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Volume 6 | Number 2 | April 2016

May General Meeting


Owner of Sprockets Websites, Don Gingold says, “Like diet and exercise, the key to marketing is consistency. A little at a time is better than slapdash bursts.” At the In Print May General Meeting, Don Gingold will share some of his expertise on utilizing the web to market your writing abilities.
Still on a Writer's High

From April 14th to the 17th, 2016 ten In Printers attended UW-Madison’s Writers’ Institute at the Concourse Hotel in downtown Madison. We participated in workshops on craft and paths to publication, pitched our stories, sold our books, and mingled at mixers. We listened to keynote speakers
Dan Blank who talked about growing your audience by learning about your readers and national book awards winner Hank Philippi Ryan who inspired us with her storytelling. We ate at Great Dane off the square with former member Becca Kojetin who flew in from Nashville and connected with writers we’d just met. It was another incredibly inspirational weekend – can’t wait until next year! ~Kristin
You Never Know
2016 UW Madison Writers’ Institute Impressions
By Tricia Wagner 

Attendees of the 2016 UW Madison Writers’ Institute came away bubbling with excitement and brimming with ambition. Participants ranged from aspiring authors to budding writers (I’m one of these) to blooming artists, and opportunities for networking and the delicious exchange of trade secrets over wine were plentiful. Thirty-three mind-blowing instructors delivered a deluge of information critical to our goals of finding our creative voices, developing our craft, building our platforms, and scaffolding the framework needed to someday see a masterpiece in print. Between sessions, the passageways and coffee bars were jam packed with writers exchanging notes and hugging one another with congratulations and support for all the beginnings and beginnings of beginnings that transpired behind the curtain of the agents’ suite.

Coming away from the Institute, one can’t help but sing the praises of Director
Laurie Scheer, and her top-notch team, who readied the stage for magic to happen. And magic did happen. The magic of a writing conference is the same magic that manifests when, an hour after you’ve confronted the blank page, a world has risen out of ink. There’s a moment when there is nothing. And then there’s a moment when there is everything. Keynote speaker, Hank Phillippi Ryan, award winning author and journalist, shared that she does not celebrate the day she met her husband, but rather the day before she met him, naming the occasion, You Never Know day.

I came away from Madison on Sunday with the business cards of a dozen new friends, forty pages of notes so valuable that I’m thinking of having them preserved in
carbonite, and three invitations from agents to send them pages of two manuscripts I’ve completed (one even requested a full!). Going onward, I might name the fourteenth of April You Never Know day, celebrating that glistening black moment just before the sun breeches the sharp rim of the Earth and a world is born.

Today, four days later, I’m still buzzing with adrenaline. I keep asking myself whether all of it really just happened. Can I really do this? Can I write tension on every page? Can I build a world? Can I learn to speak the language of story? Can I dazzle an agent with my opening lines? Can I make a reader fall in love? For the answer, I look to the sage advice of Hank Phillippi Ryan’s mother: “You will if you want to.” 

Dynamic Opportunity

Want to join a dynamic group of writers who make it all happen? Join the In Print Board! We are currently looking for someone to fill the treasurer position. No accounting background needed, just the ability to balance a checkbook. For more information, contact Kristin, or talk to any board member at our April meeting. 
June Writers' Retreat

The Write by the River retreat at Cindy Kremer's house is full! If you signed up for this wonderful writing opportunity, you will be contacted directly with details.
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Calendar of Events
In Print Meetings
Second Saturday of every month

1-4 p.m.
At the Cherry Valley Library, 755 East State Street, Cherry Valley, IL 

General Meeting Programs

May 14: Don Gingold - utilizing the Web to market your writing abilities. 
NOTE: Different meeting location
1 to 4 p.m. at the Rockford Public Library, East Branch6685 East State St.
Rockford, IL 61108

Jun. 11: Travel Writing - Director of Programs Louise Brass will present a program on travel writing. Members can bring photos or pictures of their most desired travel location to discuss writing possibilities, and pen and paper for three writing exercises 
1 to 4 p.m. at the Cherry Valley Public Library, 755 E. State Street, Cherry Valley.

