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Thanks to everyone who came out to our events last week. The reading at Open Books was a smashing success, with over 60 people in attendance. We’re very excited about our quarterly events with “the most beautiful bookstore in Chicago,” and can’t wait for the next one in the spring. For more photos, check out our Flickr page.

Likewise, the turn out for the Creative Chicago Expo was spectacular. We got to meet tons of interesting people at all stages of the writing process. It was great to get the word out, but also to hear from you. The Chicago Writers Conference is dedicated to getting answers for writers who are confused by the labyrinthine process of publication, and the more firsthand accounts we have, the better we know how to help.

If you missed the workshop by Mare Swallow (our Executive Director) on Friday, never fear: it’s been recorded, and an audio file of the presentation should be up in the next couple of weeks.

But CWC is just getting started for 2013 events, and we already have a new one next week!

Mare is going to be a guest chef at next week’s Soup and Bread at The Hideout. Soup and Bread is a chance for people to come together, eat, and help those in need. Every Wednesday for the next few months people will be able to come to The Hideout and have a free meal, made by a group of guest chefs. Soup and Bread also gathers donations each night to help those dealing with hunger in Chicago. Soup and Bread has spread from Chicago, and now events take place in Madison, New York, and Seattle. Founder Martha Bayne also recently released a cookbook of some of Soup and Bread’s favorite recipes. Come join Mare, as well as author (and friend of CWC) Maggie Kast for a delightful meal that combats hunger.