My Adventures at ... the 2012 Chicago Writers Conference

I just returned from teaching at the 2012 Chicago Writers Conference. This was the event's first year, and I have to say the conference was excellent. I had the privilege of giving two speeches and meeting with several writers one on one. There were keynote speeches, nights of open readings, and more. Chicago definitely has it going on in terms of a large and supportive writing community. As far as writers conferences go, I would definitely recommend this event.
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I just returned from teaching at the 2012 Chicago Writers Conference. This was the event's first year, and I have to say the conference was excellent. I had the privilege of giving two speeches and meeting with several writers one on one. There were keynote speeches, nights of open readings, and more. Chicago definitely has it going on in terms of a large and supportive writing community. As far as writers conferences go, I would definitely recommend this event. A special thanks to coordinator Mare Swallow for inviting me, and for her husband, Kevin, for providing most of the images you see below. Many more images exist on the event's Flickr page.

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 Me teaching a session on getting a literary agent.

Me teaching a session on getting a literary agent.

 I got to meet with several writers and critique their queries.

I got to meet with several writers and critique their queries.

I got to do some query letter editing for attendees. It was nice to sit down and talk with people.

 YAYYY. All my writing books were available for purchase. A few even sold out.

YAYYY. All my writing books were available for purchase. A few even sold out.

 Me and conference organizer Mare Swallow.

Me and conference organizer Mare Swallow.

 The main conference room of the Tribune Building where the event was held.

The main conference room of the Tribune Building where the event was held.

 After the Friday sessions, there were readings at Open Books in downtown Chicago.

After the Friday sessions, there were readings at Open Books in downtown Chicago.

 Open Books seems like a great bookstore. They spend a lot of time helping with literacy programs in the city.

Open Books seems like a great bookstore. They spend a lot of time helping with literacy programs in the city.

 The 2012 event was held at the Tribune Tower in downtown Chicago. What an amazing building!

The 2012 event was held at the Tribune Tower in downtown Chicago. What an amazing building!

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