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Chicago needs a conference where writers can rub elbows with publishing professionals and learn the business end of the craft.
Chicago needs a conference where writers can rub elbows with publishing professionals and learn the business end of the craft.
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Chicago has long been home to award-winning authors, journalists, historians and bloggers. There are over 50 live lit events every month in Chicago. This city is full of brilliant literary talent.

The Chicago Writers Conference exists to celebrate this talent, and connect writers with publishing professionals. Writers will have the opportunity to learn how to get published, as well as new trends in publishing.

Details:  September 14-16, 2012 at the historic (and gorgeous) Tribune Tower.
This conference is for fiction and non-fiction writers as well as poets.

Speakers: We have over 15 scheduled speakers, including Writers Digest Editor Chuck Sambuchino, Award-winning author Christine Sneed, and literary agents from Chicago and New York agencies. Click here for our full list of speakers. 

Funds will be used for:

  • Equipment rental at the conference
  • Web development - including audio, video, registration
  • Travel expenses for traveling speakers

Hear why Chicago needs a writers conference:

Other Fun Stuff at the Conference: Tuesday Funk and Essay Fiesta literary readings will happen on Friday and Saturday nights, featuring conference attendees.

We'll post updates here, and you may also receive email updates if you sign up on our website. (We do not share your info!)

Thank you! - from everyone at CWC

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$50 Level: Books by Chicago Authors

It Was Love When... by Robert K. Elder:

It Was Over When... by Robert K. Elder:

The Crack Between the Worlds by Maggie Kast:


A Recipe for Hope
by Karen Skalitzky:

$100 Level: Chicago Water Tank Screen Print by Chicago Artist Kevin Swallow (SOLD OUT):

$125 Level: Get Cooking with Anupy! Receive a Spice Tiffin, Starter Spices, and a Cookbook! (Only 1 Left:)

$100 Level: Choose One: Art Work by Chicago Artist Scott Simons (SOLD OUT):

Blue abstract (above)

$150 Level: Digitally Enhanced Photograph: Marina Towers by Chicago Artist Kevin Swallow (SOLD OUT):

$300 Level: Digitally Enhanced Photograph Chicago Skyline Sunset (framed) by Chicago Artist Kevin Swallow (SOLD OUT):

$350 Reward: Walking Indian Spice Tour of Devon Avenue (Chicago)

Support the conference, and get a unique, fun, tasty experience!

Led by best-selling author and conference speaker Anupy Singla, tour the Indian Spice Kitchen and snack along the way! A tour for you and up to 9 of your friends. Read more tour details here.

Special thanks to OK Go for providing the background music in our video.

FAQ

  • We can not quote regular pricing until our registration goes live in May. However, you may donate $160 or more to our Kickstarter campaign and receive admission to the conference, plus some additional goodies. After 4/24, the goodies go away, and the price goes up.

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  • Yes and yes. There will be a poetry panel. Please donate.

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  • Here is our plan, subject to change:

    Friday, 4:30-6:00 pm, followed by an evening reading event.

    Saturday, 8:30 - 4:00, time to go eat and drink, followed by an evening reading event.

    Sunday, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Go home and bask in your new found knowledge and mad skills.

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  • Our registration will go live on our website (http://chicagowritersconference.wordpress.com/register/) in May.

    You may pledge here on Kickstarter for $160, and that will get you admission to the conference as well as some other goodies. Your name and info will be attached to the registration, and we will send you confirmation (ie, proof of your registration) in May.

    Note: Admission price will increase after April 24.

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    Your name and thanks on the CWC website, Chicago Writers Conference Tote Bag and a CWC bookmark! Carry your books, mark your place.

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    Your name and thanks on the CWC website and a signed copy of "It Was Love When..." by Chicago author and conference presenter Robert K. Elder.

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    Your name and thanks on the CWC website and a signed copy of "A Recipe for Hope: Stories of Transformation by People Struggling with Homelessness," by Chicago author Karen Skalitzky.

