Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The latest as of 11/25/09

Dear Guild,

FIRST: A Reminder that the Deadline for the December publication, “Observations”, is MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30th. Send your writing my way!

The semester is coming to an end. We have a meeting scheduled for Thursday, December 10th, but with that being during CRIT Week I am not expecting people to actually show up. So, that meeting is CANCELED. At our last meeting we discussed planning reading to happen on campus at the very beginning of next semester, so expect it to happen!

The CWG will have a table at the Zine Extravaganza:

Please join Student Association for the December First Thursday Event: Zine*Self-Publication*Extravaganza.

This event will showcase all types of self-publication, distribution and preservation. We are inviting establishments from around Chicago, as well as SAIC's resources, collections, faculty, individual students and student groups to talk about their participation in self-publication. Come to the 14th floor of the 112 S. Michigan Building on Thursday December 3rd, from 4:30-6pm.


Do you Blog, Tumbl, or self-publish online? Well then, Student Association wants you for the Zine*Self-Publication*Extravaganza!

Come promote your online presence and participate in discussions with fellow students at the December First Thursday Event. If you would like to participate, please contact Student Association at

Heather Palmer, whose work has appeared in Creative Writing Guild publications will be reading as part of the MFAW Fall reading, December 4, 12:00pm in the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, located on the 5th floor of the Sharp Building.

In Preparation, another SAIC/BFAW publication is also currently accepting submissions. For more info visit

I suppose that is all for now. Happy Thanksgiving!


Monday, November 16, 2009

NOVEMBER, with December approaching...

Time for another publication! The theme of the December publication is “Observations” and you may interpret that in any way, but here is the dictionary definition if you need a nudge of inspiration: The deadline is MONDAY NOVEMBER 30th. This time around there is 2-3 page limit. If you choose to submit something longer I may choose to publish an excerpt. Send your writing to Please send as a Word Document.

The October/December publication made it out, featuring work by 20 writers!

On November 1st the Guild hosted a reading and show at the Siragusa Gallery. 30 people were there and 9 people read!

Thank you to everyone who continues to contribute to the success of the CWG!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Flyer by Cait Stephens

Any non-dorm resident wishing to attend or participate must Email jeni at with their full name and Student ID number.

Monday, October 26, 2009


Sun Nov 1st, 9:30pm

Come celebrate the release of the October/ November Publication, "Dialogue" with the reading and art by members of the Creative Writing Guild!


Saturday, October 3, 2009


Dear Guild,

The turnout at our first two meetings has been great! It is rather exciting, so keep it up. With so many people with ideas and interest in the Guild, we can do a lot this year. I’ll give an update of last week's meetings but first here are a few other points to cover:

1) Sherry Antonini, the Guild’s Faculty Sponsor has a performance this SUNDAY 10/4. Here is some information about it. Hope to see some of you there.
“O My Innocents”, a site-specific piece combining text/music/sound/performance and dance, will be presented this Sunday,
October 4, 2009, in 100-year-old Epiphany Episcopal Church, 201 S.
AshlandAve., Chicago 60607 at 6 pm. Original text and vocal recording by
Sherry Antonini. Sound score co-written by Sherry Antonini and Basil Abbott and produced/recorded at Commpost Audio, Chicago. Performance and
Choreography written and performed live by Heather Hartley and Casey Murtaugh, with Erica Mott and Helen Lee. Post-show dialogue immediately following as part of the Epiphany Dance Experiment 2009 Fall Series. $12 at door. $10 students.

2)I am happy to say that I have already received 5 submissions for the October publication! Keep them coming. The deadline is Monday October 19th. The theme is “Dialogue.” More information can be found on the blog

Here are some things discussed at the October 1st meeting:

-A Blog for Guild members to post writing and receive feedback. As some of you know, that was the original purpose for, but few people were using it so it became more of a place to post CWG updates. HOWEVER, due to this recent demand, there will be a new separate blog made for that purpose. Information coming soon!

Other things that may manifest as a blog or as part of the Facebook or Portal Group:

- Multiple people mentioned that they would like information about writing-related events in Chicago, Writing Prompts, and other valuable links, websites etc.
- A Recommended Reading list-Email me about what you are reading, your all-time favorites, maybe even your all-time least favorites. Novels, poems, poets, authors, Graphic Novels, Short Stories, etc. and I will compile a list.

-Poetry Slam Event, possibly in the ballroom, possibly as part of a First Thursday Event.

-Asking Kyle Beachy to come talk to the CWG. I’ll see what I can do.

-When I asked about expectations for the Guild, someone mentioned the idea of having a supportive group of writers. That indeed is what we are here for, to support, promote and involve writers. That said, Email me with your ideas and questions related to the CWG or writing at SAIC. If I can’t answer your questions, I’m sure I can point you towards someone who can.

