Chicago Writers Conference is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to connecting Chicago area writers and publishing professionals through conferences, workshops and literary events.

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Mare Swallow, Founder and Executive Director
Kevin Swallow, Creative/Marketing Director
Amanda Claire Buckley, Social Media Assistant
Judith Runge, Bookkeeper

Board of Directors

President: Noah Cruickshank
Treasurer: Mare Swallow
Secretary: Joy Valdez
Director: Kevin Swallow
Director: Will Kent

Advisory Board

Barry Benson, Executive Director, 826CHI
Andy Crestodina, Founder, Orbit Media Studios
Kelly Duff, Writer
Patricia Ann McNair, Author
Randy Richardson, Author
William Shunn, Author

Chicago Writers Conference is partially supported by a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.