Apr 302015
 

If you did not get a chance to attend, Waterline’s April event will be broadcast on BATV this weekend. Showtimes:

Friday, May 1: 3:30 pm, 9:30 pm
Saturday, May 2: 3:30 am, 9:30 am, 3:30 pm, 9:30 pm
Sunday, May 3: 3:30 am, 9:30 am, 3:30 pm, 9:30 pm
Monday, May 4: 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.

For more information, visit http://mybatv.com/schedule.

Apr 242015
 

screen-shot-2014-09-25-at-11-13-19-pmWriting Day Workshops, which organizes the Homeric Writers’ Retreat & Workshop, are excited to announce The Chicago Writing Workshop — a full-day “How to Get Published” writing event at Marriott Chicago Northwest (Hoffman Estates, IL) IL on May 16, 2015.

It’s one day full of classes and advice designed to give you the best instruction concerning how to get your writing & books published.

Apr 222015
 

10408954_983626251670859_1678154533538743628_nDonna’s play And We Will Share the Sky, a portion of which was read at Waterline, is now published through YouthPLAYS.  The picture at the left is from the YouthPlays Facebook page.

Donna’s plays are being performed all over:

He Said/She Said, Touch Me Philly Productions, Pennsylvania, April 2015

Glacial Decline, Raze the Space, Hollywood, California, May, 2015

We wish her continued success!

Apr 192015
 

 April 19th 2015   Welcome to Waterline Writers!  This season’s final event is May 17th. We’ll begin accepting submissions again on August 1st.   Our first fall event is Sept. 20th!   Now, tonight’s  lineup: 

Lynne Handy is a member of the St. Charles Writers Group, Chicago Writer’s Association, and Sisters in Crime. She has self-published a novel, In the Time of Peacocks, and her work has been published in Clementine Poetry Journal, Memoir Journal, Lark’s Fiction Magazine, and Pegasus.  Her short story, Rabbit on the Moon was performed at the Vero Voce Theater. A retired library director, she lives in North Aurora, Illinois, where she is editing poems for a chapbook.

Once Carolyn Cismoski found the spark to delve into agriculture, she apprenticed under Andrea Berry of Hope Seeds in the Canadian Maritimes, and under Suzanne Ashworth in the fields of California. She returned to Illinois, working with animals and coordinating events at Mint Creek Farm while founding Three Plaid Farmers (an organic, open-pollinated, heirloom produce CSA) and running it with an iron fist of love. Her weekly newsletter adds great educational value for CSA members. Visit our Video Library to hear her partner Joe Pisciotto’s March reading about organic farming as well. Blog.ThreePlaid.com. 

Sandra Marchetti is the author of Confluence, a debut full-length collection of poetry from Sundress Publications. Eating Dog Press also published an illustrated edition of her essays and poetry, A Detail in the Landscape, and her first volume, The Canopy, won Midwest Writing Center’s Mississippi Valley Chapbook Contest. Sandy won Second Prize in Prick of the Spindle’s 2014 Poetry Open and her work appears in Subtropics, The Hollins Critic, Sugar House Review, Mid-American Review, Green Mountains Review, South Dakota Review, Blackbird, Southwest Review, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Books are available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and through Sundress Publications. You can find her on Facebook under Sandra Marchetti’s Writing Services.

Julie Oleszek grew up the ninth child of ten in Woodridge, Illinois in the 1970s. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Education from Northern Illinois University and later earned a master’s degree in Education from National-Louis University. When not busy writing, Julie enjoys teaching elementary students in Naperville, Illinois where she has taught for 18 years. She also loves to travel to the west coast and host family parties, especially during the holiday season. Julie and her husband live in Batavia. The Fifth Floor is her debut novel. JulieOleszek.com

