JSPF 2014 Harvest Retreat for Women Writers

October 4, 2014
9am – 5pm
Hackney’s on Lake
1514 E. Lake
Glenview, IL

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Christine Swanberg and Glenda Bailey-Mershon presenters

Workshops: “Poetry Presentation” & “Rescuing Abandoned Fiction”

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JSPF 2013 Retreat for Women Writers

Hot Dang!

The Jane’s Stories Press Foundation‘s Stories Press Foundation 2013 RetreatHackney's on Lake for women authors is happening in the Chicago Area!!!!! We’ll be meeting at Hackney’s on Lake, 1514 E. Lake Ave ~ Glenview, IL 60025 ~ 847.724.7171 on October 5, 2013 between 9 and 3! Following the retreat, the Annual Meeting will commence and it’s open, not just to members of the board, but to all current Janes! And YES! Our call to table will include Hackney’s unique and sought after Famous Onion Ring Loaf! Entree choices will not be limited to the Famous Hackney Burgers (though, that’s why so many people have been going there since the 1920’s!

Poet Christine Swanberg will be joining us to present an interactive workshop called “The Christine SwanbergProcess of Poetry.” One of the authors collected in Jane’s Stories IV: Bridges and Borders,  has published several books of poetry. Her work appears in women’s anthologies and a variety of journals; and she has edited journals and judged many contests as well. A post-graduate with a Merit Scholarship from the Vermont Writing Program, she is a writing teacher and mentor for museums, churches, art councils, schools, conferences and women’s organizations. she has won many awards and is a former Pushcart nominee. 

legal padShe will present “The Process of Poetry: An interactive chat In this workshop, Christine will share her poetry and creative process. After reading a few poems, there will be a question/response format in which participants can ask those questions they have wondered about poetry writing. Handouts to take home for inspiration and guidance will be available as well as resource books (at a discount for Jane’s of course!)

Also the co-editors of Jane’s Stories IVLinda Mowry and Shobha Sharma will present! Linda will lead a discussion about the writer/editor relationship. Active with Jane’s Stories since its founding, most recently as treasurer, she has helped edit and/or produce several chap books.

Shobha Sharma!Shobha will preside over the networking and welcoming portions of our day! She came to this country over thirty years ago with chemistry on her mind. After raising two boys, she found she had time and passion for writing. Some of her short stories and poems were published (one by Hachett Book Group a few years back) and also by Jane’s Stories Press Foundation. Editor of the seminal chapbook which forms the core of Jane’s Stories IV. Shobha is the current president of JSPF busy promoting the latest anthology. When time permits, she is also working on her short stories and three novels.

Check  the JSPF website for more Details!

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Gail Duberchin

Gail DuberchinGail Duberchin To Read At Side Project

Gail Duberchin, writer name of Gayle Ann Weinstein, will read her nonfiction piece “Moraine Hills State Park” at Side Project Theater as part of The Kindness of Strangers: A Festival of Storytelling at 7:30pm 439 W Jarvis Ave, Chicago, IL (773) 340-0140 on October 29, 2013. Gail will join more than thirty storytellers converging on Chicago for this three-week festival featuring first-time and experienced tellers. Gail’s nonfiction vignette, “Meet Me On The Corner,” was accepted for publication by Persimmon Tree Literary Magazine in June of 2013 and will be published within the next twelve months. Her first fiction piece, “American Buddha,” which won first place in Jane’s Stories Bite Size Contest, was published by Jane’s Stories Press in February 2008. In March 2008, she spent two weeks at Ragdale Artist’s Colony (Lake Forest, IL), and she received a Creative Writing Certificate from the University of Chicago in 2009. Previously she has been a reader for Other Voices (Univ. of Ill. literary magazine) and Narrative Magazine.

Hope you’ll be there to celebrate our fellow Jane.

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Chicago Writers Conference Party

Chicago Writing Program


Party With a Purpose!

A Night of Cocktails, Readings, and More!

On Thursday, August 29 Chicago Writers Conference presents its annual benefit, and it promises to be one of our most exciting events of the year! Guests can enjoy libations from Revolution Brewery, treats from Trader Joe’s, readings from three different authors, and a silent auction featuring a range of goodies that include a one-night stay at the swanky Blu Aqua Hotel.

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The $40 admission includes all food and beverages. Your contribution will support our programming and outreach efforts. To receive an invitation, please click here. (You will need to add your name & email to RSVP.)

The Biggest Submission Mistake

According to editor and writer Dana Norris, “The biggest mistake people make when submitting is not considering the question, ‘What will my piece contribute to this magazine?'”

Don’t let your hard work go to waste! Our upcoming workshop “Shine Through the Slush” offers an insider perspective and provides tips on how to get your work published. Registration is open until August 2 at 3 p.m. Additional information and tickets can be found here.


Registration for the 2013 Chicago Writers Conference is open until September 13.

Chicago Writers Conference
September 27-29, 2013

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Chicago Writers Conference

Chicago Writing Program2013 Schedule Announced

We are thrilled to share the lineup for the 2013 Chicago Writers Conference! This year’s conference includes:
    • A kickoff party at Open Books Bookstore with Improvised Jane Austen.
    • Over fifteen different talks and panels including “Meet the Publishers,” “Meet the Agents” and two craft workshops.
    • A Reading hosted by author Samantha Hoffman.
    • Keynote speakers Alex Shakar and Rick Kogan.


To see full schedule, click here.

