FOUNDED IN 1946

Most events are held at the

Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave. in  Winnetka, Illinois 60093-2306.

9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

Networking starts at
9:00 a.m.



$10 per session for members ($15 for nonmembers). Members are also eligible for a $5 discount for 4-session terms (total of $35) and to submit manuscripts for critique. Manuscript Critique Fee* $15-$25 + tuition for speaker’s entire term. 
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   2013-2014 Sessions


April 10 and 17:  Christine Swanberg

April 10: The Shape a Poem Makes

Christine will read selections from her work, then open the discussion of shaping and sculpting poems to enhance the effect. Bring a poem to reshape or start a new one during the writing segment of this session. A question-and-answer period will be incorporated into the workshop as time permits.

April 17: What Prompts You?
Christine will provide prompts for writing both prose and poetry. Participants will write 'fast and furious' during the workshop to get a jumpstart on possible pieces for further development. Part of the workshop will include using imagery and similes to enhance memoir, fiction, description, and poetry.

Christine Swanberg's books of poetry include The Alleluia Tree (Puddin'head Press), Who Walks Among the Trees with Charity (Wind), The Red Lacquer Room (Chiron Press), The Tenderness of Memory (Plainview), Slow Miracle (Lake Shore), Invisible String (Erie St.), and Tonight on This Late Road (Erie St.).

Over the past four decades, hundreds of Christine's poems have appeared in journals such as The Beloit Poetry Journal, Spoon River, Rhino, Wisconsin Review, Minotaur and many others. Awards include the Mayor's Award for Community Impact, the YWCA Leader Award for the Arts, The Womanspirit  award from Womanspace, as well as many literary awards including the Northern Illinois University Award for Fiction. A full-length interview appears in Poet's Market 2008. 

Christine has judged many contests, mentored many writers and served on numerous editorial boards, Most recently, she has given readings for Tacoma Distinguished Writers, In Print, and Jane's Stories Foundation. Recent essays have appeared in Women on Poetry. Visit Christine at:

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April 24: Bob Boone
Starting Up With Moe

Bob BooneAfter talking a bit about his work with young writers from the city, Bob will ask participants to respond to one of the prompts from his book Moe's Cafe. After the break, we will share the responses and discuss how this approach can be useful.

Bob has been a teacher for 50 years, and is also the author of Forest High, and Inside Job: A Life of Teaching, which The Chicago Tribune has called a "charming, passionate and wonderfully written book."

Bob is not accepting manuscripts.

May 1, 2014:
Editors' Day
Winnetka Community House

620 Lincoln, Winnetka
9:30 a.m. – Noon

Panel of Editors and Publishers including
Allium Press of Chicago – Emily Victorson
Curbside Splendor Press – Victor Giron

Sourcebooks – Valerie Pierce



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