Conferences/Writing Groups

Let's Just Write! An Uncommon Writers Conference

Northwestern Summer Writers' 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

Teen Writers and Artists Project

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

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

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

Tenx9, a Monthly Storytelling Event

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

The Cliff Dwellers

Unscene Chicago



Read/Write Library

Literacy Chicago


Gapers Block Book Club

The Writers Workspace

The Book Cellar

Quimby’s Book Store

The Week Behind

Chicago Literary Club

Drinking & Writing Brewery

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Recurring Chicago Reading Series

Chicago Literati’s Live Lit Roundup

Tenx9, a Monthly Storytelling Event

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


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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 Second City Writing Program


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.

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All Write Already

In Print Radio Podcast

Breakfast with the Author

Chicago Center for Literature and Photography

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Chicagoland Publishing Houses

Allium Press

Agate Publishing

Side Street Press

Gibson House Press

Lake Claremont Press 

Chicago Center for Literature and Publishing

Wolfsword Press

Curbside Splendor

Eckhartz Press

Amika Press


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

Windy City Publishers

Miss Nyet Publishing

Silverthought Press

Light Quarterly

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Chicago Literary Agents

Browne & Miller Literary Associates

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Finding an Agent

Agent Query

1000 Literary Agents

Everyone Who’s Anyone

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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

How to Write a Great Query Letter by Noah Lukeman

Evil Editor

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

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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

E Author Solutions

The Cadence Group

Breakthrough Promotions

Submit Press Release 123

Bookhitch: a free book listing service

How to make a book trailer

Scott Nicholson’s How to Write an Author Press Release

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Editing Services

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

Prideaux Press: editing and publishing services for authors

Kim Bookless

Word Life Editorial Service

The Write Malloy: Book Coach & Historian

The Cadence Group

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.

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

Janina R. Williams: Writer/Editor/Consultant

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


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Starting a Blog

Start Blogging Online

The Blog Starter

One Blast Blog

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

Dan Poynter’s Self-Publishing

How to Make an eBook

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Book Design Services

E Author Solutions

Anderson Graphics

TLC Graphics

99 Designs – Book Cover Designs

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