MidWeek Updates: NW Summer Writers’ Conference & Digital Book World 2019


Hello! Just have two things to share with you. Northwestern School Professional Studies Summer Writers’ Conference and Digital Book World 2019.

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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.

Learn how to escalate your plot, write a gut-wrenching story, motivate your characters, and turn your nonfiction into a narrative. Hear keynote presentations from award-winning authors, including Rebecca Makkai (The Great Believers). Get advice from publishers, agents, literary editors, critics, and published authors in all genres. 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 MA in Writing and  MFA in Prose and Poetry programs.

Early registration ends on July 12, 2019.


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 here.

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
Wieboldt Hall
339 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

For more information click here




September 10-12, 2019 – Nashville, TN


Digital Book World 2019 takes place September 10-12 (with optional pre-conference workshops taking place Monday, September 9) at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee.

The Loews Vanderbilt Hotel is a flagship hotel for the city of Nashville, located less than 2 miles from downtown and right across the street from Vanderbilt University, in the heart of Midtown. The hotel has received $20M in renovations since 2013.

To register and to get more info, please go to

Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday, be blessed!


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