Challenges for Female Writers

Fifth Wednesday Books and City Lit Books are pleased to present four outstanding writers in a discussion of the challenges for female writers and the high art of writing fiction in the 21st century.

You are invited to bring your questions to the discussion.

Thursday, April 27th, 6pm
City Lit Books
2523 N. Kedzie Blvd
Chicago, IL

About our Panelists

Rosellen Brown has published ten books — novels, short stories, poetry and essays, including Tender Mercies, Civil Wars, and Before and After. She has received two NEA grants, an award in literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Janet Kafka Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She teaches at the MFA program at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago.


Janet Burroway is the author of plays, poetry, children’s books, and eight novels including The Buzzards, Raw Silk, Opening Nights, and the Bridge of Sand. Her Writing Fiction, (9th edition), is the most widely used creative writing text in America. Her new play HEADSHOTS will have its first New York reading on April 24th at the Pulse Ensemble Theatre. She is Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor Emerita at Florida State University and winner of the 2014 Florida Lifetime Achievement in Writing award.

Christine Sneed is the author of the novels Paris, He Said and Little Known Facts, and the story collections Portraits of a Few of the People I’ve Made Cry and The Virginity of Famous Men. Her stories or essays have been included in The Best American Short StoriesO. Henry Prize Stories, New Stories from the Midwest, New York Times, San Francisco ChronicleChicago Tribune, and a number of other periodicals. She is the faculty director of the MA/MFA in creative writing program at Northwestern University.


Our Moderator

Rachel Swearingen’s stories have appeared in VICEThe Missouri ReviewKenyon ReviewAgniAmerican Short Fiction, and elsewhere. Her work has garnered several awards, including the 2015 Missouri Review Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in Fiction, a 2012 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, and the 2011 Mississippi Review Prize in Fiction. She lives in Chicago.

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