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2018-2019 Program Menu (PDF)

CWA Speakers Bureau Quick Fact:

Now in its ninth year, the Chicago Writers Association’s Speakers Bureau continues its rise as a go-to resource for local venues seeking spirited programs. This year’s Speakers Bureau menu features:

  • 70 original programs from 44 local presenters
  • 38 new programs touching on topics ranging from pop culture and writing to Chicago history

Programs on the CWA Speakers Bureau menu include key information to inform your programming decisions. Should you have interest in a particular program, please contact the presenter directly.

Program Topics

Have questions or comments about the CWA Speakers Bureau? Please contact Speakers Bureau Director Daniel P. Smith at smithwriting@gmail.com or (708) 717-6126.

Local Connections

NEW! “Redlined: A Memoir of Race, Change, and Fractured Community in 1960s Chicago” by Linda Gartz

Learn about the federal government’s lending policy that segregated America and its impact on the author’s community and family as recorded in long-hidden letters and diaries. Her landlord parents nurtured tenants and buildings on Chicago’s West Side from 1948-1994 all the while documenting their work-a-day world, the 1960s racial changes, riots, and aftermath. Presentation features redlining maps, readings, archive images, and sample diary entries. Q&A. (Teens and adults; 60 min; $150-300 with permission to sell books)

References

Elizabeth Cummings, Newberry Library, (312) 255-3610, cummingse@newberry.org; Alia Poulos, Loyola University, (708) 216-5426, apoulos2@luc.edu 

Website

www.LindaGartz.com

Contact

linda@lindagartz.com, (847) 328-5647 

NEW! “Schools in the Inner City and Suburbs of Chicago” by Roger Prosise

Communities across the country, rich and poor, have and need effective schools. Roger Prosise, a former inner-city Chicago student and teacher who later served as a suburban school principal and superintendent, discusses life and school in the now-gone Cabrini-Green housing project. The author of Housing Projects, Mansions, and Schools: An Educator’s Odyssey, Prosise will also discuss principles of effective schools in the city and suburbs. (Adults; 45 min; $200 with permission to sell books)

References

Bob Palas, Morton Grove Library, bpalas@mgpl.org, (847) 929-5122; Carl Lieberman, retired school principal, exprincipal09@gmail.com, (847) 284-3357

Contact

rdprosise@gmail.com, (847) 323-2317

NEW! “Al Capone and the 1933 World’s Fair” by William Hazelgrove

This 80-slide PowerPoint presentation covers the second World’s Fair in Chicago, a time in which Al Capone had a hammerlock on the city during the years of the Great Depression. Readers of The Devil in the White City will recognize the same problems besetting the building of this small city on the lakefront with Sally Rand and the Skyride as the main attractions. Includes Q&A. (Adults; 60 min; $200 with permission to sell books) 

References

Debbie Prieser, Oak Park Library, (708) 383-8200; Virginia Donahue, Algonquin Library, (847) 458-6060 

Website

http://www.williamhazelgrove.com

Contact

bhazelgrove@gmail.com, (708) 466-

“Chicago Roller Skating History” by Marcie Hill

Roll down memory lane with author and Chicago roller skating historian Marcie Hill as she discusses 135-plus years of Chicago roller skating history. Starting with the first rink in the 1880s, she highlights Chicago’s role in the great phenomenon, including: Chicago firsts; classism and racism; and the staying power of the world’s most popular sport and leisure activity. A recollection for some and a history lesson for others. (All ages; 60 min; $250)

References

Randy Richardson, Chicago Writers Association, info@chicagowrites.org; Nicholas Saunders, Chicago Public Library, (312) 747-3270

Website

http://www.marciewrites.com

Contact

msmarcie@marciewrites.com, (877) 570-5228

“The Chicago Cubs As Champions: Then and Now” by Charles Billington

Sports historian Charles Billington, author of Wrigley Field’s Last World Series, discusses the ramifications for the team’s new identity in light of their 2016 World Series championship. Billington details the team’s great success in its early years, continued dominance during the Depression, deep-seated futility in the last half of the 20th Century, and their recent return to supremacy. Billlington’s program includes rare film footage of the team through the years and also explores the cultural, economic, and social significance the organization has had through Chicago’s history. (Pre-teens through adults; 100 min; $175 negotiable)

References

Christy Eyre, Brookfield Public Library, (708) 485-6917; Richard Dawidowicz, Knights of Columbus, (847) 478-9419

Website

www.charlesbillington.com 

Contact

(773) 351-5871, cnb1148@sbcglobal.net

“The Path to On the Job: Murder, Reflection, and Where TV Cop Shows Fail” by Daniel P. Smith

The relationship between the police and the public continues generating attention. On the Job: Behind the Stars of the Chicago Police author Daniel P. Smith guides audiences into the closed-door society that is the Chicago Police Department. Sharing never-before-told stories of the tolls the job exacts on the officers, their families, and their lives while interweaving a discussion of Chicago’s criminal landscape, police department culture, and history, Smith discusses the unique personal experiences that led him to pen his debut work. (Adults; 75 min; $150-200 with permission to sell books)

References

Cindy Kline, Indian Prairie Public Library, (630) 887-8760, klinec@indianprairielibrary.org; Jeannine Kacmar, Palos Heights Public Library, jkacmar@phlibrary.org, (708) 448-1473 x104

Contact

smithwriting@gmail.com, (708) 717-6126

“Comiskey Park’s Last World Series: The Go-Go White Sox and the Pennant of 1959” by Charles N. Billington

The 1959 Chicago White Sox were the South Side’s first pennant winners in 40 years, but their success played in front of a tragic backdrop: one of Chicago’s first families locked in a bitter legal battle for control of a prized heirloom, the team itself. Sports historian Charles Billington delves into this history, which includes a film analysis of the 1959 World Series as well as a legal and business history of the 1950s-era baseball industry. (Pre-teens to Adults; 100 min; $175 negotiable)

References

Nancy Kendzior, Bloomingdale Public Library, (630) 924-2735; Peggy Hamill, Glencoe Library, (847) 835-5056

Website

www.charlesbillington.com

Contact

(773) 351-5871, cnb1148@sbcglobal.net

“Wrigley Field’s Football Championship: The 1963 Chicago Bears and the Fall of the House of Halas” by Charles Billington

Author and sports historian Charles Billington discusses one of sport’s most dominant and colorful teams: the 1963 World Champion Chicago Bears. Playing at the start of pro football’s “modern age” under legendary owner/coach George S. Halas, the 1963 Bears put an indelible stamp on their profession; yet, their success sparked Halas’ eventual downfall. The Bears’ contribution to Chicago’s social and economic fabric is discussed along with the tragedies so many of the players would encounter. Billington also shares rare film footage of the 1963 season as well. (Pre-teens to adults; 100 min; $175 negotiable)

