Illinois Networks

NETWORKS offers Illinois SCBWI members easy, handy access to programs, writing groups, networking opportunities and other interested (and interesting!) writers and illustrators. Check below for your particular NETWORKS’ time, location and Shop Talk.

Interested in starting a NETWORKS group in your area? Contact NETWORKS
Coordinator, Alice McGinty (illinois-ra@scbwi.org).


Spring 2017

(Updated 3/1/2017)


 


Illustrators' Networks


Chicago-area Illustrators' Network

Representatives:

Terri Murphy 847-394-5011 (illinois-ic@scbwi.org)
Janet McDonnell 847-632-1918 (illinois-ic2@scbwi.org) 

Monthly Meeting: The Illustrators Network meets once a month at the Des Plaines Library, 1501 Ellinwood, Des Plaines, IL, from 9:30 until noon.  If time permits, we reserve the last part of the meeting to critique members' current works-in-progress or portfolio reviews.

SCBWI member illustrators, make sure you are on the illustrator yahoogroups listserv for updates….or contact Terri Murphy at the email address shown here to be added.

Scheduled Meetings:

March 11  Thinking Outside the Box, Picture Books That Break the Rules.  We’ve all have come to know the rules of picture book creation…word count, story arc, narrative art, etc. But what about books that bend and break the rules and are still successful? Come to a lively group discussion about inventive picture books that exist outside the box. If you have a few on your bookshelf too, bring them.  Let’s talk!

April 8  Illustrator Denise Holmes shares her journey to publication with us, her process, and what she’s working on now. She is the illustrator of Phoebe Sounds It Out (Owlkids Books 2017), Where Are the Words? (Albert Whitman 2016) and The Yoga Game series (Simply Read Books) among many other books.

May 13  Creating Visual Content on Social Media   Guest speaker Andy Nathan, owner of Smart at the Start will present.  He says: "As an illustrator you want your customers to feel a visual connection to your art no matter where they are in the world. Social media has the power to bring us all closer. Now with all of the video, photo, and other media available you can display your work as never before. Learn how to use live video, photographs, and multi-media to increase engagement and leads from social media."

Note: We will be shooting a live video during the seminar and may include attendees in the video. 


Downstate Illustrators' Network

Representatives:
Louann Brown 217-839-3264 (newlou2008@hotmail.com)
Jerry Barrett 217/621-1369 (Jerry@jerrybarrettdesigns.com)

Shop Talk & Critiques. Optional lunch afterward at a nearby location:

QUARTERLY MEETINGS:   This Network meets at various locations throughout the mid-central area.  We maintain a Facebook page (Downstate Illinois SCBWI Illustrators) for critiques and information sharing between meetings. If you’d like to join us, send us a request via Facebook or email one of the network reps. At our meetings we typically discuss markets, critique work and share our journey. Everyone is welcome.

Programs:

Sat. March 11: Downstate Illinois SCBWI-IL Illustrators, Shop Talk and Critiques, 9a-Noon, Wildflour Artisan Bakery & Cafe, 256 W. Main, Decatur, IL.                

Sat. June 10: Downstate Illinois SCBWI-IL Illustrators, Hands-On Program: Tara McClellan, "Gelli Printmaking", 9a-Noon, Wildflour Artisan Bakery & Cafe, 256 W. Main, Decatur, IL.        

Sat. September 9: Downstate Illinois SCBWI-IL Illustrators, Shop Talk and Critiques, 9a-Noon, Wildflour Artisan Bakery & Cafe, 256 W. Main, Decatur, IL. 

Sat. Nov 11: Downstate Illinois SCBWI-IL Illustrators, Virtual meeting (Skype.) Contact Louann Brown newlou2008 (at) hotmail.com for instructions.


Writers' Networks


Chicago Network

Representatives:

Jane Hertenstein (773) 303-4089 (janeh@jpusa.org)
Mary Jo Guglielmo (mguglie150@gmail.com)

Programs:

Program: Thursday, March 23, 2017, 7 pm

How to Get Your Book Reviewed: Tips from Keir Graff, executive editor at Booklist

Everybody’s Coffee, 935 W. Wilson, Chicago

Keir not only writes reviews, but is also an author. His latest book is The Matchstick Castle (MG) from G. P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (out January 2017) and it’s already getting GREAT reviews. Keir is experienced with both traditional and alternative publishing. In addition he will also talk about the latest trends in the publishing world.

RSVP janehertenstein@gmail.com

Street parking is available (paybox) as well as at Weiss Hospital.

