Dec 112014

On Sunday, December 21st  at 7 PM Waterline Writers will feature Blythe Baird, Kimberly Gotches, Wayne Johnson, Mike O’Mary and Harold Walker for readings that leap from falling Christmas trees to exploding Jewish Santas, from empowering spoken-word poetry to tales of back-country murder! You can even join in at the 5-minute-limit Open Mic after each event, Continue reading »

Dec 032014

Call for submissions from Waterline Writers and Water Street Studios: Artists and writers are often first to create awareness and envision solutions for the most important issues we face. This spring, Water Street Studios will host the first annual Artists As Visionaries, inviting artists of every media to research and respond to an issue that affects all of us. The focus of AAV 2015 is Climate Crisis: Solutions. In alignment with the Water Street Studios call for artists for its gallery show March 20th-May 2nd 2015, Waterline Writers seeks writing on this topic, and will devote its March 15th  2015, 7 PM  reading event to it. In addition to sharing creative responses to Climate Crisis: Solutions, experts will be invited to speak, workshops will be offered, dialogue within the community will be generated, and connections will be made. Continue reading »

Dec 192014

Need a last-minute gift for a young writer (or do you know a parent or grandparent who’d love this idea)? Enrollment is now open for Take My Word For It! classes at Water Street Studios for kids ages 8-12. TMWFI! is well-known in other areas but is brand new to the Chicago area! Classes begin Wed. January 21, 4-5 pm. Instructor: Kimberly Gotches (Kimberly is also one of Waterline Writers’ Dec 21st readers)! Sign up online or call 630-761-9977. Contact Chicago Area Director Trish Kredell at

Class description: What kind of writer are you and where will words take you today? Up a tree or behind the sun? Inside a velvet box or under a bridge? Take My Word For It! will ignite your passion for writing and help you feel safe and supported while you grow as a writer.  Since 2005, TMWFI! has worked with reluctant and enthusiastic writers alike, reminding kids that when it comes to their imaginations, the sky is the limit!

(Anne’s note: I would have given just about anything to take a class like this when I was a child–I might try to sign up even now!) Take My Word For It! 

New Take My Word For It! instructor Kimberly Gotches, preparing for “Truth From the Branches of My Family’s Tree”, the story she’s reading at Waterline Writers on Dec. 21st.


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WDCB 90.9 fm • Tonight Tuesday December 2 • 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm • Lilli Kuzma host of WDCB’s “Folk Festival” presents the Holiday Hoot with many special guests • Mark Dvorak will be on at 8 pm sharp for a 3 song set, including two new ones. Listen at 90.9 fm or stream live on the web at Check out more of Mark’s upcoming events or his 2014 appearance at Waterline Writers!