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5/13/2017 – Branding and Book Marketing for Authors

Written on April 17, 2017

  On Saturday, May 13th, CWA members Sara Connell and Don Gingold will teach authors how to sell more books through branding and marketing. “Branding and Book Marketing for Authors” will be held from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at Columbia College, 600 S. Michigan, Room 401 (conference room). The cost to attend is $15 for members,  Continue Reading »

7/22/2017 – 5th Annual Summer Social with IWPA

Written on April 7, 2017

Join members of Chicago Writers Association and the Illinois Woman’s Press Association for the 5th Annual Summer Social 7 -10 pm Saturday, July 22, at Hidden Shamrock, 2723 N. Halsted, Chicago! Enjoy free appetizers provided by CWA, a cash bar and networking with some of the city’s finest communicators. Shawn Shiflett We’ll also welcome special guest Shawn  Continue Reading »

Join CWA under the tent at Printers Row!

Written on March 1, 2017

Registration now closed – all slots sold out! If you’d like to be added to our waiting list, please contact us at info@chicagowrites.org with the subject heading “PRINTERS ROW WAITING LIST.”

CWA’s First Chapter Contest Winners!

Written on December 12, 2016

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 »

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 »

HS Booster Club Seeks Author Book Donations

Written on October 31, 2016

The Palatine High School Pirate Booster Club is looking to highlight Chicago-area writers at its 2017 Palatine High School Dinner Auction, which raises money to support student education and scholarships.  If you are an author who would be willing to donate a signed book for the dinner and auction on March 3, 2017, download the  Continue Reading »

12 Finalists Named in CWA’s 2016 Book Awards

Written on October 10, 2016

Twelve books by Chicagoland authors have been named as finalists in the Chicago Writers Association’s 2016 Book of the Year Awards. Submissions were open to books published between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016, and authored by CWA members and non-members residing in the Chicagoland area. The awards are meant to spotlight books by  Continue Reading »

2016-2017 Speakers Bureau

Written on August 10, 2016

The Chicago Writers Association unveiled its 2016-2017 Speakers Bureau today, featuring a total of 75 programs from 43 local presenters. This year’s menu includes 27 new programs touching on everything from pop culture and writing to Chicago history. The menu is distributed to more than 200 libraries and other venues seeking engaging program. Programs on the CWA Speakers Bureau  Continue Reading »

Enter our First Chapter Contest!

Written on August 1, 2016

First Chapter Contest

CWA announces call for 2016-2017 Speakers Bureau

Written on June 2, 2016

Since its launch in 2009, the CWA Speakers Bureau continues its run as one of the literary organization’s marquee offerings. Speakers have reported steady success in securing event bookings, earning money, and selling books, while event programmers have called the CWA Speakers Bureau Menu an invaluable resource. In August, the CWA will finalize and post  Continue Reading »