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April is National Poetry Month

Written on April 4, 2015

Though Chicago’s weather may not reflect it, spring has sprung.  And there’s no better time to embrace the beauty of the season and our senses’ awakening, than to celebrate it along with a little poetry. After all, “Roses are red. Violets are blue.” April is officially designated as National Poetry Month. Established originally in 1996, by the  Continue Reading »

A Poetic Tribute to Black History Month

Written on February 4, 2015

Image Credit: Henry L. Jones February is National Black History Month. A time to recognize, celebrate and embrace the collective contributions of African Americans through literature, awareness programs, and events on local and national levels. Accordingly, here are a few creative pieces authored by Black artists, dealing with the African American experience–for your edification and enjoyment.   LIKE WINE, WE RARE  Continue Reading »

Happy Holidays!

Written on December 25, 2014

Wishing you the joy of the season, peace and Goodwill.   From our door to yours….

CWA names its 2014 book award winners

Written on December 6, 2014

The four winners of the Chicago Writers Association’s 4th Annual Book of the Year Awards serve up a literary buffet that brings out the flavor of the Midwestern experience. There’s a little something to fill any book-lover’s appetite. A haunted house story set in a fictional town outside of Chicago. A tale of political intrigue  Continue Reading »

Recap of 3rd Annual Writers Block Party

Written on September 8, 2014

Promoting Yourself as a Writer/Author By: Marcie Hill On Saturday, August 16, 2014, Chicago Writers Association (CWA) and its Rockford affiliate, In Print, co-sponsored the 3rd Annual Writers Block Party at the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin, Illinois. Five panelists, Dan Burns, Libby Fischer Hellman, Marcie Hill, Dana Kaye and Mare Swallow shared their  Continue Reading »

On Rejection and Renewal-Guest Post by Warren Adler

Written on August 13, 2014

  On Rejection and Renewal: A Note to Aspiring Novelists by The War of the Roses Author, Warren Adler You’ve spent months, perhaps years, composing your novel. You’ve read and reread it hundreds of times. You’ve rethought it, rewritten it, and revised it, changed characters, dialogue and plot lines. Writing your novel is the most important  Continue Reading »

Books Ink Launches Summer Workshops for Writers

Written on July 6, 2014

“Write Right, Write Now,” sponsored by Books Ink, at 1835 W. 103rd Street, Chicago, is open to writers of all levels and genres. Established to help writers to increase their skills and their bottom line, sessions will be held on Saturdays throughout the summer. Workshop topics include: landing an agent, legal issues for writers, publishing  Continue Reading »

4 Reasons to Compare Yourself to Other Writers

Written on June 15, 2014

By: Jennifer Brown Banks Don’t believe what you’ve been told. You know: the well-intentioned, widely circulated advice that contends that you should never compare yourself to other writers. Hogwash. This kind of recommendation can stunt your creative growth, limit your horizons, and cause complacency. In fact, I just read one of these misguided blog posts recently,  Continue Reading »

April is National Poetry Month

Written on April 15, 2014

April marks National Poetry Month. In tribute, here are a few selections for your reading pleasure.   A TRIBUTE TO SINGER JILL SCOTT U Make notes gloat Each time You send them into the universe Proud to be The medium By which you move So many— Privileged For their part, In the joy You create. (C) 2006 Jennifer  Continue Reading »