Jan 022018

Waterline Writers announces a Call for Submissions, Let The Blues Be Your Muse, for a blues-themed literary event to be held on Sunday, May 20th, 2018 at 7 PM at Water Street Studios in Batavia, IL. We welcome your submissions of poetry, prose, essays, and other written creations that evoke or celebrate blues music, this uniquely American art form with African roots.

This collaboration with the Fox Valley Music Foundation, Kiss the Sky Records and Water Street Studios sets the stage for area blues festivals on:

  • June 9, 2018:  Blues and Roots on Water Street, Batavia IL
  • June 14, 2018: Blues on Broadway, Aurora, IL
  • June 15-16, 2018: Blues on the Fox, Aurora IL

We’ll consider works of various lengths – from brief riffs on the blues to longer pieces. We seek diverse voices, styles and approaches. Here are a few ideas to consider:

  • Poems that bring to life the feel of blues music
  • Stories that feature blues music in the setting or characters
  • A fusion of blues and spoken word
  • Explorations of a blues song or a specific blues style
  • Personal perspectives on blues music
  • A portrayal of a blues musician
  • Lyrics to your own blues song
  • We’re open to writing that includes musical performances

Follow these Blues Event Submission Guidelines for writers:

  • We’ll accept submissions until 3/30/18
  • You must be available Sunday night 5/20/18
  • Length may be from 1-15 minutes
  • You may submit work previously read at Waterline or work that’s been previously published, if it doesn’t violate agreements with your publisher

Send your submission to waterlinewriters@gmail.com and:

  • Attach the work to be read
    • Maximum length for prose is about 2000 words
    • Poets, attach no more than 8 poems, all in one document
    • Spoken Word Poets & Musicians, send video or audio
  • Attach a short bio, maximum 75 words
  • Attach a photo in JPG or PNG format—a head shot works best

You’ll get a confirmation email in a few days & a decision notification after April 15th.

Questions? Contact us at waterlinewriters@gmail.com.


Oct 052017


Authors Eric Bodwell, Roger Breisch, Laura Henrikson, Cathy Kern and Eileen Kimbrough will be featured atthe next Waterline Writers event on Sunday, October 15th at 7 pm. Roger Breisch reads two deep-dive essays from Questions That Matter, which will be available for purchase; Eric Bodwell, Laura Henrikson and Eileen Kimbrough take the tough topics we all tackle and treat them to the poet’s unflinching touch; and a chapter from Cathy Kern’s My View of the Bright Moon will further illuminate the evening.

Admission is $5/$3 students. You’ll have the opportunity to purchase an author’s book, beer from Solemn Oath Brewery, wine from Bright Angel Wine, a hand-tooled pen from Wooden Writers or a hand-constructed book from Tieri Ton. We also offer food from The Market at Gaetano’s and desserts from Limestone Coffee & Tea!

Everyone is welcome! Writers may bring a 5-minute piece to share at our 8:30 Open Mic or visit Waterline Writers.org and follow the Submission Guidelines to be considered as a future featured writer. Waterline Writers, 3rd Sundays at 7 pm, September to May, in the art gallery at Water Street Studios 160 S. Water Street, Batavia IL. Find us on Facebook or Twitter. Contact us at waterlinewriters@gmail.com.

Sep 152017

A previous post said Waterline’s event would happen BEFORE the Cuban music, but it was incorrect. Waterline Writers will be held at 7 PM (our usual time) on Sept. 17th, at Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St. in Batavia, IL. This month we are inviting everyone to come early, between 5 and 6:30 pm, for a rare opportunity to hear Cuban & Colombian musicians, in the adjoining Kiss The Sky Record Store. Find more event information on Waterline’s live literature or KTS’s concert by following those links!  -AV

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!

