Better Know a Board Member: Susan Dennison

susan dennison 2How did you first hear about CWC? How did you become a Board Member? 

I don’t remember when or where I heard about CWC, but the first event I went to was the fundraiser in 2014. I went to hear Eric May read and ended up offering to volunteer for the CWC.

What has been the the biggest benefit for you as a result of being involved?

As a writer, being a part of CWC has been fantastic. I draw such energy from hanging around other writers – it’s like being in grad school without a tuition bill! In the year I’ve been involved, I’ve met the most interesting people. They give me hope that creativity will survive in this world.

What are you looking forward to most at CWC 2015?

Interestingly, I’ve never attended a session at the conference. Yikes! I’ve always been a volunteer, but this year that will change. I’m looking forward to just absorbing as much information as possible. I love the social aspects of the conference – talking with other writers while holding a nice glass of wine in hand.

What are you reading right now?

I’m reading “Reykjavik Nights” by Arnaldur Indridason and listening to “The Long Way Home” by Louis Penny.

What’s your favorite restaurant in Chicago?

Tough question – my favorite restaurants are often about the atmosphere and service and less about the food. I like Feast in Wicker Park and Topo Gigio in Old Town. I’m still looking for the perfect bar.

Tell us something interesting about yourself!

I skated on tour with Ice Capades when I was in my early 20s.


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