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Summer Writers' Conference

Summer Writers' Conference

August 15–17, 2019 • 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 15th year, includes a diverse array of workshops, panels, keynote speakers, networking events, and literary readings.

The full schedule will be announced in the spring.

Learn how to structure your novel, write without fear, and make a scene. Hear from publishers, agents, literary editors, and critics, and enjoy keynotes from award-winning authors. 

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.

The conference is hosted by the Northwestern University School of Professional Studies' MFA in Poetry in Prose and MA in Writing.

Registration opens in Spring 2019.

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About the Summer Writers' Conference

Each day at the conference includes:

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 tuition and registration 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.

About the Summer Writers' Conference

Conference Location

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

Conference Schedule

Check out last year's Summer Writers' Conference Schedule.

Workshops and Panels

Read detailed descriptions of last year's Summer Writers' Conference Workshops and Panels.

Keynotes and Literary Readings

Each day at the conference includes a lunchtime keynote and an afternoon networking reception and literary reading. Find out more about last year's Summer Writers' Conference Keynotes and Readings.

Tuition and Registration

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

Faculty and Reader Bios

Read bios of last year's Summer Writers' Conference Faculty and Readers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to Summer Writers' Conference Frequently Asked Questions, including information about parking and accommodations.

Contact the Summer Writers' Conference

Summer Writers’ Conference
phone: 847-491-3458

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