References

Marci Buerger, Mt. Prospect Public Library, (847) 590-3215; Sara Adelphia, Hanover Township Senior Center, (630) 483-5600

Website

www.charlesbillington.com

Contact

(773) 351-5871, cnb1148@sbcglobal.net

“Chicago and the Memory of the Civil War” by Robert I. Girardi

The Windy City was a source of men, supplies, and transportation during the Civil War. The conflict made Chicago a major city. The men who fought the war came home to build and rebuild the town and, along the way, they erected museums and monuments. They presided over parades and Memorial Day services until a disinterested public swept them aside. Today, their legacy adorns Chicago’s landscape, but few remember their story. (All ages; 60 min; $150 with permission to sell books)

References

Kathy Hussey, Wilmette Historical Museum, (847) 853-7666, husseyk@wilmette.com; Bill Furry, Illinois State Historical Society, (217) 525-2781, wfurry@sbcglobal.net

Website

www.robertgirardi.com

Contact

(872) 256-5773, CvlWarGuy@aol.com

“Silhouettes of the Past: Growing up in Chicago during the 1950’s and 1960’s” by Dr. Leslie K. Best

Author and educator Dr. Leslie K. Best discusses Chicago’s past, including historical data prior to and during the 1950’s and 1960’s that impacted her life as an African-American living on the South Side of Chicago. Dr. Best details her family’s journey through the Woodlawn, Hyde Park, and Chatham communities in the quest for a better life. They often had to break through discrimination, racial restrictions, and barriers; however, she found mostly pleasurable experiences that everyone can connect to. (Teens and Adults; 60 min; $200 with permission to sell books)

References

Kelley Nicholas-Brown, Richton Park Library, (708) 481-5333

Contact

(708) 912-7018, besteducate@aol.com

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Life and Family

NEW! “How to Make Pawfect Treats for Your Dog” by Laura Quinn

Delight your dog with tasty treats you can make at home. Laura Quinn, author of the new Pawtisserie Mystery series, shares easy recipes and tips to pamper your pup. Participants will make one recipe to bring home (note: if kitchen facility is not available, participants will make a no-sew dog toy instead). Quinn’s gourmet dog treats were included in the Golden Globe Awards Presenter’s Package and featured on E! and “Entertainment Tonight.” Includes handouts plus ingredients to make treats for 25 participants. Additional fee negotiated for additional materials. Q&A. (Teens and Adults; 60 min; $300 with permission to sell books)

References

Dr. Scott Cashman, Harper College, scashman@harpercollege.edu; Dee McConnell, Lifelong Learning Institute, dmcconne@harpercollege.edu

Website

www.lauraquinnbooks.com

Contact

lauraquinnbooks@yahoo.com, (224) 817-5080

NEW! “Livin’ Out Loud after 50” by Dr. Cheryl E. Woodson

Sixty-two year old physician, eldercare consultant, award-winning author, proud mother and grandmother who’s dating post-divorce shares strategies to navigate life transitions, create powerful joy, build healthier relationships, remove distractions to focus on what you really want to do, and reclaim your dreams. Q&A. (60 min; $200 negotiable with permission to sell books)

References

Donna Brumfield, Life Coach and Women’s Advocate, donnamarie.brumfield@gmail.com; Michele Aikens, Life Coach, aikensmichele@gmail.com

Website

www.drcherylwoodson.com

Contact

(708) 227-6876, cew@drcherylwoodson.com

NEW! “Protect Your Family in the New Health Care System” by Dr. Cheryl E. Woodson

A physician with 30 years’ experience in patient care, insurance, and health care public policy, Dr. Woodson empowers you to advocate for the people you love. Learn to wield the “Physician User’s Manual,” navigate the “chain of command,” ask the right questions of the right professionals, and decide on end-of-life care. Includes Q&A. (Adults; 60 min; $200 negotiable with permission to sell books) 

References

Jennifer Artis, Southland Community Care Partners, jartis514@gmail.com; Deacon Giles Taylor-George, Caregiver Ministry Trinity United Church of Christ, jtgeorge@trinitychicago.org

Website

www.drcherylwoodson.com

Contact

 (708) 227-6876, cew@drcherylwoodson.com

NEW! “Embrace Retirement” by Russ Fahrner

Russ Fahrner, co-founder and owner of Brussell, Inc. and author of Embrace Retirement, helps individuals create a retirement plan using a proactive seven-component guide. Fahrner not only shares his retirement story, but reviews what others are reporting and doing to rekindle old passions, accept life changes, and be receptive to new doors opening. Includes handouts, Q&A. (Adults; 90 min; $200 with permission to sell books)

References

Jeffrey S. Lasky, CPA, (847) 564-0600; Marty Kearney, Options Institute at the Chicago Board Options Exchange (retired), (847) 924-6177

Website

Welcome2retirement.com

Contact

(847) 341-0605, Brussell.retire@gmail.com

NEW! “What to do When Bad Things Happen!” by Judy Martins

We all go through tough times. When Martins was 8 years old, her father told her that she was a mistake. It took her years to discover he lied to her. She will share some of her guiding principles like: “hurting people hurt people” and how you can use new ways to cope in bad times. Let her share her favorite skills with you. A sought-after motivational speaker, Martins provides new techniques to deal with difficult situations. (Adults; 60 min; $150 with permission to sell books)

References

Vivien Marbach, (847) 394-2178, vivie1309@att.net

Website

www.judycmartins.com

Contact

judykins13@gmail.com, (224) 217-5115

NEW! “Be Unmistakable!” by Judy Martins

An estimated 2.1 million children are bullied every year. One in five people between the ages of 15-34 will think about or attempt suicide this year. These facts make bullying and suicide two of the fastest-growing problems in our society. Now suppose that the person being bullied and emotionally abused is you. At age 8, Martins’ father told her she was a mistake and every day of her life from the age of 4, her stepfather told her, “Shut up! No one cares what you think!” Find out how Martins learned to put the past behind her and become Unmistakable! As a sought-after motivational speaker, let Martins teach you how you, too, can deal with difficult situations. (Adults; 60 min; $150 with permission to sell books)

References

Vivien Marbach, (847) 394-2178, vivie1309@att.net

Website

www.judycmartins.com

Contact

judykins13@gmail.com, (224) 217-5115

NEW! “My Sisters: Living and Dying with Huntington’s Disease” by Dee McConnell

There are few stories told about the hereditary transmission of Huntington’s disease.  Some individuals who’ve had an up-close and personal interaction with the disease describe its symptoms as a mixture of Parkinson’s, Schizophrenia, ALS, and Alzheimer’s. Unfortunately, there is no cure. Wellness coach Dee McConnell gives a candid, riveting account of helping her three sisters cope with Huntington’s, including managing symptoms, finding peace, and eventually dying in the clutches of this all-consuming disease. Includes handout. (Pre-teens to adults; 60 min; $500)

