2019 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 2019 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. Update: the May 2019 meeting has been updated as an additional Saturday date.

Windy City will 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.

Meeting Locations

Naperville Chamber of Commerce, 3rd floor room 375, 55 S. Main St., Naperville, IL 630-355-4141 Elevator access points available on the east and west ends of the building and the middle entrance by Hugo’s Frog Bar and Sur La Table. Parking garage to the east. 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. Parking garage on same level as Meeting Room B. Get Directions

2019 Programs
Date Program Presenter Location
1/12/19 (Saturday) 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Mastering the Meet-Cute J. Leigh Bailey Lisle Library
2/13/19 (Weds) 7 p.m. Positioned to Sell: A data-driven look at the power of perfect positioning Sourcebooks Editor Mary Altman Naperville Chamber of Commerce 3rd Fl Mtg Room
2/22-23/19 (Fri-Sat) Windy City RWA Retreat – requires registration Author James Scott Bell Northern Illinois University Naperville Campus (see registration link for details)
3/09/19 (Saturday) 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Inner World Workshop Author Jade Lee/Kathy Lyons Naperville Municipal Center Meeting Room B
4/10/19 (Weds) 7 p.m. Chapter Book Club: chapters 1-3 Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell Robyn Bachar leading discussion Naperville Chamber of Commerce 3rd Fl Mtg Room
4/12/19 (Friday) Romance Appreciation Dinner Celebration of librarians and booksellers event Event invitation only to members and industry contacts
4/24/19 (Weds) 7 p.m. Pitching and Contests Author Stacy Hoff and Literary Agent Eva Scalzo Lisle Library
5/11/19 (Saturday) 10 a.m. – noon Finding Your Voice: Fan mail from the future Jennifer Stevenson Naperville Chamber of Commerce 3rd Fl Mtg Room
6/12/19 (Weds) 7 p.m. Écriture Féminine: Nonlinearity and Experimental Writing in Romance Cathy Borders from The Republic of Letters Naperville Chamber of Commerce 3rd Fl Mtg Room
6/26/19 (Weds) 7 p.m. Book Club – Plot and Structure Ch. 4-6 Guided discussion Lisle Library
7/13/19 (Saturday) 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Building Suspense in Your Writing Libby Fischer Hellman Naperville Municipal Center Meeting Room B
7/24-27/19 RWA National Conference RWA Nationals July 24-27 New York City NY
8/7/19 Post National Conference Dinner Bon Appetit! Location TBD
8/28/19 (Weds) 7 p.m. Write Trauma without Traumatizing Your Reader – or Yourself Lea Grover Lisle Library
9/11/19 Dynamic Dialogue Allie Pleiter Naperville Chamber of Commerce 3rd Fl Mtg Room
10/12/19 (Saturday) 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Topic TBD Speaker TBD Naperville Municipal Center Meeting Room B
11/13/19 Annual General Meeting and Topic TBD Speaker TBD Naperville Chamber of Commerce 3rd Fl Mtg Room
12/6/19 Holiday Party! Chapter Celebration Members Only Host TBD

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