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October Marks National Arts & Humanities Month

Written on October 4, 2016

October is National Arts and Humanities Month. A time devoted to increasing awareness and cultivating appreciation for our country’s culture and rich creative communities. The month long celebration focuses on the following four objectives: FOCUSING on the arts at local, state, and national levels; ENCOURAGING individuals and organizations to participate in the arts; ALLOWING governments and businesses to  Continue Reading »

Excerpt from Carpe Diem, Illinois – Winner of the CWA 2014 Book of the Year Award for Non-traditionally Published Fiction by Kristin A. Oakley

Written on September 14, 2016

     At the corner of Tiger Whip Road and Highway 20, Patrick Holden slumped over the handle bars of his idling Harley. The motorcycle’s black leather seat and saddle bags were creased with age, the twenty-year-old fenders dusty but barely scarred. Patrick hadn’t aged as well as his bike. Years of fighting school administrators,  Continue Reading »

Excerpt from Empire of Deception: The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation – Winner of the Chicago Writers Association 2015 Book of the Year Award for Traditionally Published Nonfiction by Dean Jobb

Written on August 30, 2016

       The bold type at the top of page one screamed for Chicago’s attention.      LAUNCH WORLD-WIDE HUNT FOR KORETZ, WHO SWINDLED CHICAGO BUSINESS MEN OUT OF MILLIONS.      Within hours of the announcement that Cook County State’s Attorney Robert Crowe was investigating Leo Koretz’s Panamanian oil fraud – an eighteen-year  Continue Reading »

Excerpt from We Hope You Like This Song by Bree Housley

Written on July 5, 2016

Excerpt from We Hope You Like This Song – winner of the 2013 Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year Award for Traditional Non-Fiction by Bree Housley Laverne and Shirley. Carrie and Miranda. Hillary, Whitney, and CC Bloom. Goose and Maverick? You bet your ass. Whether they’re sipping martinis or flying mother-freaking jets, these pop culture  Continue Reading »

Summer Reads for Your Enjoyment

Written on June 5, 2016

  “Summer time and the living is easy.” And there’s no better way to relieve stress, mellow out, and escape, than through the pages of a good book. Reading is a great form of recreation for writers, in that it helps to fire the imagination, helps us understand the needs of an audience, and increases  Continue Reading »

Motivational Quotes to Inspire & Enlighten

Written on May 17, 2016

We’re two weeks away from the mid-year. And some of us are still stuck trying to achieve those resolutions we aspired to back in January. True?  And with summer months soon to follow, let’s be realistic: our thoughts “migrate” to warm weather, beach activities, backyard barbeques and vacation time. Hello? But, the good news is it’s not too late to get  Continue Reading »

Grace by Dan Burns

Written on May 9, 2016

  Took out my key, saw two keyholes, Aimed for the one on the right. Been five years and six months Since the last time I got drunk, Came home to bear her wrath, Only to live with it each day since. I stood before her, wobbly and wondering. She stood, prim and proper, a  Continue Reading »

Have You Had Your “Coffee” Today?

Written on April 27, 2016

Coffeehouse for Writers Re-opens its Doors! Would you like to start a Blog? Finish a novel? Increase your social media savvy, or your bottom line? You’ll find needed courses and resources at the Coffeehouse for Writers! Since 1999, Coffeehouseforwriters.com has provided quality, affordable, online classes for writers of all levels and genres. The upcoming session,  Continue Reading »

Honoring National Poetry Month

Written on April 5, 2016

  There is much to be said about studying the works of famous poets throughout history. Noted poets such as e.e. Cummings, Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, Elizabeth Barrett-Browning, all impart important lessons on structure, technique, form, and various literary devices. But, we are also enhanced and enriched by examining the works and various styles of expression of our contemporaries.  Continue Reading »

Think Pink! Celebrate Women’s History Month

Written on March 7, 2016

March is Women’s History Month. A time to embrace, honor and trumpet the collective contributions of women worldwide. From the arts scene, to politics, to business, to fashion–women are trail blazers, innovators and trendsetters. Women’s History Month initially began as a week long celebration in 1978, in California. And has been recognized annually since 1987.   In an effort to support,  Continue Reading »