References

Laura Ehrke, Harper College, (224) 425-6932; Bradley Vartan, San Jose State University, (312) 774-2500

Contact

 dee@wellnessdmc.com, (312) 927-0575

NEW! “Jumpstart Your Life: Find Your Motivation and Change Your Life One Step at a Time” by Diane Randall

Do you want to make a change in your life, but have no idea where to begin? That’s the first step to making meaningful change. Author and whole living consultant Diane Randall offers insightful discussion and tools for moving forward. You’ll walk away with an action plan that you can use immediately. Includes Q&A and handout. (Adults; 60 min; $250 with permission to sell books)

References

Susan Landers, College of DuPage Adult Enrichment, LandersS@cod.edu; Joan DiPiero, College of DuPage Speakers Bureau, dipieroj@cod.edu

Website

www.dianerandallconsults.com

Contact

Diane@dianerandallconsults.com, (630) 417-4683

NEW! “Swedish Death Cleaning” by Jeanne Roppolo

“A loved one wishes to inherit nice things from you; not all things from you.” Give your family the gift of a clean, organized, and simple life. Join in the discussion as we discover how to downsize in a memorable and joyful way. Learn about fun projects that can be started at any age. Why wait? Begin today. (Adults; 60 min; $225 with permission to sell books)

References

Nina Kuzniak, Mather Lifeways, (773) 205-3306, nkuzniak@matherlifeways.com; Dina Sweet, DeKalb CUSD 428, (815) 757-8536, dina.sweet@d428.org

Website

www.grandmagoesto.com

Contact

(808) 987-4473, jeanneroppolo@yahoo.com

“Surrounded by Santa: Bring Meaning Back to Your Holidays” by Jerilyn Willin

Holidays used to be wonderful without breaking the bank. They can be again. “Santa” is an interactive program designed to help folks reclaim their holidays from the media and retail frenzy. Participants explore what is meaningful for them in holiday celebrations vs. expectations and pressures; examine their most remembered holiday experiences; and create traditions (new or vintage) that bring holiday meaning back to them and their families. Includes handouts. (Adults; 90 min; $275 with permission to sell books)

References

Diane Breulin, Sycamore Chamber of Commerce, dbreunlin@sycamorechamber.com

Website

www.jerilynwillin.com

Contact

Jerilyn@jerilynwillin.com, (630) 924-8565

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Career & Professional Development

“Public Speaking for the Painfully Shy Author” by Victoria Noe

Are you happiest when you’re writing? Miserable when you’re asked to speak in public? Let author and former stage director Victoria Noe give you the confidence to face any audience by learning how to choose a reading, introduce yourself, and use a microphone. Bring a three-minute excerpt from your work. Up to three audience members will be chosen to show off what they’ve learned. (Adults; 75-90 min; $250 with permission to sell books)

References

Porter Anderson, Porter Anderson Media, porter@porterandersonmedia.com; Kim Bookless, publishing consultant, kim@kimbookless.com

Website

www.victorianoe.com

Contact

victoria@victorianoe.com, (773) 450-0391

NEW! “Become a Game-Changing Marketer in 30 Days: Follow These Seven Steps to Develop a Marketing Plan and Make Success Happen” by Debbie Fliehman

Accelerate your journey along a marketing plan learning curve with actionable steps you can implement today. You will learn how to organize a team, develop purpose statements, create a corporate identity, identify customer opportunities, select marketing activities, prepare a budget, and implement and evaluate your marketing plan. Designed for business owners and anyone in an organization who wants to favorably impact the marketing plan process. Includes workbook. (Adults; 60 min; $325 with permission to sell books)

References

Betty Aliko, Great Lakes Women’s Business Council, (734) 838-3861, baliko@greatlakeswbc.org; Deb Loeser, Great Lakes Women’s Business Council, (734) 838-3860, dloeser@miceed.org

Website

www.debbiefliehman.com

Contact

DebbieF@Creativetechresources.com, (847) 821-6723 x224

“How to Make a Presentation Without Passing Out” by Jerilyn Willin

Overwhelmed by butterflies when asked to speak in public? Public speaking is the #1 fear of adults, yet we present all the time. We give reports at work, pitch to agents/editors, interview, network, and make formal presentations. Can it get easier? Yes, it can! Learn tools and techniques to: help you better think on your feet, turn nerves into positive energy, confidently answer questions, and know what to do with your hands. Includes handouts. (Adults; 60-90 min; $275 with permission to sell books)

References

Jennifer Bombrake, Bridgeview Public Library, (708) 458-2880, jbombrake@bridgeviewlibrary.org

Website

www.jerilynwillin.com

Contact

Jerilyn@jerilynwillin.com, (630) 924-8565

“Eyes on the Prize: 5 Steps to Get Where You Want to Be” by Jerilyn Willin

Having a goal is just the first step to getting where you want to be. Goals don’t achieve themselves. They require attention and focus. Every day. This program shares steps to help you move toward the life and career outcomes you desire. You will learn how to: develop SMART goals, work toward them every day, get out of your own way, and develop an easy-to-remember roadmap of strategies. You will leave the workshop with next steps and a plan. Includes handouts. (Adults; 60-90 min; $275 with permission to sell books)

References

Juli Schatz, Author! Author!, Bibliocat36@gmail.com

Website

www.jerilynwillin.com

Contact

Jerilyn@jerilynwillin.com, (630) 924-8565

“Agents of Stupidity: Why Advertising is Even Stupider Than You Think – If That’s Even Possible” by Tagline Jim

Ever watched a bad ad and wondered how presumably smart people could make such a mess? Bad ads don’t just happen. It takes a team effort. Tagline Jim (Jim Morris) helps you understand just how and why it is that so much advertising is so bad by examining several “Agents of Stupidity” – dysfunctions, myths, corporate neuroses, and “conventional wisdoms” that infect the process of creating advertising. Includes handout, Q&A. (Adults; 60 min; $250)

References

Gene Mezger, MENSA of  Wisconsin, (414) 828-4444,  Wisconsin, genem01@gmail.com; Chris Sculles, McGuffin Creative Group, (312) 715-9812, chris.s@mcguffincg.com

Website

www.taglinejim.com

Contact

jim@taglinejim.com, (847) 869-3415

“13 Tagline Tales in 40 Minutes” by Tagline Jim

In the ad business, slogans are usually called taglines. As a tagline specialist for almost 40 years, Tagline Jim (Jim Morris) has amassed a slew of stories about the purpose, value, and function of taglines, including a horror story or two. As it turns out, everything that ad practitioners know about taglines is wrong. In this talk, Tagline Jim sets the world straight about these potent pieces of advertising language. Includes handout, Q&A. (Adults; 60 min; $250)

