The Downers Grove Writers Workshop, associated with the Friends of the Library in Downers Grove, meets the second and fourth Monday every month at 7:00PM in the library. I attended my first meeting in November 2010 and I've been a regular ever since.
Meetings run two hours or less and usually critique three works of the members every meeting. The input from the members has been extremely valuable. I really believe they help me be a better writer.
Several of the members are published, either self- or small press, and the quality of the writing is very good. As a plus, they're a really nice group of people.
Writers Unboxed Uncoference, November, 2016 - A week long conference headlined by Lisa Cron and Donald Maass, both of whom are highly regarded experts on the craft of novel writing. Writers Unboxed is a blog about the craft and has been consistently included in the Wirters Digest list of 101 best web sites for writers. The conference was intense, exciting, and held during the week of the general election.
I am proud to announce that Midwest Review, the literary magazine of the University of Wisconsin, will publish my short story, "Departure" in the April 2016 issue.
INCEPTUM FINIS was released March 12, 2016. The lauch party was held at Gattos Restaurant in Downers Grove.
Indian Prairie Library Author's Fair, Jan. 17, 2015 - Lee Willaims, from the DG Workshop, and I attended this event. We both sold some book and got a chance to meet other local authors.
Launch Party - On May 4, 2014, I hosted a party celebrating the launch of FINIS REPUBLICAE, here at my home. Nearly 30 people attended and, in addition to making a few sales, I had a good time.
University of Iowa Writing Festival, 2014 - I confess to being disappointed to some degree. I had hoped for guidance on the revision process but the workshop was more a traditional review and critique of the first fifty pages sort of thing. Still valuable, to be sure, but not what I wanted.
University of Iowa Writing Festival, 2013 - Weekend Workshop: The Elegant Incident: Crafting a Pitch-Perfect Scene
This was a real learning experience. The instructor, Hope Edelman, knew her stuff and managed the group extremely well. The first day was instruction and discussion that ended with an assignment to craft a scene for review and critique. The eleven members each presented and read aloud their work the next day. It was intense but courteous and instructive.