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A Little of Everything of Door County: Q&A with author M.L. Collins

By Simone Malcolm Inspired by her love for Door County, where she spent summers with her grandparents, and utilizing her background as an adjunct professor on the history of sex, fashion and culture, M.L. Collins was able to write a satirical novel all about “synthesizing life experiences”. Out the Door! is a story about “a  Continue Reading »

The Unfairly Neglected Story of Algren: Q&A with reporter and author Mary Wisniewski

By Simone Malcolm When most people think of American writer Nelson Algren, they think of the novel The Man with the Golden Arm, which won the first National Book Award in 1950, or as the lover of French writer Simone de Beauvoir, or as a “radical” due to his involvement in rebellious groups. Award-winning reporter  Continue Reading »

The Perils and Pleasures of Making Questionable Decisions: Q&A with author Christine Sneed

By Simone Malcolm Ten years in the making, award-winning author Christine Sneed delves into the human condition in The Virginity of Famous Men; which is a collection of short stories about “both the perils and pleasures of making questionable decisions and then figuring out to live in the aftermath of these decisions.” As this year’s  Continue Reading »

The Struggles of IVF: Q&A with author Nadine Kenney Johnstone

By Simone Malcolm Finding out that you are not able to conceive naturally is probably one of the hardest things a woman has to hear. The road to trying to have a baby can be difficult for a lot of married couples; with procedures like IVF (in-vitro fertilization), the road should become less difficult. Right?  Continue Reading »

9 Marketing Tools to Build a Social Media Presence

The ‘noise’ on social media has got marketers focused on increasing reach and engagement, and marketing tools form a critical part of that exercise. Marketing tools can provide insights into audience preferences and traffic generation that you can use to create better content and marketing strategy for social media. As 2018 arrives, social media feeds  Continue Reading »

CWA’S Holiday Gift Guide for 2017

“Tis the season to be jolly!” And there’s no better way to spread a little holiday cheer than through thoughtful gift giving over the upcoming weeks. With this in mind, here is our timely gift guide for creative writers and those who love them. Choose one or a combination of several, to end the year  Continue Reading »

CWA’s 2nd Annual First Chapter Contest Winners

A racial riot on Chicago’s near west side as seen through the eyes of a young girl serves as the springboard for the winner of the Chicago Writers Association’s 2nd Annual First Chapter Contest. Frank S. Joseph’s opening chapter to “To Do Justice” captured first place. Frank will be awarded a full scholarship to attend the Novel-In-Progress  Continue Reading »

Increase Your Odds for Success at NANOWRIMO

Whether you’re a neophyte or a seasoned scribe, NANOWRIMO can be a bit challenging to say the least. Completing 50,000 words in a month’s time requires discipline, diligence, time management and laser-like focus. To increase your odds for success, we’ve assembled some of the best how-tos online to optimize your efforts. Read what other participants  Continue Reading »

Share Literary Successes with Custom Printed Labels

Authors, have any of the following things ever happened to you after publishing your book? Your book receives a positive review from a prestigious source. Your book wins a literary award. You, or your book, are featured or mentioned on a talk show, YouTube channel, publication or blog. Oprah, Reese Witherspoon or another celebrity selects  Continue Reading »

3 Key Reasons Your Blog Needs a Media Kit

“Can you tell me how much it costs to take out an ad at your site?” asked a publisher in Arizona back in April. Unfortunately, like many bloggers who blog as a labor of love, I never gave serious consideration to earning pay for my say. Not until then. To make a long story short,  Continue Reading »