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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8/17/2017 - CWA & CWIP Mixer

Join CWA at our upcoming mixer with the Chicago Women in Publishing and the University of Chicago Graham School on Thursday, August 17 , 6 to 8 pm, at Cavanaugh’s Bar and Restaurant, 53 W Jackson Blvd., located in the historic Monadnock Building in the Loop. This social…

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8/12/2017 - Building Your Writing Confidence

If you haven’t pursued your dream or passion of writing because of self-doubt…

If you are a closet writer afraid to share your words with the world due to fear of criticism…

If you’re are a seasoned writer stuck on your journey because of confidence issues…

Then you should attend…

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CWA under the tent at Printers Row 2017!

Registration now closed - all slots sold out! If you'd like to be added to our waiting list, please contact us at with the subject heading "PRINTERS ROW WAITING LIST."

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6/10 - 6/11/2017: CWA @ Printers Row Lit Fest

For the fourth consecutive year, the Chicago Writers Association will have its own tent at the Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Feston June 10-11, 2017. We will have 60 authors participating in what is considered to be the Midwest’s largest outdoor literary festival. Look for the Chicago Writers…

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CWA announces call for 2017-2018 Speakers Bureau

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 offering event programmers a trusted resource to guide their programming efforts. In August, the CWA will finalize and post the NEW 2017-2018…

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