Writers’ Groups Roundup: 13 Places to Find Writing Support

Meeting Other Writers at CWC2016

Writers talk between sessions at CWC2016

Writing is a lonely undertaking. Hours spent at the keyboard, nothing but a cup of coffee to keep you company. But there’s no reason to stay cloistered. Whether you’re trying to meet future critique partners, hoping to make some professional contacts, or just looking for an excuse to get out of the house, here’s a list curated by the moderator and panelists of our 2016 session “Joining a Writing-Related Organization.”

From Randy Richardson, attorney and journalist, president of the Chicago Writers Association

· In Print Professional Writers Group: An Illinois group that supports writers with education and resources.
· Society of Midland Authors: For authors around the Midwest to “stimulate creative literary effort.”
· Midwest Writers Association: A networking base for professional nonfiction writers.
· Mystery Writers of America, Midwest Chapter: The oldest organization for writers of crime fiction.
· Romance Writers of America, Chicago-North: Supports romance writers with industry programs and manuscript critiques

From Meghann Workman, sales at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Chicago Women in Publishing

· Editorial Freelancers Association: For writers, editors, proofreaders and other professionals to network and share job opportunities.
· Independent Writers of Chicago: The largest organization of professional freelancers in the Midwest.
· Illinois Women’s Press Association: A professional organization for women in mass communication.

From Nadine Kenney Johnstone, author and English professor at Loyola University

· Open Books Chicago: A nonprofit bookstore with numerous programs, promoting literacy.
· 826 Chicago: A nonprofit writing and tutoring center, supporting students ages 6 to 18.
· Story Studio Chicago: Offering classes on all forms of writing and write-in sessions.
· She Writes: An online community for women of all ages who write in all forms.
· Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP): Providing community, opportunity, and news for writers.

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