April 2nd Thursday – The Writing Process

Why do you write and for whom? What gets your creative juices flowing? Where do your ideas come from? Do you have a writing ritual? Write everyday? Wait for inspiration?
What role does setting play in your work? How do you create real and unique characters?

Outlines…deadlines…where do you draw the line?

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Join us for an interactive workshop focusing on the writing process.
Share what works for you and learn what works for others.

Meet in room 196 of the Straz Bldg. April 13th. 6:30 P.M.

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October 2nd Thursday – Scene Writing Workshop with Chris Deguire

This month’s second Thursday meeting will feature Chris Deguire conducting a scene-writing workshop. Chris will use techniques that he applies as a professor in the Department of Creative Writing at Columbia College in Chicago. Whether you are blocked or having trouble moving your story form point A to B or you just want to learn something from a talented and experienced  professional, Thursday’s meeting promises to have something for you!

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Room Change – effective September 8th, 2016

Please note that our assigned meeting room  has changed for the Carthage College 2016 fall semester. Effective Thursday, September Eighth, meetings will be held in room 196 of the Straz  building.

 

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Call for Submissions: January Audio Show

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The Kenosha Writers Guild is going into the studio to record its next radio program on Friday, January 15th, at Gateway Technical College in Kenosha.
No special guests are planned, so it will be a general open mic. If you want to read more than the usual guidelines, it shouldn’t be a problem this month, depending on how many folks submit.
If you are interested in reading your work on the air, please see the following submission guidelines:
Submission Guidelines
– any form – prose, poetry, play, essay, script, etc.
– subject matter is not an issue, but language can be, so be mindful. Strong language is discouraged, so if you have a piece with rough language, edit it or submit an alternative.
– 1000 word count, give or take. You may submit more than one piece if the total doesn’t exceed 1000 words, but in order to get as many readers as possible, only one piece may be selected for performance on air. If only a few people submit, you may be able to read more, so feel free to bring extra.
– submissions should be e-mailed to Chris DeGuire at darthdeguire@yahoo.com preferably in Courier font.
The deadline for submissions will be Wednesday, January 13th. Selected readers will be notified by Thursday the 14th.

Any questions, please email Chris. Thanx.

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In-depth Critique – Thursday, January 14 @ 6:30 pm

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If you’ve attended at least one open meeting of the KWG, you’re welcome to submit to our in-depth critique to be held Thursday evening January 14th.

Work may be fiction, creative non-fiction, essay, play, or poetry. Fiction may be a short story or novel excerpt. If it is a novel excerpt please provide a brief synopsis of what the readers need to know.

All submissions should be emailed to Dave Gourdoux djgourdoux@gmail.com by midnight Sunday, January 10th.

Submissions MUST follow these guidelines-

– It must be in a Word document and sent as an attachment. They should be in Courier 12 point font, double spaced, 3700 words maximum, and the pages must be numbered. Include your name and title at the top of the manuscript.

– If the piece is longer than 3700 words, it should be excerpted, with any information the reader needs to know added to the manuscript. This information will not count towards the overall word count, but keep it brief.

– Please include what form the piece is – short story, novel excerpt, personal essay, etc.

– If you have a short story or novel excerpt that exceeds the word count, you MUST excerpt it.

– Work not meeting these guidelines may be returned and you may be asked to re-format it accordingly.

– Multiple submissions are acceptable, as long as they don’t exceed 3700 words total.

All readers will have the pieces read before the meeting. At the meeting each writer will read about a page and then everyone will have a chance to comment on the piece. Readers will comment first, then the writer.

You may attend the meeting as a writer, reader, or just an observer. If you are submitting a piece, you are automatically a reader. Please RSVP to Dave at – djgourdoux@gmail.com by midnight Sunday, January 10th, even if you just want to read, you must e-mail Dave so you can get the manuscripts. Reading guidelines will follow with the manuscripts on Monday, January 11th.”

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In-depth Critique – Thursday, January 14 at 6:30 p.m.

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On Thursday, January 14 the KWG will host an in-depth critique.

If you’ve attended at least one open meeting, you are welcome to submit to and participate in the in-depth critique.

The submission deadline will be the night of Sunday, January 10th.

Watch our news page for details!

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This Thursday Evening – Join Us for Our Open Meeting

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Come on out this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. to meet with the Kenosha Writers’ Guild at our December open meeting.

Bring some of your writing to share (just one copy for you to read from) and listen to the works of other members.

Is one of your 2016 goals to complete a short story, or some chapters of a novel, or a series of poems? The KWG provides an audience for you, an audience that lets you know is a supportive way, what’s working in your piece and what questions it leaves them with.

See you Thursday at the Hedberg Library on the campus of Carthage College. 6:3- p.m. We’ll be on the lower level.

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Obsessions and Influences – Submit Now for Friday’s Recording

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The Kenosha Writers Guild is going into the studio to record its next audio program on Friday, December 18th, at Gateway Technical College in Kenosha.
In honor of the 18th being the release date for the new Star Wars movie, I thought we could do a show about obsessions and influences. If you have any work, fiction or non-fiction, that may fit this, please bring it. Of course, if you have something else or something holiday related, that is perfectly acceptable.
If you are interested in reading your work on the air, please see the following submission guidelines:
Submission Guidelines
– any form – prose, poetry, play, essay, script, etc.
– subject matter is not an issue, but language can be, so be mindful. Strong language is discouraged, so if you have a piece with rough language, edit it or submit an alternative.
– 1000 word count, give or take. You may submit more than one piece if the total doesn’t exceed 1000 words, but in order to get as many readers as possible, only one piece may be selected for performance on air. If only a few people submit, you may be able to read more, so feel free to bring extra.
– submissions should be e-mailed to Chris DeGuire at darthdeguire@yahoo.com preferably in Courier font.
The deadline for submissions will be Wednesday, December 16th. Selected readers will be notified by Thursday the 17th.

Any questions, please email Chris. Thanx

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Third Thursday/Open Meeting. Free and Open to the Public

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This coming Thursday (12/17) is the third Thursday of the month.

That means it’s our Open Meeting.

Come on by and share some of your writing with us. Just bring one copy for yourself to read from. No more than 10-minutes worth. We’ll tell you what’s working in the piece, and what questions we have. And you get to give us feedback on our pieces too.

See you at 6:30 pm on the lower level of the Carthage College Hedberg Library.

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