincolnDonna Latham’s new play, The Haunted Widow Lincoln, will go up in the Batavia Arts Council’s October fundraiser! In the summer of 1875, widow Mary Todd Lincoln’s name was entered in the Illinois Lunatic Registry after a jury of men deliberated for ten minutes and found her insane. Mary was sent to Bellevue Place, a posh private sanitarium down the road a piece in Batavia, where the play is set. The play goes up October 10, 11, 12 at the Holmstad’s performance area.

Sep 152014
 

fb-profile-pictureThis article showcases author success stories with small presses. Mike O’Mary’s Dream of Things is one of those small presses!

“What I instantly loved and recognized in Mike was someone who was passionate about books and my genre—narrative nonfiction, including memoir and personal essays. That’s what I love, read, and write. I read some of Mike’s essays and found a kindred spirit who happened to have the skills and interests in the mechanics of publishing that I lacked. I observed what he was doing to promote Madeline’s book and knew he would do a great job with mine.”

“I wanted someone to help spearhead the marketing effort as well. Mike has been terrific in that department. He’s found the right virtual venues for promotion, and the latest BookBub promotion shows how well his approach works. In one weekend, we’ve sold more e-books than Capital sold in hardcover over 6 years!”

Read the entire article…

Sep 112014
 

Waterline Writers is an event held in the beautiful art gallery at Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water Street, Batavia IL. On the 3rd Sunday of each month, from 7-8:30, we provide a place for talented, published and not-yet-published writers to read to an enthusiastic audience. Waterline Writers has become a meeting place and synergistic center for gifted writers, avid readers, visual artists and musicians. Come experience this unique event–and invite your friends!

Waterline Writers begins its 2014-2015 season on October 19 at 7. We will feature 5 writers selected by submission to represent the best in all genres. New: Your $5 donation will allow each featured writer to receive an honorarium.

We are now accepting submissions for Oct 19, Nov 16, Dec 21, Jan 18, Feb 15, Mar 15, Apr 19, and May 17. We seek fiction (short stories or novel excerpts of any genre), poetry, creative non-fiction or memoir, spoken word, plays, storytelling, stand-up comedy, song lyrics (to be read and also sung), and multi-media work. New: We now accept non-fictional pieces that entertain, inform or enlighten! For more information, visit our website.

New: Each event will be followed by a half hour open mic with 5 minute time limit.

New: We invite the leaders of local writers’ groups to select the work of one writer each month to submit for our consideration. Of course leaders and writers’ group members may submit their own work at any time too! 

Bad News, Good News: We can no longer include alcohol at our events, but hope to have freshly brewed, Fresh Grounds coffee available. We are sorry to discontinue our food table as well.

New: Writers Studio Space! Now available at Water Street Studios, 3 writers may rent and share a studio. Includes 3 simple desks and office chairs (or bring your own), key card access to WSS, and a key to your studio. $125 per month with 3-month minimum. Interview, deposit and signed contract are required. Contact wssfacilities@gmail.com. 

New: Galleries are for Writers Too! Drop-in writing time at Water Street Studios: 1/2 hour discussion inspired by pieces in the gallery (with new art every other month), 1 hour silent writing time (bring your laptop or pen, paper & clipboard), 1/2 hour discussion & optional sharing. No sign-up. $5 suggested donation. 1st, 2nd, 4th & 5th Sundays at 7 PM, beginning Sept 28th.  Anne Veague. Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St. Batavia.

Thurs, Oct 16: Details TBA. This year, Elgin Community College’s Writers Center Reading Series will feature several local writers’ groups. Congratulations to Barbara Barrows, D.C. Brod, Frank Rutledge and Patrick Shannon, who will represent Waterline Writers on October 16th! Come to ECC to listen to new work by these authors.

We suggest the following Open Mics in addition to those following our 3rd Sunday events:

3rd Thurs: Paul LaTour’s Lit By The Bridge at Culture Stock 43 E. Galena Blvd, Aurora. 6:15 sign-up/6:30-8 PM. September feature: Anne Veague

4th Thurs, Apr-Oct: Frank Rutledge’s Harmonious Howl, 318 S. 3rd St. Geneva. 6:30 sign-up/7-9 PM. Free gelato to readers!

We also promote Teen Writers And Artists Project’s events:

West Suburban Wordplays: poetry workshops, open mics and featured poets at Water Street in Batavia, Gail Borden Library in Elgin and Charlestowne Mall in St. Charles. Lit Lab 51, an intergenerational amalgamation of acting, improv, and poetry, also at Charlestowne Mall. See links for details.

Join a writers’ group! With many different formats, you’re sure to find one that meets your needs. Check out descriptions and details on our website’s Local Writers Groups page. 

