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Mount Prospect Writers Group

Third Tuesday of every month.

7 to 9:30 p.m.

Mount Prospect Public Library 10 S. Emerson Street     

Mount Prospect, IL 60056

Open to all adult writers with all levels of experience, writing in all genres. Bring up to 5 double-spaced pages with copies to share with group members for constructive critique. Yearly reading series of new writing.

$10 quarterly fee

Must register at the beginning of each quarter with library staff.













Activate Your Writing Ambition

Saturday, Feb. 27

1 to 4 p.m.

Newberry Library                

60 W. Walton Street       Chicago                312.255.3700

Learning to be a writer is about claiming the title writer, making space in your life for creativity, giving yourself permission to activate your creative energy, and harnessing your creative imagination. This one-time workshop uses inspiration and writing exercises to help participants from dreaming to doing. It's appropriate for writers in all genres.















Writing Your Spiritual Journey: The Transformation Series


Feb. 3-March 10

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Sometimes we become ravenous for life—new experiences, new knowledge—as we seek fulfillment, and yet nothing satisfies us. Satiation, without reflection, can be a form of starvation, too, that leaves us further depleted. As we navigate our spiritual journey, we must take care to move forward in a thoughtful way as we discover our path in the process. Seeking answers to who we are and what we want out of life are core questions that we’ll explore in this six-week writing workshop. Please join this community of women as we support one another’s spiritual growth and journey forward.



Offered through Heart of the Heartland. E-mail to see if space is still available.



















World Premiere of

The Good Harvest

produced by

Polarity Ensemble Theater

March 23-May 2

8 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays

3 p.m. Sundays


Press opening: March 25


Gala Opening: March 26th


No performance Easter Sunday

Josephinum Academy

1500 N. Bell

(in Wicker Park)

The harvest at the center of Lisa Rosenthal's world premiere play is not one of wheat, soy, or fruit – it's one of children conceived using in vitro fertilization.


When Joan finds herself desperate – caught between the reality of several miscarriages and her own obsession with a lost child she considered “her destiny” – she and her husband Davis embark on a too-successful fertilization that results in a high-risk multiple pregnancy. Shown in flashbacks and flash-forwards between Joan's life and the lives of her surviving children, we learn of the deaths and the guilt that haunt her.


"Joan makes choices that go badly through no fault of her own. One of these results in the death of a child. Another is over the option of selective reduction," remarks Rosenthal. "The emotional consequences surrounding choices like these are devastating."


Rosenthal is aware of the likelihood of a real debate following her fictional ones, but is quick to emphasize this is not inherently a “topic play.” Its inspiration, from the “what-if” scenario, has evolved into a rich character portrait of Joan, her neglected children, and their distant father. “So many women have faced infertility issues during their lives that many women will be able to relate to the hunger and drama surrounding Joan and Davis's procreative choices and emotional dilemmas,” predicts Rosenthal.


When asked about her process or how she is able to find such unique facets in her characters, she admits that her secrets are research and interviews. “When working on a play that involves a life experience, I pick and choose intriguing facts or choices people make and then create the rest.”

$19 general admission

$15 seniors over 65

$10 students with ID


$10 previews March 23-24


Tickets on sale Feb. 1st

  rev. 01-31-10