Naperville Writers Group

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What's All This About?

Successful writers have two common behaviors. First, they write a lot. Second, they seek out honest criticism.

The fact is, it's hard to improve your writing unless you are read, regularly.

The Naperville Writers Group offers you the opportunity to develop your craft and receive thoughtful, positive and useful critiques. Our members come from throughout the Chicago area and range from published, award-winning writers to those who write only for pleasure.

As an NWG member you'll find that you write more, and with growing confidence, with a little help from your fellow practitioners.

Writers are invited to attend a few meetings to see how we operate. We meet every Wednesday evening on the campus of North Central College in Naperville.

Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 7:00 PM. Visitors are welcome. Please see About Us for our location and other meeting details.

It's Pronounced "En-Wig"

No stuffed shirts here.

We love to write, and to read, and we prefer to be around others who love to write and read.

So, while our regular meetings end at 9PM, the irregular meeting starts right afterward and goes until the wait staff throws us out. Looking for lively conversation? You've found it!

Check Us Out!

Attend a meeting and see for yourself. Join in the discussion and, when you're ready, become a member and present some of your work to the group.

Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 7:00 PM. Visitors are welcome. Please see About Us for our location and other meeting details.

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The Naperville Writers Group's Annual Journal of Poetry & Prose

Rivulets is Here!

Our featured authors invite you into this edition to share their thoughts and experiences. You'll also find the poem that won the 2013 Founder's Poetry Prize and the short story that won the 2013 Founder's Prose Prize. read on

The Member List

Books Our Members Have Written and Published

NWG member Ann Funck's first book is a collection of 15 years of her humorous essays. Pick it up, and you may be laughing that long. read on

Required Reading

Books to Read About the Art and Craft of Writing

NWG Member C. Michael Becker says: "The title of David Crystal's book The Fight for English manages to suggest the two questions central to its thought provoking and surprisingly entertaining subjects: "What is there to 'fight for' over English?" and "Who would do such a thing?"" read on

The eNWiG List

Books Worth Spending Time With

NWG member C. Michael Becker says "...I recommend that those of you writing prose, particularly extended prose, take time to at least scan Orhan Pamuk's novel My Name Is Red because of its very unconventional construction." read on

The Yellow Box


Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 7:00 PM. Visitors are welcome. Please see About Us for our location and other meeting details.

NWG member Greg Stolze's Kickstarter project is edging toward $4000; get on over there and help him over the top. If he makes his goal, 24 weeks of his new web-comic, A Softer Apocalypse, will be released to the world.

If you're an NWG member, but haven't yet received your user name and password, please contact the Membership Coordinator at your earliest convenience.

Got some news the whole world needs to hear? Send it to The Yellow Box, and we'll pass it on.

NWG News

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What's In, What's On, What's Happening -- Straight From The Source

Dan Montville Presents Proofreading Workshop

As the current Rivulets Editor, NWG member Dan Montville does a lot of proofreading. On January 30th, he'll share some of the finer points of this valuable but often overlooked skill. read on

Radio eNWiG

Radio eNWiG

Podcasts Featuring Readings, Talk, Interviews, and More

Interview -- Radio eNWiG Interviews John Lehman

NWG member Ruan Wright interviews noted poet and publisher John Lehman. Hosted by Ruan Wright. Engineered by Rich Le Cropane.

listen now   Download NWG_IN_20070821_01.mp3

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