Evanston Writers Workshop

Doing Battle for the Writer Since 2007

Our Mission:

Our aim is to provide writers with a platform to refine their craft, boost their confidence, and immerse themselves in a thriving, artistic and supportive community, ultimately helping them achieve their goals.

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The Critique Group

The critique group is the bedrock of Evanston Writers Workshop.

Currently we have four types of Critique Groups:

· Our Fiction Group meets in the evenings on the first and third Wednesday of the month at Art Makers Outpost

in Evanston. critiques of 3k-word writing submissions.

· Our Creative Non-Fiction/Memior group meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month online via Zoom.

· Our Poetry group meets on the second Wednesday of the month at various locations in Evanston, check Meetup.

· Our Developmental editing group is slated to begin later this year.

We have members who publish literary fiction, creative non-fiction, children's literature, romance, hard-boiled crime, ​memoir, travel, poetry, humor and assorted forms of the unclassifiable.

Because we are fearless and a little nuts, we open our minds to anyone and any thing. We'll bend and stretch ourselves ​like soft licorice to dig your stuff. Most importantly, we'll help you get it published.

There is no censorship at the Evanston Writers Workshop, so the critique group is limited to those eighteen (18) years of ​age or older.

Before Submitting to any of the critique groups you must join Evanston Writers Workshop and pay your annual dues of ​$48. See how to pay dues here. Please attend at least 2 meetings before submitting.

To sign up for the critique group and be able to receive submissions please join the Meetup group at ​www.meetup.com/evanstonwriters

In the trenches with the writer

In the Trenches 2023 is over. Here are the pics from an amazing weekend

Thank you to all our incredible speakers!

Getting to know each other and just hanging out

More Fun!

Getting Ready for Registration

Our Bookstore

Pitching to Agents and Editors

2023 EVIE Winners

Kat Lyons and

Sherrill Bodine

What Our Attendees Say

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"There were so many different opportunities and connections to be made. It compressed a semester of creative writing seminars into just a weekend!"

- Jan A

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"Excellent environment. Warm and helpful. Excellent talent giving lectures. Enjoyed Friday breakfast. Made lots of new friends.

- Phil B

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"Great number and variety of sessions. 45 minutes per session was just right. Great speakers and special guests. Food and food service was great. Loved having the book shop and the opportunity to make pitches.."

- India P

Dues and Donations

Dues $48 a year due January 1 and are prorated per month

Any donations above and beyond that are appreciated and tax deductable

Zelle (preferred): debbie@evanstonwritersworkshop.org or (224) 999-0201

Check: Made payable to Evanston Writers Workshop

*Cashapp: $Evanstonwriters

*Venmo: @evanstonwriters

*Paypal: debbie@evanstonwritersworkshop.org

*Credit card: in person via Square

*These methods charge us 2.5% to process the payment. Although we don’t require it, we would appreciate if you add that to your payment.

We'd love to hear from you.

Four Paintings on Wall


Evanston, IL


(224) 999-0201




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