Water Street Studios news: Sat, Sept. 27th 6 -10 pm: The annual fundraiser ŏn-sŏm’ bəl features an experimental runway show, gallery exhibition, performers, live auction and after-show DJ dance party. Tickets at $125 (Reserved VIP Champagne Seating), $85 (drinks, small plates, dessert, coffee and guaranteed seating for the runway show), and $25 (Post-Show DJ Dance Party Only). Gallery exhibit runs through October 31st. If you’re not sure, see Jim Kirkhoff’s beautiful videos of the 2013 and 2012 runway shows!

Water Street Studios, home of Waterline Writers, also includes two art galleries, a gift shop, School of Art classes for all ages, free children’s Awesome Art Afternoons, children’s and teens’ Art Flow programs, and full artist Access to PrintLab, CeramicLab or MetalLab equipment. Several of its 28 2-D and fully equipped 3-D artist studios are currently for rent. 160 S. Water Street in Batavia (PrintLab and some classes at 117 W. Main Street in St. Charles).

KEEP SENDING US your writing-related news. This gives you publicity and also fosters a more connected writing community. With well over 200 writers on our contact list, we can’t happen to notice everything. We can’t promote you if you don’t promote yourselves! Share with us, Tag us in your Posts, or email us at waterlinewriters@gmail.com and we’ll Post your news on the Waterline Writers Facebook page.

To make sure you know the latest about upcoming events for writers and those who love the written word, Like us on Facebook, then hover over Liked and click Get Notifications.

Other local arts events, organizations and performers we think you’ll enjoy:

Kiss The Sky: Live music, LP’s, CD’s, stereo equipment, Dee’s Cloud 9 Thrift Shop. 180 W. First, Batavia.

Culture Stock: hub for cultural activities and community programs, used book and media reseller in Aurora

Fermilab Cultural Events: full schedule of art exhibits, lectures, performances and films in Batavia.

TownHouse Books & Cafe: independent bookstore & delicious café celebrating 40 years in St. Charles.

Albright Theatre Company: producing quality theatre for 40 years. Batavia.

Steel Beam Theatre: high quality theatrical entertainment and training at an affordable price. St. Charles.

Troupe Strozzi performs bawdy, comedic, satire! They’re the GARAGE BAND OF THEATRE!

Donna Latham, playwright and author of books for adults and children, Geneva Ghost Walks Oct 25th!

Russ Devereaux, positive, passionate poet and spoken word artist for all ages

Mark Dvorak, folk musician, songwriter, storyteller and author

William Pack, magician, mentalist, storyteller, lecturer, historian, author; many fall appearances!

Yellow House Artists, artists working in oil pastels, coming exhibits and demonstrations

Sep 082014
 

Wordsmithing for Beginners & Pros Workshop Series

Location: Conference Room on the 2nd floor at Gail Borden Library Main Branch (270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin, IL, 60120)

Workshop: Notional vs Tangible
Let’s play some word games! This session will look at strong words vs weak, fat vs lean, and bringing the abstract into corporeal form.
Date: Saturday, September 13
Time: 11 am to 3 pm

Workshop: Sentencing
No diagramming here, but we will look at how we combine words to make effective sentences. We’ll look at memorable lines, word order, and sentence order to flex our expressive muscles. Oh, and more word games!
Date: Saturday, September 20
Time: 11 am to 3 pm

Workshop: Brevity & Wit
How much is too much? When are we miserly? Let’s look at word count, single words that can replace entire phrases, and how to direct reader attention without losing them in our love of words….and of course more word gamesJ
Date: Saturday, September 27
Time: 11 am to 3 pm

If you are interested in joining us for one, or all of the sessions, please RSVP to Liz.melvin@goddard.edu by the Thursday prior to the session. We want to make sure that we have adequate space and materials for everyone. Also, scntact Liz with any questions that you have.

Aug 272014
 

Water Street Studios announces the availability of a Shared Writers Studio as of Sept 15, 2014. A maximum of 3 writers may rent the studio, which will be furnished with 3 simple desks and office chairs (or you may bring your own). You will have key card access to WSS and a key to the studio. The cost for each writer will be $125 per month and there is a 3-month minimum rental.  An interview, deposit and signed contract are required. A 2nd studio may be made available if demand is high. Contact wssfacilities@gmail.com.

Aug 192014
 

Name: Writers’ Jam
Focus: Block out time on your calendar and actually write whatever you want in the company of other writers! Say hi and get busy!
Where: Old Towne Pub basement (Location may change-check ahead)
When: 2nd Tuesday of the month at ~ 8 PM until whenever. (Additional days and times vary.)
Contact: Please RSVP to Don Hunt (wordsmythe99@comcast.net, 630-209-7710)