 

Program: Thursday, April 20, 2017, 7 pm

Blogging: Building a Platform for Publishing

Tammy Perlmutter

Everybody’s Coffee, 935 W. Wilson, Chicago

This presentation will show you the basics of launching a blog in order to build your platform for publishing. You will learn how to choose a web service, domain name, host server, and how being active on social media is essential to building your brand as a writer. Tammy Perlmutter is founder and curator of The Mudroom, a collaborative blog for women and also her own website at http://tammygrrrl.com/.  She writes blog posts, personal essays, and poetry, and is part of the newly-published Inter Varsity Press anthology Soul Bare.

RSVP janehertenstein@gmail.com

Street parking is available (paybox) as well as at Weiss Hospital.


Chicago – Hyde Park Network

Representative:
Kate Hannigan  (katehannigan@gmail.com)

Program:

Check back soon for some exciting upcoming programming!


Chicago's Southland Network

Representatives:

Jim Danielson 708-596-4479 (emanjd2003@yahoo.com)
Linda Dryfhout (ladem05@aol.com)

For more information and current shop talk topics, visit the Chicago Southland blog at http://scbwisouthchicago.blogspot.com.

Program:

Program:  March 11, 2017,  9:30-11:30 A.M.

SCBWI-Illinois Southlands Network sponsors a poetry presentation by Bob Raczka. As always everyone is welcome, but advanced registration is required.

Children’s Poetry  Presentation:
Bob will be sharing his love of poetry, along with plenty of examples from four of his poetry books:  Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys, Santa Clauses: Short Poems from the North Pole, Lemonade: And Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word and Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems. 
Bob will answer questions following his presentation.

Time:  Doors open at 9:00 A.M.
Location:  Old Plank Trail Bank
                  20012 Wolf Road
                  Mokena, IL 60448

Please park in side or rear parking lot.
To register please e-mail Jim Danielson at: jdwrites4kids@gmail.com
Program is free for SCBWI members, $3.00 for non-members.


Northern Suburbs



Cook County (North Suburban Network)

Representatives:

Carolyn Crimi (Crims@aol.com)
Anny Rusk (anny@annyrusk.com) 

Shop Talk:
Second Wednesday of each month, from 7-8:30 p.m.
 

Programs:

March
Carolyn Crimi How I Went From Picture Book Author to Novelist in Just 20 Short Years
768 Oak Street
Winnetka, IL 60093

(847) 446-7220

7PM: Lloyd Room

In this talk, Carolyn will discuss how she was finally able to get over herself and write her first published novel after twenty years of trying.Fans of overnight success stories should definitely not attend. There will be writing exercises, so please bring pen and paper. Refreshments of some sort may be served. Prizes are a distinct possibility.

Carolyn Crimi was awarded the Prairie State Author Award for her body of work in 2012. She has published over 14 books, including Don’t Need
Friends, Boris and Bella, Henry and the Buccaneer Bunnies, Where’s My Mummy? Dear Tabby, Pugs in a Bug and Rock ‘N’ Roll Mole. Her newest book,There Might Be Lobsters, will be coming out in May with Candlewick Press.When she’s not writing, Carolyn enjoys visiting elementary schools all around the country to talk about how she hunts for new ideas and revises her stories. Her website, www.carolyncrimi.com, gives more details about her books and her background.

April: Jude Matthews: Who Cares About Writing Style?

These days, publishers and agents seem to be looking for specific subjects, irresistible characters, certain text lengths, and a lot of whiz-bang action. In the process of trying to fit your writing to specifications, it's important not to lose one's pursuit of the best writing you can muster. So, how to develop a great writing style, amidst the noise of the market? By developing a few basic practices that will serve you for a lifetime.

Jude Mathews is a freelance writing coach and author of seven children's books. She has been a school and public librarian, children's book

reviewer, children's book editor, and children's literature instructor. She lives in the north suburban area.
In May: Jenny Meyerhoff

May: Jenny Meyerhoff: Writing From OM: Five techniques to fill your writing practice with comfort, ease and joy.

Most people think of yoga as a set of physical postures, and it is easy to see how those poses can help writers deal with the rounded shoulders, tight hips and stiff backs caused by our laptops and desktops. But yoga is so much more than physical postures and can help your writing practice in ways you can’t begin to imagine. Using techniques of breathwork, meditation and yes, those physical postures, Jenny Meyerhoff will show you five short, easy routines you can add to your writing practice to help deal with resistance, anxiety, fear and physical discomfort. (And if you’ve already banished these, the routines will help connect you to writing flow more often!)

This workshop is for people of all ages, shapes, sizes, physical abilities and spiritual sensibilities. People should bring pen and paper and also a yoga mat if they have one ( I
have about six I can bring for people who need to borrow.) and people should wear comfortable clothes.

Jenny Meyerhoff is the author of over 12 books, including The Friendship Garden Series and The Louie Burger Series. She lives in Northfield with her husband and three children.

