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Writing Chicago: the Northwestern Summer Writers' Conference

Conference Schedule: August 17–19, 2017

Writing Chicago: The Northwestern Summer Writers’ Conference

2017 schedule to be announced this spring.

  Thursday, July 28
Friday, July 29
Saturday, July 30
9–9:30 a.m. Coffee and Check-In Coffee and Check-In Coffee and Check-In
Morning Workshops 9:30–11 a.m.

Workshop A

Backstory: Seamless Weaving

Eileen Favorite

Workshop A 

Connecting to Characters

Garnett Kilberg Cohen

Workshop A 

Your Voice in the Dark

Suzanne Clores

Workshop B

Autofiction: Blurring the Real and the Imagined

Jarrett Neal

Workshop B

Structure and the novel: how to carry the arc of your story

Erika T. Wurth

Workshop B

This Happens, Which Causes This to Happen, Which Causes This to Happen, and So On: Cohesive Plot and Story

Eric Charles May

Workshop C

Frame Work

Jac Jemc

Workshop C

Pen as Sword: Writing About Other People

Suzanne Clores

Workshop C

Characterization for Novelists

James Tadd Adcox

Workshop D

Research Toolbox

Miles Harvey

Workshop D

Up Close and Personal

Ignatius Valentine Aloysius

Workshop D

Getting Your Memoir Off the Ground

Beth Finke

Workshop E

Lights Camera Action

Laurie Lawlor

Workshop E

How to Write About Music

Henry Carrigan

Workshop E

Author Platform: How to Raise a Book

Deborah Siegel

Workshop F

Writing Through Drawing

Ozge Samanci

Workshop F

Writing in Time Part I

Marty McConnell

Workshop F

The Subtle Craft of the Pitch

Jacob Knabb

Workshop G

Forms of Contemporary American Poetry: Further Than the Sonnet and Beyond the Rhyming Couplet

Erika T. Wurth

Workshop G

Writing With Your Feet

Miles Harvey

Workshop G

The Top 10 Things I Learned at a Prestigious MFA Program (and how you can use them right now from the comfort of your living room)

Adrienne Gunn

Lunch and Keynote

11:15 a.m.
–1 p.m.

Keynote Speaker

Nnedi Okorafor

Keynote Speaker

Juan Martinez

Keynote Speaker

Story Club:Live Lit Performance featuring Andrew Marikis

Writing Workshops

1:15–3:15 p.m.

Workshop A

Breaking the Boundaries of the Known

Bayo Ojikutu

Workshop A

Making a Scene: Crafted Conflict

Eileen Favorite

Workshop A

Shaping Up Scenes

James Tadd Adcox

Workshop B 

Dynamic Dialogue: Get Your Characters Talking

Eileen Favorite

Workshop B

Whose Story is This Anyhow?

Laurie Lawlor

Workshop B

Beyond Navel Gazing: Approaches for Getting to Meaningful Memoir

Eric Charles May

Workshop C

Dark and Stormy Night: The Dynamics of Place

Janet Burroway

Workshop C

Capturing Character in Nonfiction Writing

Kevin Davis

Workshop C

Point of View in Fiction: Breaking the Rules

Fred Shafer

Workshop D

Accessing and Navigating Memories

Ozge Samanci

Workshop D

Who Cares? Turning Your Nonfiction Into Memorable, Published Work

Michele Weldon

Workshop D

From Page to Stage: Writing Personal Narrative for Performance

Bobby Biedrzycki

Workshop E

Teens on the Edge: Writing About Social Justice for Young Adults

Danny M. Cohen & Christa Desir

Workshop E

A War of Words: Writing About Atrocity

Danny M. Cohen

Workshop E

Writing Short: Nonfiction and Fiction

Garnett Kilberg Cohen

Workshop F

Sentenced

Jac Jemc

Workshop F

Discovering the Soul of Your Story

Roger Rueff

Workshop F

Write to Finish

S. L Wisenberg

Workshop G

Serious is the Rubber Chicken: Tools and Tactics for Humor Writing

Ian Belknap

Workshop G

Writing Parenthood, Parenting Writerhood

Deborah Siegel

Workshop H

A Poem of Poems: Appropriation in the Craft of Poetry

Jarrett Neal

Workshop H

Writing in Time Part II

Marty McConnell

Workshop H

Beginnings and Endings in Poetry

Angela Jackson

3:15–3:30 p.m. Break Break Break

Faculty Panel

3:30–4:30 p.m.

Panel A

Q&A with Publishers

Henry Carrigan, Naomi Huffman,  Doug Seibold, Betsy Haberl (moderator)

Panel A

Figuring Out Freelance

Kevin Davis, Julianne Hill, Gretchen Kalwinski, Betsy Haberl (moderator)

Panel A

Editor’s Panel

Garnett Kilberg Cohen, Jacob Knabb, Colleen O'Connor, Ignatius Valentine Aloysius (moderator)

Panel B

Making it Work: Fitting Writing into Life

Danny M. Cohen, Christa Desir, Adrienne Gunn, Ish Harris-Wolff (moderator)

Panel B

Writing from the Intersection of the Personal and the Political

Beth Finke, Jarrett Neal, Nnedi Okorafor, Erika T. Wurth (moderator)

 Panel B

Finding Inspiration: Getting Out of Ruts

Suzanne Clores, Angela Jackson, Eric Charles May, Pascale Bishop (moderator)

4:30–6:30 p.m.

 

Cocktail Reception