-Reading to happen in the Siragusa Gallery at 162 N. State Street Dorm, end of October/beginning of November. I’ll be getting more information about this out shortly.

My goal is to start getting some sort of collection of resources together by time of the next meeting October 15th. That would include the events, prompts, reading list as mentioned above. Also, inspired by my recently obtained internship at 826CHI, I would like to provide everyone with information about non-profit writing-related places where one can volunteer.

So, there is a lot of stuff to be coming your way this semester.
Keep posted and visit

Send me stuff!


Someone requested the link to the Facebook Group, so here it is:

Monday, September 28, 2009

It is almost October!

Dear Guild,

Thanks to those of you who attended the last meeting!

I’m a little behind in getting a formal announcement out but the DEADLINE for our OCTOBER publication is MONDAY OCTOBER 19th. The theme is “Dialogue.” Interpret it as you wish, but here are some definitions:
Submit writing to me (jeni)

Here are some things discussed at our September 21st meeting:
-Creating a CWG logo
-social outings (going to get ice cream, etc.)
-Going to readings and events together
-A reading in the Siragusa Gallery (162 Dorm Building)
-Writing Prompts

I hope to provide some information in response to those topics at our next meeting,
THIS THURSDAY, October 1st 4:30 Room 1302B of MacLean. Feel free to bring any writing you wish to share. I will also try to bring cookies this time.

One more thing: if you happen to draw comics you should submit them to Xerox Candybar by emailing The deadline for issue 11 is Oct. 1st.


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Monday, September 14, 2009

Beginning Business

Dear Guild,

Last year was a big success. We put out four publications, publishing 29 writers! Thank you again to everyone who was active in the Guild last year. It is time to start things up again! I have noticed that a few new people have joined Portal and Facebook groups so I will give a brief introduction of the Guild:

The Creative Writing Guild is recognized by SAIC Campus Life as a student group and is funded by Student Association and the Writing Program. The mission of the Creative Writing Guild is to support, promote and involve writers in the SAIC community. We meet two or three times a month to plan publications and events, share writing, talk about writing events and opportunities at SAIC and in Chicago, and sometimes we just hang out. What goes on at a meeting is completely dependent on people showing up with ideas, suggestions and topics of discussion. This group is open to ALL SAIC students and participation from alumni is also welcome.

In the latest news, numbers are a good thing and the Guild has $1000 for publications, thanks to Student Association and the Writing Program.


**Thursday meetings will be held in room 1302B
Another group has reserved 1302B on Mondays so the Guild will just meet in the 13th floor lounge. I’ll make a sign… If this does not work out I will reserve a classroom for future Monday meetings. Meetings begin at 4:30 but the room will be open at 4:00.

17th Student Group Fair- Stop by and say Hi!
Mon Sept 21st
Thurs October 1st
Thurs October 15th
Publication Deadline Oct 19th
Mon Oct 26th
Thurs Nov 12th
Mon Nov 23rd
Publication deadline for December Nov 30th
Thurs Dec 10th

The theme of the October publication will be announced soon, details will be available by next week! For all updates visit our Blog If you have any information about readings, publications and events that you are part of let the Guild know to pass it along. That said:

Everyone should check out Hymn a novel by Andrew Forrest Baker. Andrew's piece Catfish was seen in the Guild's May publication "Eventually." See Previous Post for more information.

Last year was about figuring out a lot of odds and ends. This year is about continuing and adding to what we got going last year. Hope to see you all at our first meeting on September 21st. A reminder will be sent out as well as more information about the October Publication.


Sunday, September 6, 2009

Hymn: A Novel by Andrew Forrest Baker

Everyone should check out Hymn from Andrew Forrest Baker. Andrew's piece Catfish was seen in the Guild's May publication "Eventually."

Buy a copy:

Become a Fan on Facebook!

Coming Soon...

CWG! Keep posted in the coming week for information regarding the Guild in Fall '09.

Tentative Meeting Schedule:

Mon Sept 21
Thurs October 1
October Publication Deadline: Oct. 19
Thurs October 15th
Mon Oct 26
Thurs Nov 12
Mon Nov 23
Publication deadline for December: Nov 30th

Sunday, May 3, 2009


Dear Guild,
Thank you for a wonderful year! Whether you came to meetings, submitted writing to be published, or simply read the emails or blog, it is greatly appreciated. We were able to put out 4 publications and publish 29 writers! I am already excited for next year, when we will put out another four publications and definitely have a reading or two.

Thank you to Caitlin Schriner for help with distribution this month and for her awesome cover art!

A special thanks to Student Association for funding and support, to Jes Takla for all of her help in organizing everything, to the Writing Program for funding our May publication and to Sherry Antonini our amazing faculty sponsor.

Be sure to pick up a copy of the May publication, "Eventually" now available all around school.

