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Your voice matters: Apply for the Write Team

For those who like to write, make a note of this deadline.

We are accepting applications for the next round of Write Team members through Friday, April 3. Write Team columns are published in The Times and NewsTribune.

Are you passionate about writing but are hesitating about being published?

Please don’t.

You love to write, but are self-conscious about others reading your work? You’re not alone with this feeling.

You don’t think anyone will read your columns except friends and family? Not true. We hear from readers who are proud to read the paper front to back every day.

Wondering what you will write about? Write about what interests you, or your experiences, or what inspires you.

We strive to include lots of local voices on our opinion page. Every day. And every six months, we rotate in new Write Team members to be some of those local voices. While we’re sad to say goodbye to our current Write Team, whose term ends April 30, we’re excited to see a new crop of applications.

We believe everyone has stories to tell. You have opinions. You have observations. And believe us, while people may not always agree with you, they enjoy reading local voices.

Still nervous about applying? We’re more than happy to talk with you. Feel free to call Regional Editor Tammie Sloup at 815-431-4048.

While we always enjoy having some of our “regulars” rejoin the team, we’re always looking for new voices.

The Write Team consists of local residents who write columns every other week for six months. Professional writing experience is not needed. We just ask that you have a passion for words.

To apply, send:

u A short bio about yourself, your city of residence, and why you like to write. One or two sample columns (500 to 550 words). Ideas for future columns.

u Send to tsloup@shawmedia.com or mail to The Times Newsroom, 110 W. Jefferson St., Ottawa, IL 61350, or The NewsTribune, 426 Second St., La Salle, IL 61301.

And here’s our first piece of advice for aspiring Write Teamers: Don’t miss the deadline.

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