Deadline for 14th Annual Women’s Stories event Feb. 28

FREEPORT—Freeport Arts Center (FAC) announces its 14th Annual Women’s Stories, celebrating Women’s History Month.

All women writers in northwestern Illinois are invited to submit non-fiction stories or poems that follow this year’s theme. The 2007 theme interprets one set forth by the National Women’s History Project, the organization that successfully lobbied Congress to designate March as Women’s History Month in 1987.

“Generations of Women Moving History Forward” as a theme is meant to celebrate the “wisdom and tenacity of generations of women who have come before us” (

Examples of submissions include those that recognize the courage and determination of women from past generations or ones that highlight how women have preserved family, cultural or world history for future generations.

No previous writing experience is required. Stories will be compiled in a commemorative booklet to be sold at the center. Each contributing author receives a free copy. Women’s Stories submissions must be 300 words or fewer. A maximum of two stories per author should be e-mailed to by Feb. 28.

Submissions must be written in the first person or as a story of someone the author has known. Stories must be true, personal and lend themselves to dramatic reading. Women may submit items that were originally written for another purpose. Anonymous works will not be accepted.

A reader’s theater performance is scheduled for Saturday, March 24, beginning at 3 p.m., in the FAC Newell gallery. Selections from submissions are read dramatically to a public audience by a volunteer group of local women. Those interested in participating in the performance may call by March 1. To volunteer to work on the Women’s Stories committee, to participate in the performance, or for more information, call (815) 235-9755.

FAC is at 121 N. Harlem Ave., Freeport, and is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, and noon-5 p.m., Saturday. Tours may be scheduled by calling (815) 235-9755. Admission to the Arts Center is free.

From the Feb. 14-20, 2007, issue

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