Show Us What You’re Reading: Brendon Zatirka

Welcome to our first installment of Show Us What You’re Reading! We’ll feature readers’ books and their thoughts on a semi-regular basis. Want to share? Click here for instructions. Allegiant, by Veronica Roth – I was told to read this series immediately by a friend of mine and I’m almost near the end of this(…)

Volunteer Spotlight: Shanti and Dominic on Open Books and CWC

As many of you know, we’re gearing up for our Second Annual Party With a Purpose. The fundraiser allows us to provide CWC scholarships to literacy tutors in Chicago via our partners, Open Books and 826CHI. Your support will help us send twenty volunteers to this year’s conference. We caught up with two of last(…)

Why Indie Bookstores Rule

It’s summer in Chicago, which means that there are so many exciting events around the corner! For example, Pitchfork Music Festival is coming up on July 18th and tickets are selling out quickly ! Want to go? CWC can help! Everyone who purchases a ticket to Party With a Purpose or makes a donation before(…)

Get Ready to Party With a Purpose!

  It’s time for Chicago Writers Conference annual fundraiser, Party With a Purpose! CWC and fellow literary lovers are taking over Mary’s Attic on August 12 for a festive evening. Each ticket includes: One drink Appetizers Silent auction Live entertainment Enjoy readings from 2014 CWC speakers Christine Sneed and Eric Charles May. The Q Brothers(…)

Guest Blogger: Clayton Smith on The Dapper Press Experiment

If you want to know true humility, go out and tell a stranger that your novel is self-published. You’ll probably get an eye roll. Sometimes, you’ll even get a laugh. That’s a particularly special brand of humility right there. If you’re lucky, and the person is super polite, you’ll get a halfhearted, “Oh. Cool.” But(…)

Three Reasons to Admire Sara Paretsky

Let’s be clear: There are hundreds of reasons to admire Chicago author Sara Paretsky. The prolific writer has published 18 novels, numerous short stories and essays, and an acclaimed memoir throughout her successful career. Somehow, she still finds the time be an advocate for several causes through her work with local community groups. We are(…)

What’s New at the 2014 Chicago Writers Conference

Though the 2014 Chicago Writers Conference is still months away, we already have exciting news about this year’s edition. In our efforts to keep our local writers happy and productive, we’ve added new elements to our conference that will help you on your journey. We’re also making sure we repeat some of CWC’s most loved(…)

Our Top Picks for Printers Row Lit Fest 2014

  We are thrilled to announce that Early Bird Registration for this year’s Chicago Writers Conference is LIVE! Save $30 0ff regular admission when you purchase your ticket before June 30. A limited number are available, so make sure to snag your spot soon. This year’s speakers and panelists include Sara Paretsky, Eric Charles May,(…)

Meet 826CHI

If you’ve been to Wicker Park, you may have passed by The Boring Store and wondered about the funny-sounding name. CWC can faithfully attest that the place is anything but boring. Though it is in fact a store, it’s also home to the non-profit organization 826CHI. Founded by award-winning writer Dave Eggers and educator Nínive(…)

CWC 2014 Teaser: A Summer Reading List

Memorial Day weekend is coming up and with it comes the beginning of summer reading. Instead of picking up a trashy novel, why don’t you prepare for this year’s Chicago Writers Conference by reading a book from one of our upcoming speakers? That’s right! Every single author mentioned on this list will join us in(…)