“Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. Organizations for writers palliate the writer’s loneliness but I doubt if they improve his writing. He grows in public stature as he sheds his loneliness and often his work deteriorates. For he does his work alone and if he is a good enough writer he must face eternity, or the lack of it, each day.”
Whatever, Hemingway! My stature is not exactly going to shrink if I hang out with other writers. As for deteriorating, that depends mostly on how many mojitos are served at this writing event. If it made you feel better to shun writer gatherings to improve your work, well then, good on ya, Ernest. But some people get fueled by writer company and I happen to be one of those beasts. If you are like me, then put on your writing goggles and strap your lined notebooks to your summer fanny pack that doesn’t make you look like a geek at all, and join the non-stop action of writers in Chicago who may or may not have time to write. But they certainly have time to party and network.
*June 18th 7PM
Guts and Glory Live Lit for the Lionhearted.
Chanced are you need to hear a story to get inspired to write one. This storytelling showcase features performers from around Chicago who share true life tales. Donations benefit PAWS Chicago and 826CHI.
* June 19th 6:30-8:30 Foster beach
How about a Lakefront Summer Writing Party? This one is hosted by Story Studio Chicago, who hosts a lot of writing classes, (including one on how to do the Live Lit Scene) and even has an accountability club. All of that sounds sweet, but first off to the beach to meet these folks.
*Once a month all summer long; July 6th, August 3rd, September 7th.-Here’s the Story at Theater Wit or Stage 773.
Here the deal with Here’s the Story, every month a few seasoned storytellers come up on stage empty handed and tell a story. Interspersed with them is a handful of brave walk ups who sign up when they arrive for a few cherished spots. How does the brave newbie walk up become a seasoned warrior storyteller? They win the walk up vote the audience weighs in on (on paper, no stress) and then are invited back to be a seasoned teller in an upcoming month.
*Networking opportunities abound at the Chicago Writer’s Association Summer Social (plus free snacks!)-July 31st and the 3rd Annual Writer’s Block Party- August 16th. Both events are free but require registration.
So, when you are feeling the need to palliate your Chicago loneliness, remember that the summer is really the best time for that. You can brood indoors and improve yourself the other 9 months.
One of those cool fanny packs I was talking about: