I’m writing you this month with tremendous enthusiasm and high expectations. If the pace of membership renewals and new membership keeps up at the pace we have seen in this first month, our membership will exceed last year’s, which was our highest in OCWW history. That is a testament to the great programs that our co-Program Directors Renee James and Susan Levi, and their programs team of Susan Van Dusen and Tom Benz have brought to you. It is also recognition of the enthusiastic and welcoming spirit that has been infused into the organization by our co-Membership Directors Claudia Katz and Ann Bates, and their extensive team of Registration Committee Members, and our splendid volunteer contributors of refreshment snacks that are being brought to each meeting.
Our pre-workshop coffee chat, break time, and post workshop social interplay is indicative of the wonderful blend we are bringing together of friendship and learning. OCWW workshops are now abuzz with conversation and goodwill. For that I thank our Board Officers, volunteers, and attending members. You are making OCWW an even greater organization than it has always been.
The Fred Shafer 4-part workshops were an overwhelming success (need I say as usual). Fred’s 31 years of wisdom and inspiration has guided so many of our Members to success in their writing endeavors that we have lost count of the number. Thank you Fred. “May the Force be with you.” We celebrated Fred’s contribution to OCWW throughout his four week series and capped it off with an intimate luncheon at AVLI Restaurant at which Fred received personal tributes from attendees and a touching memento of a personalized copy of “TESTIMONY”, the latest offering from bestselling author, Scott Turow, son of Rita Turow, an accomplished writer in her own right, and one of the founding members of OCWW. That too was a heartwarming tribute to Fred for his contributions to OCWW.
We look forward now to great presentations in October by Lori Rader-Day, Rebecca Makkai, Jamie Freveletti, and Christine Sneed. Wow! What a line-up. Don’t miss any of them. I look forward to seeing you there. If you haven’t already renewed your membership please do, and if you know of potential new members bring them as you guest. Also, please – volunteer, volunteer, volunteer. We need your help.
Links To Our Features:
Renee James' Launches Seven Suspects
Ruth Spiro Launches Baby Loves Thermodynamics
Upcoming Critique Submission Deadlines
First Evening Session
Our Members’ Upcoming Book Launches:
You are invited to the launch of Renee James' newest in the' Bobbi Logan series. The party starts at 2pm on Saturday, October 7, at Centuries & Sleuths Books in Forest Park. Light refreshments including wine and cheese will be served, and activities will include readings from Seven Suspects and a discussion of how transgender acceptance has evolved in the Chicago area since James' first novel, Coming Out Can Be Murder, made its debut in 2012.
Bobbi Logan is Back!
Someone is stalking Bobbi Logan. He moves like a ghost and he’s getting closer and more violent all the time. The police are trying to help, but they literally don’t have a clue. No one does. So Bobbi is drawing up a list of possible stalkers and she’s going to interview them, face to face, one by one. She knows it’s dangerous. She knows when she get to Mr. Wrong all hell will break loose. But at least it will be at a time and place of her choosing. At least she’ll see him coming. At least, that’s the plan.
From the award-winning author of A Kind of Justice and Transition to Murder:
Our very own Renee James Presents her newest mystery,
S e v e n S u s p e c t s
Launch Party! You’re Invited!
Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 2 p.m.
Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 Madison Street, Forest Park, IL 60130 www.centuriesandsleuths.com ; • (708) 771-7243
Centuries and Sleuths Books, one of the Chicago area's great independent booksellers, is worth the trip all by itself. One side of the store houses C&S's extensive history collection, while the other side offers the most complete selection of mystery titles in the metro area. The store has become home to aficionados of both. The Chicago chapters of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime stage many of their monthly meetings at the store, and it has been the launch pad for many OCWW authors' books. The neighborhood is also home to a variety of cafes and restaurants.
Renee James has been a member of OCWW for several years and served as co-director of programs for the last two years. She began writing fiction after a long career in magazine editing and publishing. She self-published her first novel, Coming Out Can Be Murder, in 2012 and has published three more novels since with traditional publishers. She also writes under a male byline, with works including a biography and, coming in November, a literary adventure novel. For more about Renee James and Seven Suspects, go to https://www.reneejames-author.com/.
Ruth Spiro Invites You To A Launch Party!
OCWW members and friends are invited to the launch party for the next two books in my "Baby Loves Science" Series, as well as any of the following events. Ruth Spiro
Accurate enough to satisfy an expert, yet simple enough for baby, this clever board book explores the transfer of energy as it flows from the sun to an apple to baby. Beautiful, visually stimulating illustrations complement age-appropriate language to encourage baby's sense of wonder. Parents and caregivers may learn a thing or two, as well!
I hope to see you!
at: The Book Cellar
4736 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL
October 14 - 10:30am
at: Magic Tree Bookstore
141 N Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, IL
Ruth Spiro (www.RuthSpiro.com)
**Members may email publication news by October 20th to be included in the November Newsletter. firstname.lastname@example.org .
Upcoming Critique Submission Deadlines:
Christine Sneed submit and pay by October 12
Rebecca Johns, submit and pay by October 20
Kelly McKnees (taking 5 pages for $15. Your submission may be discussed at session.) submit/pay by November 2
Our First Evening Session: Rebecca Johns-
Creating Complex and Dynamic Characters
Help Make it a Huge Success!
Please invite your writing friends with day jobs. Invite students.
Special Guest Price only $10.00!
Student Special: Free with a valid School ID.
November 2, 2017 6:30-8:30 PM
Wilmette Community Recreation Center
3000 Glenview Road, Wilmette - Lots of Parking
DePaul creative writing professor, Rebecca Johns, will show us how creating high personal stakes and layering narrative techniques can take our characters to the next level. We loved her PowerPoint last year. Come out and see her again. The session includes handouts and exercises. Rebecca will accept manuscripts for critique. Please see manuscript guidelines.
Rebecca Johns' first novel, Icebergs, was a finalist for the 2007 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for first fiction and a recipient of the Michener-Copernicus Award. Her second, The Countess—a fictionalization of the life of Elizabeth Bathory, the “Blood Countess”—was published in October 2010 from Crown Books. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, StoryStudio, The Harvard Review, The Mississippi Review, the Chicago Tribune, Cosmopolitan, Mademoiselle, Ladies' Home Journal, Self, and Seventeen, among others.
A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the Missouri School of Journalism, she teaches in the English Department at DePaul University in Chicago.
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