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 the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, with exception of July and December when no meetings occur.
Second Wednesday: General meeting:
7 – 9pm, Naperville Chamber of Commerce, third floor meeting room 375, (55 S. Main St. in downtown Naperville, 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.
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/or Critique night:
7 – 9pm, Lisle Library (777 Front Street, Lisle, 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.
Critique nights are arranged prior to meetings. Any guest can sit in on a critique session, however manuscript critiques are reserved for chapter members. Full critique guidelines are provided to members.
Windy City RWA prides 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!
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||Alternate Activity Off-site||TBD||TBD|
|7/25/18||NO MEETING||RWA Nationals July 18-21||Denver CO|
|8/08/18||Post Nationals Dinner||Bon Appetit!||TBD|
|9/12/18||How To Write It When You Can't Be There||Blythe Gifford||Naperville CoC|
|9/26/18||Sales Skills for Authors||Ruth Kauffman||Lisle Library|
|10/10/18||Women of WWII and Historical Research||Barbara Deane||Naperville CoC|
|10/24/18||Critique Night: Long Critique (2 readers up to 15 pages each)||Critique Night||Lisle Library Group Study Room|
|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!|
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