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Printers Row Literary Festival

Chicago Writing Program

Registration Open for 2013 Conference

Tickets are now available for the 2013 Chicago Writers Conference. Registration is available through the Chicago Writers Conference website and must be purchased bySeptember 13. Early Bird tickets can be purchased untilJune 30; regular registration begins on July 1.

The conference will kick off on Friday, September 27 with a party at Open Books Bookstore. Events on Saturday andSunday will be held at the Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St. The library is located in downtown Chicago, convenient to most public transportation.Speakers scheduled to appear include: Journalist and Radio Host Rick Kogan, Author Patricia Ann McNair, Author Alex Shakar, Publisher Doug Seibold and Literary Agent Danielle Egan-Miller.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn from industry insiders, network with other writers, and further your career.

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Printer Row Lit Fest Is this Weekend!

Get a taste of the Chicago Writers Conference this Sunday at 10 a.m. at Printers Row Lit Fest. We’ll be discussing the writing process with authors Wesley Chu, Holly McDowell, and William Shunn. The event is free but tickets are required. For more information, including ticketing, please visit the festival’s website.

We hope to see you there!
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New Chicago Writers Conference Workshop

Novel Submission 101

This 2-week workshop presented by the Chicago Writers Conference     features local author Holly McDowell (King Solomon’s Wives) will
Chicago Writers Conferencewalk you through the process and dos and don’ts of submitting your novel for publication. If you wish to find an agent, whether for a print or digital project, this workshop will answer your questions and get you ready to get your book out into the world.

Holly will discuss:
  • Getting your novel ready for submission
  • Why it needs to be ready before submission
  • Researching agents
  • Approaching the right agent(s)
  • Dos and don’ts of querying
  • All attendees will receive an email with details on location. Also note: This is a two-week workshop.
  • There are only 14 slots available for this workshop. Sign up today!
More details and registration here.

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Puddin’head Press Celebrates Our Christine Swanberg

The Puddin’head Press is celebrating the release of their newest publication The Alleluia Tree by Christine Swanberg.     

There will be a publication party on Sunday, April 22, from 3 to 5 PM at Uncommon Ground, 1401 West Devon, in Chicago.

Uncommon Ground is a wonderful restaurant with an organic garden on their roof. The food is excellent! There is also a free parking lot!

There will be a reading by two award winning guest poets: Maureen Tolman Flannery, author of the recently released Tunnel Into Morning and Martha Vertreace, poet in residence at Kennedy King College.

The Alleluia Tree is a wonderful book of poetry by Christine Swanberg, one of the most talented poets in the Midwest today.  She is the author of nine books and has had over 300 poems published in various books and journals.  Her work has appeared in over sixty literary journals.  She currently writes a column for the Rock River Times, a newspaper in her home town of RockfordIllinois, that reaches 20,000 people each week. She has a long list of poetry awards and has been an editor for various presses and magazines.  She has lead a full literary life.

This is a collection of poems that contains her full circle of work.  Many of the newer poems return to the simple language and construction of her earliest work.  The poems in this volume span more than a third of a century.

Praise for The Alleluia Tree.

The Alleluia Tree sings with clarity and precision, the well-developed song cycle of a poet at the height of her craft…
Glenda Bailey-Mershon – Founding editor of the Jane’s Stories anthologies


Whether writing about post-Katrina New Orleans or the winter-starved birds of the title poem, Swanberg puts every detail in place through fresh imagery and elegant language, the reader elevated above the gloom and grit by a spiritual vision further enhanced by a true appreciation of the sensory treasures that surround us.

Nancy Susanna Breen – Poet, editor, and blogger at Nudged2Write.com

Further information can be found at www.puddinheadpress.com

or call 708-656-4900.

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Chicago in January

Thursday January 26 6 pm | How to Do Art in Public Spaces Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60602. Moderated by Tricia Van Eck,former Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and founder of 6018 North, a communal space for experimental culture, installation, performance, and sound, the panel will include Nathan Mason, Curator of Special Projects, Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture; Lou Mallozzi, Experimental Sound Studio; Carron Little, Walkabout Theater Company and the Museum of Contemporary Art; and Chuck Thurow, former Executive Director, Hyde Park Art Center.   | Admission free

CAAP Grant | Deadline January 30

“Big Red Ball” by 2011 CAAP grantee Bernard Colbert
The Community Arts Assistance Program (CAAP) is an annual grant opportunity open to new, emerging, and mid-career individual artists and not-for-profit arts organizations with annual operating budgets up to $150,000. Applicants can request a maximum of $1,000 for projects that address specific professional and artistic development needs.

Individual applicants must be residents of the city of Chicago for at least six months prior to the application deadline and not enrolled in a degree-seeking or certificate-granting program. Organizations must be incorporated, located in, and serving the city of Chicago. The program is made possible by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a State agency. Learn more here.

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Jan. 27 Poetry Reading: Stop Smiling Storefront

TriQuarterly Online poetry editor Lana Rakhman and Christine Pacyk–both are graduating MFA students at Northwestern. will be featured in a reading at the Stop Smiling Storefront. They will be introduced by Reginald Gibbons and Simone Muench, who will also read a bit of their own work. Free reception begins at 7pm, Friday, Jan. 27, at Stop Smiling Storefront, 1371 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago.

The Stop Smiling offices are located in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago. In the front half of the ground floor is a multi-purpose storefront where they’ve hosted author interviews (Studs Terkel, Aleksandar Hemon); live performances (Super Furry Animals, Fred Anderson); after-parties (DJ Shadow, National Public Radio); and more.

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