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The Northwestern Summer Writers' Conference

The Northwestern University Summer Session is pleased to announce the 13th annual Northwestern Summer Writers’ Conference, a three-day summer institute dedicated to the creation and revision of novels, short stories, nonfiction, memoir, and poetry.The program is tailored to writers of all genres, backgrounds, and levels of experience, and welcomes anyone seeking a fuller understanding of the craft — and business — of writing. Participants may choose from a diverse array of panels and workshops, all designed to give participants valuable perspectives on their work in the supportive company of other writers.

August 17–19, 2017, Chicago, IL

Registration will open in May. Join our contact list to be notified when registration opens.

Summer Writers' Conference

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.

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

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

Manuscript Consultations: For an additional fee of $125, conference participants may meet individually with an instructor or panelist to discuss work sent in advance. Submitted work must be no more than 15 pages (double spaced, 12 point font). When you register, please indicate your preference from the list of instructors and panelists. In some instances, a faculty member may not be available. We will do our best to accommodate your first choice.

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.

Keynote Speakers

The 2017 conference keynote speakers will be announced this spring.

Contact Us

Office of Summer Session and Special Programs
Summer Writers’ Conference
405 Church Street
Evanston, Illinois 60208-4220
phone: 847-491-3458
summerwriters@northwestern.edu