Chicago Writers Association News and Events
Chicago Writers Association News and Events

Upcoming Events

Chicago Writers Association: Statement on Racism, Black Lives Matter, and Police Brutality

As an organization which believes in the power of words, we realize we haven’t said enough about the Black Lives Matter movement, racism, police brutality and in support of Black writers in our community and beyond. Within our organizing board, we have received feedback on how we can do better.…

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5th Annual First Chapter Contest open for entries

Are you currently writing an original work of fiction? Submit up to 10 pages of the first chapter of your book to CWA's 5th Annual First Chapter Contest. Visit our First Chapter Contest page for details on how to enter. Deadline is October 1, 2020.

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CWA’s 5th Annual First Chapter Contest

Are you currently writing an original work of fiction? Submit up to 10 pages of the first chapter of your book to CWA's 5th Annual First Chapter Contest.

First prize is a full scholarship to attend either the All-Genre Novel-In-Progress (NIP) Bookcamp & Writing Retreat May 23 to 29,…

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Let’s Just Write! An Uncommon Writers Conference March 20-21, 2021

Join us for the 3rd annual Let's Just Write! An Uncommon Writers Conference coming up on March 20-21, 2021 at the beautiful Warwick Allerton Hotel.
Details HERE.

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Networking for Writers: Panel Discussion

Tappng Into Writers' Residencies, Conferences,  Professional Organizations and. More... 
Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 10:00 am.
623 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605-3506

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CWA Presents An Afternoon with Two Marys: Chicago Tribune Columnists, Mary Schmich and Mary Wisniewski

Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street, Chicago IL 60602

Mary Schmich was born in Savannah, Ga. She attended journalism school at Stanford and has worked as a reporter at the Peninsula Times Tribune…

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The 9th Annual Book of the Year Awards

The 9th Annual CWA Book of the Year Award winners will be celebrated at a ceremony at The Book Cellar in Chicago's Lincoln Square on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 7:00 pm.

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Workshop: Memoir Writing

Crafting Memoir: How to Outline Your Own Hero's Journey

How do you write a successful, complete story arc about a life you're still living? Award-winning author and writing coach Tammy Letherer will teach you how to build a powerful outline for your memoir using the Hero's Journey, a…

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CWA Presents: An Afternoon with Award-Winning Author Scott Turow

Interviewed by CWA board member and author Sandra Colbert

Thursday, October 24th, 1:00 to 3:30at the Chicago Cultural Center, 2nd floor - Claudia Cassidy Theater
78 E. Washington Street

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Scott Turow…

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Join CWA Under the Tent at Printers Row, June 8-9, 2019

For the sixth consecutive year, the Chicago Writers Association will have a tent at the Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest, which will be held Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9. We invite you to visit us and our 60 authors and book sellers under Tent V, in the…

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CWA announces call for 2019-2020 Speakers Bureau programs

Registration is now open to submit programs for CWA's 2019-2020 Speakers Bureau. Visit our registration page for details and to join.

Since its launch in 2009, the CWA Speakers Bureau has provided CWA members a valuable opportunity to book events, build their individual platforms, and sell books, while simultaneously…

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Educational Program: The Nuts and Bolts of Getting Published, April 20, 2019

GET YOUR TICKET NOW for our next educational event: The Nuts and Bolts of Getting Published
April 20, 2019
Columbia College College
600 S. Michigan Ave.
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Congratulations! You’ve finished writing your book. Now what?

  • Do you try and find…

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Listen to the Recording of CWA Presents… on March 18th

On February 17th, CWA hosted our first ever CWA Presents... event. The featured panelists were Dominic Pacyga and Stuart Dybek. Bob Francis of WBOM radio out of Rockford, Illinois was kind enough to record it for us. The show will air on March 18th at 7:00 AM, CST with a…

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