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 having  ZOOM meetings once a month.  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.

C.J. Neumann is proud to announce the publishing of her book

Indelible Memories: Of the incidents that created the person I am today

September 17, 2020

From Bare Naked Beginnings on a farm in northwestern Wisconsin in the 1940’s to Revelations poolside at a condominium in a resort community on Geneva Lake, Indelible Memories highlights the incidents that created the person Carol Neumann became. Often hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking but never boring, this series of short vignettes covers those moments in life when she gained important understandings about life as she observed what was going on around her.  

Dennis Bartizal is proud to announce publishing a collection of his High School stories

               I went to high school in the 60’s and 70’s.  When growing up I had a closer affinity to animals and machines.  It is not that I disliked people.  I did not know how to communicate with people.  When I was a child, I had pets and I played the accordion and the saxophone.  I’ve always enjoyed reading and I enjoyed watching plays.  Along with essays for my English classes and the writing I did for my school newspaper I also wrote stories and poems and tried to write plays.  I feel that my English teachers taught me a way to communicate with people.  I also feel that the columns I wrote for my high school newspaper were like attending gym class, I exercised certain ways how to communicate with people.  I noticed our government, country wide protests and cares our society expressed.  Richard Nixon, Mayor Daley, Vietnam Protests, Racial Injustice.  I wrote my interpretation of what I noticed.  And I know I did not notice it all.

Sue Wells has recently published her awaited

Secret Lives

A young West Chicago woman is missing.

Veteran Detective Waller and her new partner discover the dark sides of suspects intertwined in the life of this

missing Chicago suburban woman.

Does every beating heart keep a secret in this mystery?

Sue Wells debut adult mystery, “Secret Lives” is available

through Ingram Book Company, and at online retailers such

as and Barnes &

Natalie Totire Brinely has several books available inspired by her religion and with children’s welfare in mind.

Gail Tanzar writes historical fictions. She researches various artists from times past and writes books to give us an understanding of the lives and events in the lives of these artists.

gail tanzer – Historic Fiction

Nadia Ianakieva writes how God and her personal history makes her an encouraging person. Her journey took an interesting path. She was born in Sofia, Bulgaria and became a Christian inspirational writer in America.

I, Dennis Bartizal, am adding in a reference to some of the artistic efforts of Rose Calkins. Rose is one of our founders. Among other things she has written and published children’s book including Grammie Is My Favorite Ice Cream and Good Can Come From There. Please view her website, intended on assisting the artistic community,

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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