HS Booster Club Seeks Author Book Donations

The Palatine High School Pirate Booster Club is looking to highlight Chicago-area writers at its 2017 Palatine High School Dinner Auction, which raises money to support student education and scholarships. If you are an author who would be willing to donate a signed book for the dinner and auction on…

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Path to Published - February 25, 2017

You are invited to attend Chicago Writers Association's inaugural education/networking event: Path to Published. A panel of five fiction and nonfiction authors will share their journeys to book publication via traditional and self-publishing routes. This free event will be held on Saturday, February 25 from 9:30 am to 11:30…

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CWA’s Literary Bus Tour

Join us for this inaugural event, a literary bus tour of Chicago’s North Side on Saturday, January 28. Purchase tickets now through Eventbrite (Members $10; Non-Members $20; lunch included). Don't wait, seats are limited! Buy Now! Tour includes these iconic stops: The Cliff Dwellers Club, 220 S.…

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CWA’s First Chapter Contest Winners!

A bicycle ride that ends tragically is the springboard for the winner of the Chicago Writers Association’s inaugural First Chapter Contest. Victoria Freund’s opening chapter to “Estate” captured first place.

Victoria will be awarded a full scholarship to attend the Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp & Writing Retreat May 7 to…

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8/6/2016 - Meet the Presses

The book publishing landscape keeps evolving as it tries to adapt to rapid changes in technological platforms and reading trends. No more is this true than in Chicago where some gritty publishers are bucking the odds and not just surviving but thriving. Learn what they’re doing to stay in the…

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7/16/2016 - 4th Annual Summer Social with IWPA

4th Annual Summer Social with Illinois Woman's Press Association

July 16, 7:00 pm- 10:00 pm @ Hidden Shamrock, 2723 N. Halsted St., Chicago

| Free

Join members of Chicago Writers Association and the IWPA for the 4th Annual Summer Social! Enjoy free appetizers provided by CWA, a cash bar and…

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Join CWA Under the Tent at Printers Row!

Registration now open to CWA members!

For the third consecutive year, the Chicago Writers Association has applied for a full tent at the Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest. We invite our member authors and book sellers to join us under the tent. As we did last year, we are…

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6/11 - 6/12/2016: CWA @ Printers Row Lit Fest

For the third consecutive year, the Chicago Writers Association will have its own tent at the Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest on June 11-12, 2016. Look for us under Tent A, at the entrance gate at W. Congress Parkway and S. Dearborn St. We will…

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Just Write Day Retreat

By Michelle Duster I know that sometimes it's difficult to find time to write, so I've put together a "Just Write" Day Retreat where you can come to one beautiful, inspiring location and completely focus on your writing. You'll be around other like-minded people, but everyone will be…

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Book of the Year Contest Submissions Open on June 1st

If you have a book that was published between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023 you may submit it to the CWA Book of the Year Awards. The contest is open to members and non-members, to authors and publishers.

We accept submissions in four categories:

Traditional Fiction


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