- A personal user-friendly webpage on CWA’s official website to promote your writings and happenings
- Access to CWA’s official e-group where members share publishing, writing, and marketing information
- Opportunity to participate in CWA author reading and book signing events and industry expo booths, including the Chicago Tribune Printers Row Book Fair
- Chicago Tribune Printers Row Book Fair and our own Let’s Just Write! An Uncommon Writers Conference
- Opportunity to participate in our Speakers Bureau
- Opportunity to participate in our book review service, Windy City Reviews
- Opportunity to enter your book in our Books of the Year Contest
- Opportunity to enter our members-only writing contests
- Opportunity to be published in our Write City e-zine and Windy City Writers blog
- Interaction with other writers
- Leadership and networking opportunities
And, we’re excited to share other new member benefits with you!
We’ve established a new partnership with our friends at Foreword Reviews to provide you several free and discounted author products and services.
1. Foreword Reviews FREE print subscription. For over 21 years, Foreword Reviewshas been reviewing great books from independent presses for a trade readership of 30,000 booksellers, librarians and agents. The magazine is also an effective tool for writers to see what qualifies as a great book. Chicago Writers Association members will receive a free one year subscription. Simply log in here and use the discount code ChiWriGiftSub.
2. Discounted Editing Service. Foreword has been a trusted voice in publishing for more than twenty years. Now, with a carefully assembled team of trained editors, they want to put that experience to work for you and your manuscript. With years of book industry experience, their editors can help ensure your book is of the highest quality possible before you approach agents or publishers, or publish the work on your own. Check here for pricing on developmental or copy editing. An interview with their lead editor will answer a lot of questions here. Chicago Writers Association members will receive 10% off. The discount will be applied manually when the order is placed.
3. Discounted Foreword Clarion Review.A Foreword Clarion review is a way to get a manuscript reviewed early for back cover blurbs. Publishers also understand trade magazines can't possibly include every book in their review pages, so purchasing a Clarion review guarantees being chosen and professionally critiqued. Foreword's Clarion reviews are licensed to book wholesaler databases where librarians and booksellers shop. If you would like to get an early review of your book from a source trusted by the trade, they will offer 15% off the price of $499. Enter the code ChiWriClarion15 when checking out here, and your review will be delivered within six weeks.
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CWA membership costs $25 annually. To join CWA, click the button below to get started (you will be taken to Paypal to start the registration process).
- We currently accept two forms of payment: 1) Paypal, which will automatically set you up with a hassle-free auto-recurring payment for your renewal, and 2) check, made payable to Chicago Writers Association and sent to this address: Chicago Writers Association, P.O. Box 6505, Evanston, IL 60204. Please provide an email address so that we can contact you. We are unable to accept money orders.
- Upon completion of the PayPal membership process, you will be returned to the CWA site to register for a CWA online profile. If you joined by mail, you will be contacted by email and provided a link to create your online profile.
Our friends at the Kauai Writers Conference are pleased to offer a 20% discount off of registration to members of the Chicago Writers Association. Please use the discount code WG789 when registering.
You can see the full schedule by visiting Kauai Writers Conference.
Whether members of the Chicago Writers Association are focused on fiction or non-fiction, short-form, novels or screenplays, their faculty of 22 world-class authors will be there to share their knowledge of craft and publishing during panel sessions and hands-on workshops. If you are a writer of crime/thrillers, historical fiction or literary fiction, or focused on writing for women’s lives or children and young adults, the Kauai Writers Conference has sessions for you, led by best-selling writers in your genre.
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