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2015 Events

February 5

writers_night_out_01Writers Night Out

Demystifying YA: Take Your Young Adult Novel from Process to Publication

How do you know your YA manuscript is ready to send out? How do you secure the right agent and publisher who will help you find readers? What else must be done once you land that dreamed-of book deal?
Three recently debuted YA novelists and an editor specializing in YA fiction will take you behind the scenes of YA writing and publishing.

You’ll hear insights on:

    •    What they learned (and wished they had known) along the way
    •    Craft and connecting with the YA world
    •    Publishing and marketing

Join us for a conversation facilitated by Esther Hershenhorn, veteran children’s book author, writing instructor, and Regional Advisor Emeritus for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Networking and mingling will follow the discussion.
Presented by Chicago Writers Conference and The Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies.

Further details are on the event page.

February 11

Interactive Workshop: The Art of Revision – The End is Just The Beginning

Author Samantha Hoffman (What More Could You Wish For?) shows you how to polish up your work to hook your potential readers (i.e., agents and publishers).

If you’ve finished a first draft of a novel, congratulations! You probably have an overwhelming temptation to start sending it out to agents. But hold on…you have only one chance to get someone interested. Make sure your work is the best it can be before you release it to the public.

This workshop will teach you how to start with your first draft as foundation and move painlessly through the revision process to create a book you’ll be proud of, one that has a better chance of being published.

Participants are invited to submit the first chapter of their work-in-progress for use in a workshop exercise. We will evaluate your first page as a group to see if it has the elements to hook your reader, i.e. an agent. Not all submissions will be used, but all will receive a brief evaluation.

Where: 826CHI, 1276 N. Milwaukee Ave.
When: 6:30 – 9:00 pm, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015
Admission: $50 before 5 pm on February 4; $60 thereafter
Register on the Event Page.



Chicago Writers Conference is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to connecting Chicago area writers and publishing professionals through conferences, workshops and literary events.

Chicago Writers Conference is partially supported by a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.