References

Gene Mezger, MENSA of  Wisconsin, (414) 828-4444,  Wisconsin, genem01@gmail.com; Chris Sculles, McGuffin Creative Group, (312) 715-9812, chris.s@mcguffincg.com

Website

www.taglinejim.com

Contact

jim@taglinejim.com, (847) 869-3415

“Advertising on Trial: Bane or Boon” by Tagline Jim

 Advertising has been accused of destroying Western civilization, and defended as a key to our capitalist society and invaluable contributor to our culture. So which is it? Drawing on almost 40 years as a student of advertising, copywriter/curmudgeon Tagline Jim (Jim Morris) sheds some light on this debate, drawing on the scathing words of critics juxtaposed with counterexamples. Includes handout, Q&A. (Adults; 45 min; $200)

References

Gene Mezger, MENSA of  Wisconsin, (414) 828-4444,  Wisconsin, genem01@gmail.com; Chris Sculles, McGuffin Creative Group, (312) 715-9812, chris.s@mcguffincg.com

Website

www.taglinejim.com

Contact

jim@taglinejim.com, (847) 869-3415

“It’s Never Too Late to Make Mid-Course Corrections” by Mary T. Wagner

From soccer mom to supreme court arguments; sneakers to spike heels; waitressing to award-winning author; the career path taken by When the Shoe Fits author and “Growing Bolder” blogger Mary T. Wagner has been varied – but never dull. Combining optimism, practicality, and a healthy dose of humor, Wagner offers hard-won pointers about personal growth, reinvention, and the importance of trusting your instincts. Includes readings, Q&A. (Adults; 60 min; $275 with permission to sell books)

References

Pat Mahlendorf, Friends of the Mead Public Library, 01paddy@att.net; Annie Bahringer, W.J. Niederkorn Public Library, abahringer@esls.lib.wi.us

Website

www.marytwagner.com, www.runningwithstilettos.com, www.marywagner.growingbolder.com

Contact

(262) 573-7161, runwstilettos@yahoo.com

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Mind and Body

NEW! “Being Positive in a Negative World!” By Judy Martins

What you tell yourself determines your outlook on life. What is “self-talk” and what are you telling yourself? A sought-after motivational speaker, Martins demonstrates how important “self-talk” is. In difficult times, we need to remember to breathe deeply and “Put on a happy face!” When negative thoughts come, we can replace them with something positive. You can do this – and Martins can teach you how, including offering new techniques to stay positive in difficult situations. (Adults; 60 min; $150 with permission to sell books)

References

Vivien Marbach, (847) 394-2178, vivie1309@att.net

Website

www.judycmartins.com

Contact

judykins13@gmail.com, (224) 217-5115

NEW! “Hair and Hue and Things That Make Women Scream … When the European Beauty Aesthetic Becomes Too Much” by Stephanie Gates

Colorism is a source of pain for women and girls of color. This workshop explores how racism created colorism – a hierarchy of hue, hair, facial features, and body image that has devastating consequences in the lives of women and girls of color. In this workshop, participants learn about colorism from past to present through activities and shared experiences as well as strategies for overcoming colorism. (Adults and Teens; 90 min; $275) 

References

Christine; Johnson, Northeastern Illinois University, c-johnson15@neiu.edu; Akisha Russell; Lionel Hampton School, amrussell@cps.edu

Website

www.writebesideu.com

Contact

(312) 909-5181, stephaniegates0122@gmail.com

“I Can’t Be a Runner … Or Can I?” by Danny Smith

Go from the couch to the 5k finish line. Former Running Times contributing writer Danny Smith shows you how. Informative and inspirational, Smith presents a detailed and proven 10-week program that blends walking and running. Leave with a plan and the necessary knowledge to take charge of your health. A perfect program to pair with Chicago Marathon headlines or New Year’s resolutions. Partner with the local park district for added reach and impact. Includes handouts. (Teens and Adults; 60 min; $175-200)

References

Cindy Kline, Indian Prairie Public Library, (630) 887-8760 x230, cindyk@ippl.info; Jeannine Kacmar, Palos Heights Public Library, jkacmar@phlibrary.org, (708) 448-1473 x104

Contact

turnleftcreative@gmail.com, (708) 717-6126

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History

NEW! “U.S.–Dakota War of 1862: A Forgotten Battle” by L. Sue Baugh

In Minnesota, August 1862, a smoldering conflict between the U.S. government and the Dakota Sioux finally erupted into war. The savage battle that followed forced President Lincoln to pull troops from the Civil War and send them to Minnesota to quell the uprising. In this multimedia presentation, award-winning speaker Sue Baugh explains how this forgotten conflict led to the largest mass execution in U.S. history and left a legacy that still haunts both sides of the conflict. Includes handouts, Q&A. (Adults; 60 min; $100)

References

Ron Mantegna, North Shore Senior Center, (847) 784-6000, ron.mantegna@comcast.net; Kailey Schwartzhoff, Patty Turner Center, (847) 572-2653, kailey@pattyturnercenter.org

Contact

sue.baughws@gmail.com, (847) 902-4973

NEW! “The Codebreaker and the POW: A Family Legacy of WWII” by L. Sue Baugh

In this gripping family story, author Sue Baugh describes how her father, born in Manila, became a codebreaker for the U.S. Navy and helped crack Japanese codes before the Battle of Midway, while her grandfather fought on Corregidor Island and survived three years in a Japanese POW camp. This multimedia presentation reveals the heroic efforts it took to defeat Japanese forces and liberate the Philippines. Includes handouts, Q&A (Adults; 60 min; $100)

References

Mike Zimmerman, American Legion, (847) 971-3825, mikezimmerman3@gmail.com; Larry Sassorossi, American Legion, (847) 858-0740, larrysasso@gmail.com

Contact

sue.baughws@gmail.com, (847) 902-4973

NEW! “Serendipity: Seemingly Random Events, Insignificant Decisions, and Accidental Discoveries that Altered History” by Thomas J. Thorson

The author highlights some of history’s more bizarre accidents and fortuitous discoveries that significantly changed the world we live in on both a global and personal level before engaging the audience in a far-ranging and mind-bending “what if” discussion. Audience members are encouraged to contribute their own stories of happenstance or apparently minor events in their lives that had a ripple effect that altered their personal universe in a major way. (All ages; 60 min; $150 with permission to sell books)

