Meet CWC’s New Officers for 2016!

We’re excited to welcome CWC’s new Board officers for 2016! Susan, Noah, and Michelle have already helped CWC achieve success, and we look forward to collaborating with them to keep writers working in Chicago and beyond.

Meet Susan Dennison, Board President


SDHeadshot2015What Book Are You Reading Now? Academy Gothic (but I won’t finish because it’s not that good).

What Book Should Everyone Read? Anything by Kate Atkinson for the beauty of her language.

What’s a Book Deal-Breaker For You? I’ve abandoned lots of books, but the one that comes to mind is The Tender Hour of Twilight: Paris in the ’50s, New York in the ’60s: A Memoir of Publishing’s Golden Age. The fact that there are two colons in the title should have been a clue. This book needed to be edited with a strong red pen. I wanted to love this book, but my eyes were glazed over by page five. My own take on this: the author passed away before the book was complete and his wife became the editor. You need more distance and less emotion when you edit.

What’s a Fun Fact About Susan? Although I’ve always written, I consider being a writer or using my writing skills in my job as my second career. I skated professionally with the Ice Capades, followed by coaching figure skating for 15 years. Another fun fact, I’m deathly allergic to tree nuts and sesame seeds.

Meet Noah Cruickshank, Secretary of the Board


Noah CruickshankWhat Are You Reading Now? Dark Matter by Blake Crouch.

What Book Should Everyone Read? I’ll pick something contemporary, since everyone knows the classics: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell.

What’s A Book Deal-Breaker For You? I’m a big stickler for redundancy in fiction. There have been some recent books I’ve read where the author narrates the exact same scene twice, from two different perspectives, without revealing any new information. It’s a waste of everyone’s time.

What’s a Fun Fact About Noah? I own 14 or 15 musical instruments (I’ve lost count at this point).


Meet Michelle Falkoff, Treasurer of the Board


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What Are You Reading Now? The Lightkeepers by Abby Geni.

What Book Should Everyone Read? So many choices! I don’t know that there’s one book everyone should read, but if I had to pick, I guess I’d say Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

What’s a Book Deal-Breaker For You? I’m not really an abandoner–I’ll pretty much finish anything. But I might be really mad about it when I’m done.

What’s a Fun Fact About Michelle? I developed a fear of heights while skydiving.

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