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A monthly podcast hosted by CWA member Bill Turck featuring in-depth interviews and candid conversations with published authors on the art, craft and business of writing.

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A monthly podcast hosted by CWA member Bill Turck featuring in-depth interviews and candid conversations with published authors on the art, craft and business of writing.

    The Book Doctor is in with Donald G. Evans

    The Book Doctor is in with Donald G. Evans

    On this episode of Chicago Writes, a conversation with Book Doctor Donald G. Evans. Writers News in our new Around the Web segment and pushing the envelope on audio books and telling the truth in memoirs from R&B star Danny Boy Steward.

    A link to Donald G. Evans.com, book doctor, author, and Founding Executive Editor of the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame

    For more on Stories Around the Web:

    From entrepreneur.com, 3 tips for writing when you don’t feel like it: A guide to help content writers and creative writers break out of a writing slump and get back to creating great work.

    By Scott Baradell July 11, 2022

    A piece in psychology today from Kristin Meekhof author of  A Widow’s Guide to Healing caught our attention

    7 Things Everyone Should Know About Writing a Book

    Then there is this in our constantly changing world of writing, from John Domini writing at lit hub, July 25th 2022, Renaissance of the Weird: Experimental Fiction as the New American Normal

    Stranded on Death Row: The Autobiography of Danny Boy Steward

    The Chicago Writer’s Association, ChicagoWrites.org

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    • 59 min
    Chicago Writes Talks with Two of the First Chapter Contest Winners

    Chicago Writes Talks with Two of the First Chapter Contest Winners

    Host WC Turck speaks with First Chapter contest winners, Cheryl L. Reed and Mary Dean Cason about landing the right agent, characterization, story structure and more. The opening chapter to Map of My Escape by Cheryl L. Reed captured first place in this year’s very competitive first chapter contest. Cheryl was awarded a full scholarship to attend either the All-Genre Novel-In-Progress (NIP) Bookcamp & Writing Retreat held on June 12-18, 2022 near West Bend, Wisconsin

    Second place went to the first chapter of Mary Dean Cason's Banished Daughters of Eve. 

    Plus details on CWA’s 7th Annual First Chapter Contest, Book of the Year Submissions, and Submissions to Write City Magazine.

    For more about Cheryl L. Reed visit www.cherylreed.com

    And Mary Dean Cason on Amazon.

    Visit www.chicagowrites.org

    Our theme song, Midnight Ride is courtesy of Dino Olovcic

     

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Storytelling for the Writer with Chicago Story Press

    Storytelling for the Writer with Chicago Story Press

    Anne Beall and Judi Goshen are the publishers of Chicago Story Press. Their latest book is a collection of stories expanding upon concepts of love titled Storytellers' True Stories about Love.

    Chicago story press.com is the website.

    For Submissions to Chicago Story Press, click HERE

    Find Anne Beall's books and blog HERE

    Anne is also CEO of Beall Research a Boutique full-service market research partner and consultancy. 

    Subscribe to our Podcast by visiting Chicago Writes.org

    • 44 min
    Chicago Writes on Branding, Publishing Online and the Story of Literature

    Chicago Writes on Branding, Publishing Online and the Story of Literature

    In the May episode of Chicago Writes, a Podcast of the Chicago Writers Association, host WC Turck talks Branding with Michael Finney. Michael Finney is a Business Strategy Consultant focused on Media and Message. Back in February we heard from David W. Berner about Substack, the online publishing forum. In this two part interview, David updates us on his experiences with Substack with some lessons learned. Plus, The Story of Literature, by WC Turck.

    Help us grow to become the best resource for Writers by spreading the word about the Chicago Writers Association. Did you know that memborship is just $25 annually and makes a great gift for the writer in your life, and is open to anyone all around the world. Chiacgowrites.org.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Voices from the 2022 Let’s Just Write, An Uncommon Writers Conference

    Voices from the 2022 Let’s Just Write, An Uncommon Writers Conference

    Voices from the 2022 Let’s Just Write, An Uncommon Writers Conference:
    In just 3 short years the Chicago Writers Association’s Let’s Just Write! An Uncommon Writer’s Conference has become a must attend event for Writers and Authors. In it’s first 2 years Let’s Just Write earned critical accolades from Writer Magazine, calling it one of the Best conferences in America. This year’s sold-out conference exceeded expectations. In this value-added Episode we bring you a few of the voices from presenters and attendees, with expert tips and advice from the conference. A list of the speakers and links to their sites are below!

    Eric Charles May, Associate Professor of Creative Writing, Columbia College. Eric was the presenter of ”How to get to Meaningful Memoir Material. His critically acclaimed novel is Bedrock Faith. Eric’s website is ericcharlesmay.com

    Christina D. Rodriguez is a Latinx poet, entrepreneur, and moderated the Poetry Panel discussion. Her website is crodonline. Find her on Instagram at @poemlust, and on Twitter @poem_lust. Tony Tragilio at Amazon. Kathleen Rooney at Kathleen Rooney and Parneshia Jones ay parneshiajones.com

    Writer, Poet and author Lea Grover’s website is Lea Grover.com. Connect with Lea’s powerful story of grief, loss and motherhood by searching the key words, lea + grover + mike’s + ashes.

    Internationally renown author Toneal M. Jackson presented, Editing is Not an Option, at this year’s Let’s Just Write Conference. She was named one of the 18 most powerful women on Chicago’s South Side. Toneal is truly an A.W.E. Inspiring coach and resource. Her website is My Name is Toneal.com.

    For more information on Chicago Writers Association, visit Chicago Writes.org. Become a member today, or give the gift of membership to the writer and author in your life here!

    And don’t forget to subscribe to Chicago Writes, a Podcast of the Chicago Writers Association, and receive notifications about future podcasts and programs.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Writing Memoirs and Non-Fiction with the CWA 2021 Book of the Year Winners, Gary V. Johnson and Andrea Friederici Ross

    Writing Memoirs and Non-Fiction with the CWA 2021 Book of the Year Winners, Gary V. Johnson and Andrea Friederici Ross

    Continuing with our spotlight on the CWA Book of the Year award winners for 2021, this episode features our outstanding authors for Indie and Traditional Non-fiction. Plus CWA announcements and upcoming events!

    Edith: The Rogue Rockefeller McCormick by Andrea Friederici Ross describes the enigmatic and rebellious life of industrialist John D Rockefeller’s daughter. Andrea talks about this enigmatic personality, and discusses lessons learned in researching and writing biography.

    Attorney Gary V. Johnson is the author of Luck Is A Talent: The true story of one lawyer’s experience in the Jeanine Nicarico case.” Gary talks about this seminal and heartbreaking case, and why it was written as a memoir in this important conversation. The website is Luck Is A Talent.com 

    Host: WC Turck

    Music by Dino Olovcic

    • 1 hr 4 min

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