Let’s Just Write! An Uncommon Writers Conference, March 16-17, 2019

Registration is open for the 2nd annual Let's Just Write! An Uncommon Writers Conference.

We listened to your suggestions from last year and 2019 is going to be even bigger and better!

Two days
Twelve amazing presenters
Author interviews
Book signings
Live lit event, open…

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An Afternoon with Award-Winning Authors Dominic Pacyga and Stuart Dybek, February 17, 2019

Join us for an afternoon with two of our most distinguished Chicago authors, Dominic Pacyga and Stuart Dybek. We'll discuss their journey as writers, their work, their craft and writing about Chicago. Audience participation is encouraged.

Sunday, February 17th from 1:00 to 3:00 at the Chicago Cultural Center,…

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Book of the Year Awards January 19, 2019

The 8th Annual CWA Book of the Year Awards

We are pleased to announce the winners of Chicago Writers Association's 2018 Book of the Year Awards. Winners will be celebrated at a ceremony at The Book Cellar in Chicago's Lincoln Square on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 7:00 pm.

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Workshop: Memoirs and Personal Essays: The Art of Writing Your Story - November 17, 2018

Chicago Writers Association in partnership with the English & Creative Writing Department of Columbia College Chicago presents:

Memoirs and Personal Essays: The Art of Writing Your Story

Have you ever had unique personal experiences that other people may find interesting to read about? Have you started writing your story and…

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First Chapter Contest is Now Closed

Our First Chapter Contest is now closed! Good luck to all entrants.  

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6th Annual Summer Social with IWPA

Join members of Chicago Writers Association and the Illinois Woman's Press Association for the 6th Annual Summer Social with special guest speaker Linda Gartz.

The event will be held Saturday, July 21, 7 pm to 10 pm, at the Hidden Shamrock, 2723 N. Halsted St., Chicago.

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See CWA under the tent at Printers Row, June 9-10, 2018

Visit CWA's tent (Tent O) at the Chicago Tribune's Printers Row Lit Fest, June 9 and 10, in Chicago's historic Printers Row neighborhood. Sixty CWA authors will be on hand selling their books under the tent throughout the weekend. And all weekend CWA representatives will have…

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“The Stories Within You” Workshop May 12, 2018

A story lives inside you even as you read this. Whether we write for our own enjoyment or share our work with others, we sometimes fall into periods of fallow. We worry. Where has our creativity gone? What can we do to get the spark back?

The Stories Within You

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Conference Preview

Can’t Make it to The Uncommon Writers Conference in March? No worries. Two of our conference speakers, Christine Maul Rice Rice and Fred Mitchell, will share their knowledge at our Conference Preview.

Crafting a Short Story

Christine Maul Rice will discuss universal…

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