The Northwestern Summer Writers' Conference
The Northwestern Summer Session is pleased to announce the ninth annual Northwestern Summer Writers’ Conference, a three-day summer institute dedicated to the creation and revision of novels, short-stories, nonfiction 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.
Writing Chicago: The Northwestern Summer Writers' Conference
Workshops: Addressing a variety of genres and topics in writing, students will have the opportunity to participate in two workshops a day. Students will engage in free writing exercises and focus on brainstorming and experimentation.
Faculty Panels: Faculty instructors and guest speakers will lead morning programs designed to lay the foundation for the rest of the day's activities. Speakers will read from their own works, discuss the writer's craft, and converse about the process of writing and publishing their work.
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.
Special Keynote Speakers
Thursday, August 1
Quraysh Ali Lansana
Quraysh Ali Lansana is author of five poetry books, including bloodsoil: sooner red (Voices of the American Land Project, 2009) and They Shall Run: Harriet Tubman Poems (Third World Press, 2004); co-author of Our Difficult Sunlight: Poetry, Literacy and Social Justice in the Classroom (Teachers & Writers Collaborative, January 2011); a children’s book entitled The Big World (Addison-Wesley, 1998); and editor of eight anthologies, including Dream of A Word: The Tia Chucha Press Poetry Anthology (Tia Chucha Press, 2006). He is Director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing and Associate Professor of English/Creative Writing at Chicago State University.
Friday, August 2
Goldie Goldbloom was born in Western Australia but currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. Her short fiction has appeared in Narrative Magazine, StoryQuarterly and Prairie Schooner, and was anthologized in The Kid on the Karaoke Stage and Windy City Queer. Her collection of short stories, You Lose These and other stories, was published by Fremantle Press. Her nonfiction was anthologized in the groundbreaking Keep Your Wives Away from Them: Orthodox Women, Unorthodox Desires. Her novel, The Paperbark Shoe, won both the AWP Novel Award (2008) and the Great Lakes College Association’s New Writer’s Award (2011).
Saturday, August 3Ronne Hartfield
Ronne Hartfield is the author of the biographical memoir, Another Way Home: The Tangled Roots of Race in One Chicago Family (University of Chicago Press 2004). She is a poet, essayist, and international museum consultant. Hartfield served throughout the 1990s as the Woman’s Board Endowed Executive Director for Museum Education at the Art Institute of Chicago. She has been a Senior Fellow in Residence at the Rockefeller Scholars Center in Bellagio, Italy as well as at the Harvard University Center for the Study of World Religion. She has undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Chicago in History, Theology and Literature and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from DePaul University.
Summer Writers’ Conference
405 Church Street
Evanston, Illinois 60208-4220