The Chicago Writers Association, in partnership with the Creative Writing Department at Columbia College, presents its inaugural education/networking event: Path to Publication. A panel of five fiction and nonfiction authors will share their journeys to becoming published via both traditional and self-publishing routes. The FREE event will feature a panel discussion from 9:30 am to 11:30 am followed by an hour of mingling. Light snacks will be served.
Libby Fischer Hellmann - Traditionally Published to Self-Published Fiction
Libby Fischer Hellmann is a critically acclaimed crime writer loved by readers the world over for her compulsively readable thrillers and strong female characters. Her fast-paced crime fiction spans 13 novels and over 20 short stories, and she has also edited a popular crime fiction anthology called Chicago Blues.
Renee James - Self-Published to Traditionally Published Fiction
Renee James is author of the Bobbi Logan crime series. Her first novel, Coming Out Can Be Murder, was the 2012 Chicago Writers Association Indie book of the year and a bronze medalist in ForeWord Reviews' LGBT book of the year competition. Coming Out Can Be Murder was republished in March, 2014 by Magnus/Riverdale Books as Transition to Murder. It is the basis for the sequel, A Kind of Justice, released in 2016 from Oceanview Publishing.
Jim Morris - On the Path to Being Traditionally Published Nonfiction
Victoria Noe - Self-Published Nonfiction
Victoria Noe is the author of the Friend Grief series featuring the titles: Friend Grief and Anger: When Your Friend Dies and No One Gives A Damn; Friend Grief and AIDS: Thirty Years of Burying Our Friends and Friend Grief and 9/11: The Forgotten Mourners were published in 2013. Friend Grief and the Military: Band of Friends (Honorable Mention, Chicago Writers Association 2014 Book of the Year), was published in May, 2014. Friend Grief in the Workplace: More Than an Empty Cubicle was published in July, 2015 and the final book in the series, Friend Grief and Men: Defying Stereotypes, was released June 1, 2016.
Shawn Shiflett - Traditionally Published Fiction
Shawn Shiflett's debut novel Hidden Place has received rave reviews from newspapers, literary trade publications, and Connie Martinson Talks Books. He received an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship for his work and was a three-time Finalist for the James novel-in-progress contest, sponsored by the Heekin Group Foundation. Excerpts from Shiflett’s novels and short stories can be found in Hypertext Magazine, various issues of F Magazine, and other literary journals. Currently, he is an Associate Professor at Columbia College Chicago.
Mary T. Wagner - Self-published fiction and nonfiction
Mary T. Wagner is former newspaper and magazine journalist, criminal prosecutor and award-winning author of the essay collections, Running with Stilettos, Heck on Heels and When the Shoe Fits, and the children's book, Finnigan the Circus Cat.
Marcie Hill is a member of the Board of Directors of Chicago Writers Association, as well as their Newletter Editor and Education Program Coordinator. She is the author of 62 Blog Posts to Overcome Blogger's Block.
This event is free and open to the public.