Writer of the Week: Keidra Chaney

This week, we’re featuring Keidra Chaney, a writer, editor, instructor, and digital strategist. She’s making waves on the Chicago literary scene as the co-founder of thelearnedfangirl.com, a blog focused on the geekier side of pop culture, fandom, and online community.  She’s currently a contributing editor for JSTOR Daily. She writes about technology and pop culture (mostly music and(…)

RX for Moving Forward on Your Writer’s Plot Line in 2015

This week, we’re honored to have Esther Hershenhorn guest-blogging for us! Esther will be leading our panel at our February 5 workshop: “Writers Night Out: Demystifying YA: From Process to Publication” presented in conjunction with the University of Chicago Graham School for Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies. Join us as three recently debuted YA novelists and an(…)

What I Learned from Writing Sketch Comedy

Chicago Writers Conference’s very own Amanda Claire Buckley shares how working with sketch comedy has influenced her writing process. Her company, Off-Color Comedy, will be performing “The Out of Tooners” at Sketchfest this week.   Pitch Actions. Not Ideas. Writing for sketch begins with pitches from the writers and actors: these can be characters, games, sticky(…)

CWC’s Favorite Reads of 2014

It’s time for our end-of-the-year round up! Looking back on a year of reading, we at the Chicago Writers Conference picked the books that stuck with us. These are the books that made us laugh over our morning coffee and cry on the bus coming home from work. We hope this year brought you memorable reads(…)

Small Business Saturday: Bookstores to Visit

The season for giving has arrived! Some of you might moan about materialism or drag your feet defeatedly down endless aisles of discounted goods, but many small businesses depend on holiday patronage to keep them afloat. This goes for independent bookstores more than anybody. And let’s be honest, if you are reading this blog, you(…)

Tales from the Slush Pile

The Slush Pile: it’s a fabled land of promise. Undiscovered manuscripts, fresh-faced authors–all ripe for the taking, if only the right eyes would see them! Although the Wall Street Journal claims slush piles are dead, it is still the work of a few interns to comb through the unsolicited query letters and manuscripts that pile(…)

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(…)