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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 are working on scheduling four interactive, in-person educational events. Topics, times, dates and locations will be announced. Here’s the vision thus far:

Education program #1: Panel discussion – 2 hours education/1 hour networking

Education program #2: Workshop – 2 hours education/1 hour networking

Education program #3: Workshop – 2 hours education/1 hour networking

Education program #4: Bootcamp – 4 hours education/1 hour networking

There will be a fee to attend workshops.

Program Presenters

Ideally, members will be presenters, but this may not always happen. In addition, there will be presenter submission and selection process. A video clip of you presenting will be requested.

The video does not have to be professionally recorded. We are looking at your presentation skills. You can record a two to five-minute clip of yourself teaching with your mobile device, Facebook Live, Periscope or other programs and apps, and send us a link.


Venues are needed to hold our programs. If you have connections at facilities that have meeting and conference rooms, please inquire about CWA using the space. Here are things we need:

  1. Saturday availability
  2. Downtown, South Loop or Near North
  3. Has street or structure parking
  4. Allows outside food
  5. Has A/V equipment, ideally included in the cost of rental
  6. Can accommodate between 25 and 100 attendees
  7. Allows us to accept payment at the venue (cannot do so at libraries and community rooms)

Committee Members Needed

Three to four people are needed to bring this new committee to fruition. Thus, we need members who are willing to share their experiences, ideas and commitment to planning, organizing and managing events. Here are a few of the duties you’ll be performing, if selected:

Plan events and manage logistics

Manage registration

Review speaker proposals and select speakers

Video record events

Photograph events

Distribute and collect materials

Clean up after events

Other needs that arise

We hope you support us in making these programs successful. If you are interested in volunteering or can help secure venues and parking for workshops, contact Marcie Hill at msmarcie@sbcglobal.net.


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  1. Thank you for proposing educational events. I prefer Downtown/South Loop locations and daytime scheduling.
    p.s. You have been emailing the CWA newsletter to sbmarcus@sbcglobal.net but my author email address is authorsusanmarcus9@gmail.com

    Comment by Susan Bass Marcus on January 17, 2017 at 11:26 am

  2. Our goal is to have workshops on Saturday morning in those locations. Also, your email address has been updated.

    Comment by msmarcie on January 29, 2017 at 12:57 pm

  3. Terrific undertaking that will benefit many!

    Comment by Helen Donovan on January 17, 2017 at 5:11 pm

  4. I’m looking forward to it. And thanks for volunteering to help, Helen.

    Comment by msmarcie on January 29, 2017 at 12:58 pm

  5. Since I live in Indiana, I’m more helpful for things that can be done online such as reviewing proposals, with which I have some experience for local and national conferences.

    Just a side note about location, people from the Indiana Region are more apt to attend events in the Loop or very near North since many are not familiar with bookstores or other literary hangouts farther north.

    Comment by Joyce Hicks on January 17, 2017 at 8:08 pm

  6. Many of our members live outside of Chicago city limits, and the Loop is the ideal location with plenty of transportation options.

    Comment by msmarcie on January 29, 2017 at 5:06 pm

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