1.When is the 2015 Conference?

September 25-27, 2015. September 25 will be a day of intensives; September 26-27 will be all general conference sessions.

Registration will open in late spring. Sign up to receive email updates (newsletter) to be the first to know. We do not spam, and we never share your information.

2. What’s a manuscript? Can you tell me how to pitch to magazine editors? Where can I find other YA authors? I’m in Florida – where can I find other writers here?

We can’t tell you what’s going on in Florida; however, we can tell you what’s going on in the CWC Universe – and we answer most of these other questions at our various events. Up-to-the-minute information can be had when you sign up for our email newsletter. We do not share or sell your information and we do not spam. You may unsubscribe any time. You may also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

3. 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.

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

See our Cancellation Policy for details.

5. 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.

6. Can I volunteer at an upcoming event?

Interested volunteers can send us an email via our contact page. Please tell us why you’re interested in volunteering, and a little about yourself.

7. 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 – for this year or any future year. If you wish to connect with our audience, please see sponsorship info above.


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.

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