June 8, 2021
by Sudha Balagopal
(Editor's note: Don't forget to submit your shorts (fiction or nonfiction) to CWA's Summer Flash Contest)
Five years ago, after writing long fiction for years, I became fascinated with flash fiction. Today, I'm a proud flash fictioneer, a practitioner of the style that's been called sudden fiction, short-short, miniature and postcard.
There are many reasons why writers get attracted to the craft. Sometimes it's the brevity, other times…
June 1, 2021
Submissions are Open
In Chicago, we love summer! CWA is celebrating our favorite season with our first-ever
Summer Flash Contest
Submit your very best work, in any genre – fiction or nonfiction – in 500 words or less. There is no restriction on style or theme.
Submissions will be open…
May 25, 2021
Since 2015 CWA has bestowed the Spirit Award to a worthy member of Chicago’s writing community. The honor is traditionally presented during our annual Book of the Year Awards by CWA President Randy Richardson. Until this year’s ceremony the awards were presented live at The Book Cellar in Lincoln…
May 18, 2021
by David Corbett
The difference between writing emotion and writing feeling is more one of degree than kind. Feeling is emotion that has been habituated and refined; it is understood and can be used deliberately. I know how I feel about this person and treat her accordingly.…
May 11, 2021
by Tim Storm
What I've been pondering is publication. Not really because I want to do that, but just because synchronicity has exposed me to several recent tidbits of information. From Jane Friedman a few weeks ago, I learned that "the failure rate of publishers is extraordinary—60 to 70 percent of books…
May 4, 2021
by Elizabeth Sims
To stand out to the gatekeepers who hold the keys to publication, it’s not enough for your story to be good. Use these techniques to take your fiction to new heights and make a good story great.
April 27, 2021
Before he was a big game hunter, before he was a deep-sea fisherman, Ernest Hemingway was a craftsman who would rise very early in the morning and write. His best stories are masterpieces of the modern era, and his prose style is one of the most influential of the 20th…
April 20, 2021
by June Converse
Every day I want to become a better writer – deeper characters, more compelling plots, mesmerizing sentences. But that was not where I started.
Six years ago I wrote my first novel, not because I had any desire to be an author but because the main character kept coming…
April 13, 2021
by Jerry Jenkins
Editor's Note: We welcome submissions to Write City Magazine, the Chicago Writers Association online literary publication. If you have a short story you would like to submit, read this article first. If you're satisfied that you meet Jerry's requirements we'd love to read your work. Here are our
April 6, 2021
by Tim Storm
Let’s talk reader engagement. It comes from tension and from the reader’s anticipation of change. And there are three situations a writer can create in order to cultivate dramatic tension and to get readers anticipating change: mystery, suspense, and dramatic irony.
These labels name “story/audience relationships,” notes Robert…
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