How do you start a writing career? How do you keep a writing practice and/or career going? And how else can you apply your creative writing skills?
We’ll address all of this at the Writer’s Studio’s Business of Writing Seminar! Join in and get to know our community as we learn from a variety of writing and publishing professionals at this annual free event. This year, we are also adding the option for a paid Submissions Lab with several of our presenters/panelists.
The afternoon will include three programs (see below) and several opportunities to keep the conversations going. Feel free to come for part or all of the event. We hope to see you there!
1 – 1:15 p.m.
Coffee & Greetings
- Meet and greet with Writer’s Studio staff, instructors, and community
1:15 – 2 p.m.
My Writing & Publishing Life
- Dina Elenbogen, Writer’s Studio instructor and author of Drawn from Water: an American Poet, an Ethiopian Family, an Israeli Story
2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
Breaking In and Staying In: Publishing Advice for Writers
• Toni Nealie, Newcity Lit Editor and author of The Miles Between Me
• Abby Saul, Founder of The Lark Group literary agency
• Moderator: Sandi Wisenberg, Writer’s Studio instructor and author of The Adventures of Cancer Bitch
3:30 – 4:15 p.m.
Creative Versatility: Creative Writing Skills on the Job Market
- Julia Borcherts, Publicity Manager at Kaye Publicity and co-founder of Reading Under the Influence
- Cyn Vargas, author of On the Way
- Jeremy T. Wilson, Writer’s Studio Creative Writing Certificate alum, creative writing teacher at Chicago High School for the Arts, and winner of the 2012 Nelson Algren Award for short fiction
- Moderator: Mary Fons, Writer’s Studio instructor and author of Make + Love Quilts: Scrap Quilting for the 21st Century
Final Meet & Mingle
Julia Borcherts is the publicity manager for Kaye Publicity, a fiction writing instructor at Columbia College Chicago and a co-founder of the live lit series Reading Under the Influence (RUI), which celebrated its 12th anniversary in May, 2017. Her journalism has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, RedEye, Time Out Chicago, Chicago Reader, Windy City Times, ChicagoBoxing.com, and other publications.
Dina Elenbogen has published a memoir, Drawn from Water: an American Poet, an Ethiopian Family, an Israeli Story; a poetry collection, Apples of the Earth; as well as award-winning nonfiction pieces and poems. She is the recipient of the 2012 Graham School Excellence in Teaching Award for the Humanities, Arts, and Sciences.
Mary Fons is a Neo-Futurist; former editor of Quilty magazine; and co-host of PBS's Love of Quilting. Mary’s publications include Make + Love Quilts, and essays in the Write Club Anthology and Madonna & Me. She edits F Newsmagazine at the School of the Art Institute and is a fierce slam poet.
Toni Nealie is the author of The Miles Between Me, an essay collection about homeland, dispersal, heritage and family, published by Curbside Splendor. Recent essays have appeared in Guernica, The Prague Review, The Offing, and The Rumpus. Her essay "The Displeasure of the Table" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Originally from New Zealand, she holds an MFA from Columbia College Chicago. She teaches and writes in Chicago, where she is Literary Editor of Newcity.
Abby Saul founded The Lark Group after a decade in publishing at John Wiley & Sons, Sourcebooks, and Browne & Miller Literary Associates. She's worked with and edited bestselling and award-winning authors as well as major brands. At each publishing group she's been a part of, Abby also has helped to establish ebook standards, led company-wide forums to explore new digital possibilities for books, and created and managed numerous digital initiatives. She’s looking for great and engrossing adult commercial and literary fiction. Find her @BookySaul on Twitter.
Cyn Vargas’s short story collection, On The Way, (Curbside Splendor, 2015) received positive reviews from Shelf Awareness, Library Journal, Heavy Feather Review, Newcity Lit, Hypertext Magazine, Necessary Fiction and others. Her prose and essays have been published in the Chicago Reader, Word Riot, Split Lip Magazine, Chicago Literati, and elsewhere. She received a Top 25 Finalist and Honorable Mention in two of Glimmer Train's Short Story Award for New Writers Contests, is the recipient of the Guild Literary Complex Prose Award in Fiction, featured in the Chicago Reader Fiction Issue, and is a company member of the award-winning storytelling organization 2nd Story.
Jeremy T. Wilson teaches creative writing at The Chicago High School for the Arts. He is a former winner of The Chicago Tribune's Nelson Algren Award for short fiction, and his work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Carolina Quarterly, Fifth Wednesday Journal Plus, The Florida Review, FRiGG, Hobart, and Third Coast among other publications. He is an alumni of The University of Chicago Graham School Writer's Studio and holds an MFA in creative writing from Northwestern.
Sandi Wisenberg is the author of two prose collections, The Sweetheart Is In, and Holocaust Girls: History, Memory, & Other Obsessions, and the nonfiction chronicle The Adventures of Cancer Bitch. She was a feature writer for the Miami Herald and has published prose and poetry in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Tikkun, New England Review, Michigan Quarterly Review and many other places. Her nonfiction has appeared in Lilith, River Teeth, Fourth Genre, the Pinch, Crab Orchard Review and Colorado Review, Common Review and The Progressive. Her fiction (excerpts from her novel manuscript, In the House of the World) can be found in Prairie Schooner, Seattle Review and a few other literary magazines. She has been the literary editor of TriQuarterly, and the creative nonfiction editor of Another Chicago Magazine. She's received a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the National Endowment for the Humanities.