Posted by: Glenda Bailey-Mershon | September 19, 2018

2018 Jane’s Stories Retreat Now Open for Registration!

We’re excited to share with you the latest on our 2018 Retreat for Women Writers! You can even sign up right here. And, best of all, you can join us from wherever you are via Zoom!

Here’s the schedule for October 20:


8:30 – 9:00 a.m.                      

Janes will be onsite at Curt’s Café to greet you as you select your breakfast                         items and/or coffee or tea. Walk or ride together down to Mitchell Museum, 3001 Central. 


2922 CENTRAL STREET | EVANSTON | (847) 868-8385


9:00-9:30 a.m.           

Gathering Waves Circle by Glenda Bailey-Mershon

Waterfalls: Immersing Yourself in the Vocabulary of Your Writing Project

Find keywords that open up character, plot, and theme for your fiction and poetry


10:00 a.m.           

Video presentation by Tricia Booker: Get Naked! 

Tricia Booker (journalist, memoirist, and University of North Florida writing professor, The Place of Peace and Crickets) discusses her rules for penning memoir, and why writers shouldn’t be afraid to put family lore into words. 

We all have stories to tell, and we all worry about hurting the ones we love by telling those tales. But the truth is that most of those stories are about ourselves rather than other people, and once we write them down, we begin to see a path toward creating a strong narrative. Booker, a writing teacher for over 20 years, will talk about the importance of chronicling our histories, both for our own sakes and for the benefit of those who come after us. In addition, she’ll dispel the notion that all work needs to be published in book form. She considers her blog, which is read by thousands of people each month, to be wildly successful, even though it’s never earned her a penny. 

The workshop is designed to:

– help you swallow the fear of writing about family

– motivate you to put the words to paper

– stimulate your memory to show that you remember more than you think 


tricia booker

blogger/writer/journalist at
Author of The Place of Peace and Crickets: how adoption, heartache, and love built a family

Discussion and exercise led by Samantha Ro

11:00 a.m.           

Video Presentation by Z. P. Dala: Loving the Jekyl and Hyde of Character

In crafting a novel the role of character is one of the key elements that takes a piece of work from one dimensional story to believable deep human experience. Sometimes a character can be written as negative but subtle nuances in character development can make an antagonist a likable vehicle to strengthen the protagonist’s plot line. ZP Dala (Iowa Writing Workshop Instructor, novelist, The Architecture of Loss) will help you find the novel in you. 



Discussion and exercise led by Judy Goodman

12 noon            

“Let Me Entertain You” : You can promote yourself on social media

Social Media Opportunities for Writers by Samantha Ro


Lunch together at Curt’s or nearby

2:00 p.m.           

Clara Johnson Reading Delivered by Award Winner Terese Mailhot, Heart Berries



Followed by book signing and

3:00-5:00            Reception

Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? Come spend the day with us! Register right here. 



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