References

Susan Bass Marcus, Author, (312) 987-0925

Website

www.serendipity-book.com

Contact

thomasjamesthorson@gmail.com, (708) 415-1471

NEW! “From Chicago to Vietnam: A Memoir of War: Book Talk & Discussion” by Michael Duffy

Audiences around the Midwest have enjoyed author Michael Duffy’s fascinating stories and helpful background information on the United States’ involvement in Vietnam. Artifacts such as Duffy’s Army-issued uniform help the audience imagine a young lieutenant in the jungle of Vietnam, while Duffy also shares moving stories and reads excerpts from his award-winning memoir. Includes Q&A. (Adults; 60 min; $175 with permission to sell books)

References

Christy Wagner, Ela Area Public Library, (847) 438-3433, cwagner@eapl.org; Terri Campbell, Prospect Heights Public Library, (847) 259-3500 x243, tcampbell@phpl.info

Website

www.fromchicagotovietnam.com

Contact

(847) 302-6443, mjduffy1@gmail.com

“Gypsy Music Street: Genocide and a Daughter’s Journey to Her Mother’s Shattered World” by Roberta Dietzen

Following the death of her Holocaust survivor mother, Rezsi Lehrer, in 2007, Roberta Dietzen wrote her memoir, Gypsy Music Street, a story about irrevocable loss and the traumatic ramifications of the Holocaust that continue to resonate with following generations. Dietzen shares the rich Jewish culture of pre-war Eastern Europe and her memorable roots trip to Budapest and Ukraine. She stresses the importance of bringing awareness to the phenomenon of genocide. Includes Q&A. (Adults; 60-90 min; $150-200 with permission to sell books)

References

Wendy Schoof, Carbondale Public Library, (618) 457-0354, wschoof@carbondale.lib.il.us; Richard Reeder, Chicago Jewish Author’s Literary Series, richardreeder34@gmail.com, (847) 542-4624

Website

wix.com/robertadietzen

Contact

rldietzen@comcast.net, (847) 204-7608

“How Corn Changed Itself and then Changed Everything Else” by Cynthia Clampitt

About 10,000 years ago, a weedy grass in Mexico transformed itself into corn – and then transformed the Americas, even before First Contact. After First Contact, it spanned the globe and drove westward expansion in North America, building cities and inspiring innovators and entrepreneurs. Vampires, Henry Ford, time zones, Fritos, and the Chicago Bears are all part of this remarkable story. (General audience; 60 min; $150 plus travel expenses and permission to sell books)

References

Judy Bock, Geographic Society of Chicago, (847) 223-7627, judyil@aol.com; Debi Wolfe, Schaumburg Public Library, dwolfe@stdl.org, (847) 923-3391

Website

www.worldplate.com

Contact

caclampitt@att.net, (847) 537-7915

“The Rule of Rum” by Cynthia Clampitt

Even if you don’t drink rum, this is worthwhile history. Learn when rum arose and where, how pirates got involved, how rum helped unite the 13 Colonies, and how it became one of the issues that led to the American Revolution. From the Caribbean across the British Empire, from taxes to military rum rations, come discover how rum once ruled the world. Includes handouts. (General audience; 60 min; $150 plus travel)

References

Jan Oblinger, Fremont Public Library, (847) 918-3239, joblinger@fremontlibrary.org; Vicky Edwards, Chicago Area Mensa, AchicVic@aol.com, (630) 629-8385

Website

www.worldplate.com

Contact

caclampitt@att.net, (847) 537-7915

“The Murder of Major General William Nelson” by Robert I. Girardi

Award-winning historian and author Robert I. Girardi presents a fascinating Civil War murder case. On September 29, 1862, in the lobby of Louisville’s Galt House Hotel, Brigadier General Jefferson C. Davis murdered Major General William Nelson. Davis was arrested, but never brought to trial. A combination of political intrigue, cronyism, and military emergency brought this about. Girardi discusses the case from his perspective as a Chicago homicide detective. (All ages; 60 min; $150 with permission to sell books)

References

Kathy Hussey, Wilmette Historical Museum, (847) 853-7666, husseyk@wilmette.com; Bill Furry, Illinois State Historical Society, (217) 525-2781, wfurry@sbcglobal.net

Website

www.robertgirardi.com

Contact

(872) 256-5773, CvlWarGuy@aol.com

“The Civil War Generals: Comrades, Peers, Rivals in their Own Words” by Robert I. Girardi

The leaders of the Civil War armies came from all walks of life, amateur as well as professional. Many rivalries and jealousies were born of ambition or from personal animosities. The generals were not shy in voicing their opinions of one another, during and after the war. Award-winning author and historian Robert I. Girardi examines the incisive and insightful comments that Civil War generals wrote about each other. (All ages; 60 min; $150 with permission to sell books)

References

Kathy Hussey, Wilmette Historical Museum, (847) 853-7666, husseyk@wilmette.com; Bill Furry, Illinois State Historical Society, (217) 525-2781, wfurry@sbcglobal.net

Website

www.robertgirardi.com

Contact

(872) 256-5773, CvlWarGuy@aol.com

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Pop Culture & Current Events

NEW! “Between Fear and Wonder: The Hidden History of Speculative Fiction” by Barbara Barnett

The worlds of the unknown and hidden have both fascinated and terrified us for millennia and fueled imaginative literature for nearly as long as we’ve been telling stories and speculating about the unknown and wondering what’s next for us humans! A Bram Stoker award-nominated novelist, TV critic, and executive editor of pop culture magazine BlogCritics, Barbara Barnett presents an engaging multimedia history of speculative fiction from the Gilgamesh Legend to the tomorrow’s biggest blockbuster. (Adults; 60 min; $175 with permission to sell books)

References

Lacee Hudek, MENSA, laceeweem@gmail.com; Cynthia Clampitt, caclampitt@att.net

Website

www.BarbaraBarnett.com

Contact

Barbara@BarbaraBarnett.com, (847) 302-0895

NEW! “1980s Pop Culture – A Mixtape” by Laura Quinn

Wear your fluorescent best as we travel back in time to the totally tubular decade that was the 1980s. Laura Quinn, author of Punk Charming will be your tour guide through the awesome mixtape that made up ‘80s pop culture. Starting with a quick vintage vocab lesson, we’ll experience the music, movies, fashion, foods, and technology of the Reagan era. Quinn’s presentations have been featured at Comic Con, Pop Culture Con, and libraries. Includes handouts, Q&A. (Adults and teens; 60 min; $200 with permission to sell books)

References

Dr. Scott Cashman, Harper College, scashman@harpercollege.edu; Dee McConnell, Lifelong Learning Institute,dmcconne@harpercollege.edu

