2018 Program Schedule

Windy City is proud to provide excellent programming to benefit every writer no matter the stage of their writing career. Non-members are welcome to attend two meetings without obligation to join, so please visit us soon! For critique nights, non-members may listen in. Submission of critiqued writing samples will be reserved for members of the chapter.

See the 2018 program calendar below.

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

2018 Programs
Date Program Presenter Location
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! TBD
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: 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
12/12/18 NO MEETING Enjoy!
12/26/18 NO MEETING – Christmas Week Happy Holidays from Windy City!


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