Must-Attend Literary Event: American Writers Festival Returns!


Are you looking for exciting things to do in Chicago this spring? Mark your calendars for May 19th, as the American Writers Museum and Chicago Public Library are set to host the second American Writers Festival at the historic Harold Washington Library Center. This free, all-day literary event promises an enriching experience for book lovers, aspiring writers, and anyone interested in the vibrant cultural scene of Chicago.

What to Expect at the American Writers Festival

The American Writers Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and features an impressive lineup of bestselling and award-winning authors. Renowned writers such as Marie Arana, Jabari Asim, Mark Bowden, Nicole Chung, and many more will participate in engaging discussions and panels. With five stages dedicated to various themes, there’s something for everyone:

  • Writing Love Stories
  • Writing Other Worlds
  • Writing Memoir
  • Novelizing True Stories
  • Writing About Writers
  • Writing Games
  • Writing Jazz

Each panel offers unique insights into different writing genres and practices, allowing attendees to gain a deeper understanding of the literary world.

Partner Stage Highlights

The Partner Stage will showcase exclusive content from prestigious American literary institutions, including the American Library Association, The Newberry Library, the Poetry Foundation, and the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame. This is a fantastic opportunity to hear from some of the most influential voices in American literature and culture.

Hands-On Activities and Workshops

Beyond the panels, festival-goers can participate in writing workshops and literary crafts in the Library’s Winter Garden. These activities are perfect for those looking to spark their creativity and improve their writing skills. Plus, the on-site Seminary Co-op bookstore will provide a chance to purchase books from participating authors, making it easy to bring a piece of the festival home with you.

Free Admission to the American Writers Museum

As part of this special event, the American Writers Museum will waive admission fees on May 19th. This initiative is part of their broader goal to provide free access every third Sunday of the month in 2024. Don’t miss this chance to explore the museum’s exhibits, which celebrate the profound impact of American writers on our history and culture.

How to Prepare for Your Visit

  • Location: The festival will be held at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St., Chicago.
  • Time: Sunday, May 19, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Admission: Free for all attendees.

For the complete event schedule and more details, visit the American Writers Festival website.

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