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2015 Events

January 8

Stimulate, Create & Submit!

This one-night workshop will help you break through writer’s block, stimulate your creativity, and create a submission plan for the year. You will come in with nothing, and leave with a 300-word piece, and a plan for submitting to publications and contests in the new year. Proven techniques to spark your creativity, and methods to help you get un-stuck in the future.

See our event page for more info and registration.

Where: 826CHI, 1276 N. Milwaukee
When: 6:30 – 9:00 pm, Thursday, January 8, 2015
Admission: $40 before 5 pm on January 2; $50 thereafter.

January 15

Tales from the Office – On Stage

Local writers Christie Tate, Laura Knapp, Nathalie Lagerfeld, Mare Swallow, and Meryl Perlman share their funny, stunning, sometimes horrifying and all-too relatable tales from work.

Where: Open Books, 213 W. Institute Place, Chicago
When: 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Thursday, January 15, 2015
Admission: Free

February 11

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

Author Samantha Hoffman 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