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March 31, 2020

Behind the Pen: Meet Book of the Year Award Winner Angalia Bianca

Interview by Jessica Mack

Angalia Bianca is the winner of the CWA 2020 Book of the Year Award for Traditional Nonfiction. She has received international recognition and a Resolution for Bravery from Chicago due to her efforts on preventing violence. Formerly a criminal and con-artist, she ultimately spent twelve years in prison, and now is part of the violence prevention group Cure Violence, where she fights to change and save lives. Her award-winning book,…

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March 24, 2020

You Always Come Through!

by Samantha Hoffman

Have I told you lately how much I love you, oh writing community? Last week I asked for help getting past my road block (note that I do not consider it writers block) and people came through for me, even though they have their own, decidedly bigger problems. Mine…

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March 17, 2020

The Silver Lining

by Samantha Hoffman

Coronavirus. If it were a beer, we could shove a lime down its little neck and sieze the day. But it's not a beer, it's a pandemic, and it feels as though we're living in a movie. Who writes sci-fi? Here's your next novel.

We at CWA have spent the…

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March 10, 2020

We’ve Got You Covered

There's something for everyone

Do you write poetry? Fiction? Nonfiction? Flash fiction? Memoir? Are you in the revision process? Are you just beginning? We've got you covered. Here's a sampling of sessions at Let's Just Write! An Uncommon Writers Conference:

Dominic Pacyga: The Importance of Place in Storytelling

Place and character are equal partners…

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March 3, 2020

Fiction Writing Contests Worth Your Time in Spring 2020

by Arthur Klepchukov

Excerpted from WriterUnboxed.
Article by Arthur Klepchukov

Since my Winter contest roundup, I got another (non-contest) short story published, which had a quite a journey to finding a home. How long did it take for my very first Submittable acceptance to be published? You’d be surprised.


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February 25, 2020

A Writer’s Best Investment

10 Tips on Rocking a Conference

by Samantha Hoffman

One of the best investments a writer can make is a writers conference. Not just because we at CWA have one of the best (we do, though), but because it's a great way to energize your writing, gain a new perspective on your work, connect with other writers,…

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February 18, 2020

Award-winning writer and teacher Tim Storm of Storm Writing School.

Behind the Pen: Meet Award-winning Writer and Teacher Tim Storm

Interview by Jessica Mack

Tim Storm is a writer and the owner of Storm Writing School, which examines what aspects of story affect an audience emotionally and keep them engaged. He does all of this with a certain gusto, helping anyone who is willing to learn at his school. Previously, he taught…

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February 11, 2020

USA Today bestselling author Ann Garvin.

Behind the Pen: Meet USA Today Bestselling Author Ann Garvin

Interview by Jessica Mack

After getting her Ph.D. in Exercise Psychology, Ann has traveled all over the world. Ann had her moment in writing with the Wisconsin Book Festival, when she won a 24-hour writing contest. Since then, she has gone on to publish multiple successful books. Ann will be part of the…

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February 4, 2020

Chicago historian Dominic Pacyga.

Behind the Pen: Meet Chicago Historian Dominic Pacyga

Interview by Meryl D'Sa

Dominic Pacyga, an urban and ethnic historian, discusses the importance of “place” and “space” in fiction and nonfiction, and how where we are and live can impact the way we behave and respond to what life offers us. Dominic will be giving a presentation on “The Importance of Place…

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January 28, 2020

Behind the Pen: Meet NY Times Bestselling Author Elizabeth Berg

Interview by Jessica Mack

Elizabeth Berg has always loved books and reading from the time her mother began reading to her, and she’s loved writing ever since she could hold a pencil. Before writing, she was a registered nurse for 10 years, using her experiences of taking care of patients to learn more…

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