• 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’re looking for writing groups near you, writing workshops near you, creative writing classes near you, or simply a place to hang out with writers or submit your work, these are some Illinois writing organizations you might want to check out:



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    Chicago Writers Association

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


    Downers Grove Writers Workshop

    A writing 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.


    Heartland Writers Guild

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


    Lawyers for the Creative Arts

    Provides pro bono legal assistance to writers and other artists in Illinois. Also offers educational resources.


    Naperville Writers Group

    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.


    Sanctuary Poets

    Founded by Chasity Gunn, Elgin Poet Laureate Emerita, Sanctuary Poets meets on the first Saturday of each month for workshops, book discussions, and writing lessons. The group is open to anyone who enjoys or is curious about poetry.


    Spring Fling Writers’ Conference

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


    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.


    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.


    Help us add to this list, Illinoisians! Do you know of writing groups near you, writing workshops near you, creative writing classes near you, or an Illinois literary journal we should be aware of? Let us know here