 


Far Northern Suburbs


Far North Suburban Network

Representatives:
Erica Weisz (mrsweiszbooks@gmail.com)
Kim Oclon (kaoclon@gmail.com)

Meetings: 
Join us on the 1st Wednesday of every month from 7-9pm, at:
David Adler Music and Arts Center
1700 North Milwaukee Avenue
Libertyville, Illinois 60048

MARCH

Corral the Creative Spirit: Presentation by Ruth Spiro

In 2013, ten years after my first (and only) picture book sale, I realized my “free spirited” approach to writing and submitting wasn’t getting me anywhere. I decided to incorporate a few practices I’d learned from the business world, and within 15 months I had signed with an agent and sold seven books. 

Stepping outside your creative comfort zone in this way takes a bit of work. But by making a few changes and applying some simple strategies, you may be increasing the likelihood of making your publishing dreams come true. When you look at it that way, isn’t it worth the effort?

APRIL

Critiques!  Bring in five double-spaced pages to workshop with the group.  If there are enough people in attendance we break into smaller groups by genre and/or age group.

MAY  

We welcome picture book author Suzanne Slade for an open Q&A session.  She has done it all: work-for-hire, unaccented publishing, trade picture books, and other projects.  Now she has an agent involved in the process.  You have questions about the process, she has answers. Bring them!


Far Northwest Suburbs


Far Northwest Suburban Network

Representatives:

Veronica Rundell (vrundell@yahoo.com)
Katie Sparks (kathrynsparkswriter@gmail.com)

Open Critique
Third Wednesday of each month, 7 – 9 p.m. in the cafe of Barnes & Noble, 590 W. Golf Road, Schaumburg. All meetings are open critiques with the last half hour dedicated to answering any new writer questions. 


Dundee Area Network

Representatives:

Jennifer Wagh (jwagh@fastmail.net
Jennifer Kaap  (jennifer@sillylibrarian.com)

Shop Talk/Critique Session
Second Wednesday of the month 7-9 p.m., unless otherwise noted.
Barnes and Noble (at Spring Hill Mall), 1444 Springhill Mall Blvd. West Dundee, 60118


Western Suburbs


Oak Park and Near West Suburban Network

Representatives:
Karen Walker Ward (kwalkerward@yahoo.com)
Sallie Wolf 708-848-1385 (salwolf@comcast.net )

Shop Talk: Second Thursday of the month, 7 – 9 pm Our meetings are free and open to all. 

Programs:

Oak Park Dole or Main Library – See dates for which branch.

Dole Library, 255 Augusta Blvd., Oak Park (708-386-9032)
Main OP Library, 834 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL 60301, 708-383-8200

March 9, 2017 — Dole Library — Recap of the NYC SCBWI conference. If you were there, and can summarize quickly some major take-aways from your sessions, please come prepared to share. Then we will prep and practice for Spring Thaw’s Perfect Pitch program. Even if you are not planning to attend Spring Thaw, you will benefit from knowing what a “Log Line” is and how to create one that will help you interest editors and agents in your work. If you are signed up for Spring Thaw, here is a chance to practice your pitch and hone in on what your story really is about.

April 13, 2017—Dole Library–Critique night—manuscripts and art or submission materials (queries, proposals, cover letters) will be thoughtfully and respectfully considered. Time will be apportioned evenly among participants. If we have more than 10 people with work to share, we will consider the first 10 to arrive and reserve a spot for any others for the June. critique. 2-3 copies to pass around is helpful and not required. Even if you do not have work to share, you can learn a lot by hearing others' work and weighing in with your thoughts. P.S.—This is another chance to perfect your first pages before Spring Thaw.

May 11, 2017 — Dole Library — As much about agents as we can cover in one meeting. What will an agent do that you can’t do for yourself? Do you need/want one? How do you get one? What happens once you do? How do you change agents if it isn’t working out? 

June 8, 2017 — Dole Library — Critique night—manuscripts, art, or submission materials (queries, proposals, cover letters) will be thoughtfully and respectfully considered. Time will be apportioned evenly among participants. If we have more than 10 people with work to share, we will consider the first 10 to arrive and reserve a spot for any others for the next. critique. 2-3 copies to pass around is helpful and not required. Even if you do not have work to share, you can learn a lot by hearing others' work and weighing in with your thoughts.


LaGrange – Naperville Network

Representatives:

Fran Sammis (flsammis@gmail.com)
 Cathy Velasco, cathyannvelasco@yahoo.com

Quarterly Meetings:

This network will hold quarterly meetings, which will be held on weekday evenings or Sat. mornings at the Lisle Public Library, 777 Front Street, Lisle IL 60532  (630) 971-1675

Stay tuned for upcoming programming.