Keep writing over the summer and if you have any news you would like to pass along to the Guild email me.

Have a wonderful summer!

Until September,


Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A Few Important things

Origins/Intentions, our March/April publication is out! Be sure to pick up a copy. They can be found in most general school locations by lunch time tomorrow. It is bright orange, can't miss it. A big thanks to Caitlin Schriner for the wonderful cover art and help with distribution.

Jeni Crone is representing SAIC at The Columbia College Chicago Citywide Undergraduate Poetry Festival, THIS THURSDAY, April 2nd @ 5:30. If you are available come check it out! More info can be found here:


the deadline for the May publication will be MONDAY, APRIL 20th. The Theme is "Eventually."

There are only two more meetings left this semester: Tuesday, April 7th and Thursday, April 23rd.
We WILL be planning a reading to take place before the end of the semester.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

March Deadline Change

***The deadline for the March publication will be Friday, March 20th***

The Creative Writing Guild is accepting submissions for its March Publication. This issue will feature two themes: "Origins" and "Intentions" (see posts below).

5 page limit.

DEADLINE: Friday, March 20th

Submit writing to

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


The Guild is currently accepting submissions for its March publication, "Intentions."

in·ten·tion (n-tnshn)
1. A course of action that one intends to follow.
a. An aim that guides action; an objective.
b. intentions Purpose with respect to marriage: honorable intentions.
3. Medicine The process by which or the manner in which a wound heals.
4. Archaic Import; meaning.

The March issue will be a double issue including submissions for the February publication, "Origins." Pieces with that theme will also be accepted.



DEADLINE: Monday, March 16th


We are hoping to plan some readings for this semester. Keep posted for more info.

Saturday, February 21, 2009


The deadline for the February...February/March? Publication, "Origins" has been extended to Friday, February 27th.

Send writing to

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Update, February 19th

A few things:

1) The deadline for the February publication, "Origins" is TOMORROW.
More information can be found on the blog

2) The next meeting is next week, Thursday February 26th.

3) A Performance by our Guild Sponsor Sherry Antonini.

(Low rent, shag-carpeted tales shaped into spoken word, soundscape and song)
New work written and performed by Sherry Antonini and Basil Abbott
Saturday, Feb. 21
9:30 pm
Viaduct Theatre
3111 North Western Avenue

$15 or pay what you can
The evening also features performances by BFAW/MFAW instructors Jenny Magnus and Ruth Margraff.
As part of Rhinoceros Theater Festival 2009, produced and curated by
Curious Theatre Branch.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Spring Schedule/February Publication Deadline

Dear Guild People,
I figured I should send out word that we will have a meeting next week. The following is the Spring 2009 Schedule. As always, meetings are held at 4:30 in room 1302 of MacLean.

February Tu 10, Th 26
March Tu 3, Th 26
April Tu 7, Th 23

I should have fliers up by Friday or over the weekend.


This months theme is "Origins"
1. The point at which something comes into existence or from which it derives or is derived.
2. Ancestry: "We cannot escape our origins, however hard we try" (James Baldwin).
3. The fact of originating; rise or derivation: The rumor had its origin in an impulsive remark.
4. Anatomy The point of attachment of a muscle that remains relatively fixed during contraction.
5. Mathematics The point of intersection of coordinate axes, as in the Cartesian coordinate system.

DEADLINE Friday, February 20th. *5 page limit, if you wish to submit a longer piece an excerpt may be chosen.
Submit pieces to

*The goal is to get out 3 publications this semester at the end of February, March and April. We will be continuing with the one word themes. I'm working on getting more funding for this. Feel free to send ideas for potential themes. Another goal is to have a reading or two.

Another Important Thing: I've heard a couple clusters of people talking about trying to get together some serious, structured writing workshops for short fiction. If you are interested let me know. I would love to point you in the direction of these people. If you want a poetry workshop I can point you towards people. Always remember that the mission of the CWG is to support, promote and involve writers at SAIC. If you want to see something done with writing, let me know, I would love nothing more than to try to make it happen.

Hope to see you all next Tuesday!


Saturday, January 24, 2009

Spring 2009!

It is time to get things going with the Creative Writing Guild for 2009! I hope everyone had a great winter break, and maybe even did some writing. I hope to begin meetings in February, meeting on a Tuesday and Thursday schedule again which I hope to get written out and set up soon. In the next two weeks I hope to have the schedule out, flyers around school and information about the next publication. Due to the success of the first two publications I will be asking student association for more funding and hopefully BFAW as well.

Two things to check out:

1) In Preparation, a zine currently edited by BFAW student Alyssa Martinez. The deadline for the February issue is this Friday, January 30th. Submit stuff!!! more info can be found here:

2) The 2009 AWP Conference and Book Fair in Chicago February 11-14, Passes to the events can be bought on-site for a student price of $45
information can be found here: