What I Learned at the Chicago Writers Conference 2014

Last weekend, writers from as far away as Zurich(!) came to the Chicago Writers Conference 2014. Connections were made, tips were traded, and inspiration pervaded every panel. What did our attendees learn? We decided to let them speak for themselves:  “CWC was our first writer’s conference and what an eye-opening experience it was! Having the(…)

Looking Forward to CWC 2014?

So are we! The people, the speakers, the inspiration, the motivation, the networking… the list goes on. We asked some of our own why they enjoy attending conferences and here’s what they had to say: Will Kent, CWC Board Member, loves conferences because: At good conferences you can enjoy the relaxed environment while doing more(…)

Show Us What You’re Reading: Wayne E. Johnson

Welcome to Show Us What You’re Reading where we feature the books are readers are tackling and their thoughts on them. Want to share what you’re reading with us? Click here for instructions. This week, Wayne E. Johnson shares with us what’s on his literary radar. M*A*S*H, by Richard Hooker – I’m currently writing a humorous military(…)

Show Us What You’re Reading: Jean Latz Griffin

Welcome to Show Us What You’re Reading where we feature the books are readers are tackling and their thoughts on them. Want to share what you’re reading with us? Click here for instructions. This week, Jean Latz Griffin shares with us what’s on her literary radar. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker – As someone(…)

Where Does Your Inspiration Come From?

This week we turn the keys over to Allan Woodrow, prolific children’s author and a panelist at CWC 2014. Allan will speak about “Writing for the Younger Crowd” on Sunday, October 26. “Where does your inspiration come from?” People often ask me that. They also often ask if they can have a dollar. Interestingly, people(…)

What Elizabeth Blackwell is Reading

A special treat this week, as one of our panelists, Elizabeth Blackwell, author of While Beauty Slept, shows us what she’s reading. Enjoy: Here are three books I’ve been reading: The Son, by Philipp Meyer: This was the September pick for my book club; I probably never would have chosen to read it otherwise. But(…)

Show Us What You’re Reading!

“Praying for Strangers by River Jordan is packed in my suitcase for a beach camping trip. It’s one of the books in the reading program of United Methodist Women, but so far it’s been a delightful read.” –Submitted by blog reader Sue Merrell. Thanks, Sue!

Labor Day Weekend Reads that aren’t Studs Terkel’s “Working”

…not that we have anything against Working, hell, we loved it. But when you think of a book about work, the first one that usually comes to mind is Working. We polled our friends and facebook fans and got some really great suggestions of books related to (or about) work. Enjoy. And then We Came to(…)

Stories, Shakespeare, and Supporting our Scholarships

Our second annual Party with a Purpose, held August 12, was a huge success! We reached our fundraising goal, and we’re proud to announce we’ll be awarding 20 scholarships this year to deserving tutors! Thanks to everyone who joined us, supported, or donated. Enjoy some highlights from the evening:  

Meet Elysabeth Alfano, our Emcee with a Purpose!

On August 12, we host the Second Annual Party with a Purpose to support our scholarships for writing and literacy tutors. During our first two years, we offered 10 scholarships; this year, we’re doubling our efforts to offer 20 scholarships to deserving tutors in Chicago! We sat down for a chat with our Emcee for(…)