July 9: Chris Linden - Editor of the Northwest Quarterly Magazine, will tell us what magazine editors are looking for from freelance writers, photographers, and graphic artists, and how new technology is changing the face of magazine journalism.

Other Writing Events 

Jun. 11 - 1232nd Annual Printers Row Fest, on and around the area of Dearborn Street, from Congress to Polk streets in Chicago
Jun. 9, 9 am to 4 pm,
Writers' Retreat
Jun. 13 – 17, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm each day, Write-by-the-Lake Writer's Workshop and Retreat

In Print welcomes new members!
Do you know anyone who would like to join In Print?
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Board Members

Kristin Oakley
Lisa Roettger 
Ted Iverson
Committee Chairs
Louise Brass
Margie Seger
Mary Lamphere
Information (Radio) 
Bob Francis
Linda Kleczkowski
Kathleen Tresemer
Kathleen Weber
Ad Hoc Word of Art
Mary Lamphere

Share your news

In Printers who want to share information about newly published work, awards, book signings or other writing milestones should send it to

Deadline for May In Print Insider submissions is May 25.
The Write City Magazine

The Write City Magazine, published by the Chicago Writers Association, is currently looking for submissions. We welcome quality poetry, fiction and nonfiction, including short stories, personal essays, op-eds, biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, interviews, play and novel excerpts (if self-contained), plus writing tips and resources
Submission guidelines: Include your full name, the title of your submission, your email address, and website link (if available) plus a personal photograph and a short 150 word bio. While submissions previously published on personal blogs are acceptable, we do not accept submissions previously published in other publications. 
  • Prose: Submit no more than one prose piece at a time. Prose should be single-spaced, Times New Roman font, and no longer than 1,500 words.
  • Poetry: Submit no more than three poems at a time. Poems should be single-spaced in a Times New Roman font.
Email submission to: Please keep in mind that submissions may be edited.
What's Happening on In Print Radio in May?  

In Print Radio is the number two show on WBOM. Tune in Monday mornings at 7:00 with repeat broadcasts on Sunday mornings at 7:00.  In March, In Print Radio features the following shows:
May 2: Richard Pulfer talks with Paula Hendrickson about making a living as a freelance writer
May 9: Kathleen Tresemer talks with author Shari Brady
May 16: Philip Warden talks with travelogue writer Cyntha Clampitt
May 23: Ted Iverson talks with author Shawn Weaver
May 30: Richard Pulfer talks with writer Doug Shiloh

Short segments will follow the main interviews, including poems, story readings, and short interviews.  Listen so we can make In Print Radio number one!
We need your help with In Print Radio!  We have a number of authors who would like to be interviewed (in some cases re-interviewed) by In Print.  Contact for more information.

Word of Art 3D

We will not be accepting word submissions until the fall, but there're no rules about writing NOW. 
Word of Art 3D has been invited by the 
Burpee Museum of Natural History to participate in their 75th Anniversary celebration! 

For inspiration, visit the museum. Walk through the exhibits, participate in special events, admire the wealth of history available locally. 

The Burpee Museum of Natural History is located at 
737 North Main Street Rockford, IL, on the banks of the Rock River along the newly renovated Riverwalk. It is the museum's goal to "inspire all people to engage in a lifetime of discovery and learning about the natural world, through preservation and interpretation." We encourage you to use this statement as inspiration for your submissions.
Stay tuned for details and deadlines! Also, a reminder that this year we will be open to dimensional art. Ceramics, mosaics, jewelry, etc...

