Rockford Writers’ Guild fall/winter happenings

Upcoming events

December Holiday Party/Readings will be held Saturday, Dec. 16, at North Suburban Library, Loves Park.

Entry deadline for the 2007 Ides of March Contest is March 15, 2007. Winners’ list will appear in the April 2007 newsletter.

“THANK YOU to all who participated in the Festival For The Writer hosted by Barnes & Noble. The general consensus by the Readers and Signers was they had a wonderful time, though the audiences were meager.

“A special thanks to those who worked so hard to help get the word out: John Desjarlais, Ed Grosek, Nan Mynatt, Kandie Bott, many others, and my partner in crime, David Ross.

“I enjoyed talking with the public and the members who kept me company. Out of 22 RWG brochures, there were only two left on the table at the end. Many people expressed an interest in the Guild, some saying they didn’t know our group existed. David received at least one new membership that day and several renewals. With all the interest, I would not be surprised to hear of more new members in the coming weeks.

“Though the Guild did not make out like a bandit monetarily, awareness of the Rockford Writers’ Guild skyrocketed. Next year, with a little tweaking, we likely would gain more interest and participation from customers. This fund-raiser could become a part of the Guild’s “Special Events” if the members wish it.

“I appreciated the help and cooperation in coordinating this event. I could not have done it without you.”

—Patricia Noel, Vice President

Good News!

Rock Valley College’s literary magazine, Voices, invites poetry, prose, photography and artwork from Guild members. To request a required submission form and specific guidelines, contact Molly Sides at 921-3322 or

The Nov. 19 meeting will be at 1 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Bookstore on East State Street in Rockford. Keith Call, a nonfiction writer, will speak. He has written The History of Oregon, Illinois and is at work on a similar history for Wheaton, Ill.

The Rockford Writers’ Guild Christmas Party will be Saturday, Dec. 16, at the North Suburban Library, 6340 N. Second St., Loves Park. Barnes & Noble expects the store to be too crowded for the Guild to meet there in December.

The editor of Small Press Review says that publication will now review Rockford Writers’ Guild Press books. This is very good news. Any members who have published a book or booklet through RWG can send the editor a copy of it, and it will be sent to Small Press Review along with a cover letter on RWG stationery in a padded envelope with our Post Office box return address. Send the items to: Edward Grosek, P.O. Box 746, DeKalb, IL 60115.

Also, if you have self-published a book with RWG Press or elsewhere, be sure to register your book with the Library of Congress. For instructions, go to: Or if you have no computer, tell me, and I’ll mail you the instructions. Cost is $45; send two copies of your book to the Library of Congress, and you’re all set.

From the Nov. 15-21, 2006, issue

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