Writing Groups

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

The Guild Complex

InPrint Professional Writers Group

Off Campus Writers Workshop

Writer’s Studio at the University of Chicago

DuPage Writers Group

Teen Writers and Artists Project

Illinois Woman’s Press Association

Sisters in Crime Chicago Chapter

Chicago North Chapter of Romance Writers of America

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 Poetry Center of Chicago

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

Chicago’s Lit Scene

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

Chicago Literary Hall of Fame

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: the center for writing and related arts with locations in Chicago and the North Shore

One Book, One Chicago

Open Books

826 Chicago

Literature for All of Us

Community Media Workshop

Printers Row Lit Fest & Blog

The Cliff Dwellers

Unscene Chicago

PeteLit

HypertextMagazine

Read/Write Library

Literacy Chicago

TriQuarterly

Gapers Block Book Club

The Writers Workspace

The Book Cellar

Quimby’s Book Store

The Week Behind

ChicagoPoetry.com

Chicago Literary Club

Drinking & Writing Brewery

Recurring Chicago Reading Series

Chicago Literati’s Live Lit Roundup

READING UNDER THE INFLUENCE, first Wedneday/month, 7:30PM, $3, Sheffields

Story Sessions

ESSAY FIESTA, third Monday/month, 7 PM, FREE, The Book Cellar

UPTOWN POETRY SLAM, Sundays 7 PM, $6, The Green Mill

QUICKIES! second Tuesday/month, 7:30, FREE, Innertown Pub

WINDY CITY STORY SLAM, last Tuesday/month, 8PM, $5 (suggested), Quennect 4 Gallery

SUNDAY SALON CHICAGO, last Sunday/month FREE

MFA Programs

Columbia College

Northwestern University

School of the Art Institute

Chicago State University

Roosevelt University

DePaul University

Courses

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 Second City Writing Program

StoryStudioChicago

The Writers Loft

The Foundation for Light Verse: Wordplay Workshop and other programs

UW Madison Online Workshops: Fiction, nonfiction, screenwriting, poetry. One-on-one instruction via email.

Podcasts

All Write Already

In Print Radio Podcast

Breakfast with the Author

Chicago Center for Literature and Photography

Chicagoland Publishing Houses

Allium Press

Can’t Miss Press

Lake Claremont Press 

Chicago Center for Literature and Publishing

Wolfsword Press

Curbside Splendor

Eckhartz Press

Amika Press

Sourcebooks

University of Chicago Press

Chicago Review Press

Triumph Books

Ivan R. Dee

Medallion Press

Arcadia Publishing

Albert Whitman & Company

Academy Chicago Publishers

Mayhaven Publishing

Hourglass Books

Swan Isle Press

Cracked Slab Books

Switchback Books

Osbey Books

The Little Things Publishing

Windy City Publishers

Miss Nyet Publishing

Silverthought Press

Light Quarterly

Chicago Literary Agents

Browne & Miller Literary Associates

Finding an Agent

Agent Query

1000 Literary Agents

Everyone Who’s Anyone

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.

Formatting Your Manuscript

William Shunn’s Guide to Proper Manuscript Format

Style Guidelines

The Elements of Style

Chicago Manual of Style

Submitting your manuscript: Query and Pitch Tips

How to Write a Great Query Letter by Noah Lukeman

Evil Editor

Marcus Sakey’s “Pitch Perfect” & “Query-Go-Round”

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

VistaPrint

CafePress

Promoting Your Book/Manuscript

E Author Solutions

Breakthrough Promotions

Submit Press Release 123

Bookhitch: a free book listing service

Vocalo.org

How to make a book trailer

Scott Nicholson’s How to Write an Author Press Release

Editing Services

E Author Solutions

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

BookIvy Word Studio: editorial services for literary and academic communities

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

UW Madison Critique Services: One-on-one, via email or mail, in-depth.

Starting a Blog

Start Blogging Online

The Blog Starter

StartABlog123.com

One Blast Blog

First Site Guide

Book/Library Locators

WorldCat.org: world’s largest library catalog

Chicago Underground Library

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

Newberry Library

The Great Books Foundation

Self-Publishing Tips

Dan Poynter’s Self-Publishing

How to Make an eBook

Book Design Services

E Author Solutions

Anderson Graphics

TLC Graphics

99 Designs – Book Cover Designs