FOUNDED IN 1946


Off Campus Writers’ Workshop

NEW: You can now sign up for sessions via Paypal.


and join or renew your OCWW membership too....


Or click here to fill out and print member form, and mail with your check.


What is Off Campus Writers’ Workshop?


Ever since 1946, OCWW has encouraged and inspired Chicago-area writers in developing their writing avocations. OCWW meets every Thursday morning from September to May. A variety of speakers will elevate your writing technique with a diversity of topics, amongst which can be genre fiction, nonfiction, children’s lit, contemporary simmerings of romance fiction, poetry, publishing and the implication of ebooks. Here, you will achieve your individual writing goals while enjoying the camaraderie of fellow writers. You can also submit your manuscript for a professional critique by our speakers. When you are published, we will announce your achievement at the workshops and in our Bulletin. So, invest an effort into perfecting your writing and join’s where writers and workshops collide.  

 - Brenda Rossini, OCWW President 



Pay for your membership online here

$10 per session for members ($15 for nonmembers). Members are also eligible to submit manuscripts for critique. Manuscript Critique Fee* $15-$25 + tuition for speaker’s entire term. 

Interested in joining?    Download Membership Application (.pdf)

Attending Events...

Where and How

Session Fees

Most events are held at the Winnetka Community House,

620 Lincoln Avenue in  Winnetka, Illinois 60093-2306. (map)

9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

Networking starts at 9:00 a.m.
Advance registration is not required.

Email a board member with any questions.


$10 for one session ($5 discount for 4-session terms)
$15 for 2 session term
$25 for 3 session term
$35 for 4 session term.

$15 per session

Manuscript critique $15 to $25 (available to members only.)


To join OCWW, contact us at


Membership dues are only $30 a year and ENTITLES YOU TO:  

-  reduced rates for lectures

-  manuscript submission to speakers (using our manuscript submission guidelines)

-  contribute to and receive the terrific OCWW newsletter throughout the year

-  attend members-only summer sessions -  enjoy the hilarious holiday party

-  join a fun, interesting, skill-building community

-  have access to becoming a member of the non-profit OCWW Board and steering the oldest ongoing and most successful writing group in the U.S. to become even better.