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!
Through 2018, meetings are held the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, with exception of July and December when no meetings occur. Generally, the first half hour of our meetings are slated for chapter business followed by a guest speaker.
Starting in 2019, we’re adding quarterly Saturdays! We’re aiming to make Windy City meetings more accessible to those who aren’t able to make a week night meeting. Specific program listings coming soon on our program page.
Windy City will be meet officially once per month during the second week of the month unless otherwise noted. Optional second meetings may be planned for write-ins, critiques, or other activities and are not official business meetings.
Saturday January 12 – Lisle Library, 10 am – 12:30
Wednesday February 13 – Naperville Chamber of Commerce
Saturday March 9 – 10 am – 1 pm Naperville Municipal Center
Wednesday April 10 – Naperville Chamber, 7-9 pm
Wednesday May 8 – Naperville Chamber, 7-9 pm
Wednesday June 12 – Naperville Chamber, 7-9 pm
Saturday July 13 – Naperville Municipal Center 10 am – 1 pm
Wednesday August 28 – Lisle Library (post national dinner Wed Aug 14)
Wednesday September 11 – Naperville Chamber, 7-9 pm
Saturday October 12 – Naperville Municipal Center, 10 – noon
Wednesday November 13 – Naperville Chamber, 7-9 pm
Friday December 6 – holiday party TBD
Naperville Chamber of Commerce, 3rd floor room 375, 55 S. Main St., Naperville, IL 630-355-4141 Elevator access points available on the east end of the building by the parking garage and the middle entrance by Hugo’s Frog Bar and Sur La Table Get Directions.
Lisle Library, 777 Front Street, Lisle, IL 630-971-1701. The meeting room is on the first floor on the right side of the main entrance. Occasionally, meetings may occur in a smaller study room further inside the library. Elevator access is available. Get Directions.
Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S Eagle St, Naperville, IL 630-355-4141 Parking garage access off Eagle Drive or Webster Ave, two blocks east of South Washington and Aurora Ave, Downtown Naperville
Windy City RWA prides ourselves on providing excellent programming to benefit every writer no matter what stage in their writing career. Guests are welcome to attend two meetings without obligation to join, so please visit us soon!
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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.
|1/10/18||Coping with your Inner Critic||Carmela Martino||Naperville Chamber of Commerce 3rd Flr Conference Room|
|1/24/18||Writing Conflict Using Dialogue||Sarah Terez Rosenblum of The Story Studio Chicago||Lisle Library|
|2/14/18||Meditation in the Workplace PLUS Valentine's Day Celebration!||Robin Skylar||Naperville CoC|
|2/28/18||Critique Night: Hot Night Critiques from Sweet to Scorching||Critique Night||Lisle Library|
|3/09/18||Romance Appreciation Dinner (RAD) Night!||Librarian and Bookseller Celebration||Sonali Dev to Host|
|3/14/18||Talk it Out: How Narrating Your Book Improves Your Story||Melonie Johnson||Naperville CoC|
|3/28/18||Creating Colorful Characters||Nicole Leiren||Lisle Library|
|4/11/18||Crafting Memorable Characters through Dialogue||Andrea Cladis||Naperville CoC|
|4/25/18||Critique Night: Long Critique (2 readers up to 15 pages)||Critique Night||Lisle Library Study Room|
|5/9/18||Author Branding||Sonali Dev||Naperville CoC|
|5/23/18||Reading as a Writer (instructor from College of Dupage)||Mardelle Fortier||Lisle Library|
|6/13/18||Scrivener for Writers||Livia Grant||Naperville CoC|
|6/27/18||Critique Night: Pitches Queries Back Cover Blurbs||Critique Night||Lisle Library|
|7/11/18||Write-in||Open to all members||Panera Bread Naperville Route 59 at 95th Street (by AMC Movies)|
|7/25/18||NO MEETING||RWA Nationals July 18-21||Denver CO|
|8/08/18||Post Nationals Dinner||Bon Appetit!||Members Only|
|8/22/18||If The Shoe Fits… Finding the right style for your publishing career||Elizabeth Harmon||Lisle Library|
|9/12/18||Women of WWII and Historical Research||Barbara Deane||Naperville CoC|
|9/26/18||Sales Skills for Authors||Ruth Kauffman||Lisle Library|
|10/10/18||How To Write It When You Can't Be There||Blythe Gifford||Naperville CoC|
|10/24/18||Write in Night: hosted word sprints||Writing Night||Lisle Library Group Study Room|
|11/14/18||Annual General Meeting and TBD||Regena Bryant||Naperville CoC|
|11/28/18||NO MEETING – Thanksgiving||Gobble Gobble!|
|12/7/18||Holiday Party!||Chapter Celebration||Host TBD|
|12/26/18||NO MEETING – Christmas Week||Happy Holidays from Windy City!|
Windy City programs: helping to create happily ever afters since 1992.