The 2012 Conference Schedule

Friday, September 14, 2012

Conference Kick-off

4:30 – 5:30pm
Tribune Tower lobby

5:30 – 5:45pm
Campbell Hall
Welcome and Thanks
Mare Swallow, Chicago Writers Conference

5:45 – 6:15pm
Campbell Hall
Opening Keynote: Writing the City
Aleksandar Hemon, author of The Lazarus Project and Love and Obstacles

Food Trucks
Outside Open Books Bookstore

7:00 – 10:00pm
Tuesday Funk Reading Series
Open Books Bookstore

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Sessions & Panels

8:15 – 8:45am
Tribune Tower lobby

Campbell Hall

Mare Swallow, Chicago Writers Conference
Printers Row Staff, Chicago Tribune

Campbell Hall

Five Minute Flash: An Early Morning Love Letter to Chicago Lit (With Caffeine)
Why Chicago is such an amazing literary city, and what it has to offer you – in five minutes.
Megan Stielstra, Literary Director, 2nd Story


Campbell Hall

Panel: The Chicago Live Lit Scene: Readings 101
Learn why reading series are essential, how to break into the reading scene and how to be invited back.
Ian Belknap, Write Club; Kathie Bergquist, Sappho’s Salon; Coya Paz, Palabra Pura; and Megan Stielstra, 2nd Story.

Huron Room
Talk: Everything You Need to Know About Agents
A thorough crash course in dealing with agents. resources for finding agents, how to identify the best agents for you, as well as the most important things to do and not to do when dealing with representatives. For fiction, children’s and nonfiction writers.
Chuck Sambuchino, Editor of Writers Digest


Campbell Hall

Panel: A Recipe for Food Writing
Learn how to break into food writing for the cookbook and blogosphere worlds, and learn the essentials for culinary pieces.
Cookbook authors Martha Bayne, Cinnamon Cooper, and Anupy Singla.

Huron Room
Talk: Entertainment Is Not a Dirty Word
Why performing and public speaking skills are vital for any and all writers.
Ian Belknap, founder and host of Write Club


Campbell Hall

Panel: Chicago Authors on Publishing
Hear from some of Chicago’s own authors as they talk about their challenges and triumphs in the world of publishing.
Patricia Ann McNair (The Temple of Air), Rachel DeWoskin (Big Girl Small), and Robert K. Elder (The Film That Changed My Life).

Huron Room
Talk: Social Media Essentials for Writers
Detailed insights and best practices for writers using social media – and why you should be using these tools.
Keidra Chaney, founder and blogger at The Web Farm and The Learned Fangirl

Campbell Hall


Campbell Hall
Panel: Advice From the Agents
Advice on working with an agent, dos and don’ts, and some horror stories.
Danielle Egan-Miller, Browne and Miller Literary; Joanna Mackenzie, Browne and Miller Literary Agency; Paul Rodeen, Rodeen Literary Management

Huron Room
Talk: Building Your Freelance Portfolio (Writing for Newspapers and Magazines 101)
Learn the basics of freelancing—how to identify markets, realize your own specialties, structure a magazine query, and more.
Chuck Sambuchino, Editor of Writers Digest


Campbell Hall

Panel: Put Your Poetry Out There
Hear from some of Chicago’s most accomplished poets as they share their processes, experiences and sometimes painfully true insights about writing, reading, and publishing.
Daniel Borzutzky (The Book of Interfering Bodies), Kathleen Rooney (Oneiromance), Virginia Konchan (Wit Rabbit Reading Series)

Huron Room
Talk: Blackmail Yourself into Success
Hear strategies for success in the dynamic world of publishing, along with ways to “trick” yourself into writing, even when you don’t want to.
Robert K. Elder, author of The Film That Changed My Life and It Was Over When…


Campbell Hall

Panel: Publishing in Chicago
Three of Chicago’s finest publishers dialogue about the Chicago publishing industry, as well as what they look for in successful manuscripts.
Curt Matthews, CEO, Chicago Review Press; Dominique Raccah, Founder and Publisher, SourceBooks; and Doug Seibold, Founder and Publisher, Agate Publishing.

Huron Room
Talk: Writing for the Web
How to write for the ever-expanding audiences that are turning to the web for their news and reading material.
Andrew Huff, founder and publisher of Gaper’s Block

7:00 – 10:00pm
Essay Fiesta Reading Series
Rock Bottom Brewery

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Conference Wrap-up

Campbell Hall
Mare Swallow, Chicago Writers Conference

9:40 – 10:00am
Campbell Hall
Closing Conversation

Writer on Writer: What to Do When You’re Not Writing for the New York Publishing Houses
Davis Schneiderman, author of Drain and Samantha Irby, blogger at Bitches Gotta Eat

10:00 – 10:30am
Campbell Hall
Closing Talk

Get Ready! Insights for Writers from an Editor and Author
Wendy McClure, author of The Wilder Life and I’m Not the New Me

10:35 – 10:45am
Campbell Hall
Closing Remarks and Thanks
Mare Swallow, Chicago Writers Conference

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