Grant Opportunity for Authors

City of Chicago Community Arts Assistance Program

The Chicago Community Arts Assistance Program (CAAP), a grant program that supports new, emerging, and mid-career artists, is open for applications. Deadline January 30.

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Chicago Publishes Gallery March 30, 2011

From, a great meeting place for Chicago writers and publishers.

Chicago Publishes

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Open Call for Chicago Artists and Playwrights

This call came through the Chicago Artists Resource website. Their literary page a great
resource for Chicago writers.

Open Call for Artists & Playwrights: Dramatis Personae Deadline April 8, 2011

Dramatis Personae is a family of diverse artists based in Chicago committed to giving a voice to the community. We are holding general auditions on Saturday April 9th for our monthly event Artist Gumbo on Sat Apr 9th. We are looking for a variety of talent to showcase the diversity within the arts community in Chicago. We encourage Stand Up Comics, Actors, Dancers, jam bands, improv troupes, rappers, poets, visual artists, and all professional artists of all mediums and ethnicities to apply. This is a non paying gig. Please email to schedule an audition time.We are now taking submissions of original works from local playwrights. We will accept excerpts or plot descriptions.
Please send submissions, ideas, and any inquiries to

Contact Information
Contact Name: Victoria Rodriguez
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Congratulations to Mickey Dubrow author of the winning Bite-Sized Query Contest. See the winning letter at

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Self-Publishing Bootcamp in Chicago

Posted on Chicago Publishes by Julie Hunt — 2/1/2011

Chris-Tia Donaldson

Chris-Tia Donaldson, best-selling author of the self-published book Thank God I’m Natural: The Ultimate Guide to Caring for and Maintaining Natural Hair, will host a free workshop for aspiring authors covering the benefits and drawbacks of self-publishing, as well as the financial costs of publishing, marketing, and selling your own book. This workshop gives a preview to the material that Chris-Tia presents in her all-day, intensive bootcamp, which covers all the nuts and bolts of the self-publishing process, including tips for selling on Amazon, getting into Barnes & Noble, choosing a distributor, and marketing your book to your core audience.

The event, sponsored by, will be held in the Chicago Publishers Gallery, located on the first floor of the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph St.  To attend, please RSVP to:

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Creative Chicago Survey

Chicago Survey Logo

Take the Creative Chicago Survey
Online in English and Spanish
February 4 – 25, 2011

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) is conducting
a survey of Chicago’s creative community.

It is open to anyone who is creative.

Whether you’re an artist or an architect, a chef or DJ, a member of your church choir, a fashion designer, a blogger or a game-designer, we want to hear from you.

Take a few minutes to tell us what you do and what you need to thrive in Chicago!

To take the survey in English click here

To take the survey in Spanish click here

This survey will end on February 25, so make sure your voice is heard.

Forward this email to your friends so they can participate too!

The 2000 Survey led to the creation of the CAR website and other programs. Let’s see what we come up with now!

For more information, visit


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Chicago Forum for Artist Residencies


Monday, July 18, 2011
:: Finding Creative Time + Space for Artist Residencies

Ragdale Foundation

There are more than 160 residency programs in the U.S. and Canada open to dancemakers and dozens more around the world.

Whether you’re a solo choreographer looking for a quiet place to conduct research or a dance company polishing the production of new work, there’s a residency program for you. Find out what distinguishes these programs, the best way to apply, and how to maximize your experience. Ask questions, meet the directors, and pick up literature from artists’ residencies in your region and beyond. This forum is open to all artists interested in learning more about creative residencies.


+ Jennifer Wright Cook | The Field
+ Erica Mott | Links Hall
+ Regin Igloria | Ragdale Foundation
+ Julia Rhoads | Lucky Plush Productions; former artist-in-residence, Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography

Coordinated and moderated by Caitlin Strokosch | Alliance of Artists Communities
Co-presented with Alliance of Artists Communities
6 – 7:30 pm
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington, 5 G/W
Admission FREE

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Local Jane Gail Duberchin Reads

On Thursday, November 4th, Our fellow Jane Gail Duberchin will be reading the short story “Lilies” as a featured reader for the Story Club of Chicago reading series.
(See Gayle W. Duberchin at for bio and more information.)

The reading will take place in the “back room” some time after 8:30 p.m. at the Uncommon Ground restaurant, which is located on Grace and Clark near Wrigleyville.

Uncommon Ground is a one-of-a-kind restaurant/coffee shop/bar featuring an organic menu and daily drink specials. ??Dinner Reservations in the back room guarantee seating. Call 773-929-3680. For more info:

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