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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Book of the Year Awards Ceremony 2018

Congratulations to the winners of the 7th Annual CWA Book of the Year Awards! We will celebrate at 7 pm on Jan. 13 at The Book Cellar in Lincoln Square. Mark your calendar!

Honorable Mention Awards

Traditional Fiction:

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CWA’s 2nd Annual First Chapter Contest Winners

A racial riot on Chicago’s near west side as seen through the eyes of a young girl serves as the springboard for the winner of the Chicago Writers Association’s 2nd Annual First Chapter Contest. Frank S. Joseph’s opening chapter to “To Do Justice” captured first place. Frank will be…

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CWA Educational Programs & Events for 2017

Members expressed a high level of interest in educational workshops and in-person networking events. Thus, quarterly events were planned to address some of the subjects members want to learn more about. Following are details about CWA educational/networking events.

Workshop Details

Workshops are held from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm…

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CWA Announces 2017 Book of the Year Finalists

Chicago Writers Association received a record number of entries for its 7th Annual Book of the Year awards.

The finalists will compete for four awards to be presented at 7 p.m. on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at The Book Cellar, 4736-38 Lincoln Ave., in Chicago’s Lincoln Square. The winners, to…

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Presenters Needed for November Education Boot Camp

The theme for the November 11th boot camp will be changed to Personal Branding for Writers. The topics for this workshop should benefit writers in all genres. While all proposals will be considered, it would be great to have hands-on presentations for this education session.

Vision for Boot Camp

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8/26/2017 - 6th Annual Writers Block Party

Dan Blank (We Grow Media)

Social media and blogging offer a world of possibilities for writers who are trying to get their work noticed. But the technologies are changing so fast that it’s hard to keep up and it’s easy to get overwhelmed by it all. It…

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Writer’s Digest to Host Annual Conference in August

Would you like to finish a novel? Start a blog? Build a solid platform? Then you’ll want to mark your calendar for Writer’s Digest Annual Conference to be held in New York, August 18-20, 2017. Writers of all levels and genres will receive expert assistance, an array…

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