• Illinois Resources for Writers

    Here you’ll find a collection of resources for writers in Illinois, from conferences to local critique groups to literary magazines. If you live in Illinois, these are some organizations you might want to check out:



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    Carlinville Writers Guild

    A not-for-profit organization designed to bring together writers of all genres twice each month to talk about their craft, exchange ideas, share good news, critique each other’s work, listen to seasoned writers share their experiences, stretch their writing muscles with creative prompts, go to writers conferences together, and ultimately collaborate in publishing their work in anthologies.

    Heartland Writers Guild

    A not-for-profit multi-genre organization devoted to helping its members market their writing.

    Chicago Writers Association

    Volunteer, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the 4 C’s of writing: creativity, commerce, craft and community.

    Chicago Writers Conference

    Brings writers together for an informative and fun weekend conference to network with other writers, rub elbows with publishers, and connect with agents.

    Chicago Women in Publishing

    A nonprofit volunteer organization formed in 1972 for professionals in the publishing industry and allied fields. Its purpose is to explore and improve the status of publishing professionals, to assist members in greater professional achievement, and to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas.

    Evanston Writers Workshop

    Evanston Writers’ Workshop exists to help writers achieve their goals through education, support and friendship.

    StoryStudio Chicago

    A growing community of writers building Chicagoland’s premier center for writing and writers. Their mission is simple: teach the art and craft of writing in a positive, open and encouraging community where students can develop their unique voices.

    Quincy Writers Guild

    This member organization of the Quincy Society of Fine Arts meets monthly to learn and share experiences with the written word.

    In Print

    A professional writer’s organization, which provides resources and education to support individuals in their craft.

    Summer Book Series

    Journalist Dan Klefstad interviews more than 20 writers of fiction, poetry, creative essays and memoirs, all from northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

    Naperville Writers Group

    Chasing the muse since 1987, the Naperville Writers Group offers writers the opportunity to develop craft and receive thoughtful, positive, and useful critiques. Members come from throughout the Chicago area and range from published, award-winning writers to those who write only for pleasure.

    Windy City Romance Writers

    The mission of Windy City is to promote excellence in romantic fiction, help writers become published and establish careers in their writing field, while maintaining a safe, supportive environment. Meets twice a month.

    Spring Fling Writers’ Conference

    Every other year the Chicago-North RWA chapter organizes this weekend of workshops, panels, pitch sessions and more.

    TallGrass Writers Guild

    A nonprofit providing performance and publication opportunities for more than 25 years: open mics, themed readings, and anthologies of fiction, essays, and poetry.

    The Matador Review

    This online literature and art quarterly based in Chicago, Illinois, seeks “to promote ‘alternative work’ from both art and literature, and to encourage the new-wave of respect for online publications.”

    Downers Grove Writers Workshop

    A critique group founded in 1980, Downers Grove Writers Workshop meets twice a month at the Downers Grove Library. Open to all levels of writers working in all genres.


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