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Literary Chicago


It’s almost that time of year – as it’s been an unseasonably cool summer, it’s impossible not to detect the hint of it on the wind – dare I say it – autumn in Chicago. This means that it’s time to come out from your vacationing/writing/editing summer rock and get some face time with Chicago’s literary community.

Here’s just the briefest snapshot of what we have to look forward to this autumn. Start filling up the calendar.

You can find workshops, lectures, and networking events at some local writer watering holes such as Story Studio Chicago, The Writers WorkSpace, and the Uptown Writer’s Space throughout the fall.

The Department of Cultural Affairs’ Publishing Programs will continue in the fall, and the Chicago Publishers Gallery at the Cultural Center is an excellent resource for aspiring writers to learn about local publishers and the local literary community.

The Chicago Humanities Festival kicks off on October 17th with various events around the city. To learn more about the details, events, and esteemed guests of the two month festival, click here.

The Chicago Public Library continues its series, Writers on the Record with Victoria Lautman. The next event will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Richard Russo. It will be on Wednesday, September 23rd at 6pm in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium at the Harold Washington Library Center. For details, visit their website.

Don't forget to check out the fall kickoff meetings of local associations such as Chicago Women in Publishing (CWIP), Midwest Writers Association (MWA), Independent Writers of Chicago (IWOC), Off Campus Writers Workshop (OCWW), and more.


  • Chicago Business Skills Examiner 5 years ago

    Excellent resources, thank you!