News & Updates
We are excited to announce that one of our members has left CLW in order to pursue his MFA. With his departure, we are looking for one or two members to join us this fall. If you are interested in applying for a spot, please visit our application page. We look forward to hearing from you!
Chicago Literary Writers is seeking to fill a couple of openings. We are seeking local writers of literary fiction who feel they might benefit from being part of a community of writers. We meet in-person at a local coffee shop twice a month. You can find out more by checking out our application page and submitting a writing sample for consideration. We hope to hear from you soon!
Last night, many members of Chicago Literary Writers were lucky enough to be able to support one of our own at a memorable reading and book signing event at 57th St Books. Kalisha Buckhanon has been an active member CLW for many years, and we feel lucky to be able to see her early drafts as well as receive her valuable feedback on our own writing. In fact, the early drafts of her latest novel, Solemn were first read by CLW members!
Last night, Kalisha Buckhanon read several beautifully written excerpts of Solemn and answered questions about her writing process and general experiences as a writer. There was particular interest in her experience writing as a black woman. Many publishers told her she'd have no audience for her stories about black families and black struggles. Yet she stood there last night in a room full of people who love her work! It was truly inspiring to see. We can't wait to see what Kalisha comes up with next and we look forward to workshopping her next novel. Be sure to pick up a copy of Solemn to experience this woman's incredible writing!
Printers Row Lit Fest is coming to Chicago again this summer and all of us in the Chicago Literary Writers group are excited about it! Printers Row Lit Fest is essentially modern day Woodstock, but for writers and readers, rather than musicians and marijuana lovers. Although there may be a few of those in attendance as well. It's the largest outdoor literary festival in the Midwest, and it's taking place on our home turf, so we're pretty proud to be Chicagoans right now.
This year, famous children's author of spooky stories, R. L. Stine will be recognized for his writing accomplishments, and we're geeking out over it. In addition to Stine, there will hundreds of novelists, poets, nonfiction and short story writers in attendance. Even famed astronaut, Buzz Aldrin will be there!
We encourage any local writers and readers to visit or volunteer at this incredible festival and show these talented writers some love. And if you don't live in or near the Chicago area, it may be time to plan a road trip. We promise that Printers Row Lit Fest will be well worth the effort.
a public space is accepting applications for their 2016 emerging writer fellowships until November 15. You do not need to relocate for this fellowship, as the office space in Brooklyn is a completely optional part of the fellowship. read full guidelines and submit your application here.
Mash fiction's quarterly contest deadline is just about a week away. The challenge is to write a flash fiction (under 500 words) using the given prompt. This time around, the the chosen words are "Taxes", "vinegar", and "Carpenter" and the deadline is October 15. get the full guidelines and submit your piece here for a chance at the $100 prize. No entry fee!
Hi Writers! I ran across this interesting writing challenge over at WYRM's Gauntlet today and thought I'd share it. It might be a good way to exercise those writing muscles or shift yourself out of a writing slump. The Challenge starts on October 12, so check it out soon. Enjoy!
Hi Writers! I decided to update our website a bit and re-purpose the blog portion. We'll now use it to share any writing opportunities or prompts that we feel others might be interested in. We can also use it to share links to any publications that group members may want to promote. The blog portion of the website is now public, whereas it used to be password protected, so anyone might be able to use or enjoy the information we post. However, nothing containing personal information about our members will be posted without their permission, nor will we be posting any work belonging to members of the group -- only links to publications. I hope to update the blog about once a week with information about contests, writing opportunities, or literary events that writers in our group and anyone else living the writer's life might find of interest.