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Presenters Needed for November Education Boot Camp

Written on September 21, 2017

The theme for the November 11th boot camp will be changed to Personal Branding for Writers. The topics for this workshop should benefit writers in all genres. While all proposals will be considered, it would be great to have hands-on presentations for this education session.   Vision for Boot Camp Four people will present one-hour  Continue Reading »

Storm by Barry Silesky

Written on May 18, 2017

  The answer I want blows amid scraps drifting like an idea that keeps returning or a prayer for another beginning, lost in the debris. I want the universe that is that language to continue through icy air, the blizzard the news predicts that brings back the chainsaw, burning oak, the woman who loved me,  Continue Reading »

Aaron, It Makes No Difference, and Veronica by Patrick T. Reardon

Written on May 3, 2017

  Aaron Aaron was his brother’s mouthpiece. Moses stuttered. It was only with Aaron at his side that Moses, at the risk of sharp death, could order Pharaoh to let go the Hebrews. Don’t think Ben Hur. Picture my sweet brother David who, innocent that he was, wrestled with his tongue and only to a  Continue Reading »

Writer’s Digest to Host Annual Conference in August

Written on May 2, 2017

  Would you like to finish a novel? Start a blog? Build a solid platform? Then you’ll want to mark your calendar for Writer’s Digest Annual Conference to be held in New York, August 18-20, 2017. Writers of all levels and genres will receive expert assistance, an array of resources, and endless opportunities to hone  Continue Reading »

The Forgotten American by Lisa Maggiore – Third Place Winner in the CWA First Chapter Contest

Written on March 21, 2017

I think about dying—a lot. The only reason I haven’t killed myself is because no one would even know. Well, maybe Ms. Alexander would, but she doesn’t count. She has to know how many kids are eating a meal at the orphanage. And Nan, my good friend who cleans my frizzy black hair of twigs  Continue Reading »

March Marks Women’s History Month

Written on March 4, 2017

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

Written on February 18, 2017

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 »

Excerpt from A Bitter Pill to Swallow by Tiffany Gholar — Winner of the Chicago Writers Association 2016 Book of the Year for Non-Traditionally Published Fiction

Written on February 6, 2017

Chapter 1: A Reason to Die  Devante knew he couldn’t tell her the truth when his mother asked, “Are you sure you’re going to be okay?”  This was it. They had finally arrived at his school. They were parked in front of the main entrance, just like so many times before, just like nothing had  Continue Reading »

CWA’S Literary Bus Tour a Success!

Written on January 29, 2017

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 »

5 Ways to Project a Successful Image to Clients

Written on November 8, 2016

  –“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 »