Recently, I had the occasion to have a chat with Mare Swallow, the force behind the new Chicago Writers Conference. We talked about the plans for the event (September 14-16, 2012) and about the endeavor to get the gig up and running through Kickstarter. I asked Mare to share with us the top 3 Reasons To Support the Chicago Writers Conference.
Here’s what she said:
1. One-stop shopping for Chicago Writing Connections.
We have an amazing literary city, but sometimes it’s nice to have a guide. Author William Shunn talks about how, after arriving in Chicago, it took him five years to find his connections in Chicago’s literary community. He says it was fun, but it took 5 years. “I would’ve liked a conference when I arrived in Chicago,” William tells us.
2. Practical, brass-tacks advice.
What do I do with my manuscript, now that I’ve written it? Should I look into digital publishing? What if I want to write a cookbook? We’ll tell you. The Chicago Writers Conference exists to connect writers with publishing professionals to help writers get their work out there, and into the world. Publishers from Agate Publishing and Sourcebooks will be on hand to dispense advice, as well as Chuck Sambuchino, editor of Writers Digest and the Guide to Literary Agents. And we’ll even have a panel discussion with literary agents who will tell you what to do (and not do).
3. Fun, education, fun.
In addition to all the new stuff you’ll learn, we’re including events like evening reading series, featuring conference attendees, where you can mix and mingle with your fellow writers, eat, and drink. (C’mon, you didn’t think we’d have a conference without some drinks being involved, did you?)
Read more about the conference, and see who’s speaking here.
See our video and help us get going on Kickstarter.
→At the time of this post, there are two days left to donate to the conference through Kickstarter. Consider helping to make this event happen! And as always, thanks for reading. -PMc←