Where Are They Now? CWC 2013 Attendees Edition


It’s been almost six months since the 2013 Chicago Writers Conference, and we’ve been itching to find out what our attendees are up to! The answer? A lot! We already knew you guys were rock stars, but we were both moved and amazed by all the progress you’ve made since last September.

  • Stephanie Rose Bird has built a stronger following through her blog, Facebook, and Twitter. As a result of her website, she’s been invited to present a workshop on African-American healing with herbs on July 19th at the New York Open Center. She also recently negotiated a book deal with Punkin House for her sixth book, Mama Nature’s Spiritual Guide to Weight Loss. In addition to finishing the manuscript for Mama Nature’s, she’s working on her second novel and revising her first one.
  • Renee James is pleased to report that Riverdale Avenue/Magnus Books republished Transition to Murder, an updated version of his self-published first novel, earlier this month. Renee has been more active in CWA and is a member of Off Campus Writers Workshop, and is looking forward to attending a scriptwriting seminar in Chicago next month and the Novel-in-Progress Bookcamp hosted by the Wisconsin Writers Association in May. Renee is currently in the midst of a major revision of the sequel to Transition to Murder.
  • Brent Marchant has published his second book, Consciously Created Cinema: The Movie Lover’s Guide to the Law of Attraction, which is available from major online booksellers in paperback and eBook formats. It’s his first self-published effort.
  • Doug Sanders has been editing his first novel, Endless Chance. Also, his new short story titled “If You Could Ask God One Thing, What Would It Be?” will be published in the upcoming spring issue of the New Plains Review.
  • Karen Newlin has kept up with her idea journal and is enjoying the benefits of disciplined writing. She’s also taking part in a Foundations of Fiction course.
  • Catherine Brennan started blogging. She took CWC 2013 speaker Mary Robinette Kowal’s Short Story Intensive workshop last November. Since then she’s started submitting to short fiction markets.
  • Cathy Jones is now the proud owner of her own blog, and she’s active on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Riffle. Her novel, Sugar Man’s Daughter, can be found on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and the sequel is two-thirds finished.
  • Kelly Duff has been taking several writing courses, including CWC’s one-night classes. She finished NaNoWriMo for the second time, and now has four novels in various stages of completion. She started a weekly episodic blog on her website, and did a live read at You’re Being Ridiculous in November.
  • Dr. Suzana Flores received a book deal through Reputation Books for Facehooked. It’s in the editing stage and set to launch in late May in paperback, eBook, and audiobook format.
  • Patricia Skalka will launch her mystery novel, Death Stalks Door County, on Friday, May 16 at 7pm at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore in Forest Park. The new literary center Write On, Door County is co-sponsoring the Door County launch, which will be a two-day event. There will be a reading and signing on Friday, May 30 at a local bookstore and Conversation with the Author on Saturday, May 31, at the center.

We’re so proud of all of our attendees! And remember: If you’re working towards your writing goals, in whatever way you see fit, we consider you a success story.

Our next event is right around the corner! “Should I Get an MFA?” is free with RSVP. Reserve your spot for the March 25th panel discussion.

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