Chicago Writers Association Blog
Chicago Writers Association Blog

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. Cash bar and complimentary appetizers.

Heidi Stevens

Featuring special guest speaker: Heidi Stevens, a reporter and columnist…

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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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December 28, 2013

ROLL Call: Vachss in Chicago for “That’s How I Roll”

by Jyl Ion

Andrew Vachss' incisively sensitive aesthetic and startlingly relevant subject matter herald his writing as some of the most important of our time. His unaffected prose provide buoyancy to potent messages that support the cultivation of conscience. Listen, and he will tell you what is often untold, show you what…

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December 28, 2013

Submissions for next issue of The Write City

by Juli Schatz

The Write City Magazine, published by the Chicago Writers Association, welcomes short stories, essays, op-eds, poetry, biographies & autobiographies, interviews, excerpts from plays & novels, journalism & creative writing, fiction & non-fiction; plus writing tips, thoughts and resources. Please email submissions by April 15, 2012 for inclusion in the next…

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October 28, 2013

12 Book Awards Finalists Named

Twelve books by Chicagoland authors have been named as finalists in the Chicago Writers Association’s 2013 Book of the Year Awards.

The finalists, chosen by CWA’s Book Awards Committee, will compete for four awards to be presented at 7 p.m. Jan. 18 at The Book Cellar, 4736-38 Lincoln Ave., in…

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