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April 2017

Cathie Linz Romance Appreciation Dinner

April 7 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sonali Dev to Host Naperville,

It’s Windy City’s Annual Romance Appreciation Dinner! Join your fellow WC members, local librarians and booksellers as we gather to honor those who celebrate the romance genre.  Every year we honor one special librarian who goes above and beyond to support romance with the NI Librarian Of The Year Award. ***This is a catered event and we’d love to have an accurate count of our attendees. Please RSVP by 3/24/17*** Windy City members please sign up on the yahoo loop…

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Protecting Your Muse with Denise Swanson

April 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Naperville CoC, 55 S. Main St.
Naperville, 60540
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Protecting Your Muse Your muse needs more than dark chocolate and champagne to thrive. Protecting your creativity is one of the most important parts of  being a successful writer. Don't leave it unguarded. About Denise: New York Times Bestseller author Denise Swanson was a practicing school psychologist for twenty-two years. She writes the Change of Heart and Delicious Love contemporary romance series, as well as the Scumble River, Devereaux’s Dime Store, and Chief-to-Go mysteries. Her books all feature small-town heroines with lots of…

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The Culture of Your Story Is Not Just For ‘Multiculturals’ with Sonali Dev

April 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Naperville CoC, 55 S. Main St.
Naperville, 60540
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The Culture of Your Story Is Not Just For 'Multiculturals' According to dictionary.com one of the definitions of culture is: "The sum total of ways of living built up by a group of human beings and transmitted from one generation to another." With respect to storytelling it's the sum total of the nitty gritties of human existence that make up the inner and outer worlds our characters live in. The most memorable stories are the ones you can fall into…

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May 2017

Emergency Preparedness with Mary Pratt

May 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Naperville CoC, 55 S. Main St.
Naperville, 60540
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Emergency Preparedness Do you know what to do in an emergency? Do your characters? Join us for an exciting evening packed with information. Emergency Preparedness Presentation Includes: Emergency Planning – Why plan and prepare? Types of Emergency Situations Planning Steps Weather Terms 101 Understanding Severe Thunderstorm Risk Categories   About Mary: Mary Pratt, currently serves as the Emergency Management Coordinator for the Village of Downers Grove.  She began her career in Downers Grove as a Police Officer, and has held…

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Building a Reader Base with Robyn Bachar

May 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lisle Library, 777 Front Street
Lisle, 60532
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Building a Reader Base Building a reader base through social media--finding a platform that works for you and your target readers; tips on cross promotion; the good, the bad and the ugly on content; networking, giveaways, and more! About Robyn: Robyn Bachar enjoys writing stories with soul mates, swords, spaceships, vampires, and gratuitous violence against the kitchen sink. Her paranormal romance Bad Witch series, historical paranormal romance series Bad Witch: The Emily Chronicles, and spicy space opera romance trilogy Cy’ren…

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June 2017

Deep Point of View with Sarah M. Anderson

June 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Naperville CoC, 55 S. Main St.
Naperville, 60540
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Deep Point of View Does your dialog read as a list of “he said, she said?” Do your critique partners ask, “Whose head are we in here?” Have you gotten contest feedback saying, “go deeper into the POV” or “Show, don’t tell”? And are you wondering how on earth to fix your manuscript? Good news! POV is a skill that can be learned! Join award-winning author (and Point-Of-View obsessive) Sarah M. Anderson as she identifies common POV errors, when the…

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Windy City is Proud to Present Damon Suede

June 17 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Oswego Public Library, Montgomery Branch, 1111 Reading Drive
Montgomery , IL 60538 United States
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Live from New York the Dynamic Damon Suede! Damon visits the Windy City and talks characters, love arcs, and so much more. Join us for an all day workshop full of fun, creativity, and inspiration.   MOVING CHARACTERS 9:30am – 12:30pm Bestsellers start with fascinating people. In this session we’ll take your fictional folks to the next level with a simple, powerful technique that will strengthen your plots, your hooks, and your voice. Go beyond looks, persona, and boilerplate traits so…

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Jail & Corrections – The Real Story

June 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lisle Library, 777 Front Street
Lisle, 60532
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Jail & Corrections - The Real Story Tonight’s speaker has worked within the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office for 16 years. Working his way from Deputy to Lieutenant, he spent 14 of those years on the Emergency Response Team, working with high-profile and highly dangerous inmates. He spent 5 years on the gang unit. A Little Bit About Our Speaker: Tonight’s speaker has worked within the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office for 16 years. Working his way from Deputy to Lieutenant, he…

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July 2017

Pitch or Sprint

July 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Oswego Public Library, Montgomery Branch, 1111 Reading Drive
Montgomery , IL 60538 United States
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Pitch or Sprint Join Windy City for craft night. Bring a pre-written pitch to practice with the group and/or your laptop for writing sprints with the fabulous writers of Windy City. *If you're not sure what writing sprints are - they're timed bursts of writing with personal wordcount goals*

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No Meeting – RWA Nationals

July 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Windy City does not schedule meetings during RWA’s Annual Conference. Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort 1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd. Lake Buena Vista, FL  32830 The headquarters hotel for RWA2017 will be the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. This beautiful hotel is located on lake-front property in between Epcot® and Disney's Hollywood Studios™in Orlando, Florida. All sleeping rooms in the RWA block will be newly renovated.

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