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Calling All Closet Poets…

April not only brings us the celebration of Easter, it ushers in the celebration of National Poetry Month.  An annual celebration that honors a beautiful art form that dates back to biblical times.  National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Each year, schools, libraries, museums and arts organizations provide an array of activities  Continue Reading »

March Marks Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month. Amid this thirty one day period, many fun, informative events will take place on local and national levels to celebrate and support women from all walks of life. Few would argue that women have been a powerful force– from politics, to business, to the fields of medicine, technology, education, and even the arts. THIS JUST IN… Reportedly,  Continue Reading »

A Look at Black History Month

February marks Black History Month. A time to honor, acknowledge and embrace the contributions and traditions of people of color. Black History Month grew from “Negro Week” (through the efforts of Carter G. Woodson and other prominent Black people) and has been recognized by every president since 1976. Black history is inextricably linked to American history.  Continue Reading »

Interview With Author & TV Personality Michael Alvear

  BIO: Michael Alvear is the author of The Bulletproof Writer: How To Overcome Constant Rejection To Become An Unstoppable Author (Woodpecker Media January 2017). LINK: http://writingforaliving.us/how-to-overcome-constant-rejection/ He’s been a frequent contributor to National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and his work has appeared in Newsweek, The Washington Post, Reader’s Digest, The New York Times,  Continue Reading »

CWA’S Literary Bus Tour a Success!

By: Jennifer Brown Banks Forget what you’ve been told. The countless media reports that would have you believe that Chicago is a town exclusively characterized by staggering crime rates and increasing violence. C.W.A.’s Literary Bus Tour served as a timely and needed reminder of just how beautiful Chicago is, and how fortunate we are to  Continue Reading »

10 Commandments to Better Time Management in 2017

Happy New Year, Writers! The new year represents a great time to reflect, assess and redirect our efforts to achieve more goals and (hopefully) stress less in the process. So, if you’re on board, today’s post offers timely tips to increase your efficiency and tackle those resolutions on your list this year.  As a wise man once said: “Time is  Continue Reading »

CWA’s First Chapter Contest Winners!

A bicycle ride that ends tragically is the springboard for the winner of the Chicago Writers Association’s inaugural First Chapter Contest. Victoria Freund’s opening chapter to “Estate” captured first place.  Victoria will be awarded a full scholarship to attend the Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp & Writing Retreat May 7 to 13, 2017, at the Cedar Valley Center & Spa,  Continue Reading »

8 Ways to Put More “Go” in Your Goal Setting

FOR 2017… Whether you desire to finish a novel, start a blog, or take your writing career to the next level, establishing clear goals is crucial to your success. Your goals will determine your game plan, and ultimately serve as a navigational tool to help you to “work smarter, not harder.” Accordingly, here are 8  Continue Reading »

NANOWRIMO Resources and Links for 2016

November marks National Novel Writing Month. The annual event where writers across the country endeavor to complete a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Whether you’re a newbie or repeat participant, here are a few resources that can help you maintain momentum and keep you motivated. Good luck in your journey. NANOWRIMO http://nanowrimo.org/ WRITERS DIGEST  Continue Reading »

5 Ways to Project a Successful Image to Clients

  –“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” No matter what genre you write, clients are crucial to your business growth and your bottom line as a freelance professional.  And like it or not, “Perception is reality” for them. Given that many of us engage with clients across the globe online,  Continue Reading »