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Selections from Columbia College Chicago's Story Week Festival of Writers.

Story Week Story Week Festival: Young Adult Fiction

From March 15-21, the Columbia College Chicago Department of Creative Writing presented its 19th Annual Story Week Festival of Writers. Story Week 2015 offered a schedule jam-packed with readings, conversations with authors, panels, performances, and book signings at venues throughout Chicago—all free and open to the public.

For this panel, four award-winning Young Adult authors whose characters have gone on harrowing journeys to confront their own monsters read excerpts from their work and answer audience questions.

Host: Laurie Lawlor, This Tender Place: The Story of a Wetland Year
Jessie Ann Foley, The Carnival at Bray
Stephanie Kuehn, Complicit
Stephanie Kuehnert, Ballads of Suburbia

 

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Topics: jessie ann foley, laurie lawlor, stephanie kuehn, stephanie kuehnert, story week

Story Week Story Week Festival: From Writing To Publishing

From March 15-21, the Columbia College Chicago Department of Creative Writing presented its 19th Annual Story Week Festival of Writers. Story Week 2015 offered a schedule jam-packed with readings, conversations with authors, panels, performances, and book signings at venues throughout Chicago—all free and open to the public.

For this panel, guests discuss making the move from writing to actually having your work published, imparting invaluable advice and tips to writers about navigating the publishing and literary agent worlds. Followed by an audience Q&A.

Host: Donna Seaman, Booklist Senior Editor
Regina Brooks, Serendipity Literary Agency Founder/CEO

Naomi Huffman, Curbside Splendor Managing Editor
Johnny Temple, Akashic Books Publisher
Jessica Williams, William Morrow Editor

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Topics: akashic books, booklist, curbside splendor, donna seaman, jessica williams, johnny temple, naomi huffman, regina brooks, serendipity literary agency, story week

Story Week Story Week Festival: Sci-Fi Fantasy

From March 15-21, the Columbia College Chicago Department of Creative Writing presented its 19th Annual Story Week Festival of Writers. Story Week 2015 offered a schedule jam-packed with readings, conversations with authors, panels, performances, and book signings at venues throughout Chicago—all free and open to the public.

At this event, authors discuss the evolving landscape and popularity of the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre. Authors readings included Jay Bonansinga's reading from the first book of the Woodbury quartet from The Walking Dead series and Audrey Niffenegger's reading from her sequel to The Time Traveler's Wife. The readings are followed by a Q&A and tips for writers.

Host: Mort Castle, New Moon on the Water
Jay Bonansinga,
The Walking Dead: Descent

C.S.E. Cooney, Bone Swans

Phyllis Eisenstein, Sorcerer’s Son
Audrey Niffenegger, Raven Girl


photo credit: Ben Browning

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Topics: audrey niffennegger, cse cooney, jay bonansinga, mort castle, phyllis eisenstein, story week

Story Week Story Week Festival: Memoir and Fiction

From March 15-21, the Columbia College Chicago Department of Creative Writing presented its 19th Annual Story Week Festival of Writers. Story Week 2015 offered a schedule jam-packed with readings, conversations with authors, panels, performances, and book signings at venues throughout Chicago—all free and open to the public.

At this event, a panel of authors discussed how and when memoir and fiction can intersect in their work.

Host: Patricia Ann McNair, Temple of Air
Garnett Kilberg Cohen, Swarm to Glory
Amina Gautier, Now We Will Be Happy
Megan Stielstra, Once I Was Cool

photo credit: Ben Bowen
 

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Topics: amina gautler, garnett kilberg cohen, megan stielstra, patricia ann mcnair, story week

Story Week Story Week Festival: Edwidge Danticat

From March 15-21, the Columbia College Chicago Department of Creative Writing presented its 19th Annual Story Week Festival of Writers. Story Week 2015 offered a schedule jam-packed with readings, conversations with authors, panels, performances, and book signings at venues throughout Chicago—all free and open to the public.

Edwidge Danticat returns to Story Week. She discusses her recent most recent novel, Claire Of The Sea Light along with several of her lauded works throughout her career, including first novel Breath, Eyes, Memory. Discussion followed by an audience Q&A.

photo credit: Ben Bowen

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Topics: breath eyes memory, claire of the sea light, donna seaman, edwidge danticat, story week

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