Windy City has been supporting writers in their journey toward creative and professional growth in the romance genre for twenty-five years. Feel free to float around our site and learn more about us here at the Windy City Chapter of RWA. Don’t write romance? Ask about our associate membership!
Meetings are held every second and fourth Wednesday of the month.
Second Wednesday: General/Workshop meeting: 7-9pm, at the Naperville Chamber of Commerce, meeting room 375 (55 S. Main St. in downtown Naperville, 630-355-4141). Get Directions.
Generally, the first half of our meetings are slated for chapter business and the second half for guest speakers. Meetings begin at 7:00pm. Check the program schedule below for various topics that include research, craft, and all things of interest to writers.
Fourth Wednesday: Craft and Critique night: 7-9pm, at the Lisle Library (777 Front Street, Lisle, 630-971-1701). Get Directions.
This is our learning-the-craft night, which can entail panel discussions, critiques, various speakers, and creativity exercises.
Here at Windy City, we pride ourselves on providing excellent programming to benefit every writer no matter what stage they’re at in their writing career. Non-members are welcome to attend two meetings without any obligation to join, so please visit us soon!
|1/11/17||Physical Therapy for Writers||Licensed Physical Therapist: Jay||Naperville CoC|
|1/25/17||Multi-Author Collaboration: Building a Successful Fictional World From the Ground Up||Adrienne Giordanno & Tracey Devlyn||Lisle Library|
|2/08/17||Working With a Professional Editor with Jill Welsh||Jill Welsh||Naperville CoC|
|2/22/17||Critique Night:Igniting the Fireworks||Critique Night||Lisle Library|
|3/03/17||Nurturing the Writer's Soul: Retreat 2017||Barbara Samuel||Hilton Garden Inn|
|3/08/17||Marketing & Communication Strategies||Clayton Smith||Naperville CoC|
|3/22/17||Prewriting for Pantsers||Shannon Schroeder||Lisle Library|
|4/07/17||RAD Night!||25th Anniversary Celebration!||Sonali Dev to Host|
|4/12/17||Protecting Your Muse||Denise Swanson||Naperville CoC|
|4/26/17||The Culture of Your Story is not Just for 'Multiculturals'||Sonali Dev||Naperville CoC|
|5/10/2017||Emergency Preparedness||Subject Matter Expert||Naperville Coc|
|5/24/17||Building a Reader Base||Robyn Bachar||Lisle Library|
|6/14/17||Deep Point of View||Sarah M. Anderson||Naperville CoC|
|6/17/17||WC is Proud to Present Damon Suede!||Damon Suede||Oswego Library-Montgomery Branch|
|6/28/17||Jail & Corrections- The Real Story||Subject Matter Expert||Lisle Library|
|7/12/17||Pitch or Sprint||Craft-Critique Night||Oswego Library-Montgomery Branch|
|7/26/17||NO MEETING- RWA Nationals||July 26 – 29||Orlando Florida|
|8/09/17||Post Nationals Dinner||Bon Appetit!||Angelis|
|8/23/17||Beta Heroes||Elizabeth Harmon||Lisle Library|
|9/13/17||Prewriting for Pantsers||Shannon Schroeder||Naperville CoC|
|9/27/17||September Critique – You Gotta Have A Hook||Lisle Library|
|10/11/17||Group Blogging Tips||Gloria Chao & Chicago Bloggers||Naperville CoC|
|10/25/17||Video Conference with Navy Lt. Michelle Mazar||Lt. Michelle Mazar||Lisle Library|
|11/08/17||Swim in Your Own Lane: Taming Envy & Comparison||Allie Pleiter||Naperville CoC|
|11/22/17||NO MEETING – Thanksgiving||Gobble Gobble!|
|12/8/17||Holiday Party!||Cheryl Huth to Host|
|12/27/17||NO MEETING – Christmas Week||Happy Holidays from Windy City!|
If you’re interested in joining Windy City click here for more information.
Windy City’s Mission Statement
As a chapter of Romance Writers of America, the mission of Windy City is to promote excellence in romantic fiction, help writers become published and establish careers in their writing field, while maintaining a safe, supportive environment.