Jul 312017

Waterline Writers will be accepting submissions from August 1st through March 31st or until all reading slots are filled. Please send only ONE submission. If you have others, just mention that in your email. Follow our NEW Submission Guidelines and read the Tips for various types of submissions. Submissions that don’t meet the requirements will be returned as time allows. Click Submissions to find all Guidelines and Tips. It’s also a good idea to read the general FAQs about our events!

Mar 152017

Reading slots for our May 21st event have been filled and we’ll announce our lineup soon! We are not accepting or reading submissions again until August 1st, 2017. To stay informed, Like Waterline Writers on Facebook or subscribe to our website. Remember that no events are held in June, July or August due to our summer hiatus. Our 2017-2018 event dates are: Sept 17, Oct 15, Nov 19, Dec  17, Jan 21, Feb 18, Mar 18, Apr 15, May 20. See you on May 21st!

Mar 032015

KeepCalmWNIJ is calling all authors in the Northern Public Radio listening area to submit their published work for consideration in the summer edition of the WNIJ ReadWithMe Book Series which airs in June. Submissions will be accepted through April 3.

We’re accepting novels, graphic novels, memoirs, and collections of stories, essays and poetry. In addition to the submission of your piece, please include information on the current availability of your work to the general public. Selected authors will be notified in April and will need to be available in May to record interviews in our studios.

Interested? Visit http://northernpublicradio.org/post/author-author for more information.

Jan 252015

If you aren’t qualified to write about the hard science of Climate Crisis: Solutions, then address conscious evolution—how can we overcome age-old barriers to understanding each other and acting together for our common good?–or educational systems which don’t teach critical thinking, or politico-economic hydras, or perhaps the panaceas offered by recycling our packaging, reusing our shopping bags, and other small steps we take “at home”. All facets examined; all voiced needed. Deadline for submissions is Feb 1st. -Anne Veague

Jan 252015

Feb 1st is the deadline for submissions to Climate Crisis: Solutions, our March 15th event. Common ???’s: Are we REALLY expecting writers to envision solutions? Or just depictions of what the future might be like? It’s a tall order, but it’s the former. Before you give up, consider a couple of things, writers! Remember the precedent set by science fiction writers. Think of the technology we take for granted today that made its first appearance at the end of someone’s pen. When a poet withdrew a submission because “I’ve never been one for solutions, only asking questions and/or thinking about life on this planet”, I replied that the fact that your poetry has “no answers” shouldn’t deter you from writing (and sharing!) your careful observations, keen fears, wild schemes or “I-have-a-dreams” about our planet and our future. Whether your poems contain precise roadmaps and checklists which will lead us onto a clear path out of the acid-rain-soaked woods, or whether they just cause listeners and readers to pause to look at the world more closely, reflect on the intricacies of ecosystems, or think more critically about our global realities, please think about life on this planet, please ask the questions, please write about it as only a poet/writer can! Yes, we know you don’t have The Solution. But you have the heightened perceptions and the vision to ask really good questions and the words to ask them really well. You have the ability to phrase them in ways that people will notice and maybe remember. You may even have little solutions and medium solutions, and if you all try, and we all try, we are going to build up better questions and a lot of awareness and, I predict, a lot of solutions. Building blocks. Tipping points. A-ha moments. Everyone has a say in our future. Give it your best shot. -Anne Veague


Jan 082015

The deadline for Climate Crisis: Solutions poetry and prose is Feb 1st!

Writers! Please add your voices to the Water Street Studios lineup of art shows, speakers and workshops by entering the poetry contest or submitting an essay, column or story to Waterline Writers. Selected prose pieces will be shared at the Waterline reading event on Sunday March 15th. Winning poems will be shared at Waterline and at the WSS art show on Fri. March 20th. In addition, interdisciplinary artist Luis Mejico will create work based on the written submissions and perform at both events.

Art Juror: Jim Jenkins; Poetry Judge: Kristin LaTour. Questions: Anne Veague at waterlinewriters@gmail.com.


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

Last call: Deadline for submissions for poetry and prose: Feb 1st! For art: Feb 15th.

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 1st 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 conjunction with the art show at Water Street Studios from 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. Look for additional events featuring expert speakers, workshops, and classes to increase dialogue and foster connections as we seek solutions. Continue reading »

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).

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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