2020 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 meetings, non-members may listen in. Submission of critiqued writing samples will be reserved for members of the chapter.

See the 2020 program calendar below.

Starting in 2020, we’re moving all of our meetings to Saturdays! We tested several Saturday meetings in 2019 and determined this time is more accessible for the most members and prospective members. Windy City RWA meets once per month on the second Saturday 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. These meetings may occur at a library or cafe and will be posted here or on member communication channels – RWA Windy City forum or our Facebook page.

Meeting Location

All meetings will be virtual from March 2020 through mid-2021 until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Virtual meeting links are provided for members via member communication – email and private forums. To visit a meeting virtually, contact us!

2021 schedule to post in December

Previous in-person meeting location:

Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S Eagle St, Naperville, IL 630-355-4141 – Meeting Room B, Lunchroom

Parking garage access off Eagle Drive or Webster Ave, two blocks east of South Washington and Aurora Ave, Downtown Naperville. Enter through the parking garage on same level as Meeting Room B. The Lunchroom is the first door on the right off the parking garage entrance. One Mile from the 5th Ave Naperville Metra station. Get Directions

2020 Programs
Date Time Program Presenter Location
January 11 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Should You Hire a Writing Coach? MEETING CANCELLED SEVERE WEATHER Allie Pleiter Naperville Municipal Center Meeting Room B
February 8 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Working with Romance Media Danielle Dresser – Editorial Manager Fresh Fiction Naperville Municipal Center Meeting Room B
March 14 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Update: Make Your Marketing Spring Amy Alessio – Author Librarian Booklist Reviewer Naperville Municipal Center Meeting Lunchroom
April 11 UPDATE to 1 p.m. ONLINE WORKSHOP ONLY. How to Optimize Your Amazon Page to Sell More Books Bryan Cohen – Author Podcaster Coach UPDATE online workshop Members check email / Guests contact windycityadm @ gmail.com
May 9 ONLINE ONLY 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Chapter Business and BYOSP Bring Your Own Story Problem brainstorming session Board and program committe Online – members watch your email for webinar link. Guests contact us for details
June 13 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Worldbuilding Sue Burke  – Author and Translator LOCATION ONLINE members check email. Guests contact us.
July 11 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Using Reader Magnets to Grow Your Readership Author Lucy Lennox LOCATION ONLINE Members check your email. Guests contact us.
July 23-25 various times Chicago North RWA Spring Fling Virtual Conference Headliners Alyssa Cole and Sarah MacLean with workshops industry pitches and more ONLINE see website for registration
August 8 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Writing Historically Without Fear Author Piper Huguley LOCATION ONLINE Members check email. Guests contact us!
August 28-30 various times Romance Writers of America Virtual National Conference Featured speakers Xio Axelrod * Shirley Hailstock * Virginia Kantra * programs ONLINE see website for registration
September 12 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Should You Hire a Writing Coach? Allie Pleiter LOCATION ONLINE members check email. Guests contact us.
October 10 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 2020 Book Marketing: Online All-The-Time or What? Denny S. Bryce LOCATION ONLINE members check email. Guests contact us to virtually visit!
November 14 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Annual General Meeting and Speaker Laughter is Serious Business Sally Kilpatrick and Tracy Brogan LOCATION ONLINE members check email. Guests contact us.

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