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August 2017

Post Nationals Dinner

August 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Angelis, 1478 East Chicago Ave.
Naperville, 60540
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Join Windy City for dinner and discussions on all things Nationals! If you missed it or want to relive it, this is the perfect time and place! Please come to listen or share your experiences. Angelis Fine Italian Restaurant and Catering 1478 East Chicago Avenue Naperville

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Beta Heroes with Elizabeth Harmon

August 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lisle Library, 777 Front Street
Lisle, 60532
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More info on program to come.   About Elizabeth: I love stories that give a fresh take on classic themes, and feature characters and locations not often seen in romance. Give me a lovable, if less-than-perfect heroine, a gorgeous hero with a heart of gold, take them a little off the beaten path and I'm a happy girl. I read a variety of genres-- romance to horror and just about everything in between. I am a member of Romance Writers…

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September 2017

Prewriting for Pantsers

September 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Naperville CoC, 55 S. Main St.
Naperville, 60540
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Prewriting for Pantsers For those of us who can’t plot a story to save our lives, we can end up spending an inordinate amount of time revising. After selling my first novel, I realized that I needed a more efficient way to write other than to write, rip apart, and rewrite. However, I still couldn’t plot. The story just wouldn’t come. Instead, I learned to focus on my characters. Time spent truly knowing my hero and heroine has allowed me…

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September Critique

September 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lisle Library, 777 Front Street
Lisle, 60532
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September Critique - You Gotta Have A Hook Don’t let a reader “get away!” Hook ‘em from the start. Join us September 27 at Lisle Library for a Windy  City Critique Night! Learn how to catch a reader, hook, line, and … well, you get the point. First impressions are crucial to any reader’s decision—they decide whether your readers want to be pulled farther into your narrative. It’s essential to have a strong “hook”—one that grips the reader so tightly…

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October 2017

Group Blogging Tips – ChiYA Bloggers

October 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Naperville CoC, 55 S. Main St.
Naperville, 60540
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Group Blogging Tips   Join Windy City and ChiYA as we learn about the world of group blogging. ChiYA will be discussing: how they found each other, why they started their website, and what they blog about.   List of presenters: Gloria Chao Elizabeth Cooke Samira Ahmed Katherine Cho Ronni Davis Selzer Anna Waggener

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Meet Lt. Michelle Mazer

October 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lisle Library, 777 Front Street
Lisle, 60532
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Video Conference with Lt. Michelle Mazer Join Windy City and Lt. Michelle Mazer of the United States Navy will be giving a talk about her experiences in the Navy.

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November 2017

Swim in Your Own Lane with Allie Pleiter

November 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Naperville CoC, 55 S. Main St.
Naperville, 60540
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Swim in Your Own Lane: Taming Envy & Comparison in Your Writing Career This will be our Annual General Meeting along with the scheduled program. Every author will battle a season with the Green-Eyed Monster of envy.  Amazon rankings, awards, publisher attention, indie sales--you name it, life hands an author too many reasons to tie ourselves in jealous knots. How do you cope and keep focus in an industry bent on ranking you against your colleagues in so many ways?…

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No Meeting – Thanksgiving

November 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Windy City would like to wish you a very happy Thanksgiving!

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December 2017

Annual Holiday Party!

December 8 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Gather with your friends from Windy City at our Annual Holiday Party! This is always a great way to take time out from the busy holiday season to gather and chat with old and new friends and share a cup of cheer. Spouses and guests are welcome, however, this event is not appropriate for children.

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No Meeting – Holiday Season

December 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Bake cookies, shop ’til you drop, call a friend, finish that draft, curl up with a good book or simply sit and relax because there is no Windy City meeting tonight. Enjoy!

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