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Northwestern Summer Writers' Conference

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Northwestern Summer Writers' Conference

August 9–11, 2018 • Chicago

Join a community of writers at Northwestern University for a three-day institute on writing fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The program, which is now in its 14th year, includes a diverse array of workshops, panels, keynote speakers, networking events, and literary readings. Learn how to make dialogue pop, edit your writing, and follow the journey from a manuscript to a published book at a panel of publishers and editors. Hear keynotes from acclaimed authors and enjoy live literary readings. You can also schedule an individual manuscript consultation with conference faculty. Writers at all levels of experience are welcome, as are writers of all genres and backgrounds. Come seek a fuller understanding of the craft—and business—of writing.

Registration opens in May. Join our mailing list below to stay updated.

About the Northwestern Summer Writers' Conference

Summer Writers' Conference Events

Workshops: Addressing a variety of genres and topics in writing, students will have the opportunity to participate in two workshops each day. Students will engage in writing exercises and focus on brainstorming and experimentation.

Keynotes: Acclaimed Chicago writers will read from their own work, discuss the writer's craft, and converse about the process of writing and publishing.

Panel Discussions: Writing professionals and enthusiasts come together to discuss topics of interest to writers of all levels and genres.

Literary Readings: Each day at the conference ends with a networking reception and literary reading.

Manuscript Consultations: For an additional fee, conference participants may meet individually with an instructor or panelist to discuss work sent in advance. More information can be found on the registration and payment page.

Community: Join writers in a supportive community to share work and ideas with others who understand the passion for writing. Participants will receive constructive critique and encouragement from faculty and peers. This conference will help students gain inspiration, build confidence, and provide many networking opportunities.

Summer Writers' Conference Location

Northwestern University - Chicago Campus
Wieboldt Hall
339 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Summer Writers' Conference Schedule

Check out the Summer Writers' Conference Schedule for August 9–11, 2018.

Summer Writers' Conference Keynotes

2018 Keynotes To Be Announced Soon

Last year's keynote presenters included acclaimed authors Stuart Dybek, Ines Bellina, Parneshia Jones, Megan Stielstra, and storytelling performances by You're Being Ridiculous.


Summer Writers' Conference Receptions and Readings

Each day at the conference will end with a networking reception and literary reading. These events are free and open to the public. The 2018 events will be announced soon.

Last year's literary readings featured faculty and recent graduates from Northwestern University's MA/MFA in Creative Writing program, past contributors from TriQuarterly literary magazine, and Kevin Coval and featured guest readers from Young Chicago Authors.

Summer Writers' Conference Parking and Accommodations

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Summer Writers' Conference Tuition and Registration

Learn more about the Summer Writers' Conference Tuition and Registration.

Summer Writers' Conference Faculty

Read bios and view photos of the Summer Writers' Conference Faculty.

Contact the Summer Writers' Conference

Summer Writers’ Conference
405 Church Street
Evanston, Illinois 60208-4220
phone: 847-491-3458

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