Meet the DuPage Writers Group



Due to Health Concerns the DuPage Writers Group will not be holding any in person  meetings until further notice.



We are working on having a ZOOM meeting in the near future.  Rose will send out a link with the time and date for members who are active and have paid memberships.



Due To Health Concerns  the Bartlett Public Library is not hosting any public meetings.  If they begin hosting again our meetings will be as follows.  I will update this website when I get the news.

Bartlett Public Library
800 South Bartlett Road
Bartlett, Illinois

Future Meetings:

none as of this time.



We normally hold meetings at The Carol Stream Public Library at 616 Hiawatha Drive, Carol Stream, Illinois 60188.  The Carol Stream Library is currently undergoing renovations.  They are also closed due to health concerns.

When our meetings resume, we encourage you to participate by bringing in ten typewritten copies of a one to three page excerpt of your current work. You will then be asked read aloud your writing to our group. The rest of us will write critiques that include encouragements, comments, and suggestions on those copies. We then share our thoughts about what you had written. I myself find it helpful to hear and later refer to what other people have thought about something I am working on. I find it a way I can grow with my writing.

During our meetings we also like to take five to ten minutes to act on a Writing Prompt. That writing prompt might be one, two, or three statements, emotions, or spoken objects that you will react to on the spur of the moment and pen a short piece using or inspired by the spoken prompt. We then go around the room and read what we had written.
Everyone is welcome to attend the workshop.  Annual Memberships are available ($30) for those that wish to attend on a regular basis.


DuPage Writers Group is a vibrant non-profit writing group that meets monthly to nurture the potential of writers at all levels. We are dedicated to encouraging each writers creative voice in a welcome and constructive atmosphere.

DuPage Writers Group also produces the journal POSSIBILITIES on an annual basis.  Submissions are accepted with a paid membership and is an established outlet for new and established writers to publish their latest work. A free copy of the journal is included with an annual membership ($30).

The deadline for submissions to the 2020 POSSIBILITIES journal has been extended to Tuesday  March 31, 2020.  The theme for the 2020 journal is “Joy and Laughter.”   This world is hard enough to get through with all our responsibilities and the way we take each other seriously.  Serious is needed.  Serious can be helpful.  We all want to help.  But let us try to step back and react to some unknown, non reality as a Laurel and Hardy ‘Another Fine Mess’  or a Chico Piano Solo that Groucho has to sit and pay attention to.  When you ‘pick two’ you can relax with a laugh of fresh air.


Submissions are open to DuPage Writers Group members who have paid their annual membership fee.  Please submit your Journal work to  For submitting to the journal and for paying your membership fees please contact Rose Calkins.

The DuPage Writers Group publishes the Possibilities Journal each year. Our members are proud of the work they have put in on these pieces of prose, poetry, reality and their accompanying art work. The most recent volume (for 2019) is available to the public for $12.00. Previous volumes (that are on hand) are available for $5.00. Please contact Rose Calkins at:

if you want to purchase a copy

The DuPage Writers Group is proud to announce the second volume of our Veterans Journal:Honoring Our Veterans-Sharing Their Stories”. This journal contains the stories of military veterans from recent wars. The stories were written by various veterans themselves, their families, and their friends.  These accounts are based on interviews and remembrance.  Photos, poems, and drawings have been accepted to show that we honor these veterans’ lives, their contributions, and their healing and recovery process.  Please visit our link at Veterans’ Journal 2019

Schedule of Events: 

2020 DuPage Writers Group Workshop/Meeting Calendar:

We will be announcing when and where the meetings after March 2020  will be held.

Writers Workshop – Meeting Guidelines:

Meeting Guidlines 022715

The DuPage Writers Group holds the copyright to all material on this website.

Contact :


Congratulations to NATALIA TOREEVA

On February 11, 2020 she published her newest children’s book, “Four-legged Friends in the Bark Park”  It is available on  AMAZON


The DuPage Writers Group has a couple books on the shelves at local libraries.

The 2019 Possibilities Journal is available for check out at the Helen Plum Library in Lombard, Illinois.

The 2019 Veterans Journal is on the shelves for check out at the Bartlett Library in Bartlett, Illinois


Both the Helen Plum Library and the Bartlett Library are not generally open, they have curb side pick-up for online requests and I believe the Helen Plum Library takes some appointments for limited access during this current health safety phase.



Our books are available through their library catalog:


Helen Plum Library
110 West Maple Street
Lombard, IL 60148
(630) 627-0316 phone

LOCATION           Call No.                Status

New Books         810.8 POSSIBIL



More Details
Subject Writers' workshops -- Illinois -- DuPage County
DuPage County (Ill.) -- Authorship
Short stories.

