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Long Overdue Newsletter - August 2020


Quote of the Month

"I write because I don't know what I think until I read what I say."
- Flannery O'Connor


We're working on a book about Lakeview East (neighborhood in Chicago). But instead of just having one writer, we want this to be a compilation of stories from anyone in the community. From residents who've lived here their entire life to people who moved here last summer. Restaurant owners, small business owners, or people who just love a good round of karaoke at Friar Tuck's. Everyone is welcome to contribute stories.

And anyone who wants to setup a book project like this for their own neighborhood, let us know. We'd be happy to assist. Email -


Write For Yourself

The Rough Draft Doesn't Have to be Anywhere Near Perfect

Grammar is important. It's necessary to catch any typos and make the punctuation as close to perfect as possible for your final physical book.

But at the rough draft stage, the goal should just be getting the story down on the page. Thinking about grammar, pursuing that perfect sentence can really slow things down. For a different perspective on grammar that we hope relieves some of the writing pressure, check out this article on the Medium Rare blog - Rough Drafts: Don't Worry About Grammar


Write for Your Family

We've paired up with Brookdale Senior Living - Lake Shore Drive here in Chicago for an exciting new storytelling project.

How it works - We set up a time to interview a resident, ask questions, record their stories. From there, families can have us edit the different stories into audio chapters, have us transcribe the audio to text, or even work on turning the whole thing into a book.

If you're interested in recording your parents' or grandparents' stories, whether they're in a senior living facility or not, we're here to help. Send us a note -


Write for Your Community

Writers of Hope College

Current Hope College student Annie Cerovich had the goal of giving her friends an expressive writing outlet as well as show their experience through photographs during the COVID-19 pandemic. She created this Quarantine Review magazine as a result.

You can access the full magazine by clicking on the cover above or downloading the PDF below. We'll also be sharing some of the individual posts over on Long Overdue Books.