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CWIP Special Program: An Evening with Author Carol Anshaw

Join CWIP for this year’s author reading on Wednesday, May 20, with local author Carol Anshaw. She will be reading her latest short story, "The Last Speaker of the Language,” which appeared in Best American Short Stories. Then share your questions for Carol in our Q and A session to learn more about her stories’ characters, inspiration, history, and more.

Anshaw’s most recent novel, Carry the One, was a New York Times notable book of 2012. She has also written acclaimed novels Lucky in the Corner, Seven Moves, and Aquamarine. Anshaw has won the Carl Sandburg, Society of Midland Authors, and Ferro-Grumley awards for fiction. 

Wednesday, May 20, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
6:00 to 6:30 p.m. – Registration and networking
6:30 to 6:45 p.m. – Member voting: Board election and Bylaw amendments
6:45 to 8:00 p.m. – Program
8:00 to 8:30 p.m. – Post-program networking

Second floor conference room in the Four40 Building, 440 S. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60603
$9 parking in the Four40 building underground parking at Financial Pl. and Congress Blvd. for attendees with parking validation that is available at the event.

Sign up by Monday, May 18 for discounted registration fee.
Register online now:
By mail: Send a check payable to CWIP, P.O. Box 268107, Chicago, IL 60626 or phone at 773.508.0351

Speaker Bio
In addition to her four novels, Carol Anshaw’s short fiction has been anthologized, and published in various periodicals, including VLS, New Ohio Review, and Tin House. Her stories, “Hammam,” “Elvis Has Left the Building,” and “The Last Speaker of the Language” were chosen for inclusion in Best American Short Stories of 1994, 1998 and 2012 respectively. Anshaw is a past fellow of the Illinois Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. She teaches in the MFA in Writing program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is also an artist.

Mentor Night

CWIP's Mentoring Program is teaming up with DePaul University for May's Mentor Night! The Mentor Night will feature a panel of CWIP Mentors sharing their experiences in the publishing industry. Opening with a structured discussion and closing with an interactive Q&A session, this Mentor Night is perfect opportunity for mentees and students to get to know the Chicagoland publishing industry! This is an open event so please feel free to bring a friend.

Monday, May 18th at 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

DePaul University
Room 408 Arts and Letters Hall
2315 N. Kenmore Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

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CWIP Spring Reception: Food, Fun, and a Raffle on the Pegasus Roof

Come celebrate the end of CWIP’s 2014-2015 season at our Spring Reception on the lovely rooftop of the Pegasus Taverna in Greektown!  Your admission includes complimentary appetizers and a free beer, wine, or nonalcoholic beverage drink ticket along with 3 raffle tickets to use in our first “Potluck Raffle.”  Similar to a potluck dinner, where people bring a dish to share, the potluck raffle will feature a collection of different items to be raffled off during the event.  Each item will have its own bowl for raffle tickets, so you can choose where you’d like to use your 3 free tickets; additional tickets will be available for only $1 each.  All proceeds will go toward sponsoring next season’s CWIP events.  Our prizes will include books from local authors and publishers, services from publishing professionals, and donations from CWIP members, so try your luck and have some fun with CWIP!

Do you have a gently used, donated, or new item, such as an unused gift card, bottle of wine, tickets to an event, or books that you’d like to donate?  If so, you will receive 5 extra raffle tickets just for donating. Please submit your name and your item to You can bring your items that evening before the event begins.

Wednesday, June 17, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
6:00 to 7:00 p.m. – Networking and Submit Raffle Tickets
7:00 to 8:00 p.m. – Raffle Drawings
8:00 to 8:30 p.m. – Continue Networking

Pegasus Restaurant and Taverna (free valet parking!)
130 S Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 226-3377

Registration/ Cost 
CWIP Basic and Premium Members $25; nonmembers $30
Cash or check only at the door. No refunds.
Register online now:
By mail: Send a check payable to CWIP, P.O. Box 268107, Chicago, IL 60626 or phone at 773.508.0351

Join us next season at our special Kick-Off event on September 16, 2015!

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Upcoming 2015 CWIP Events

Mentor Night at DePaul University, May 18

CWIP Special Program: An Evening with Author Carol Anshaw, May 20

CWIP Spring Reception: Food, Fun, and a Raffle on the Pegasus Roof, June 17

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