Geneva Network

Representatives:

Janet Riehecky 847-695-9781 (jr@janetriehecky.com)
Cheryl App (Cheryl.App@matrixccllc.com)

Shop Talk:
First Wednesday & fourth Tuesday of each month, 7:00 p.m.
Barnes and Noble, 102 Commons Drive, near Randall Road, Geneva


Northern Illinois


Freeport/Rockford Area Network

Representatives:

Leone Anderson 815-947-2780 (leeeric@aeroinc.net)
Debbie Deutsch 815-235-8899 (ddeutsch63@insightbb.net)

Critique Session/Shop Talks:

Fourth Saturday of each month
Freeport Public Library 10-12 p.m.

Please contact Lee or Debbie to verify dates/locations.


DeKalb Area Network

Representative:

Larry Vint (lfvint@yahoo.com)

Shop Talk & Critique Session:

We will resume our meetings from 5:30 to 7:00 PM at the DeKalb Public Library on January 25th, 2017.
(No meetings in November or December)

Conference Room, DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak Street, DeKalb, IL 60115.


Central Illinois


Central Illinois (Champaign-Urbana) Network

Representatives:
Ruth Siburt  (rsiburt@gmail.com )
Deb Aronson  (debaronson@nasw.org)

Programs and Shop Talks:

Show and Tell Time Workshop!
April 8 from 1-4 p.m.
 Deb Aronson’s home. RSVP: Deb Aronson at debaronson@nasw.org for her address.

Confused about the difference between showing and telling in your writing? Not sure you can tell which is which? And is showing ALWAYS better than telling? Come to our workshop and get some answers! We’ll show and discuss examples and then each participant will work on their own writing to demystify this important element of craft. 

Bring a paragraph or a page of your own writing to help in your exploration of the differences and to mine the possibilities of both forms.


Bloomington/Normal Network (Near-Normal Writer’s Group)

Representatives:
Laura Pashley (lfpashley@gmail.com)
Kathryn Ault Noble kathryn.noble.illustrations@gmail.com
 

The Bloomington/Normal Network meets regularly on the first Thursday evening of the month, at 6:30 p.m. Contact Reps for more information.

Programs:

March- Alice McGinty Presents
Alice is author of over 40 Fiction and Non-fiction children’s books as well as our SCBWI Co-Regional Advisor of the Illinois Chapter. Reserved seating.
Please RSVP to either Laura or Kathryn
Thursday March 2nd, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Normal Library Boardroom, 206 W College Ave, Normal, IL

April- Writing Bios
Jacket Flaps, Websites, and Query Letters oh my! We will be spending the evening critiquing our bios and going over what makes a good bio, and what to leave out.
Thursday April 6th, 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Parmon House Clubhouse, 2012 East Lincoln Street, Bloomington, IL

May- Writing Query Letters
How not to bore an agent to death, or, what must always go in and what must never go in. We will be critiquing each other’s query letters so come prepared with your best query letter.
Thursday May 4th, 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Parmon House Clubhouse, 2012 East Lincoln Street, Bloomington, IL


Springfield Area Network

The Scribes

Representative: Debra Daugherty (ddaugherty329@gmail.com)

Writing/Critique Group/Shop Talk

Meetings are held on the first Monday of each month, 5:30 P.M., Chatham Library, Chatham, IL

During summer months, holidays, or if you are wanting to inquire about the group, please contact Debra Daugherty for details.

 

Upcoming Program:
The Scribes present Alice McGinty, speaking on "The Psychological Connection: Emotional Power in Writing."

Alice is the SCBWI Co-Regional Adviser of the Illinois Chapter and has written over 40 children's books, both fiction and non-fiction.

Thursday, April 20, 2017, at The Pizza Ranch, 1001 Lejune, Springfield, IL 62711, in the Cowpokes Room

The program is free, but the cost of the buffet dinner is $13.43 including tax

Reserved seating. Please RSVP Juli Caveny, (217) 204-4537, julicaveny@gmail.com, or Debra Daugherty, ddaugherty329@gmail.com


Southern Illinois

 

Edwardsville Network

Representatives:
Samantha Winkler   ( narrator2014@gmail.com)
Paul (Geoff) Rutledge (rutledgepg@sbcglobal.net)

Monthly Critique Meeting:
Usually 3rd Wednesday of the month. Contact reps for meeting place and time.


Fairview Heights Network

Representatives:
Leia Johnson (leiamariejohnson@gmail.com)
Katie Otey (katie.otey@gmail.com)

Monthly Critique Meeting:
Usually 3rd Wednesday of the month. Contact reps for meeting place and time.