FAQs

1. Send me information on the 2014 Conference.

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The 2014 Conference will take place October 24-26, 2014 in downtown Chicago. Sessions on October 25 and 26 will take place at University Center, 525 S. State Street. We have not yet released schedule, speaker, or fee information. When we do, it will show up in the aforementioned channels.

Registration opens up in spring. Admission fees will be announced when registration opens.
There are hotels-a-plenty in downtown Chicago; we’ll share resources on our website as we have them.

Please check out our Writers Night Out workshops in the meantime!

2. Do you offer 1-day passes to the conference? Do you offer discounts for [students/dogs/llamas/fill in the blank with your situation]?

No on all counts. We have a partnership with Chicago Writers Association, and their members receive benefits for our one-night workshops.

3. What if I register for a Workshop, Panel, or the Conference and need to cancel?

Please visit our Cancellation Policy page for details.

4. Please send me sponsorship information.

If you are interested in sponsoring CWC, please send an email to contact [at] chicagowritersconference [dot] org with the subject line: sponsorship. Include your company name along with contact name, email, and phone number, and our sponsorship coordinator will contact you. We will not send sponsorship details without all the aforementioned information.

5. I love to write, (or I’m thinking about writing) but I haven’t completed a manuscript. Should I still attend?

Yes! The conference is for writers of all genres, at any point in their careers. All you need is a love of writing and the willingness to have fun and learn.

6. Is this just for writers in Chicago?

No! The Chicago Writers Conference aims to help writers of all genres, at all levels, grow their literary pursuits and network. Join us!

P.S. Chicago is an awesome city to visit. Trust us, it’s worth the trip!

7. Can I volunteer at the next conference?

We do not source our own volunteers. If you would like to volunteer to support literacy in Chicago, please visit our charitable partner, Open Books. Open Books has a multitude of volunteer opportunities, and they are an excellent social enterprise that promotes literacy throughout Chicago.

8. Can I speak at the next conference?

Unless you are Gillian Flynn or Rebecca Skloot, we do not take proposals for programs. Please do not contact us about this. If you wish to connect with our audience, please see sponsorship info above.