Off Campus Writers’ Workshop

The OCWW  is inviting all MAE and MAWP students free of charge to a weekly meeting of the most prestigious writing workshop in the Chicago Area.

Off Campus Writers Workshop (OCWW) is the oldest continuously running writing workshop in the country. They hold weekly workshops with published authors in different genres, plus screenwriters, and agents. Every week has a different speaker and topic.

Plus many of our members are published authors willing to encourage and advise new members and guests.

OCWW wants to grow their student membership.

Through May 31st, OCWW is offering a free one-time visitor’s pass for high school and college students with a current ID.

The student rate for additional meetings is $10.

A student membership scholarship program may be available next fall.

Meeting Information:
Most meetings occur on Thursdays from 9:30 to 12:00, at the Winnetka Community House located at 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka.
Several evening programs occur in May from 6:30 – 8:30 pm on Thursday, May 3rd and 10th.
A typical meeting involves lectures by the speaker which may involve writing prompts and Q & A. After a networking break, the speaker may continue the discussion or have group manuscript critiques.

Speakers for the remaining part of the season:
Feb. 8 Stuart Dybek Rewriting Is Telling Yourself the Story Again and Again
Feb. 15 Jay Bonansinga Writing the Modern Page-Turner
Feb. 22 Mary Ruth Clarke Adapting Fiction for the Performing Arts: Is it a Play…
March 1 Nadine Kenney Johnstone Make Your Story Meaningful
March 8 Susanna Calkins Bringing in Research—While telling a Compelling Tale
March 15 Matt Bird Writing for Strangers
March 22 Peter Ferry Never Give Up: The Writing, Resting, Shopping…
March 29 Abby Geni Making Revision Manageable
April 5 Amy Hassinger What is Creative Non-Fiction and Why is it the Next…
April 12 Barbara Barnett & Richard Davidson The Path to Publishing Success
April 19 Mary Anne Mohanraj Writing Complex Identities
April 26 Abby Saul & Tina P. Schwartz Agent Hunting 101
May 3 Jac Jeme Haunting as Narrative Driver… (Evening Event)
May 10 Sarah Terez Rosenblum Writing Sex (Off-site Evening Event)
May 17 Mary Robinette Kowal Help for Novel Writers on Structuring a Short Story Idea
May 24 Keir Graff Book Reviews and the Library Market
May 31 Kelly McNees Writing Great Endings

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