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The Chicago Writers Association announces its first annual writers conference on Saturday and Sunday, March 10-11, 2018 and we want you to join us!

Let’s Just Write! An Uncommon Writers Conference is a two-day event for writers of all levels, focusing on the art, craft and community of writing.
We will feature 16 speakers presenting such topics as crafting a short story, creating compelling characters, emotional turning points, the intersection of life and fiction…and much more.
Registration will close on February 23, 2018. There will be no same day registration.
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We are getting very special room rates at the conference venue, the Whitehall Hotel, in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast, just steps from Michigan Avenue. Room rates starting at only $109. Call The Whitehall at 312.573.6389 and use the group name Chicago Writers Association. This block of rooms is only available until Feb. 8, 2018, and space is limited. Once the block has been filled the rate will not apply.
Click here to download a PDF press release for the conference.

Meet our conference presenters:

Ann GarvinEmotion: The Steering Wheel Behind Your Plot

Ethan Michaeli, Writing Nonfiction: From the Personal to the Historical

Katrina Kittle, Leave Out the Parts People Skip: Tips to Making Your Descriptions Unskippable

Kathryn Craft, Learn from the Masters: Emotional Turning Points 

Nadine Kenney Johnstone, The One Thing You Should Always Do Before You Write

Christine Sneed, Creating Dynamic Characters

Shawn ShiflettThe Intersection of Life and Fiction 

Patricia Ann McNairIs it Hot in Here or Is It Just My Writing? How to Handle Sex on the Page

Kelly Harms, The Busy Writer’s Secret Weapon

Fred Mitchell, One of the most respected sportswriters in Chicago history will be our Keynote Speaker at the Saturday dinner.

David Fisher, How to Make Money as a Writer…Really!


Christine Maul Rice, The Tao of the Classic Short Story: Kickin’ it old school…sort of.

A conversation with Joe
Meno, award winning
author, playwright,
musician and music

Sponsors for Let’s Just Write! An Uncommon Writers Conference include:
Scott Spencer
Patrick Nagle