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…

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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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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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