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Story Week 2014 Starts Tonight!

story week 2014If you're still bummed about missing out on AWP last month, or you're still nursing a hangover from AWP last month, Story Week Festival of Writers has a cure for what ails you. Presented by the Columbia College Chicago Department of Creative Writing, Story Week brings together emerging and established authors to discuss their works in various venues, and neighborhoods. This year's theme is DiverCity: Urban Stories, and will focus on how words have built (and rebuilt) the city of Chicago. Randy Albers, founder of Story Week and chair emeritus of the fiction program at Columbia College says that this year's festival will share "stories that shape our understanding of the city and the wider social and historical context of which we are a part."

The festival is in its 18th year, and will include highlights such as a conversation and reading with screenwriter/novelist Barry Gifford (Lost Highway, Wild at Heart), a panel featuring Latino authors hosted by the Guild Literary Complex, and boot camps for aspiring and working publishing professionals. As always, events are free and open to the public (and most will include ASL interpretation).

Story Week kicks things off tonight at 6pm at Martyrs' with a special presentation of 2nd Story, featuring Darwyn Jones, Julia Borcherts, Nicole Chakalis, and Sahar Mustafah. 2nd Story is hosted by Megan Stielstra and Bobby Biedrzycki, with live music by the Harold Washington Trio.

Please see the Story Week website for a full list of events.

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