Mary T. Wagner, award-winning author of When the Shoe Fits…Essays of Love, Life and Second Chances; Heck on Heels, and more…is a former newspaper and magazine journalist who changed careers at forty by going to law school and becoming a criminal prosecutor.  Wagner’s legal experience has ranged from handling speeding tickets to arguing and winning several cases before the Wisconsin Supreme Court…sometimes in the same week! She’s also been a truck stop waitress, office temp, and radio talk show host. She counts both wearing spike heels and learning to use a cordless drill and chainsaw among her “late blooming” discoveries, and would be hard pressed to surrender either her favorite stilettos or her power tools. A Chicago native, this mother of four and recent new grandmother now lives in rural Wisconsin. marytwagner.com, Facebook, Running with Stilettos

Our featured readings are followed by a 5-minute-limit Open Mic! Tonight’s host is Nik Markevicius! The sign-up clipboard is at the counter. No racist, sexist, homophobic or otherwise hateful content–and we reserve the right to stop a reading. Note that Open Mic material has not been screened. 

Buy a book from one of tonight’s authors–add to your bookshelf reserved for authors you’ve met in person!–and we’ll refund your $5 donation. Ditto if you purchase art, purchase a full or half share of produce from Three Plaid Farmers, or become a $30 (or higher) level member of our home venue–Water Street Studios—which is also home to two galleries, art & writing* classes, free after-school and family art programs, and artist access to PrintLab, CeramicLab & MetalLab equipment.

Call for poetry with a Blues theme: Selected poems to be displayed in Aurora for Blues Month in June. Open to local writers who currently reside in the Fox Valley region. Submit one original poem in English, in Microsoft Word, as an email attachment to kfc16@sbcglobal.net. Do not exceed 20 lines, including  spaces between stanzas. Deadline Thursday, April 30th, 5:00 p.m.

Climate Crisis: Solutions culminates on Friday, April 24th when Dr. G.P. Yeh presents World Energy Transformation at Water Street Studios. Free to members; donations gratefully accepted.

Sunday, April 26 7-9pm is the final session of Galleries Are For Writers Too with Anne Veague.

Take My Word For It!  New creative writing classes* at Water Street Studios for kids in grades 3-5, Thursdays 4-5 pm. Sign up online or contact Trish Kredell at tmwfichicago@gmail.com. 

What to do this summer? Don’t just read! Do what you’ve always wanted to do: 

  1. WaterlineWriters.org features 20 area writers’ groups–easily find formats and days that fit your needs! And teens can find info on 3 monthly Wordplay workshops in Batavia, St. Charles and Elgin.
  2. Share your work at Open Mics like Paul LaTour’s Lit By The Bridge (at Culture Stock Used Books in Aurora on May 21, June 18, July 16 or Aug 20 at 6:30 pm) and Frank Rutledge’s Harmonious Howl (at Graham’s 318 in Geneva on May 28, June 25, July 23, August 27 at 7 pm).
  3. Attend one of University of Iowa’s 138 (!) weekend or week-long summer writing workshops 
  4. Catch up on missed Waterline readings or re-experience your favorites by visiting our Video Library 

Many thanks to tonight’s writers and to all 125 writers we’ve featured in the past 3 years; to volunteers Frank Rutledge, Nik Markevicius, Ginny Klespitz, Brandon Fink, Mary McHugh, Kristin LaTour, Paula Garrett, Barbara Barrows, and our new photographer, Chuck Bennorth. Most of all, thanks to all of you in our wonderful audience for supporting this growing community of writers!

We’d welcome suggestions from writers and audience members about how we can improve Waterline Writers and what would entice you to come more often! Send to waterlinewriters@gmail.com.

