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Path to Published – February 25, 2017

Written on February 15, 2017

You are invited to attend Chicago Writers Association’s inaugural education/networking event: Path to Published. A panel of five fiction and nonfiction authors will share their journeys to book publication via traditional and self-publishing routes. This free event will be held on Saturday, February 25 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am at Columbia College, 600 S.  Continue Reading »

Announcing CWA’s Educational Programs & In-Person Networking Events

Written on January 6, 2017

  Educational Programs and In-Person Networking Events Last year we conducted a survey to learn more about our members’ interests and expectations from CWA. There was a high level of interest in educational workshops and in-person networking events. The Board members heard you, and are planning educational workshop/networking events this year. About the Programs We  Continue Reading »

CWA’s Literary Bus Tour

Written on December 7, 2016

Join us for this inaugural event, a literary bus tour of Chicago’s North Side on Saturday, January 28. Purchase tickets now through Eventbrite (Members $10; Non-Members $20; lunch included). Don’t wait, seats are limited! Buy Now! Tour includes these iconic stops: The Cliff Dwellers Club, 220 S. Michigan Ave., 22nd floor, atop the Borg-Warner Building  Continue Reading »

CWA’s 2016 Book Award Winners

Written on November 16, 2016

WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE WINNERS OF THE CHICAGO WRITERS ASSOCIATION’S 6TH ANNUAL BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS  Award for Fiction, Traditionally Published The Mirror Thief by Martin Seay Honorable Mention: Swarm Theory by Christine Maul Rice The Fugue by Gint Aras Award for Fiction, Non-Traditionally Published A Bitter Pill to Swallow by Tiffany  Continue Reading »

Enter our First Chapter Contest!

Written on August 1, 2016

First Chapter Contest

8/6/2016 – Meet the Presses

Written on June 27, 2016

The book publishing landscape keeps evolving as it tries to adapt to rapid changes in technological platforms and reading trends. No more is this true than in Chicago where some gritty publishers are bucking the odds and not just surviving but thriving. Learn what they’re doing to stay in the game and how they go  Continue Reading »

Just Write Day Retreat

Written on April 4, 2016

By Michelle Duster I know that sometimes it’s difficult to find time to write, so I’ve put together a “Just Write” Day Retreat where you can come to one beautiful, inspiring location and completely focus on your writing. You’ll be around other like-minded people, but everyone will be in their own world of writing. Date:   Continue Reading »

7/16/2016 – 4th Annual Summer Social with IWPA

Written on March 21, 2016

4th Annual Summer Social with Illinois Woman’s Press Association July 16, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm @ Hidden Shamrock, 2723 N. Halsted St., Chicago | Free Join members of Chicago Writers Association and the IWPA for the 4th Annual Summer Social! Enjoy free appetizers provided by CWA, a cash bar and networking with some of the city’s finest  Continue Reading »

6/11 – 6/12/2016: CWA @ Printers Row Lit Fest

Written on February 22, 2016

For the third consecutive year, the Chicago Writers Association will have its own tent at the Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest on June 11-12, 2016. Look for us under Tent A, at the entrance gate at W. Congress Parkway and S. Dearborn St. We will have 48 authors participating in what is considered to  Continue Reading »

1/23/2016 – CWA Book Awards @ The Book Cellar

Written on November 2, 2015

The four winners of the Chicago Writers Association’s 5th Annual Book of the Year Awards represent a wide range on the literary spectrum – from the comic to the tragic – but come together to show that great storytelling begins with great writing. The winning books are: Traditional Fiction: “Old Heart” by Peter Ferry Non-Traditional  Continue Reading »