Website

www.lauraquinnbooks.com

Contact

lauraquinnbooks@yahoo.com, (224) 817-5080

NEW! “What Every American Should Know About Iran” by Jacqueline Saper

Jacqueline Saper, author of From Miniskirt to Hijab, is an Iranian-American who grew up in Iran during the time of the Shah, was an eyewitness to the Iranian revolution, and lived in the Islamic Republic of Iran for eight years after its formation. Saper uses slides and real-life experiences to detail Iran’s rich history, culture, people, and government. She will also discuss the restrictive policies imposed by the ruling clerics of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the resulting backslash led by Iran’s Millennials. (Teens and Adults; 60-90 min; $350 with permission to sell books)

References

Professor Ribhi Salhi, Oakton Community College, rsalhi@oakton.edu, (847) 635-1910

Website

www.jacquelinesaper.com

Contact

jacqueline.saper@gmail.com, (312) 493-8161

NEW! “Hidden Figures for the AIDS Epidemic” by Victoria Noe

You won’t find their names in women’s history books or documentaries about HIV/AIDS. Based on the new book, Fag Hags, Divas and Moms: The Legacy of Straight Woman in the AIDS Community, Noe’s presentation reveals never-before-told stories. From famous women like Elizabeth Taylor and Princess Diana to nuns, debutantes, and activists, you’ll discover how they changed the course of the epidemic around the world. (Adults; 60 min; $150 with permission to sell books)

References

Porter Anderson, Porter Anderson Media, porter@porterandersonmedia.com; Trudy Ring, journalist, Trudy.ring@advocate.com

Website

www.victorianoe.com

Contact

victoria@victorianoe.com, (773) 450-0391

“American Diamond: Baseball, Pop Culture, and Our National Myths” by James Finn Garner

Baseball is the National Pastime, not only on the field, but in all forms of entertainment. No other sport has inspired so much literature, poetry, film, music, and performance. In this rollicking, humorous presentation, Garner explores the historic and literary reasons that drive this American phenomenon and how the Internet continues the tradition today. Garner, best known for his NYT best-seller Politically Correct Bedtime Stories, also runs the fan-driven poetry/doggerel website, Bardball.com. (Teens and adults; 60 min; $200 with permission to sell books)

References

Ray Thomas, Del Webb Sun Cityray.thomas@SCCAH.org; Kathleen Swan, Harper College, kswan@harpercolledge.edu

Website

www.jamesfinngarner.comwww.bardball.com

Contact

(773) 878-7450, velda@jamesfinngarner.com

“Evolution of the Modern Zombie” by Scott Kenemore

Join Scott Kenemore — best-selling author of Zombie-in-Chief: Eater of the Free World and Zombie Illinois — on a rollicking tour of the zombie’s origins in Haitian mysticism through its evolutions in pop culture to the ravenous zombies of today. Fun (and appropriate) for all ages! Kenemore has previously presented at numerous colleges and universities and at top fan conventions like San Diego Comic Con and Chicago Comic Con. (All Ages; 60 min; $250)

References

Brendan Riley, Columbia College, briley@curragh-labs.org, (312) 369-8817

Website

scottkenemore.com

Contact

scottkenemore@hotmail.com, (773) 799-7127

“The James Bond Phenomenon” by Raymond Benson

Everything you want to know about James Bond 007, straight from Raymond Benson, the third official continuation author – and first American – commissioned by the Ian Fleming Estate to write original Bond novels (between 1996-2002). Slideshow presentation covers the life of Ian Fleming, history of the novels and the films, and Benson’s own experience as a Bond author. (Teens and Adults; 90 min; $200 plus travel expenses and permission to sell books)

References

Hanley Kanar, Love is Murder Writers Conference, hanleykanar@gmail.com, (847) 337-0603; Dann Gire, Daily Herald, danngire@gmail.com, (847) 650-4229

Website

www.raymondbenson.com

Contact

RBinPerson@comcast.net, (847) 217-0389

“The Conan Doyle Conundrum” by Barbara Barnett

How is it possible that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, best known for creating Sherlock Holmes – the most rational, logical, enduring character in fiction – also had a lifelong belief in the world of fairies and all things supernatural? Join Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of The Apothecary’s Curseand Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D. Barbara Barnett for a fascinating exploration of how Holmes and the fairy world might comfortably co-exist in Sir Arthur’s fertile, expansive imagination. (Adults; 60 min; $175 with permission to sell books

References

Lacee Hudek, (MENSA), laceeweem@gmail.com

Website

BarbaraBarnett.com

Contact

Barbara@BarbaraBarnett.com, (847) 302-0895

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Travel & Adventure

NEW! “Cultural Diversity from Around the World” by Jeanne Roppolo

Culture is defined as a behavior pattern specific to a national, ethnic, professional, organizational, generational, religious, ideological, political, or regional group. These learned values shape our identity. Travel around the world with author, storyteller, and motivational speaker Jeanne Roppolo and view over 150 of her personal photos. Broaden your knowledge and understanding of our fellow human beings as we peer into various traditions and find our common ground. (All ages; 60-120 min; $350-700 with permission to sell books)

References

Nina Kuzniak, Mather Lifeways, (773) 205-3306, nkuzniak@matherlifeways.com; Dina Sweet, DeKalb CUSD 428, (815) 757-8536, dina.sweet@d428.org

Website

www.grandmagoesto.com

Contact

(808) 987-4473, jeanneroppolo@yahoo.com

NEW! “Echoes of Earth: Finding Ourselves in the Origins of the Planet” by L. Sue Baugh

Journey with award-winning author Sue Baugh and her colleague, Lynn Martinelli, who traveled 54,000 miles by camper car, fishing boat, floatplane, and river raft to capture the power and beauty of the world’s oldest rock and mineral sites. Baugh’s multimedia show offers breathtaking images from Australia, Greenland, Northwest Canada, and the Grand Canyon, and reveals a startling connection between ourselves and our planet. Includes handouts, Q&A (All ages; 60 min; $100 with permission to sell books)

References

Cyndee Schaffer, American Association of University Women, (847) 917-4125, dcmaj5@aol.com; David Shamrock, Patty Turner Center, (847) 572-2652, david@pattyturnercenter.org   

Website

www.wildstonearts.com

Contact

sue.baughws@gmail.com, (847) 902-4973

“A Sketch of Iran: The Country and its Culture” by Libby Fischer Hellmann

Author Libby Fischer Hellmann’s A Bitter Veil takes place in revolutionary Iran, and it required extensive research. Hellmann shares a PowerPoint presentation about Iran’s people, architecture, customs, and culture. With Iran so much in the news today, this presentation moves beyond the rhetoric to deepen Americans’ understanding of this fascinating country. (Adults; 60 min; $350 with permission to sell books)

References

Deb Hoffman, Gurnee Library, dhoffman@wnpl.info; Monique Flasch, Glenview Library, mflasch@glenviewpl.org

