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Tonight, Friday, July 11th: Water Street Studios opening reception for Process, 6-10 pm. Process is a themed exhibition where artists’ work will be accompanied by materials that offer the viewer greater insight into the creative process that brought the work to life.  Enjoy refreshments while you view the new paintings, photography and sculpture in the main gallery or visit the 28 artist studios on your way to the Loading Dock Gallery, where Water Street founder and Gallery Director Steven Lockwood’s dramatic Going Away to Grad School show features sculptures for sale.  Water Street Studios includes two galleries, a one-of-a-kind gift shop, many classes for adults and children, free Awesome Art Afternoons, free Art Flow programs for teens and children, and 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 (with PrintLab and some classes at 117 W. Main Street in St. Charles–entrance off 1st St. Plaza). 


Tonight, Friday July 11th: Folksinger-songwriter and author Mark Dvorak in concert and reading from his new book to benefit Steel Beam Theatre. 6:30 pm light supper/wine; catering by Mary B’ Cookin’ and pre-show music by Fight with Monsters! 7:30 concert. $40 Tickets at steelbeamtheatre.com or at 630- 587 8521 ONLY 8 tickets left!!!


If you miss our monthly readings, watch them on our Video Library. It’s a great way to enjoy a few minutes of diverse fiction, poetry, spoken word, play excerpts, etc.


You can also attend or read at an open mic like Paul LaTour’s Lit By The Bridge in Aurora on July 17th or Frank Rutledge’s Harmonious Howl in Geneva on July 24th. Or join a writers group! Come to one of TWAA-P’s 3 monthly West Suburban Wordplays or Lit Lab 51. Attend the Night Writers Reading and Wine Tasting at The Little Traveler on August 14th. Or just sit down and write!


Whatever you do, stay in touch: SEND US your writing-related news. Share it with us, Tag us in your post, or email us at waterlinewriters@gmail.com.


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We know you are a writer or have a deeply-held interest in good writing, so we are asking you to donate any amount to the Friday, July 18th sock hop/fundraiser for Teen Writers and Artists Project.

Diana Zwinak’s TWAA-P is a very unique organization that sponsors great programs for teen writers. (Who does that? Did you have any support as a teen writer?) And they need funds—just like sports and music programs!  Without funds, they will cancel their West Suburban Wordplays nights (3 monthly poetry workshops, open mics and featured performers in 3 locations—Batavia, St. Charles and Elgin—and that adds up to 36 events per year). They might cancel next January’s Slammin’ The Sun Down (the west suburban poetry slam leading up to participation in Chicago’s Louder Than A Bomb). If you can contribute any amount to their sock-hop, your funds will be matched by the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and this increases their chances of receiving  additional grants for the next year. You can donate to Diana or any of the participants by going to crowdrise.com/twaapsockhop. Click on a participant, enter the amount you wish to donate, then choose an easy payment option.

It helps a LOT if you share the fact that you donated via Facebook. Go to their Facebook page and post “I’m on Team ______. Whose team are YOU on?” and fill in the name of the person or team you’ve chosen. Don’t forget to post that on your own page or newsfeed, with a link to their page.

Please support these important writing programs for young writers—and don’t delay—the Sock Hop is only a few days away! (Anyone who helps them make it to $2,500 by Saturday the 12th gets to make a crazy request of Diana, Adam, Corey or Shayne!)

Notes:If you would like to donate in another way, contact Diana at dlzwinak@aol.com. To participate by dancing and raising funds, or to volunteer at the event, email shayne.m.phillips@gmail.com. (She’ll send you a coupon code to register as a dancer/fundraiser for free. After you get it, register here!)

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Remember that we don’t have a July 20th event, but please come to the 18th annual 4th of July American Dialogue, hosted by Roger Breisch, a time for us to gather and talk about our “Hopes, Fears and Dreams for the Community, Nation and the World”. It is held in the City Council Chambers at Batavia City Hall (100 N. Island Ave), and is open to all. It begins with coffee and bagels at 8:00 a.m. with the Dialogue from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Roger explains, “My view is that we have 364 other days to argue about today’s politics and issues. I hope to reserve one day to talk about the larger issues of our human journey. It is decidedly non-partisan and holds everything up as worthy of our questioning.” Roger would like to see the American Dialogue become as integral to every community’s 4th of July celebration as picnics, parades and fireworks displays. We think that’s a great idea!

Stay tuned: Next month we’ll announce 1) our fall return date, 2) the date for new submissions AND 3) our new, improved event formats!

Stay tuned in: If you are missing our monthly readings, watch them on our website’s Video Library. That Video Library is a gold mine, by the way. With over 160 different videos to choose from, why not watch one per day–a great way to enjoy 8-10 minutes of diverse fiction, poetry, spoken word, play excerpts, etc. each day from now through the end of November! Here’s one to get you started.

Stay tuned up: Attend or read at an open mic like Frank Rutledge’s Harmonious Howl or Paul LaTour’s Lit By The Bridge. Or join a writers group! Or come observe or participate in one of the 3 monthly West Suburban Wordplays or Lit Lab 51. Or attend the Night Writers Reading and Wine Tasting at The Little Traveler on August 14th. Or just sit down and write!

Whatever you do, stay in touch: If you are a writer, make sure that you SEND US your writing-related news so that we can Post it on the Waterline Writers Facebook page. Please don’t assume we’ll see everything that goes by in our Newsfeed! Share it with us, Tag us in your post, or email us at waterlinewriters@gmail.com.

Please Like the 4th of July American Dialogue on Facebook and have a great summer!

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geneva-library-eventWhen: Thursday, August 14 • 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Where: This event is held at The Little Traveler, 404 S. Third Street.

Ready your palate and mind for Festival of the Vine. Join us at The Little Traveler to enjoy samplings of wine and learn tasting tips from wine experts. Rick Holinger and other writers from Geneva Library’s Night Writers Workshop will read throughout the evening. There will be a $5 fee at the door for this event. The Little Traveler will donate all proceeds to Friends of the Geneva Library. (Note: Attendees must be 21 and older)

Registration is required. Register online at or call (630) 232-0780 X251. This event is limited to 50 people.