Advice for Aspiring Authors at the Chicago Writers Conference

Likely StoriesThe third annual Chicago Writers Conference will be held this weekend in Dubuque, Iowa. Just kidding, it’s in Chicago. It’s a small and well-run event that stresses practical advice for aspiring authors—founder Mare Swallow is not a fan of empty platitudes or back-slapping from presenters. This year, attendees can look forward to hearing from authors such as Sara Paretsky, Christine Sneed, and Eric Charles May, as well as industry insiders such as yours truly.

Chicago-Writers-ConferenceOn Sunday, I’ll be moderating two panels: “Ask the Publishers,” with Kate DeVivo (Agate Publishing), Ian Morris (Fifth Star Press), Naomi Huffman (Curbside Splendor) and Michael Levine (Northwestern University Press), and “Writing for the Younger Crowd,” with YA author Erica O’Rourke (Dissonance) and middle-grade author Allan Woodrow (The Rotten Adventures of Zachary Ruthless). For a full schedule of all events, click here.

Tickets are sold out, but you can add yourself to the waitlist, or just keep an eye peeled for tweets with the #cwc2014 hashtag. CWC does put on other events throughout the year, too, so keep the other eye peeled for those.

If there’s a similar event in your city, please let us know in the comments!

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About the Author:

Keir Graff is Executive Editor of Booklist Publications and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix (2011). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

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