Website

www.libbyhellmann.com

Contact

(847) 441-9194, libbyfh@comcast.net

“Inside Cuba” by Libby Fischer Hellmann

Author Libby Hellmann’s Havana Lost takes place in Cuba during the Revolution of 1958-59 and during Cuba’s Special Period in the early 1990s. In addition to visiting Cuba, Hellmann did extensive research on the country and its history. With Cuba capturing current headlines, Hellmann’s PowerPoint presentation, highlighted by many of her own photos, will deepen understanding of our neighbor only 90 miles away. (Adults; 60 min; $350 with permission to sell books)

References

Deb Hoffman, Gurnee Library, dhoffman@wnpl.info; Monique Flasch, Glenview Library, mflasch@glenviewpl.org

Website

www.libbyhellmann.com

Contact

(847) 441-9194, libbyfh@comcast.net

“Travelogues” by Jeanne Roppolo

Join Grandma Jeanne (author of the Grandma Goes to… series) on one of her true-life adventures. Through her photos, videos, and storytelling, travel to distant lands, meet fascinating people, and explore other cultures. Take advantage of this fun and unique learning resource. Includes one free book and Teacher Study Guide. (All ages; 60 min; $175 with permission to sell books)

References

Nina Kuzniak, Mather Lifeways, (773) 205-3306, nkuzniak@matherlifeways.com; Dina Sweet, DeKalb CUSD 428, (815) 757-8536, dina.sweet@d428.org

Website

www.grandmagoesto.com

Contact

(808) 987-4473, jeanneroppolo@yahoo.com

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Youth

“Finnigan the Circus Cat” by Mary T. Wagner

Publishers Weekly called Finnigan the Circus Cat “a charming animal story” and Windy City Reviews found it “a perfect chapter book for reading out loud.” Learn the backstory of the real Finnigan, a tiny rescue kitten who inspired the book. Wagner pairs conversations about pets, drawing, and imagination with selected readings, and finishes with a “Let’s draw Finnigan!” exercise for youngsters. (Children 5-11 and adults; 60 min; $250 with permission to sell books)

References

Pat Mahlendorf, Friends of the Mead Public Library, 01paddy@att.net; Annie Bahringer, W.J. Niederkorn Public Library, abahringer@esls.lib.wi.us

Website

www.marytwagner.comwww.runningwithstilettos.com, www.marywagner.growingbolder.com

Contact

(262) 573-7161, runwstilettos@yahoo.com

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Writing, Research & Literature

NEW! “Make Your True Story Read Like a Novel: The Art of Narrative Nonfiction” by Susan Fox

Explore the driving force behind your true story; then, make it come alive. Learn how to work with dialogue and how to create a narrative arc, yet maintain your credibility. Presented by the author of Little Women of Baghlan: The Story of a Nursing School for Girls in Afghanistan, the Peace Corps, and Life Before the Taliban, a Chicago Writers Association finalist for Book of the Year in nonfiction. Includes handouts and syllabus. Q&A. (Adults; 60 min; $175 with permission to sell books)

References

Vicki Forquer, Kankakee Public Library, (815) 393-4564, vforquer@lions-online.org

Website

www.littlewomenofbaghlan.com

Contact

suefox.writer@gmail.com, (815) 954-4375

NEW! “Pitching Your Book to Agents and Publishers” by Katherine Don

The only thing more difficult than writing a book is figuring out how (and whether!) to sell it. In this informative lecture, writing coach and eight-time traditionally published author Katherine Don discusses the decision between self-publishing and traditional publishing, the differences between publisher types (trade, academic, local), strategies for pitching each type, query letters, proposals, deciphering online querying advice (it can be misleading), and research techniques. Includes sample queries, Q&A. (Adults; 60 min; $200)

References

Sarah Hollenbeck, co-owner Women & Children First, wcfsarah@gmail.com; Bull Garlington, Creative Writer PRO, bullgarlington@gmail.com, (773) 480-0121

Website

www.YourBookDon.com

Contact

kat.don1@gmail.com, (847) 877-2984

NEW! “So You Want to Record an Audiobook” by Jade J. Maze

Learn basic vocal techniques to help your voice boom from renowned vocal coach Jade J. Maze (author of the memoir Walk Until Sunrise). Get a handle on pacing for recorded reading versus live talking. Learn simple techniques to add dynamics to your voice and not sound monotone. Get professional advice about making an affordable, quality recording. Consider adding a basic soundscape to your audiobook to hold the listener's interest. Includes Q&A, handouts, 2 ten-minute coaching sessions for willing volunteers. (Adults; 60 min; $175 with permission to sell books)

References

Gloria Araya, Ayun Movement, (773) 294-2325, gloria@ayunmovement.org; Chris Schneider, Pressure Point Recording Studio, (312) 842-8099, wolfdog@pprecs.com

Website

www.jademaze.com

Contact

jadejmaze@gmail.com, (773) 610-2996

NEW! “You’re on the List! VIP Treatment for Your Readers” by Jade J. Maze

Bring your book to life through music and discussion. There are little touches you can add to make your book event a memorable, meaningful, and personal experience for every attendee. Why not share the occasion and give everyone access to your amazing story with as much help as possible? Spark lively discussions by sharing the spotlight. Give your readers a chance to share with you. And it’s easy to do with almost any size budget. Includes Q&A, handouts, musical performance. (Adults; 60 min; $175 with permission to sell books)

References

Gregory Smith, Hyde Park Art Center, (773) 324-5520 x1002, gsmith@hydeparkart.org; Sammie Dortch, Off the Pews, (773) 643-5078, sdortchassociates@gmail.com

Website

www.jademaze.com

Contact

jadejmaze@gmail.com, (773) 610-2996

NEW! “Storytelling as a Pathway to Transformation” by Raymond Wlodkowski

In this interactive workshop, participants will use techniques of creative non-fiction and memoir to arrive at a deeper meaning of their past decisions and actions with Raymond Wlodkowski, author of Living a Motivated Life. These literary forms have the potential to lead to a more “truthful” understanding of one’s life because they provide deeper access to critical self-reflection and intuitive insights, allowing the creation of new agency and personal transformation. Includes handouts. (Adults; 90-120 min; $250 with permission to sell books)

 

References

Paul Krajniak, Discovery World: The Center for Public Innovation, (414) 531-5361, krajniak@braintools.org

