Happy 2019! This year, we’re excited to start holding chapter meetings beyond the Chicago area so more of our members can attend, starting next month. On February 9th at 12pm (CST), the Twin Cities host Mindy Mejia, who is both an author and a CPA, discussing a broad range of tax questions geared specifically toward self-employed and freelance writers. This event will take place at Highland Park Public Library, 1974 Ford Parkway in St. Paul, MN, and is free and open to the public.
On Sunday, March 24th at 11am (CST), we proudly present 2019’s MWA-U: Character, Not Caricature–Writing People Who Aren’t Like You, presented by Cheryl Head and Mia P. Manansala. This informative session will be an interactive, no-bad-questions, we’re-all-in-this-together, practicum on how to write about people who are different from us–and why it matters.
Writing about the lives, environments, and cultures of people who are not in our networks of influence can feel awkward and stressful. Still, including diverse characters in our novels is the commonsense thing to do. Our current readers expect it, and our new readers will demand it.
Attendees of this hands-on workshop will walk away with practical tips, useful resources, and increased competence in:
1) writing diverse characters who are authentic, whole, and three-dimensional;
2) being intentional and thoughtful when writing about marginalized communities; and
3) knowing how, and when, to use sensitivity readers and advisors.
This event takes place at Concordia University Chicago in River Forest, IL. Registration: $20/$50 (members/non-members)
Free parking on-site; also accessible to public transportation. A boxed lunch is included in your conference fee. Registration link and payment information for MWA-U will launch February 1st.
If you’re coming to M&M Chicago on the 23rd (MWA Midwest is a co-sponsor) you can make it a whole weekend!
We hope you’ll join us!