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7:00 pm19:00

Complicated Conception: A couple shares their story of family-building despite infertility

  • Lake Bluff Public Library

Nadine Kenney Johnstone will discuss her memoir, Of This Much I'm Sure, about her near death experience after an IVF procedure. One in every 8 couples struggles to have a baby, yet few couples openly discuss their infertility. Nadine and her husband Jamie will detail their conception challenges and the hopeful words that healed them. Come learn about the story behind the book and raise awareness about an important issue. 

Oct 15

Interlochen Writing Retreat

  • Interlochen Center for the Arts

Writing Meaningful Stories in Fiction and Non-Fiction
How do you make a story resonate with readers? Join us for this 2-day weekend workshop and learn methods for giving your work the emotional layering required to make it satisfying to both editors and readers. We will read published excerpts and explore how successful authors have structured their stories with emotion. Brainstorming exercises, group discussions and in-class writing activities will focus on layering your writing for deeper meaning and impact. Participants will share their work in a supportive environment and receive constructive feedback. Please join us to reinvigorate your writing practice!

10:00 am10:00

Presenting at the Muse and The Marketplace

  • Boston Park Plaza Hotel

Session: What She Writes and How She Publishes It

Are you waiting for someone else to decide if and when your book gets published? Join a memoirist, novelist, and hybrid-publisher project manager as they discuss why and how authors can take charge of their book publishing dreams. Jeanne Blasberg and Nadine Kenney Johnstone will discuss their journeys to publication while Cait Levin will speak about the hybrid publishing model and how it differs from both traditional and self publishing. 

4:30 pm16:30

Speak Your Truth, Writing Workshop with the Evanston Literary Festival

  • Frances Willard House

You want to write about a moment from your past, but you worry about what your real life characters, your readers, and your inner critic will say. How can you write the truth when there's so much at stake? In this workshop, led by memoirist and personal essayist Nadine Kenney Johnstone, you will learn why it's crucial for writers to speak their truth in their writing. In this session, you will read published examples of truthful writing and learn how to write about yourself and your characters in a way that is both fair and honest.