Mary Lamphere
Word of Art 3D Chairperson,
Writers as Readers (WaR) Book Club

The Writers as Readers (WaR) April book selection was The Professor's House by Willa Cather
The Professor’s House is a slice of life narrative about a middle aged professor, Godfrey St. Peter, who finds himself, at what should be the pinnacle of his life, despondent and disillusioned. 
In attempts to ward off his ever growing depression, Godfrey St. Peter turns to fond memories of his past, in particular his friendship with one-time student Tom Outland. Tucked within the professor’s tale is a story within a story, “Tom Outland’s Story”. 
Read the rest of the The Professor's House summary at

WaR meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm at the CherryVale Mall Barnes & Noble, unless otherwise noted. Our discussions touch on subjects related to the craft of writing such as, the story's structure and style, characterization, plot development, setting, etc.

WaR meetings are open to the reading public. Join us every month or as your schedule allows for lively literary discussions. Contact Linda at for more information.
2016 Calendar
May 3 â€“ Lilith’s Brood, Octavia E. Butler
June 7 – Gilead: A Novel, Marilynne Robinson
July 5 – The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream, Thomas L. Dyja

Prompt Club 

The Prompt Club meets once a month and focuses on prompt inspired short stories. As a member of In Print you are able to join this monthly commitment. We focus on one thousand word stories because they're about a five minute read, are a terrific editing tool, and fit the recommended word count for many journals and contests.
 In April, the prompt was based on a quote by author, Adam Johnson, "I think the short story is a machine, and it has lots of gears that turn: voice, style, architecture, chronology, scene selection."
We upped the word count to 1500 and encouraged writers to focus on the "gears" or literary elements of their story.
Due to the
Cherry Valley Library Spring Fling Book Sale, we will NOT meet in May, but encourage everyone to write a story based on the prompt, Your character develops a super power that isn’t really that super.
Maybe your character can suddenly read minds and realizes that with today's digital communications, there's no difference between what's inside and what's on the screen. 
Perhaps your protagonist realizes he can fly only to discover--in the worst possible way--that he's desperately afraid of heights.
Or maybe the attitude your character gains surrounding this "super power" negates the positive benefits of it.
Maybe her super power is that she can stream video through her eyes, or make butter from cream with a single touch, or start her car without a key. Cool, but so what?
After word count discussions at the April meeting, we decided to focus on story-telling. If you can put together a terrific, complete story in 500 words, go for it! If it takes you 1500 words to round out a tale with beginning, middle and end, then that's what it takes.
Our next meeting will be June 21 at 6 pm at the Cherry Valley Library.
If you are interested in more information about The Prompt Club, contact Mary Lamphere at
This and That

Join CWA at the Printers Row Lit Fest!
For the third consecutive year, the Chicago Writers Association has applied for a full tent at the Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest. We invite our member authors to join us under the tent.
As we did last year, we are making available a total of 48 half-day slots for author signings (24 on Saturday, June 11, and 24 on Sunday, June 12). There will be 12 authors signing at all times. The time slots for both days will be 10 am to 2 pm and 2 pm to 6 pm. Limit: one slot per author.
Cost: $50
Payments must be made online with PayPal using the button on our website.  Spaces are only available to registered members.
When purchasing a slot online use the drop down box to select your date and time.  Dates and time slots are first come, first served. If your first choice is sold out, consider another date and time.
Note: we are not accepting payment by any method other than PayPal. All payments are non-refundable as of May 31, 2016. In the event that we do not get the requested space, all payments will be refunded.
Register now at! Don't wait until it's too late. 

CWA Book of the Year Awards
If you’ve published a book in the last year (between July 1st, 2015 to June 30, 2016) be sure to enter it in the Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year Awards. Click here for the details.

Over 60 Writing Challenge Competition
21st Annual Senior Lifestyle Expo. Entrants must have reached their 60th birthday on or before August 23rd, 2016. 
Entries must be 300 words or less. Put into words: What is your idea of Paradise, and why do you feel that way? 
Deadline for entries is July 29, 2016. Click here for more details and instructions on how to enter.

In Print Website

The In Print website features information about In Print, but also about its members.  If you have a writing related event coming up, please let me know so I can post it on the website.  Our site gets more than a thousand hits every month and is connected to our Twitter and Facebook feeds.  Take advantage of this opportunity to get your words out there.  Contact me, Linda Kleczkowski, ( with your news.
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