Jan 132016

Each year Waterline Writers and friends volunteer to judge Slammin’ The Sun Down, the teen spoken word poetry competitions where “the points are not the point; the poetry is the pointbut judges get to assign points anyway—after 15 minutes of training!  You don’t have to be a spoken word poet, a poet, or even a writer to be a judge.  If you have an open heart and an interest in young people and how they see they world they are inheriting and trying to negotiate, you’re qualified!

Poetry club students from Schaumburg, Bartlett, Glenbard East, and 3 Chicago high schools compete in these regional competitions in preparation for Louder Than A Bomb* in Chicago next month.

This year’s hosts are Adam Gottlieb and Corey Davis Dillard. For the workshops, they are joined by teaching artist  +

If YOU will be available THIS SATURDAY, January 16, from 9:30-3 (or even from 9:30-12), email us at waterlinewriters@gmail.com. There is no cost to judges for admission and participation in the workshops. If you’re not judging, admission is $7. This year STSD will be at:

Schaumburg High School 
1100 W Schaumburg Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60194

9:00 – 9:45 Student Check-in & Ice Breakers

9:30 Check-in for the judges!
9:45 – 10:15 Opening Ceremonies

10:15-10-30 Training for the judges!
10:30 – 11:30 Preliminary Bouts

(you’ll be assigned to one of two rooms)
11:30 – 12:00 Lunch (free for judges)
12:15 – 1:00 Breakout Workshops (free for judges)
1:00 – 1:30 Open stage for Workshop material
1:45 – 2:45 Finals for winners of a.m. bouts

(fewer judges needed)

Email waterlinewriters@gmail.com to sign up or ask questions, then visit Slammin’ The Sun Down on Facebook, and click Join or Maybe!

Testimonials: Judges say “I’d love to help out again next year!” and “I have been telling everyone–there is no shortage of young talent on the literary scene!” and “I was blown away! I wasn’t expecting it to be such an inspiring 2 hours!” “It was so much fun and I got a good poem out of the workshop.”

Diana Zwinak, Executive Director of Teen Writers and Artists Project, the organization that makes this event a reality, says, “Y’all don’t even KNOW the magic that can happen here!”  Anne Veague of Waterline Writers adds, “The opportunity to experience STSD as a judge really is one of the best opportunities we can send your way–don’t miss it!”

Louder Than A Bomb * links to the award-winning documentary about this phenomenon’s Chicago origins. The website with current details is under construction for a few days.

Nov 022015


It’s that time of year again. Novelists – this is your month. NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) has commenced. To help you get that novel done, both the Batavia Library and the Geneva Library are hosting NaNoWriMo writes this Saturday (November 7th)! Go to the Batavia Library from 9:30 am to 1 pm, and then to the Geneva Public Library  from 1 to 4:30 pm the same day. Both will have coffee and snacks in the meeting room, as well as power strips. Thanks to our local libraries for promoting writing in our area!

Jul 162015

AASLogoAnderson Animal Shelter will celebrate their 30th Annual Gala Dinner & Auction, A Night to Paws, on November 14th at the Q Center in St. Charles. This annual premier fundraiser allows the shelter to continue to save lives and impact the community. Attendees are treated to a wonderful evening with dinner, entertainment and a chance to bid on some spectacular auction items.

That’s where you come in! This year the shelter would like to auction off a local author book basket. Please consider donating your book, preferably signed! An associate of Anderson will be more than happy to pick it up. The book does not have to be animal themed and “local” can be anywhere in Illinois. If you would like a charitable donation receipt, provide your address and Anderson will send you one.

Book baskets have been very popular in past years and I believe this local author themed basket is going to be something really incredible and desirable. Any bibliophile or writer will want to bid on it. Please consider donating – it’s for a great cause.

If you can donate, contact us at waterlinewriters@gmail.com and we will coordinate with Anderson to make it happen.

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.

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.