Rockford Writers' Guild offers fall happenings

Guild upcoming programs

Oct. 15—All-Day Festival for the Writer at Barnes & Noble—Participation needed.

Nov. 19—Keith Call—Non-fiction writer, published book about Oregon, Ill. Contracted to write a book about Wheaton, Ill. Teaches at Wheaton College.

Dec. 17—Winter Holiday Party—Location to be announced

Jan. 21, 2007—Jennie Spallone—Fiction/mystery author of Deadly Choices, Treble Heart Books. Spoke at 2006 Love is Murder Conference, book stores and libraries.

Feb. 18, 2007—Tom Oestreicher—Historical fiction author of Present and Accounted For, Dec. 2004 B&N best-seller, and sequel, With Full Honors, Dec. 2005. Featured author at 2005 Book Expo America in New York City

Chapbook Contest clock is ticking

Time’s running out for Guild members to enter the 2006 RWG Press Chapbook Contest. The grand prize of free book production applies only to those chapbooks actually published by Dec. 1 of this year. Same goes for the limited offer of free ISBN numbers available to all Guild member contestants. This Chapbook Contest is strictly another Guild member exclusive. That means only members in good standing are eligible for free or rock-bottom production costs–plus complimentary ISBNs. Questions? Contact David Ross at 815-963-2098 or

Report on GALA 2006

About 60 writers, mostly from Illinois and the surrounding states, attended our July 16 GALA, which ran from before noon to after 3 p.m. On the preceding evening, 17 members gathered at the Clock Tower’s Cranny Lounge for drinks and conversation.

At the GALA, two tables were set up on which several members displayed and sold copies of books they had written and published.

Three of our members told me of book projects they were halfway through, and each promised me a notice for the newsletter as soon as they have a sure publication to bring out.

The readings seemed to be more varied in subject matter than last year. The following persons won prizes for their writings or for their performances: Bruce Muench for both Best Picture and Adult Poetry; Brad Poole

for both Youth Prose and Best of Show; Lauren Kathaleen Barker for Youth Poetry; C. Michael Becker and Andrew Davis (a tie) for Adult Prose; Doris Kampfe for BestPodium; and Kandie Bott for Best Performance. And, since we had about 10 extra prizes, we gave them all out by drawing names. —Ed Grosek


John Gile, an established author here in Rockford, regularly presents workshops on writing–on writing creatively, on writing business reports and speeches, and on how to teach writing to young students. John’s workshops are scheduled at various sites from Rockford to Chicago. For specific information on attending, call (815) 968-6601.

Festival for the Writer

This event, presented by Barnes & Noble Booksellers, will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 15, 2006. Proceeds will benefit the Rockford Writers’ Guild. Members are encouraged to ask their families and friends to purchase their items (books, gourmet coffee, cards, etc.) for holidays, birthdays or personal needs on this day, presenting a voucher at the register as they purchase. A percentage of the sale will be given to the Rockford Writers’ Guild. Vouchers will be distributed to members to pass around. Anyone can use a voucher—not limited to members only.

The Rockford Review wants you!

The Rockford Review invites Guild members to submit previously unpublished work for consideration for the winter-spring 2007 edition. Deadline is Oct. 15. Send poetry up to 30 lines or prose up to 1,300 words in hard copy (paper) format to:

The Rockford Review, P.O. Box 858, Rockford, IL 61105

Include a brief bio and a SASE along with your phone number and e-mail address. The preferred theme pertains to fresh insights about coping (or not coping) with the human condition–with a touch of satire.

Questions? Contact David Ross at (815) 963-2098 or

Festival of Words at Library

Rockford Public Library’s 3rd Annual “Festival of Words” will run from Wednesday, Sept. 27 through Sunday, Oct. 1 this year. This will include a variety of author talks & signings, a comedy night, and writing workshops on screenwriting, comedy, poetry, manga and mysteries.

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