Chicago’s Lit Scene
Indie book stores, cafes, clubs, and other writer-friendly places
Writer’s Studio at the University of Chicago: Offers downtown and online writing classes as well as community events around Chicago
StoryStudio Chicago: the center for writing and related arts with locations in Chicago and the North Shore
Recurring Chicago Reading Series
READING UNDER THE INFLUENCE, first Wedneday/month, 7:30PM, $3, Sheffields
ESSAY FIESTA, third Monday/month, 7 PM, FREE, The Book Cellar
UPTOWN POETRY SLAM, Sundays 7 PM, $6, The Green Mill
SUNDAY SALON CHICAGO, last Sunday/month FREE
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.
Off Campus Writers’ Workshop. Weekly workshops Thursday mornings in Winnetka.
UW Madison Online Workshops: Fiction, nonfiction, screenwriting, poetry. One-on-one instruction via email.
Chicagoland Publishing Houses
Chicago Literary Agents
Finding an Agent
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
Submitting your manuscript: Query and Pitch Tips
Advertising/Promotional Items: Business cards, bookmarks, postcards, t-shirts, etc.
Promoting Your Book/Manuscript
Bookhitch: a free book listing service
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
WorldCat.org: world’s largest library catalog
BookCrossing: find books, share books, and meet fellow book lovers.
Book Design Services
Book of the Year
First Chapter Contest
Chicago Writers Association
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