Chicago Writers Association Blog
Chicago Writers Association Blog

October 18, 2019

Gatekeepers

by guest blogger Dave King

Originally posted by our friends at Writer Unboxed

In a recent interview for a writing blog, I was asked how publishing has changed since I’ve been an editor. The obvious answer is the rise of self-publishing and e-publishing. But these are only symptoms of something deeper.

Most publishing houses used to offer more support for midlist writers – writers who weren’t celebrities but who sold well enough to turn…

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October 8, 2019

Making Memories at a Writers Conference

by Samantha Hoffman

If you're a writer or an editor or a book publisher, or if you're a reader who wants to be a writer, you need to get yourself to a writers conference. There's no group more supportive and encouraging. You learn, you work, you get motivated, and there's nothing better than…

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October 1, 2019

Behind the Pen: Meet CWA Board Member Dan Burns

Interview by Meryl D'Sa

Author, poet and screenwriter Dan Burns is a jack of all trades when it comes to writing. He is a disciplined writer and is constantly exploring different genres. He believes the best way to be a writer is to keep writing, in one form or another, and to find inspiration…

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September 24, 2019

Turning Points Propel Your Story

by guest blogger Tim Storm

Turning points are crucial to scenes. In fact, it’s more than that. Turning points are why scenes exist. So it’s essential to understand how and why they work within your story.

What are scenes?

They're everywhere. No matter what kind of story you are writing, you will have scenes.…

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September 17, 2019

5 Book Cover Design Principles for Nonfiction Authors

By guest blogger Bennett R. Coles

The bar for nonfiction book-cover design is much higher than that for most other genres. Unlike works of fiction, where the primary goal is to entertain a general audience, nonfiction books are much more serious in nature. Whether your goal is to help your audience at a personal level or…

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September 10, 2019

Behind the Pen: Meet CWA board member Rick Kaempfer

Interview by Meryl D'Sa

Interview with Chicago Writers Association board member, Rick Kaempfer

Rick Kaempfer, author of four books and co-founder and publisher of Eckhartz Press, has a wide range of writing experience from writing for radio, hosting a weekly podcast, to writing fiction, nonfiction, and collaborating on novels with fellow writers. Kaempfer…

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September 3, 2019

Help! Writer’s Block!

By Guest Blogger, Maggie Smith

The email arrived at ten o’clock last night. It was from my best writing buddy with the subject line HELP!

A week had gone by and she hadn’t produced any new work. Not a single chapter, not a single paragraph, not a single sentence. But she was a pro—she…

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August 27, 2019

Series: Behind the Pen

Meet the CWA Board

Welcome to Behind the Pen, a series of interviews beginning with the Board of Directors of the Chicago Writers Association. Two weeks ago we posted the first in this series, featuring our president Randy Richardson. If you haven't seen it READ IT HERE. Today we are featuring board member…

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August 13, 2019

Randy Richardson

Series: Meet the Board of Directors of CWA

by Christina Rodriguez

Interview with Randy Richardson, President of the Chicago Writers Association

An attorney and award-winning journalist, Randy Richardson is a founding member and first president of the nonprofit Chicago Writers Association. He is the first male recipient of the National Federation of Press Women’s Communicator of Achievement Award and was…

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July 29, 2019

Allium Press Turns 10!

by Samantha Hoffman

One of our favorite people, and a treasured supporter of CWA, is Emily Victorson. Emily participated in the popular small publishers panel last year at Let's Just Write! An Uncommon Writers Conference, and we are looking forward to her participation again in 2020. Be sure to introduce yourself to…

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