FLOW Reads at Bookies New and Used Books - Feb 18, 2018 2:00pm

Join us for Cast Iron Legacies: African American History and Culture Lessons from the Kitchen. 

Readers will include Dave Hoekstra, WGN Radio personality and author of The People's Place: Soul Food Restaurants and Reminiscences from the Civil Rights Era to Today,  Sandra Jackson Opoku, co-editor of Revise The Psalm: Work Celebrating The Writing Of Gwendolyn Brooks,  Janice Tuck Lively, Janice Tuck Lively, Elmhurst College associate professor of Creative Writing and Women and Gender Studies

Free Admission - but we ask you go to Eventbrite to reserve your place! 


Posted on January 26, 2018 .

A-Z Novel Writing Strategies

 Lydia Barnes, FLOW Vice President, presented a NaNoWriMo workshop last fall at the Chicago Public Library, Beverly Branch.

Lydia Barnes, FLOW Vice President, presented a NaNoWriMo workshop last fall at the Chicago Public Library, Beverly Branch.


Join FLOW for a seminar led by author Tony Lindsay about what it takes to write a novel. If you want to learn how to create a novel, this is the seminar for you. 

Tony Lindsay, author of eight novels, will cover the nuts and bolts necessary to create a fictional story you and your readers will appreciate and enjoy. Topics include: creating believable characters and interesting settings; plotting or organizing a sensible story; ensuring the presence of conflict and crisis (and understanding the difference); using beginnings and endings that enhance story and stick with readers.

For all interested, a writer's workshop follows.

$30 at the Door or by registering at EventBrite. See link below.


Posted on October 16, 2017 .

June 7th 2016 - Brooksday at Michigan and Randolph

The venue - Chicago's Cultural Center - gorgeous, uplifting, magnificent.  

The event - Brooksday  2016 - the marathon event where people honor the late Gwendolyn Brooks who was our voice for so many years.  Sandra Jackson-Opoku will be reading along with many others, including her co-editor of Revise the Psalm, Work Celebrating the Writings of Gwendolyn Brooks, Quraysh Ali Lansana.  

The admission price - FREE!   Time:  10 am to 6pm.  

Come join us and the The Guild Literary Complex


Posted on June 6, 2016 .

Impromptu Salon Yields Great Results

With a deadline looming, a phone call seeking advice turned into an unscheduled writing salon.  Tina Jenkins-Bell and Chirskira Caillouet gathered in L.D. Barnes basement tap room on a Sunday afternoon.  With laptops and libations, they worked on cover letters, bios and pieces to submit to Curbside Splendor's upcoming anthology Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks.  

From that session, Recipe (a poem) by L.D. Barnes; The Last Supper ( a short story) by Tina Jenkins-Bell; and My Mother's Clothes (a poem) by Chirskira Caillouet, will be included in this important 100th birthday work.  

Edited by Auraysh Ali Lansana and Sandra Jackson-Opoku, the book is sure to be a wondrous collection of short stories, poems and personal accounts of encounters with the poet laureate herself.   

Pre-order is available at http://www.curbsidesplendor.com/books/revise-the-psalm-work-celebrating-the-writing-of-gwendolyn-brooks

Posted on June 3, 2016 .

Printers Row Book Fair

FLOW Authors will be well represented at the Fair.  Chirskira Caillouet. will be at the table with the Chicago Black Authors Network.  L. D. Barnes will be at the table with Mystery Writers of America and Tallgrass Anthology.  The rest of the group will be wandering around enjoying the fair!  Hope to see you there. 

Posted on June 3, 2016 .