Writers Conference Spotlight: The Chicago Writers Conference, September 14-16, 2012

WD is very excited to give a spotlight to an excellent writers’ conference coming up: the Chicago Writers Conference, happening Sept. 14–16, 2012. Hosted by the Chicago Tribune and featuring agents, editors and more, this new conference looks to be one of the next great recurring events in the Midwest. (Note that registration for the event is set to close at the end of August 2012.)

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The Chicago Writers Conference happens from Sept. 14–16, 2012. The event will be hosted by the Chicago Tribune, located at 435 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, public transportation and Metra stations are easily accessible. The conference does have a deal with a nearby hotel, as well.


I have the privilege of being there to teach, so come meet me! Also meet these great people:

  • Aleksandar Hemon, author of Love and Obstacles, The Lazarus Project, Nowhere Man and The Question of Bruno. He is the winner of a MacArthur “Genius” Grant, finalist for National Book Critics Circle Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship recipient
  • Rachel DeWoskin, author, Foreign Babes in Beijing and Big Girl Small
  • Danielle Egan-Miller, Literary Agent, Browne & Miller
  • Joanna Mackenzie, Literary Agent, Browne & Miller
  • Curt Matthews, CEO, Chicago Review Press and Independent Publishers Group
  • Dominique Raccah, Founder and Publisher, Sourcebooks

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Query critiques—I am offering query letter critiques at the event as an optional premium element.

There is an Evening Reading Series on Saturday night. Note that spaces are limited.

Presentations on getting an agent, getting published, public speaking skills, social media for authors, writing freelance articles, food writing, writing for the Web, and more.

Register for the conference on the official website. Hope to see you there!




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