Conferences/Writing Groups

Let's Just Write! An Uncommon Writers Conference

Northwestern Summer Writers' Conference

Midwest Mystery Conference

Earl Hall Studio

Evanston Writers Workshop's In the Trenches with the Writer Conference

Chicago Writers Association
(Join us on Facebook; follow us on Twitter)

For Love of Writing (FLOW)

Off Campus Writers Workshop

Writer’s Studio at the University of Chicago

Illinois Woman’s Press Association

The Guild Complex

DuPage Writers Group

Sisters in Crime Chicago Chapter

Windy City Chapter of Romance Writers of America

Independent Writers of Chicago

Society of Midland Authors

Midwest Writers Association

Chicago Women in Publishing

Young Chicago Authors

The Chicago Poetry Center

Poetry Foundation

Chicago Screenwriters Network

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Illinois Chapter

Naperville Writers Group

Chicago Dramatists

Illinois State Poetry Society

Poets & Patrons

Horror Writers' Association Chicago Chapter

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Chicago’s Lit Scene

Indie book stores, cafes, clubs, and other writer-friendly places

Chicago Literary Hall of Fame

American Writers Museum

NewCity Magazine

Writer’s Studio at the University of Chicago: Offers downtown and online writing classes as well as community events around Chicago

City Lit Books

StoryStudio Chicago: We strive to teach the art, craft, and business of writing in a positive, open, and encouraging setting where students can discover their unique voices

One Book, One Chicago

Open Books

826 Chicago

Community Media Workshop

Printers Row Lit Fest

The Cliff Dwellers


Literacy Chicago


The Book Cellar

Quimby’s Book Store

Chicago Literary Club

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Recurring Chicago Reading Series

Chicago Literary Readings

Tenx9, a Monthly Storytelling Event

Story Sessions


Sunday Reading Series

Blue Hour, a  free monthly online reading series and generative writing workshop presented by Chicago Poetry Center

This Much Is True: 2nd Thursday of Every Month, Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro, 3905 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago, 7:30 PM (Doors at 7:00) FREE

Story Lab Chicago: 3rd Thursday of Every Month, Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro,  3905 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago, 7:30 PM (Doors at 7:00) ​FREE

Do Not Submit: a series of free open mics around Chicagoland

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MFA Programs

Columbia College

Northwestern University

School of the Art Institute

Chicago State University

Roosevelt University

DePaul University

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Novel-in-Progress Bookcamp: The Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp & Writing Retreat offers a pair of parallel residential writing programs led by published authors and editors designed to help you reach your publishing goals. One registration fee includes room, board, and all program expenses.

Writer’s Studio at the University of Chicago: Offers downtown and online writing classes as well as community events around Chicago.

Hypertext Studio: Study at any level, from beginning writer to expert writer. Hypertext Studio is for writers who are serious about honing their storytelling skills but aren’t interested in pursuing a degree.

DePaul Writing Center

Chicago Dramatist’s Playwrights’ Studio

Discovery Center Writing Classes

Midwest Writers Workshop.

Off Campus Writers’ Workshop. Weekly workshops Thursday mornings in Winnetka.


The Writers Loft

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Chicago Writes Podcast

American Writers Museum Podcast

Chicago Writers Podcast

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Chicagoland Publishing Houses

Agate Publishing


Muse Literary

Side Street Press

Gibson House Press

Eckhartz Press

Tortoise Books

Amika Press


University of Chicago Press

Chicago Review Press

Triumph Books

Ivan R. Dee

Medallion Press

Arcadia Publishing

Albert Whitman & Company

Academy Chicago Publishers

Hourglass Books

Swan Isle Press

Switchback Books

Osbey Books

Windy City Publishers

Silverthought Press

Light Quarterly

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Chicago Literary Agents

Browne & Miller Literary Associates

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Finding an Agent

Publishers Marketplace

Agent Query

reedsyblog: The Best Literary Agents Seeking Submissions

reedsyblog: 5 Agent-Approved Query Letter Examples

AgentQuery: How to Write a Query Letter

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Publishing Opportunities

Duotrope: a subscription-based service for writers that offers an extensive, searchable database of current fiction, poetry, and non-fiction markets, a calendar of upcoming deadlines, a personal submissions tracker, and useful statistics compiled from the millions of data points we’ve gathered on the publishers we list.

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Formatting Your Manuscript

William Shunn’s Guide to Proper Manuscript Format

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Style Guidelines, and Grammar and Punctuation Tips

The Elements of Style

Chicago Manual of Style

Word Tips' A Guide to Grammar and Punctuation

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Submitting your manuscript: Query and Pitch Tips

Evil Editor

reedsyblog: How to Write a Query Letter in 7 Simple Steps

How to Pitch Your Book to an Agent: Step-by-Step Guide

How to Pitch a Story with Steps, Template and Example

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Book Reviews

Windy City Reviews

Chicago Book Review

Advertising/Promotional Items: Business cards, bookmarks, postcards, t-shirts, etc.

Earthly Charms: Specializing in Promotion for Writers



Promoting Your Book/Manuscript get 25% off with discount code CWA25

E Author Solutions

Earl Hall Studio

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Editing & Publishing Services

Lisa Wagner's Ground Orchid: (book) editing, (ghost)writing and (ESL and English Lit.) tutoring

Christina Rodriguez Online: web design, writing and editing, web content management, social media management, graphic design, poetry editing and consulting services

JEM Edits: proofreading, copyediting, developmental editing, book review, and writing services

The Book Don: editorial support to writers at all stages of the process

Conspire Creative: offers coaching, consulting, conflict management, project management, editorial, and publishing services for solo pros, creatives, authors, small business owners, multipreneurs, and anyone interested in defensive entrepreneurship.

Prideaux Press: editing and publishing services for authors

Kim Bookless

Word Life Editorial Service

The Write Malloy: Book Coach & Historian

E Author Solutions

OutofControlEmail: Chicago-based freelancer Jason Pettus offers to manage people's email accounts and his skills in coding, copy-editing, personal assistant work, ebook creation, etc.

Janina R. Williams: Writer/Editor/Consultant

Word Bird Editorial Services: manuscript evaluation, content editing, copyediting, editorial evaluation

Byrd's World: writing coach


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Starting a Blog

Start Blogging Online

The Blog Starter

First Site Guide

How to Start a Blog That Makes Money

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Book/Library Locators world’s largest library catalog

Chicago Underground Library

BookCrossing: find books, share books, and meet fellow book lovers.

Newberry Library

The Great Books Foundation

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Self-Publishing Tips

IngramSpark: How to Self-Publish a Book

reedsyblog: How to Self-Publish a Book in 2022

Jane Friedman: Start Here: How to Self-Publish Your Book

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Book Design Services

E Author Solutions

Anderson Graphics

TLC Graphics

99 Designs – Book Cover Designs

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