So How, Exactly, Does Write Across Chicago Work?

This unique program helps citizens of all ages and walks of life throughout Chicago appreciate and enjoy self-expression in writing – in businesses, schools, libraries, community and neighborhood organizations.

  • When: During the month of October, small writing groups meet at least once a week at a workable time for the group, to write and share writing. In addition:
    • Orientation for volunteer group facilitators: Tues. Oct. 2nd 5:00-7:00 PM at the American Writers Museum.
    • Closing celebration for participants Thurs. Nov. 1st 4:30-8:00 PM at the Harold Washington Library. Participants will get to share writing in small groups, and a panel of writers and an educator will discuss the role of writing in bringing people together in our city.
  • Where: Your small writing group meets right where it’s convenient – in your business office, at a Chicago Public Library branch, in school classrooms, at a community center or neighborhood organization.
  • What groups do: These are not writing classes – unless it’s a class that’s involved. Rather, groups get together to write and encourage each other’s writing.
  • What to write: There’s no set topic or theme. Write about topics that matter to you. You’ll find help on this website for brainstorming individual topics or choosing as a group.
  • What’s on this website: a form to register and describe your writing group, strategies for how to develop ideas for writing and share supportively, and a section for those who wish to publish selections of their writing.
  • A special section features published writers, members of the Society of Midland Authors, describing their writing processes and experiences.
  • Who is organizing this? The Illinois Writing Project, based at Northeastern Illinois University. IWP has worked with teachers and students throughout the Chicago area for many years to advance teaching and learning to write, and to make writing meaningful and enjoyable for all.

Funders: Our thanks for generous help from the Oppenheimer Family Foundation, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and Stifel brokerage and investment. Valuable support also provided by the Chicago Public Library and the Chicago Bar Association.