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    Your name and thanks on the CWC website, and a signed copy of "The Crack Between the Worlds" by Chicago author Maggie Kast.

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    A critique of your query letter OR your book synopsis (choose one) from Writers Digest Editor and conference speaker Chuck Sambuchino. You may submit 1 page single-spaced (max). Delivery date is the latest date you may submit your query or book synopsis for feedback.
    Excellent for writers seeking representation!

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    Your name and thanks on the CWC website, and a poem written just for you (on a select topic) by author, poet, and Tuesday Funk host William Shunn.

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    Your name and thanks on the CWC website, and a Seat at the Table of Judgment (ie: you be the judge!) at a future Write Club Event. We will contact you to determine which date works for you -- delivery date below is just the latest possible date. Write Club happens every month.

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    CWC Founder Mare Swallow will bake you 2 dozen homemade cupcakes (choose one: lemon, yellow, or chocolate) and deliver them in person to within 50 miles of downtown Chicago. Homemade! Nothing from a can!
    Delivery date is latest date you may take delivery. You may take reward as early as May, 2012.

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    CUPCAKES! They were so popular, we had to bring 'em back. CWC Founder Mare Swallow will bake you 2 dozen homemade cupcakes (choose one: lemon, yellow, or chocolate) and deliver them in person to within 50 miles of downtown Chicago. Homemade! Nothing from a can! Delivery date is latest date you may take delivery. You may take reward as early as May, 2012.

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    Your name and thanks on the CWC website; an original screen print of Chicago Watertanks ("Kingsbury St." or "Watertanks & Birds") by Chicago artist and CWC board member Kevin Swallow. See images via the link to the left.

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    Art by friend of the conference, Chicago Artist Scott Simons. Choose ONE: "Red Abstract" or "Blue Abstract." Acrylic on panel, 16" x 20" View images to the left; indicate preference, Red or Blue. (Only 1 may be selected.)

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    Get cooking with Anupy!

    A package of goodies from author and conference speaker Anupy Singla! Receive a Spice Tiffin, a cookbook, and starter spices. Anupy is the author of "Indian as Apple Pie and "The Indian Slow Cooker Cookbook."
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    Your name and thanks on the CWC website; a framed original, digitally-enhanced photograph, "Marina Towers" by Chicago Artist and CWC board member Kevin Swallow. Last piece of art special: We'll throw in a tote bag and bookmark. See images via link to the left.

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    ATTEND THE CONFERENCE!
    Your name and thanks on the CWC website; 2-day admission to the Chicago Writers Conference; a Chicago Writers Conference Tote Bag and a CWC Bookmark!

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    CONFERENCE & CRITIQUE!
    Attend the conference, plus receive your name and thanks on our website, plus short story manuscript critique (up to 10,000 words) by Hugo and Nebula Award nominee William Shunn.

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    CONFERENCE & CRITIQUE!
    Attend the conference, plus receive your name and thanks on our website, plus short performance manuscript or video critique (up to 10 minutes) by performer, writer and Write Club founder Ian Belknap.

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    CONFERENCE & CRITIQUE! April 20 Special: This is limited until 10 pm tonight.

    Attend the conference, plus receive your name and thanks on our website, plus short story manuscript critique (up to 10,000 words) by Hugo and Nebula Award nominee William Shunn.

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    CONFERENCE AND ART!
    Attend the conference, plus recieve your name and thanks on the CWC website; a framed original, digitally-enhanced photograph, "Chicago Skyline Sunset" by Chicago Artist and CWC board member Kevin Swallow. See images via link to the left.

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    Spice Tour of Devon Avenue for up to 10 people.

    Take a walking spice tour of Devon Avenue with author and speaker Anupy Singla. Grab some friends, meet Anupy and explore the spicy treasures of Devon Avenue in Chicago. You'll snack along the way. Perfect for foodies!

    Note: Delivery date is the latest you may take the tour. You will arrange your tour directly with your guide.

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