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Chicago Writers Association Blog

April 22, 2019

Pitching a Nonfiction Book to an Agent

Pitch Perfect by Kristin A. Oakley | Apr 12, 2019

Last Saturday at Madison’s Concourse Hotel during UW-Madison Writers’ Institute, Bill Conner and I pitched our creative non-fiction book Abbey’s Ride for Life – The Bike Ride That Saved 240,000 Lives, Plus 1.

If you’ve ever had a job interview, then you have a small inkling of what it’s like to pitch your book to…

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April 9, 2019

The Cold Hard Facts of Being an Author

We all have our writing fantasies: the New York Times best seller list, people lined up down the block to hear us speak and have us sign our book for them, Oprah picking our book for her book club (does she still do that?)...

In 2015 I was having those…

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March 20, 2019

A warm welcome to guest blogger, Eliza David

Bigger Than You: Three Things I (Re)Learned at #JustWrite2019

The Chicago Writers Association recently held their 2nd Annual Uncommon Writers Conference and I was thrilled before I got there. Three of my favorite writers were slated to present so I early-birded this event last year.
And it was worth every penny.

Whenever I attend a conference or…

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March 4, 2019

Writing Doesn’t Have to Be Lonely!

Turn to your writing community

I read post after post about how difficult writing is; how lonely, how stressful, how agonizing, how no one really likes doing it.

These quotes, for example:

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” ~ Ernest Hemingway

“If writing seems…

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February 27, 2019

Time: Your Most Valuable Asset

If you're reading this, then you need to join us March 16 and 17 for CWA's second annual writers conference. Even if you're already registered for the event, we hope you give this piece a couple minutes of your time. You clicked on the link to this article knowing…

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February 18, 2019

Writers Conferences are Exhausting, in a Good Way

They're also energizing and fun!

If you want to energize your writing, if you need a new perspective on your work, if you want to connect with other writers, if you want to hear other writers' experiences…go to a writers conference. When it's over you will be exhausted, but your writing will have new energy,…

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February 11, 2019

Whatever Your Writing Needs Are, We’ve Got You Covered!

Don't Miss Out on Our Conference

Just a sampling of what to expect when you register for Let's Just Write! coming up on March 16-17, 2019 at The Warwick Allerton Hotel, Chicago.

A frank conversation about the writing life with acclaimed, award-winning author Christine Sneed.

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January 31, 2019

Getting to Emotion, Perception and Thought in your Characters

Cat Person by Kristen Roupenian, was published in the Dec. 11th, 2017 edition of The New Yorker and it made waves. It’s easily the most talked-about story of the year, but it may also be the most-talked about short story in the modern digital age. There were corners of…

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January 24, 2019

The Scholarship Deadline is January 25th at Midnight

Just a reminder that the scholarship application deadline for Let's Just Write! An Uncommon Writers Conference is January 25th at midnight. Don't lose out on this opportunity.

CLICK HERE to apply. There is no application fee.

Scholarship winners will be announced by February 20.

(If you've already…

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January 11, 2019

How to Share Your New Amazon Book on Guest Blogs

When you are preparing to launch a new book on Amazon, one of the most reliable ways you can make sure that you will have plenty of new visitors to check out your work is to guest post on blogs that command a relevant audience for your subject.


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