Women's Voices Weekend

We hope you will join us for one (or all three!) of the events taking place during Women’s Voices Weekend, October 15-16.  Please scroll down to see more information about these events.

To register for individual events or the discounted three-event package, please call Women & Children First at 773-769-9299. Workshops are $40 each ($35 for students and seniors), the cocktail party and reading/conversation are $10 each, and the package price for all three (one workshop and the other two events) is $55.

SATURDAY, 10/15 – Workshops

Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark St. 

Writing Workshop Descriptions 

10:30-Noon    Conflict in Fiction: Achy Obejas, author, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist           

We’ll examine and work with ways to develop conflict in stories. We’ll discuss choices and stakes, the importance of tension, and ways to resolve stories without having characters kill themselves, live happily ever after, betray the rest of the story or do anything too terribly obvious.”

2:30-4:00        Taking Risks: Nami Mun, Whiting Award and Pushcart Prize-winning author    

“We’ll explore ways in which we can take more risks in our writing by identifying our comfort zones (risk-taking differs from person to person—one man’s comfort is another man’s abyss) and stepping out of those zones (emotionally, thematically, syntactically, etc.), so that our sentences, our stories, our characters, and their dialogue surprise even us.”

2:30-4:00        Oh the Places You Can Go! Writing for Today’s Children’s Book World:

Esther Hershenhorn, children’s book author and writing coach & Linda Bubon, Women & Children First co-owner and host of the store’s popular “Storytime.”

“So you want to write a children’s book? Or better yet, you’ve written one but don’t know what to do now? Esther Hershenhorn introduces newcomers to today’s Children’s Book World – the markets, publishing opportunities, genres, and formats, sharing Rules of  the Road and a few tried-and-true shortcuts to kick-start any  beginner’s Children’s Book Writer’s Journey. Linda Bubon shares what she looks for in a children’s book as a buyer and storyteller.”

This WVW event is $40 ($35 seniors and students) per workshop.  To register, please call the bookstore at 773-769-9299 

Cocktail Party, Saturday 10/15

6:30-8:00 pm

Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clart St.

Please join us for drinks, appetizers, and desserts at the bookstore from 6:30 to 8:00 PM.  It’s an opportunity to talk informally with our WVW featured writers as well as a number of other Chicago writers who we have invited to be our guests.

This WVW event is $10.  To register, please call the bookstore at 773-769-9299.

Sunday, 10/16

Workshop, Swedish American Museum, 5211 N Clark

2:30-4:00 Talk to Me the Way Your Mama Talked to You: Issues with Language in the Shaping of Voice and Story: Dorothy Allison

"We talk about voice as the primary strength of any piece of writing-not just the sound of words but the attitude and personality of the speaker who tells the tale. How does one shape such a voice? We'll discuss this issue in the context of a series of exercises designed to help writers develop the 'voice of their story."

Reading and Conversation, Sunday 10/16 

4:30-6:00 pm 

Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark St.

The reading and conversation with Dorothy Allison, Nami Mun, and Achy Obejas is the final event of the Women’s Voices Weekend. Each writer will read selections from her work and Booklist Editor and NPR book critic, Donna Seaman, will host a conversation with all three. Books will be available for the authors to autograph. 

This WVW event is $10.  To register, please call the bookstore at 773-769-9299

To register for individual events or the discounted three-event package, please call Women & Children First at 773-769-9299. Workshops are $40 each ($35 for students and seniors), the cocktail party and reading/conversation are $10 each, and the package price for all three (one workshop and the other two events) is $55.

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