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The Northwestern University Summer Writers’ Conference

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Thursday, August 17, 2017 - Saturday, August 19, 2017


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Chicago, IL

Admission Fees

Early registration rates end on July 21, 2017.
Registration closes on August 6, 2017.
(see site for details)


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 13th year, includes a diverse array of workshops, panels, keynote speakers, networking events, and literary readings. Learn how to make dialogue pop with Juan Martinez, edit your writing with Rebecca Makkai, and follow the journey from a manuscript to a published book at a panel of publishers and editors. Hear a keynote from acclaimed author Stuart Dybek and enjoy a live performance by You’re Being Ridiculous. 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.
For an additional fee of $125, conference participants may meet individually for 30 minutes with an instructor or panelist to discuss work sent in advance. The submitted work must be no more than 15 pages of prose or 8 pages of poetry (double spaced, 12 point font). When you register, you will select your consultant from the list of instructors and panelist

Contact Information

Office of Summer Session and Special Programs
Summer Writers’ Conference
405 Church Street
Evanston, Illinois 60208-4220
phone: 847-491-3458
[email protected]


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