On World Book Night 2014

Ines Bellina is Chicago Writers Conference Social Media Coordinator. She’s also this year’s official book giver at our joint mixer with Chicago Women in Publishing. Ines decided to share today her thoughts on World Book Night, its importance, and how it’s even helping her to become a better writer. World Book Night is an annual(…)

Five Chicago-Related Spring Reads

At the risk of jinxing it, we’re going to go ahead and announce that spring is finally here! With it comes the opportunity to head outside in the company of a good book. Here are CWC’s top recommendations for the season. The list includes a mix of old and new, fiction and non-fiction. They are(…)

Five Fun Facts About Scott Turow

Chicago boasts many literary luminaries, one of them being Scott Turow. Best known for his legal thrillers, Turow is the author of nine fiction bestsellers and two works of non-fiction. His essays have appeared in multiple publications including The New Yorker and The Atlantic. Think you know everything there is to know about Turow? Here(…)

Guest Blogger: Jake Cowan on Breaking into Live Lit

As many of you know, Live Lit is booming in this city. Interested in telling your stories on stage? Don’t know where to start? Jake Cowan, our guest blogger, understands. He too was once an overwhelmed newbie. These days, however, Jake has not only performed in Story Lab and open mics around Chicago, but he(…)

Recap: “Should I Get an MFA?” Panel Discussion

Despite last night’s unseasonal temperatures (when will it end?), a healthy number of people stopped by Next Door for our panel “Should I Get an MFA?” Writer and editor Kathleen Rooney, writer Marty McConnell, and editor Danny Parra offered great insight into MFA programs, the relationship between creative writing programs and the publishing industry, and(…)

Where Are They Now? CWC 2013 Attendees Edition

It’s been almost six months since the 2013 Chicago Writers Conference, and we’ve been itching to find out what our attendees are up to! The answer? A lot! We already knew you guys were rock stars, but we were both moved and amazed by all the progress you’ve made since last September. Stephanie Rose Bird(…)

Meet Our Panelists for “Should I Get an MFA?”

To MFA or not to MFA…that is the question. The debate over whether a graduate degree is necessary for your career has been raging for a quite awhile, but it shows no signs of stopping. And though we’re sure the smart answer to “Should I Get an MFA?” is “it depends,” we want to hear(…)

Recap: Secrets of Smart Self Publishing

If the crowd was any indication, self-publishing is a burning hot topic these days. Our latest Writers Night Out: Secrets of Smart Self Publishing was the biggest one yet. We learned so much from our panel of experts that it’s impossible to write down all the info on a quick blog post. However, there were(…)

On Successful Self-Publishing: An Interview with Kim Bookless

  Kim Bookless is a publishing consultant, writer, and editor. She is a member of Chicago Women in Publishing’s Executive Committee and leads the Chicago Self-Publishing Group, which provides its members with free educational programs and resources to help them explore the dynamic world of self-publishing. Kim will be one of our panelists at March(…)

Guest Blogger: Samantha Hoffman on the Self-Publishing Process

WE ARE HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE THE DATES FOR CHICAGO WRITERS CONFERENCE 2014! Please join us on Friday, October 24–Sunday, October 26 at University Center. Stay tuned for more updates! My dream: Write a novel (voila!), send to an agent (who would of course love it) who would then send it out to publishers, creating such(…)