Website

www.raymondwlodkowski.com

Contact

rwlodkow@regis.edu, (720) 252-5441

NEW! “Scrivener Made Easy” by Barbara Barnett

Scrivener can be one of the most powerful tools in a writer’s toolbox. From outlining to brainstorming to story analysis and revision, Scrivener saves time and stress, but its many features sometimes make it too complex to unravel for most. Award-winning author-editor Barbara Barnett (Chasing Zebras, The Apothecary’s Curse, and the forthcoming Alchemy of Glass) will demystify Scrivener while demonstrating its most essential features in this entertaining, multimedia talk. (Adults; 60 min; $175 with permission to sell books)

References

Lacee Hudek, MENSA, laceeweem@gmail.com; Susan Levi, Off Campus Writers Workshop, 2012susanlevi@gmail.com

Website

www.BarbaraBarnett.com

Contact

Barbara@BarbaraBarnett.com, (847) 302-0895

NEW! “How to Be Professional Even BEFORE You Publish” by Cheryl E. Woodson (pseudonym Tería Robens)

Award-winning fiction and non-fiction author Cheryl E. Woodson shares the 10 Cs (Commitment, Consistency, Creativity, Craft, Critique, Courage, Community, Confidence, Contentment, and Cash) that power a successful writing career. She shares resources for strengthening your skills and strategies for developing a sustainable writing schedule and a supportive community to help you prepare to publish. Q&A. (Adults; 60 min; $200 negotiable with permission to sell books)

References

Kristin Oakley, InPrint, kristinoakley@outlook.com; Christine DeSmet, University of Wisconsin, christine.desmet@wisconsin.edu

Website

www.drcherylwoodson.com, www.teriarobens.com

Contact

(708) 227-6876

NEW! “A Writer’s Journey: From Genealogical Roots to Award-Winning Novel” by Geralyn Hesslau Magrady

After the Chicago Fire, protagonist Livia Haas experiences labor unrest and the Haymarket Riots. Her placement in history and personal turmoil from her first love, a deceased brother, and a sinister acquaintance who threatens her life are historically rooted in the novel LINES. Geralyn Hesslau Magrady, 2016 winner of the Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project, discovered her main character researching her own genealogy. Includes Q&A. (Adults; 60 min; $150 with permission to sell books).

References

Donna Raleigh, Gail Borden Public Library District, draleigh@gailborden.info, (847) 429-5981; Josephine Tucci, Berwyn Public Library, jtucci@berwynlibrary.org, (708) 749-6311

Website

www.ghesslaumagrady.com

Contact

g.magrady@yahoo.com, (773) 401-2220

NEW! “Latino Hip Hop as a New Poetry” by Catalina Maria Johnson

Catalina Maria Johnson, music journalist and host of the radio show and podcast “Beat Latino,” shares how the musical works of Latino hip hop artists can be viewed as a unique form of new poetry appreciated and understood from Mexico to Chile to Spain. This fun presentation includes video examples and great music! Can be presented in English or Spanish. (Teens and Adults: 60 min; $250 plus travel expenses)

References

Colleen Miller, Shawnee Community College, (618) 303-6237, cspringwater@hotmail.com; Rene Francisco Poitevin, Hispanic/Latino Resource Center, rfpoitevin@siu.edu, (618) 453-2126.

Website

www.catalinamariajohnson.com

Contact

catalinamariajohnson@gmail.com, (773) 960-8531

NEW! “Write Trauma without Traumatizing Your Reader – or Yourself” by Lea Grover

Whether you’re writing memoir, fiction, or history, writing about traumatic experiences can be a challenge. Lea Grover, book coach, RAINN (Rape Abuse and Incest National Network) Speakers Bureau member, and special projects associate for The Voices and Faces Project, provides tools to convey a difficult story to readers without exploiting yourself or your characters. (Adults; 120 min; $150 with permission to sell books)

References

Sarah Fader, Stigma Fighters, (917) 699-9578, sarahfader@gmail.com; Sara McGovern, RAINN Press Secretary, (202) 544-5537, saram@rainn.org

Website

www.leagrover.com

Contact

lea.r.grover@gmail.com, (312) 437-3724

NEW! “Top 10 Time Management Tips for Freelance Writers” by Jackie Mantey

Being a successful full-time freelance writer takes as much organization as it does connections and hustle. Learn top techniques to discipline your paperwork, workspace, and workflow systems as sourced from professionals living the gig-life. Chicago-based writer Jackie Mantey has been freelancing for five years and was named Best Freelance Writer in Ohio by the Press Club of Cleveland in 2014. Includes handout, Q&A. (Adults; 60 min; $100 with permission to sell books)

References

Shelley Mann, Umami Marketing, shelley.mann@gmail.com; Stephanie Rond, S.Dot Gallery, stephanierond@mac.com

Website

www.jackiemantey.com

Contact

jackie@jackiemantey.com, jmantey@gmail.com, (740) 361-4871

NEW! “Short Story, Novel, Novella: Finding the Right Fit” by Lynn Sloan and Jan English Leary

You have an idea for a story, but don’t know whether it could launch a novel, a short story, or a novella? Understanding the differences between each form – beyond word count – can liberate your creative juices and speed you on your path. Acclaimed literary authors Lynn Sloan (Principles of Navigation and This Far Isn’t Far Enough) and Jan English Leary (Thicker Than Blood and Skating on the Vertical) discuss how to find the right fit. Includes handouts, Q&A. (Adults; 60-75 min; $200 with permission to sell books)

References

Fred Fitzsimmons, President, Off-Campus Writers Workshop, (708) 721-1672, Fredfitz@gmail.com

Website

www.LynnSloan.com

Contact

LS@LynnSloan.com, (312) 513-1522

“Building Suspense” by Libby Fischer Hellmann

Do you write fiction? If so, you’ll probably want to build suspense somewhere in your story. The author of 15 crime thrillers, Libby Hellmann offers an interactive one-hour workshop on the techniques you’ll need to build suspense into your writing. Appropriate for all writers regardless of genre. Handouts included. (Adults; 60 min; $350 with permission to sell books)

References

Deb Hoffman, Gurnee Library, dhoffman@wnpl.info; Monique Flasch, Glenview Library, mflasch@glenviewpl.org

Website

www.libbyhellmann.com

Contact

(847) 441-9194, libbyfh@comcast.net

“Writing Your Family Story” by Maggie Kast

Learn the challenges of writing your family story from Maggie Kast, author of A Free, Unsullied Land, a coming-of-age novel of the ‘30s. After reading and discussion of examples of family stories by various authors, each participant will identify a memory or story to explore. Then, all will write for 10-15 minutes followed by optional sharing. Includes handouts, Q&A. (Teens and adults; 75 min; $150 with permission to sell books)

References

Jan English Leary, author, (773) 769-2051, jenglish_leary@hotmail.com; Lynn Sloan, author, (312) 513-1522, lynn.sloan@gmail.com

Website

www.maggiekast.com

Contact

magdance@gmail.com, (773) 320-1195

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