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Registration now open to CWA members!

For the third consecutive year, the Chicago Writers Association has applied for a full tent at the Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest. We invite our member authors and book sellers to join us under the tent.

As we did last year, we are making available a total of 48 half-day slots for author signings (24 on Saturday, June 11, and 24 on Sunday, June 12). There will be 12 authors signing at all times. The time slots for both days will be 10 am – 2 pm and 2 pm – 6 pm. Limit: one slot per author.

Cost: $50.

Payments must be made online with PayPal using the button below. Spaces are only available to registered members.

When purchasing a slot online use the drop down box to select your date and time. Dates and time slots are first come, first served. If your first choice is sold out, consider another date and time. Update: sorry, all slots are SOLD OUT! If you’d like to be added to the waiting list, please send an email to info@chicagowrites.org with the subject heading “Printers Row Waiting List” and we will contact you should slots become available.

Note: we are not accepting payment by any method other than PayPal. All payments are non-refundable as of May 31, 2016. In the event that we do not get the requested space, all payments will be refunded.

Book sellers are responsible for selling their own books.

About Printers Row Lit Fest: Hosted by the Chicago Tribune, the Printers Row Lit Fest is considered the largest free outdoor literary event in the Midwest, drawing more than 125,000 book lovers to the annual two-day showcase. Printers Row Lit Fest is located on historic Printers Row, on and around the area of Dearborn Street, from Congress to Polk streets in Chicago. (Google map of area). For more information, visit http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/books/printersrow/

Register now! Don’t wait until it’s too late.


  1. Hi- I just purchased a Sat am slot for Lit Fest. I received a confirmation from PayPal, but not from CWA. Just want to make sure you have my name for that slot, as I also just changed my profile to a new email (see above).

    Comment by Suzanne B. Campbell on February 17, 2016 at 9:08 am

  2. Hi Suzanne,

    Yes, we received your payment for Printers Row. You’re all set to go. Thanks!


    Comment by cwa-admin on February 19, 2016 at 1:43 pm

  3. Will you be sending confirmation of the slot I purchased? I paid via PayPal for Sunday June 12 10-2 and hope CWA received the payment. Will you be sending instructions also, closer to the date?

    Comment by Susan Bass Marcus on February 19, 2016 at 5:12 pm

  4. Susan, the PayPal receipt is your confirmation. You’re set for Sunday 10-2. Thanks!


    Comment by cwa-admin on February 20, 2016 at 8:03 am

  5. Hi–I paid for Sunday 10-2 pm and then noticed a message that the slot was filled so then I paid for the 2-6 pm slot, so please refund the $50 for the earlier slot. Thanks,

    Comment by Donna Urbikas on February 20, 2016 at 7:11 am

  6. Donna, you got the last Sunday 10-2 slot. We will refund the afternoon slot. Thanks!


    Comment by cwa-admin on February 20, 2016 at 8:02 am

  7. Assuming I am ok for the Sunday 2-6 slot that I just paid for? See you guys then!

    Comment by Steve Bellinger on February 20, 2016 at 11:39 am

  8. Yes, you are confirmed, Steve. Look forward to seeing you there.


    Comment by cwa-admin on February 21, 2016 at 1:46 pm

  9. Hi, i’m new to this and I was wondering if you don’t have a slot and you’re on a waiting list can you still go down to the festival and how do you set up…do you bring your own table ..tent.. How does it work? If anyone can help I would appreciate it thank you

    Comment by Shane Cloonan on February 22, 2016 at 9:25 pm

  10. If you’re on the waiting list, you will be contacted in advance of the event if a slot becomes available and given instructions then.


    Comment by cwa-admin on February 23, 2016 at 7:58 am

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