The written and visual artwork is by Local authors

NEWMMDDYY 06/15/2020


Series    Possibilities ; volume 14
DuPage Writer Group. Possibilities ; v. 14


Phys Desc            x, 234 pages : illustrations ; 223 cm

Contents             Writing a haiku poem, a tribute to Michele Bowers / Rose Calkins — Blue cat / Michele Bowers — Blue cat too / Michele Bowers — It is your season / Natalia Toreeva — A garden blossoms, a tribute to mom / J. Horton Palmer — Excitement in the garden / Susan Wells — Sowing roses / Christine Seagrave, Amber Burke — Mumma’s garden / Carol J. Newmann — the garden keeper / Lynn Zuk-Lloyd — Garden party / Carole Ellermeier — Ways of relating to garden / Ralph G. Hinkle — These last petals / Dennis Bartizal — Lost treasure / Natalie Totire Brinley — Sunshine on my shoulder / Celeste Lake — Wither / J. Horton Palmer — Dance with angels / Andrea Pinares Hennessy — Rows of crops, rogues of weeds / Dennis Bartizal — What is love? / O. A. Manno — Voula the jeweler / Rose Calkins — The perennial promise / L. C. Price — Sky blaze / J. Horton Palmer — Chapter 11: London calling / Beth Orchard — Season of celebration / Natalia Toreeva — A theory of Irish dance / Chris McParland — Wave running / Rose Calkins — The journey within / Don Hanson — Networking with hobgoblins / Paul Lloyd — The beloved / Justice Carmon — Seabrook / Carole Ellermeier — An open letter to whomever / Tony Calkins — I’m a blooming idiot / Denis Bartizal — Hula / J. Horton Palmer — Ojo de Dios / Rose Calkins — Air is not enough / Celeste Lake — A new adventure begins… / Christine Seagrave — Summer breezes / Carol J. Newmann — Writing prompts / Rose Calkins — Beach day / J. Horton Palmer — Song of myself / Andrea Pinares Hennessy — A garden to man / Dennis Bartizal — The abyss / Don Hanson — Drifter / J. Horton Palmer — Bringing back old memories / Carol J. Newmann — My mother’s room / Tom D’Anza

Add Author         DuPage Writers Group
ISBN      9780996293754


Bartlett Public Library
800 S. Bartlett Road
Bartlett, Il 60103
Genre/Form:       History
Personal narratives
Document Type:               Book
All Authors / Contributors:           DuPage Writers Group.
ISBN:     9780978841935 097884193X
OCLC Number:   318999460
Description:        viii, 103 pages : illustrations (some color), 
portraits ; 29 cm
various stories and paintings and drawings and photography

Other Titles:       Honoring our veterans, sharing their stories
Responsibility:    from the DuPage Writers Group.



Dennis Bartizal  is proud to announce that on July 19, 2020 he published his first children’s  book.  It is titled Why Did The Turtle Cross The Road and his target audience is children seven through twelve years old.  It is fiction with thoughts and cares about nature and friendships.  His book is available in both paperback and kindle formats at  amazon He hopes you enjoy it.


5 responses to “Meet the DuPage Writers Group

  1. Dennis Bartizal

    Please feel free to post a question or a comment here.
    We will address them as soon as possible.
    The DuPage Writers Group

    • Rghinkle

      When are the possibilities “gardening” articles being published?

      • dupagewriters

        Rghinkle, We presented the 2019 Possibilities Journal at our meeting at the Bartlett Public Library on May 21, 2019. That Journal has a “gardening” theme in honor of one of our first members, Michele Bowers. The Journal is available for $12.00. Please contact Rose Calkins at if you are interested. Thanks. Dennis Bartizal

  2. Feel free to visit Writer’s Info Blog for inspiration, motivation and tips from writer Marcella S. Meeks

  3. Hello DuPage Writers, my name is Marcy and I am the Secretary of the Friends of the Bloomingdale Public Library. Recently, we’ve begun to host poetry night/open mic nights at the Bloomingdale Public Library. Our hope is to provide a welcoming and open atmosphere for local people to read, share, perform, and learn about poetry or writing works. We’d love to extend an open invitation to your writing to join us. Our next night is scheduled for April 21st from 7:00-8:00pm.

    Our open mic night is very new so we are really excited to see it flourish. Beyond April, we have another one scheduled for Tuesday, June 16th; Tuesday, August 25th; and Tuesday, October 20th (7-8pm). We are open to getting feedback and recommendations for our program.

    Please feel free to reach out to me or the other officers by emailing

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