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Chicago Writers Association Blog

June 18, 2014

CWA announces call for 2014-2015 Speakers Bureau

Since its launch in 2009, the CWA Speakers Bureau has cemented itself as one of the organization’s marquee offerings. Speakers have reported steady success in securing event bookings, earning money, and selling books. Event programmers, meanwhile, have increasingly told us that the CWA Speakers Bureau Menu serves a helpful resource as they plan their event calendars. In August, we will finalize and post the NEW 2014-2015 CWA Speakers Bureau Menu…

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June 15, 2014

4 Reasons to Compare Yourself to Other Writers

by Jennifer Brown Banks

Don’t believe what you’ve been told. You know: the well-intentioned, widely circulated advice that contends that you should never compare yourself to other writers. Hogwash. This kind of recommendation can stunt your creative growth, limit your horizons, and cause complacency.

In fact, I just read one of these…

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June 3, 2014

CWA 2014 Book of the Year Contest

The Chicago Writers Association proudly announces its 4th Annual CWA Book of the Year Award contest!

The contest is open to all books published (Date of First Publication) from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014. We will be awarding books in the categories of Traditionally Published and…

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May 17, 2014

7/31/2014 - CWA & IWPA Summer Social 2014

Join the Chicago Writers Association and the Illinois Woman's Press Association for a FREE networking event Thursday, July 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Cavanaugh's, 53 W. Jackson, Chicago. Mix and mingle with new friends and professional contacts, while learning new tricks of the trade from seasoned publishing successes.…

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May 17, 2014

8/16/2014 - 3rd Annual Writers Block Party

The feature presentation of the 3rd Annual Writers Block Party, to be held 1 - 4 PM Saturday, August 16 at the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin, will be a panel discussion on the topic “Promoting Yourself as a a Writer.” Moderated by State Street Publishing's George Rawlinson,…

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May 17, 2014

6/7-8/2014 - CWA at Printers Row Lit Fest

For the first time, the Chicago Writers Association will have its own tent at the Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest on June 7-8.

We will also have an all-time have 46 authors participating in the fest, which this year celebrates its 30th anniversary. Look for the CWA tent…

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May 3, 2014

Q & A With Author Marcie Hill

Meet Marcie Hill. She's a speaker, author, blogger and social media guru, joining us today to share her thoughts and expertise.

Q. If you had to describe your writing business as a “brand” what would it be?

A. I use my pen and platform to educate, elevate and…

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April 15, 2014

April is National Poetry Month

April marks National Poetry Month. In tribute, here are a few selections for your reading pleasure.



Make notes gloat

Each time

You send them into the universe

Proud to be

The medium


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January 17, 2014

1/18/2014 - CWA’s 2014 Book of the Year Awards

DATE: 1/18/2014

Cost: $0 for CWA Members, $0 for everyone else.

Winners in four categories (fiction and non-fiction, traditionally and non-traditionally published) read from their books.

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December 28, 2013

4 Books Take CWA’s Top Honors

The four winners of the Chicago Writers Association’s 3rd Annual Book of the Year Awards on their face are as different as can be. A novel written by 30 high school students at Whitney Young High School. A debut novel authored by a Chicago playwright and disabilities-rights activist. A memoir…

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