“Wednesday’s Way with Words” Writers Bio

An atmosphere that is as intimate as a house concert, with the production value of a large performance venue.

‘the Listening Room’ at the Dole will host author readings to showcase the work of local writers and encourage new writers. “Wednesday’s Way with Words” will feature up to six writers.

  • Event Date: March 15th at 7:00 pm
  • Suggested donation: $5.00 at the door

Matt Brauer is a writer of humorist essays, short stories, sketch comedies, and generally funny stuff. Trained in writing and improv at The Second City Training Center, his content focus is on daily living, culture, social and philosophical sciences, current events, work life, and sandwiches. His humorist essays have appeared nationally in The Funny Times. He is currently working on his first three novels.


Doug Elwell’s stories feature the characters, lore and culture of his native Midwest. He explores the depth and richness of the inner lives of its people and communities. He is an occasional contributor to The Australia Times. His work has also appeared in The Oakland Independent, two editions of Ignite Your Passion: Kindle Your Inner Spark, True Stories Well Told, Every Writer’s Resource, Writers Grapevine, Ruminate and Midwestern Gothic literary journals. He has a Kindle novel, Charlie, available from the War Writer’s Campaign at www.warwriterscampaign.org. Proceeds from purchases go directly to the campaign, a non-profit that helps re-integrate veterans into society following their deployments.


Linda Heuring is a short story writer known for her character-driven narratives and her penchant for the overheard phrase. Her short fiction has appeared in Crannog (Ireland), Crack the Spine, Rosebud, Kestrel, Alabama Literary Review, Broad River Review and Dos Passos Review, among other publications. She has been awarded the Fish International Short Story Prize (Ireland), the Rash Award in Fiction, and was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize (UK). Her new short story collection, A Woman Walked into the Bar, will be published on April 1.


Contemporary romance author Elizabeth Harmon loves to read and write romances with a dash of different.
A graduate of the University of Illinois, she has worked in advertising, community journalism and as a freelance magazine writer. She feels incredibly blessed to have a career that allows her to spend her days imagining “what if?” and a loving family that keeps her grounded in the real world. Her debut novel, Pairing Off, the first book in her Red Hot Russians sports romance series, is a 2016 RITA Award Finalist.
An adventurous cook, vintage home enthusiast, occasional actress, and entry-level figure skater, Elizabeth makes her home in the Midwest, where life is good, but the sports teams aren’t. She loves to hang out on her front porch, or at her favorite local establishments, enjoy good food and wine, and talk writing with anyone who will listen.


Carrie L. McGuigan lives in Carpentersville, IL with her husband and daughter. She is the blessed mother of three boys and one girl, stepmom to three girls and one boy, and grandmother to sixteen amazing and energetic grandkids. She is currently retired from working as a Senior Executive Assistant for such companies as Monsanto Inc. and Sears Roebuck and Co.

She spent the last eight years discovering the world of fiction inside her head, and has completed five novels: three science fictions, one thriller, and one romance. Several more are in various stages of completion. Her favorite works by far are science fiction, because the possibilities are endless. We need only to dream them up and then put them to paper.
Carrie enjoys volunteer work, attending Algonquin Area Writers Group, and Algonquin Creative Writers Group, and continues to hone her craft in several different genres.



As a writer, Communications Specialist, and student of personalities and connections, Kimberley Schumacher is endlessly curious about how to bring people together through the stories they tell.
Avallon’s Voice, Inc., was founded to provide public relations and communications support for small businesses, churches, and charitable organizations. This is accomplished by way of the written word and through customized training programs and events. Operations began in 2015, and later included publication of the book “My Letters to Amy; A Search for Generational Healing.”
At Avallon’s Voice, we believe that connections and conversations help people to better appreciate one another. A desire to understand the people she loves drives Kimberley Avallon Schumacher to write and speak about her own experiences by way of storytelling now today.