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Event: Joliet Junior College

Location: 1215 Houbolt Road, Joliet IL 60431
Date: Monday, September 9, 2019

Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Write a Christmas Novel

Have you dreamed of writing a Hallmark Christmas story complete with romance and Christmas magic? Do you enjoy the happily-ever-after every time?

Do you yearn to pair gingerbread houses and snow angels into a romance that is sweet and fun?

Join author Annalisa Russo to brainstorm ideas and working plots to write the holiday story of your heart, worthy of Hallmark status. And, if you really want to submit to the Hallmark Channel, Annalisa will tell you the rules and how to proceed.

Register @ 815-280-1555 or

Event: Joliet Junior College, Main Campus

Location: 1215 Houbolt Road, Joliet, IL 60410
Date: Monday & Tuesday, October 21-22, 2019

Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Create a Christmas Family Keepsake

Would you like to create a family memoir PowerPoint to pass down for future generations? Author Annalisa Russo will take you on a journey through her own PowerPoint Christmas creation called“ We Are a Family Because…” Combine family photos and your own words to create a timeless presentation for your family to enjoy year after year. Bring your photos on a thumb drive, or other device, and your own creativity. The class will meet in the computer lab for Annalisa’s two-week seminar.

Register @ 815-280-1555 or

Joliet Junior College

Monday & Tuesday,

October 21-22, 2019

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Event: Shorewood-Troy Library

Location: 650 Deerwood Drive, Shorewood, IL
Date: Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm

The Myth of Show Don’t Tell

Do you struggle with “show, don’t tell?”

Learn how to engage your readers with interesting, fresh, and concise prose, the connection to the five senses, when to “show” and when to “tell” and the difference between the two.

Register @ (815) 715-1715

Fountaindale Public Library

Saturday, October 19, 2019

9:30am - 3:30pm

Event: Fountaindale Public Library

Location: 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Date: Saturday, Octobery 19, 2019

Time: 9:30am - 3:30pm


Okay, not really in a day (wink, wink), but… Do you have an idea for a novel, or a gazillion ideas, but no idea how to get them down into a workable plot? Have you always had unique, interesting characters in your head screaming to get out? Have you already started a novel but need to conquer the most feared problem of all—writer’s block? Then, join author Annalisa Russo in an all-day workshop where she will help you “chunk out” the ideal, salable length for your novel, help you develop riveting characters and a plot without holes, and set you on a path that will get you through all the detours. You will leave with a compelling, edited beginning and a chapter-by-chapter blueprint for the rest of your novel. Since this will be a working class, bring your writing tools and index cards for plotting.

Register @ (630).685-4204  

Joliet Junior College

Monday, September 9, 2019

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Shorewood-Troy Library

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

7:00pm - 8:00pm

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