Whether you write for fun or dream of publishing, join one of Chicago’s writing groups. Several writing groups offer online meetings, and you can hone your skills while learning the ins and out of publishing. Here are a few writing groups you can join from our apartments in Chicago:
CALUMET RIVER CREATIVE WRITING GROUP
The Calumet River Creative Writing Group works to help local authors hone their skills. It offers advice on how to get published and welcomes writers of all genres. The group meets virtually twice a month on Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. The online writer’s workshop helps writers get started on their next projects and more.
EDGY WRITERS WORKSHOP
Named for the Edgewater Neighborhood, the Edgy Writers Workshop is made up of aspiring and seasoned writers. The meetings usually start with a short writing exercise before moving onto critiques. Writers receive helpful feedback from accomplished professionals who enjoy helping others achieve their dreams. The group meets on the first and third Tuesdays of every month at 6:30 p.m.
SPECULATIVE LITERATURE FOUNDATION
The Speculative Literature Foundation “promotes literary quality in speculative fiction.” It also mentors writers, creates grants, and provides professional development. The group offers all-day Zoom co-writing sessions. They take place one Sunday a month from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You can choose whatever time you wish to participate, and writers write for 55 minutes before enjoying a 10-minute check-in. Participants can write about fantasy, horror, surrealism, and any other subgenre of speculative fiction.
If translating great works is another of your goals, considering these online language lessons in addition to sessions with these writing groups in Chicago.
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