Jan 132017
 

Before each Waterline Writers event we conduct a short interview with each of our featured writers. This month Shayne Morgan Phillips shares information with us about her background, her involvement with T-WAAP, and how we can help support T-WAAP.

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How did you get involved with T-WAAP?

I’ve been involved in T-WAAP since high school, largely thanks to an old friend who pushed me to attend creative writing club and dragged me to one of my first T-WAAP events. Soon after, it “clicked,” that it was the right place for me, and I wanted anything and everything to do with the organization. I have been working closely with Diana and the rest of the staff for several years now. Continue reading »

Jan 122017
 

Before each Waterline Writers event we conduct a short interview with each of our featured writers. This month Adam Gottlieb shares information with us about his background, his involvement with T-WAAP, and how we can help support T-WAAP.

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How did you get involved with T-WAAP?

I met Diana through the teachers program “Check the Method” at Young Chicago Authors. I was already on a mission to help build the Chicago Youth Spoken Word scene, and Diana inspired me to become an ambassador from the city to the suburbs, to help expand the movement and build more cultural bridges between communities that have been historically isolated from each other. Continue reading »

Jan 112017
 

Before each Waterline Writers event we conduct a short interview with each of our featured writers. This month Diana Zwinak shares information with us about her background, her involvement with T-WAAP, and how we can help support T-WAAP.

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How did you get involved with T-WAAP?

One of my students, Qoc’avib Revolorio, came to me as a freshman and requested that I start a creative writing club at the school where I taught. Throughout his 4 years in school, he introduced me to Young Chicago Authors, Louder Than a Bomb, and became the inspiration for the founding of Teen Writers and Artists Project and helped initiate many of the activities that the organization sponsors and the people that have become integral to its daily operations. Continue reading »

Jan 102017
 

Before each Waterline Writers event we conduct a short interview with each of our featured writers. This month Corey Dillard (the man on the right in the photo below) shares information with us about his background, his involvement with T-WAAP, and how we can help support T-WAAP.

That's Corey on the far right.

How did you get involved with T-WAAP?

I got involved with T-Waap though my friend, Russ Deveraux. He was working on a show for T-Waap called Lit Lab 51 and asked me to be a part of it. After a while, he got too busy to work on the show, so I took over for him and then started working more and more with the organization until I got to where I am now. Continue reading »

Jan 032017
 

Waterline Writers will feature Teen Writers and Artists Project (TEE-wop) poets on Sunday, January 15th at 7 PM, just days before the first competitive event of their slam poetry season. If you don’t know what that means, come find out as they hone their craft, revealing hopes, fears and heartaches with enthusiasm and insight.  In addition to poets from area high schools, Director Diana Zwinak and Teaching Artists Adam GottliebCorey Dillard and Shayne Morgan Phillips will perform. Don’t miss hearing them! This unique event is being held at Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia, IL. Admission is $5 ($3 for students), with fantastic food from Gaetano’s Market and Solemn Oath craft beer or Bright Angel wine for $5! No Open Mic on Jan 15th.

Want to know more? T-WAAP hosts three free Wordplay writing workshops, open mics, and featured performers monthly. On January 21st, they’ll hold their annual spoken word poetry competition, Slammin’ The Sun Down, a preliminary event for poets preparing for Chicago’s Louder Than A Bomb competitions in February. T-WAAP is poised to make its programs available to many more teens in the next few years. Watch the T-WAAP video to learn more! To donate and help bring quality writing programs to area teens, visit Guidestar or come to Waterline Writers on Sunday, Jan. 15th at 7 pm!

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Dec 142016
 

Due to the extremely cold weather forecast, Waterline Writers is cancelled for Dec. 18th. We’ll reschedule Teen Writers and Artists Project, but regret that Kimberly Gotches will return to New Mexico and we won’t have the chance to host her in person until next December. Since we know that you’re disappointed about that, you can purchase her new book of stories, Under the Branches, right now on Amazon! It is a great little collection, full of Kimberly’s warmth–just what we need at this time of year. Stay tuned for our January plans!

Dec 122016
 

 

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

Before I was a writer, I was a reader. I knew I loved books. They formed a piece of my identity. My first stories sounded a lot like my favorite books—especially Anne of green Gables. As I grew older, I began to find my own voice. When I became a youth librarian, I knew I not only wanted to write, but I also wanted to share stories straight from my mouth to open ears and wide eyes. I also wanted to encourage others to share their own stories. Continue reading »

Dec 072016
 

Waterline will feature storyteller Kimberly Gotches and showcase many of Teen Writers and Artists Project‘s teen poets, plus Director Diana Zwinak and Teaching Artists Adam GottliebCorey Dillard and Shayne Morgan Phillips at our next event on Sunday, December 18th, at 7 PM. As always, the event is held at Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia, IL.

T-WAAP (TEE-wop) is hard at work right here in the western suburbs. In addition to 3 Wordplay writing workshops, open mics, and featured performers monthly, they offer school assemblies, mentor poetry teams, and host the annual spoken word poetry competition, Slammin’ the Sun Down, a preliminary event for poets preparing for Chicago’s famous Louder Than A Bomb competitions in February and March. Watch the T-WAAP video for a look at what they are up to!

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T-WAAP is poised to make its programs available to many more teens in the next few years. We are offering you a front-row-seat experience and a look behind-the-scenes as young poets hone their craft, reveal their fears and heartaches, and share their insights, energy and enthusiasm.
Admission is $5 ($3 for students).
No Open Mic on Dec. 18th.
We’ll have craft beer from Solemn Oath Breweries for $5, wine from Bright Angel Wines for $5 and fantastic food from Gaetano’s Market!