As part of the monthlong “Write Across Chicago” project, local authors Michele Weldon, R. Craig Sautter, Linda Nemec Foster and Michael Raleigh will share why they write — and how writing has benefited them — during a Society of Midland Authors program on Tuesday, October 9, at the Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 22nd floor, Chicago. The discussion will start at 7 p.m. A social hour, with complimentary snacks and a cash bar, begins at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. No advance registration is required.
“Write Across Chicago” is an initiative throughout October by the Illinois Writing Project, encouraging Chicagoans of all ages to discover the joy of writing. For details on the project, visit writeacrosschicago.org.
Weldon is the author of Escape Points: A Memoir and Writing to Save Your Life. She’s a journalist, senior leader with The OpEd Project, emerita faculty at the Medill School of Journalism, and editorial director of Take The Lead, and has delivered 200 keynotes worldwide. “I chose writing because as a young reader the words on a page could grab me by the throat — or stroke my hair until I fell asleep,” she says.
Sautter has written or co-written several books, including Inside the Wigwam and Wicked City: Kenna to Capone. He’s a poet, philosopher and educator. Craig wrote and produced ads for Barack Obama and served as the 47th president of the Society of Midland Authors. “I love language and the sound and sense of words from which I can compose a kind of cosmic music,” he says.
Nemec Foster is the author of 11 collections of poetry, including The Lake Michigan Mermaid and Talking Diamonds. She was selected to be the first Poet Laureate of Grand Rapids, Mich., (2003-05) and founded the Contemporary Writers Series at Aquinas College. “I write because the intangible rewards are gratifying and humbling,” she says.
Raleigh has written several books, including Peerless Detective and The Conjurer’s Boy. While working for Chicago’s Model Cities Program, he ran youth employment programs. Michael taught English (at all levels) and Chicago history at Truman College and now teaches writing at DePaul University. “My family all talked and told their stories, and I was infected,” he says.
Mark your calendar for our next event:
A discussion on the midterm elections, featuring Greg Hinz, Betty O’Shaughnessy, Don Rose and moderator Dick Simpson. Tuesday, November 6, at the Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 22nd floor, Chicago. The discussion will start at 7 p.m. A social hour, with complimentary snacks and a cash bar, begins at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. No advance registration is required.