Organizations listed here include Writer Associations and Literary Programs.


Illinois Reads
Statewide Reading Initiative. This organization’s purpose is “to encourage Illinoisans to read books by Illinois authors.” Annually, they choose and publish a list of six books in each of six age ranges, from read-aloud books for infants to adult books.

Minnesota Reads
A book review blog written by Minnesota readers. They do author interviews, book reviews, and maintain a Twin Cities calendar of literary events. Founded in 2008.


Chicago Writers Association
Chicago, Illinois
A creative community of Chicago area writers, with speakers bureau, workshops, readings, and more. A good list of other area resources for writers, including area publishers and other writing groups, is found at:

Detroit Working Writers
Detroit, Michigan
Programs include workshops and the annual DWW Writer’s Conference, established 1961, a one-day event in mid-May with speakers and writing workshops.

Michigan Writers Association
Traverse City, Michigan
This organization is based in Traverse City-area, and sponsors area events, workshops, and writers groups, and Michigan Writers On the Air on Interlochen Public Radio, which interviews local and visiting writers.

Wisconsin Writers Association
Sponsors biannual conferences, an annual short-story contest (Jade Ring), and the Novel-in-Progress Bookcamp (see below).

NOTE: This list is in development. It is curated by Philip Martin, Great Lakes Literary. To submit information for possible addition, email to Philip Martin.

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