Apr 162015
 

MaryWagnerMary T. Wagner is a former newspaper and magazine journalist who changed careers at forty by going to law school and becoming a criminal prosecutor. However, she never could step away from the written word entirely, and inevitably the joy of writing drew her back to the keyboard. A Chicago native, this mother of four and recent new grandmother now lives in rural Wisconsin, where she draws much inspiration for writing from daily walks in the countryside with her dog, Lucky, and the cat who thinks he’s a dog…The Meatball. Wagner’s ongoing legal experience has ranged from handling speeding tickets to arguing and winning several cases before the Wisconsin Supreme Court…sometimes in the same week! Wagner’s life experiences includes the defining watershed of motherhood, and stints as a girl scout troop leader, truck stop waitress, office temp, judicial clerk, and radio talk show host. She counts both wearing spike heels and learning to use a cordless drill and chainsaw among her “late blooming” discoveries, and would be hard pressed to surrender either her favorite stilettos or her power tools. For more on Mary, visit her website.

We asked her some questions.

How and when did you decide, or discover, that you were to be a writer?

Well, it’s been a long and interesting journey. I was never one of those writers who kept a journal when they were young or knew at an early age that this was their chosen path. I sort of stumbled into journalism as a sophomore in college, and found myself hooked from my first basic reporting class. So I started out in newspaper work which is pretty straightforward. Then I started freelancing for magazines when I was raising my children. After a serious horseback riding accident, I changed gears completely and went to law school at the age of forty. I seriously thought that my writing days were behind me then…but after several years as a prosecuting attorney, I let some friends talk me into blogging. So I created my first website, “Running with Stilettos,” in 2007, and somehow the ability to write simply for myself instead of for a particular publication has been absolutely LIBERATING!

Describe your writing process.

Ideally, I would wake up at my leisure, make a cup of tea and cut a slab of chocolate chip cheesecake to jump start the process, and let words ebb and flow from my fingertips as I steal glances at the wildlife in my backyard through the windows in my family room. Bwah ha ha ha!!! Real life is a lot different. Any time I get seized by a spasm of inspiration and want to sit down to write, nine out of ten times one–or both–of the two cats will decide to park themselves in front of the screen and demand attention. After ten minutes of cat-resettling, I can finally start to type. Away from home, I write ideas down on napkins, in notebooks, on the backs of envelopes, and sometimes as notes in my iPhone. At any given moment I’m juggling three or four ideas at once and add to them as I can.

What was the inspiration behind what you’ll be reading at Waterline?

I’ll be reading a piece I wrote called “Mink Recycling.” It started when my godmother passed away a few years ago. I went through her things as part of getting ready for the estate sale, and was quite surprised to find a lovely mink stole hanging in the hall closet. She had never married, and didn’t really lead a “mink stole” kind of life! It didn’t sell, and so eventually it made its way home with me. I feel like both the mink and I share a new lease on life!

What are you working on now?

Well, at the moment, I’m nearly halfway through a mid-grade book featuring a cat and a circus museum. Two YA novels are in the works as well, along with a grown-up suspense novel that I’ve worked on in fits and starts for several years. AND…just as the year turned over to 2015, I joined the official team of bloggers at Growing Bolder, so I’m trying to pull my weight in that department too!

Apr 162015
 
Celebration of Poetry in Public Spaces – Blues Month in Aurora
There was such a positive response to the April Celebration of Poetry in Public Spaces, that they’re going to do it again. The City of Aurora, Aurora Downtown, and Cultural Creatives, Inc. are hosting another call for poems, this time with a Blues theme, to celebrate Blues Month in Aurora (June). Open to any local writer who currently resides in the Fox Valley region. Submission deadline is Thursday, April 30th, 5:00 p.m. Submit one original poem, written in English, in Microsoft Word, as an email attachment to kfc16@sbcglobal.net. You may submit work that has been previously published as long as your submission doesn’t violate any arrangements you have made with that publisher. The poem must not exceed 20 lines, including the spaces between stanzas. In your email submission, provide your name, your mailing address, your phone number, and your email address. Nine poems will be selected by a jury for display in the kiosks located in downtown Aurora, at the Route 59 and Route 25 train stations, and in the windows of five downtown Aurora buildings. Authors will be acknowledged in publicity and media releases but will not be compensated financially. Authors retain the rights to their work.