Sep 302016

The next Waterline Writers event is Sunday, Oct 16th 2016 at 7 pm. Everyone is welcome! Hear a chapter from Julie Oleszek’s The Fifth Floor, a powerful story of a teen’s struggle with grief and anorexia; savor fine literary poetry from three Waterline favorites, Kevin Burris, Katie Phillips and Lennart Lundh; then experience the change of tone and momentum in Hillary Kobernick’s insightful spoken word poetry. The authors’ books will be available for sale and signing. Admission is $5/$3 students. Writers, bring a 5-minute piece to share at our 8:30 Open Mic or visit WaterlineWriters.org to find submission info for future events and browse videos of past readings. We meet 3rd Sundays at 7 pm, September to May, in the beautiful art gallery at Water Street Studios 160 S. Water Street, Batavia IL. Like us on Facebook!  Contact us at waterlinewriters@gmail.com. 

Jan 092016

Waterline Writers announces its next literary event, Sunday Jan. 17th, 2016 at 7 pm. Everyone is welcome to hear this month’s five featured writers! The art gallery at Water Street Studios is the perfect place for Vida Cross’s poems, rich with the colors of Archibald J. Motley, and also Michelle Donfrio’s, dancing with partners as diverse as Gatsby and … Hefner! Jenny Scott’s “Ruder Still” is a short, tempered story of aging with a very short temper and very little grace. With Donald J. Hunt, we experience time-travel, as well as a measure of Jupiter Justice, then we flank retired Marine Corps Lt. Col. Harold G. Walker on his first day — and night — in Vietnam. A 5-minute-limit open mic follows at 8:30 PM.

Waterline Writers, 3rd Sundays, September to May, 7 PM (Jan 17, Feb 21, Mar 20, Apr 17, May 15). $5 admission, $3 students. Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water Street, Batavia IL.

Submission info and videos of 225 readings at waterlinewriters.org. Contact us: waterlinewriters@gmail.com

Nov 082015

We recently asked people what they value about Waterline Writers. Here, Mary McHugh responds:

Waterline Writers creates a rare forum for the exchange of language and ideas between writers and readers. It celebrates the spoken word – not for sake of language alone, but rather for the sake of raising words up off of the page and bringing them out into the world. We ask ourselves: Does art exist if it remains unseen? Does music have melody if it remains unheard? Does poetry have meter if it remains unread? Waterline Writers brings the best amateur and professional writers of all genres together with lovers of the same to share the deepest value of writing and reading; binding us all together in the truths of why we laugh, love, weep, scowl, gossip, dance, mourn and celebrate.

Mary McHugh

Aug 282015

John Arends, Corey Dillard, Ed Herdrich, Mary Hutchings Reed, Bruce Steinberg with Henriette Agnes.  Waterline Writers kicks off its 2015-2016 season of monthly reading events with five writers whose diverse styles and genres share one commonality: their high literary quality! John Arends will share his beautiful poetry and maybe a sneak preview of an upcoming film script; Edward Herdrich’s story takes us into a soldier’s transition from active duty to “the company”; Mary Hutchings Reed excerpts from her most recent novel, Saluting the Sun; Bruce Steinberg shares the memories of Henriette, whose house was surrounded by Nazis when she was three days shy of her 6th birthday, and Corey Davis Dillard uses his spoken word superpowers to cast yet another literary spell over our audience. Everyone is welcome; you don’t have to be a writer! Come to listen once a month, and let the words and work of writers from all over the Chicago area (and beyond) inspire you for days to come! 3rd Sundays from September to May at 7 PM, with open mic to follow. $5! Put these dates on your calendar now: Sept 20, Oct 18, Nov 15, Dec 20, Jan 17, Feb 21, Mar 20, Apr 17 and May 15th. As always, the events are held at the art gallery at Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water Street, Batavia IL.

Jun 242015

tmwfiWe’re looking for kids who already have a passion for writing AND for those who don’t even know how much fun it can be! “Take My Word For It!” is offering creative writing classes this July at Water Street Studios! TMWFI’s innovative curriculum is designed for young authors, and summer sessions include lots of creativity-inspiring activities.

3rd – 5th grades: July 6-10 (M-F, 10 am – 12pm); 6th – 8th grades: July 20-24 (M-F, 10 am-12 pm). Sign up online!

Learn more about TMWFI’s history and curriculum at takemywordforit.net or get more info about these new, local classes at tmwfichicago@gmail.com.