The Rockford Writers Guild Gala Banquet and Reading will begin at noon, Sunday, July 17 at the Clock Tower. At least 75 delegates from Illinois, Wisconsin, Kansas, Florida, Arizona, New York and California will be in attendance. The event will pave the way for monthly Sunday afternoon meetings beginning Sept. 18, Barnes & Noble at 1 p.m. The Gala provides the opportunity for attendees to meet and talk with members of the Guild who write and publish books, chap books, magazine articles, review and do editorial work.
Established in 1947, the Rockford Writers Guild is a national organization and publisher of The Rockford Review and a monthly newsletter for members, Write Away. Membership is open to published and unpublished writers, patrons of the arts and lovers of literature.
It will be an incredible afternoon of gifted writers sharing with their peers. I havent written a poem since my college days when we distributed copies to the class and let them pick it apart. I remember defending my poem, Pierre, mon lapin; it really was just about my pet rabbit, Pierre. I am particularly excited about having the Arts Council participate by contributing prizes for the event. Prizes will be awarded to youth and adult poets and writers who will be reading in both traditional podium and Broadway break-a-leg style competition to be determined by audience vote.
If you send your check for $20 a ticket to RWG, P.O. Box 858, Rockford, IL 61105 postmarked by July 8, mention you read it here and receive a complimentary copy of the summer The Rockford Review, a $9 value, upon your arrival at the Gala. The Guild would also like to extend the invitation to those wishing to attend the Reading Program portion of the event only, to join us at 1 p.m.
Anne E. OKeefe is executive director of the Rockford Area Arts Council.
From the July 6-12, 2005, issue