Richard Bell, author of Life Seemed Good, But….


Will be signing copies of his book at Barbara’s Bookstore on March 16.

  • Where:  Barbara’s Bookstore on the 1st floor of Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills, IL.
  • When:  2-6 pm

This collection of short quirky stories will keep you laughing. Come over to Barbara’s and you’ll be supporting a local author and a great bookstore.


TJ Morris at International Women’s Day @ the Space

SAMSUNGTJ Morris, author of Blood Is Thicker Than Color, will read from her work at around 7:30 pm at International Women’s Day @ the Space, Friday, March 8.

The event takes place at Kenosha Creative Space, 624 57th St., from 5 till midnight. There will be a panel discussion, author readings, and books by, for, and about women for sale. Cash bar and snacks will be available.

Come on out and support one of our own!


In-Depth Critique

IDCOur next IDC is scheduled for Thursday, March 14, 6:30 – 9:00 pm. Deadline for submission of up to 4000 words is a week prior to the meeting.  (Members will receive an email from Dave Gourdoux with date of deadline. Others, please email Dave. See SUBMISSION GUIDELINES below.) Work may be fiction, non-fiction, essay, play, or poetry. If the piece exceeds the word limit , please submit an excerpt in keeping with the word limit and provide a brief synopsis of what the reader needs to know.

All submissions will be emailed to participants about a week or so before the meeting. At the meeting, the author reads a page to a page and a half of the piece. The critique format consists of 3 rounds.

1st round:  participants point out what’s working in the piece and what they especially liked.

2nd round:  participants may ask questions and comment on problematical areas. The author does not comment or reply during the first two rounds.

3rd round:  the author answers and/or ask questions, and may comment on the feedback received.

Participants may print out and write their comments on submissions, or bring their laptops with pieces downloaded and provide verbal critiques.


  • Word Document, sent as attachment
  • Double spaced, 12 pt., Courier font, pages numbered
  • Include your name and title at the top of the first page, and include what form the piece is (short story, novel excerpt, poem, etc.)
  • Send work to Dave Gourdoux:




February 14 Thursday Meeting – Character Analysis Workshop

  1. dr payneJoin us on Thursday, February 14th, for a workshop conducted by the KWG’s very own psychotherapist, the Notorious Doctor Payne.  Bring the characters you are working with in your writing and have them spend some time on the good doctor’s couch. In the process, you will learn how to make your characters more believable, and come to understand some of the reasons they’re behaving like they are.

The Doctor has asked that you fill out the questions below for each character you’d like to analyze (and no insurance cards are required!)

It would help me to analyze your story’s character and you to know her/him better if we look at his/her feelings, thinking, attitudes, and fears.

The questions below give some suggestions for bringing out those characteristics. Not all are important, but some are. Write your statements on this questionnaire, and I’ll use your observations to reveal more about your character.


1) What complaints does your character make?



2) What is your character worried/anxious about?



3) Has your character had any significant traumas (e.g. hospitalization, imprisonment, time in a mental institution, live with a writer.)



4) Experienced any significant loss?



5) What thing/person is he/she attracted to?



6) Is she/he empathic or more self-absorbed?



7) What does your character want?



8) Does your character argue for/against any particular political view or religion?



9) Any conflicts, crises, challenges, internal or external?



10) What is your character’s gender, age; who does he/she live with?



11) What do you question or not understand about your character?




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?


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.

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!