Bios of the 2013 Writers' Week Workshop Leaders

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Robert Kurson is the author of Shadow Divers and Crashing Through: A True story of Risk, Adventure, and the Man Who Dared to See.“Robert Kurson’s Shadow Divers, about the divers exploring sunken shipwreck off the new Jersey coast, is a gripping account of real-life adventurers and a real-life mystery,” said Scott Turow, and Publisher’s Weekly predicted a best-seller with this “superlative journalistic narrative.” The predictions came true. His Shadow Divers became a critically acclaimed bestseller revealing new depths of World War II history, as well as friendship and compulsion. Kurson is currently adapting Shadow Divers for the screen. Kurson’s next book is another thrilling adventure. Crashing Through is the stunning true story of one man’s heroic odyssey from blindness into sight. Robert Kurson is also a contributing editor at Esquire.

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Dawn Turner Trice is a columnist for the Chicago Tribune. She has been the moderator of the Tribune’s “Exploring Race” online forum and a regular commentator for WTTW's "Chicago Tonight" show, and National Public Radio's "Talk of the Nation" program. Trice also has written two novels, Only Twice I've Wished for Heaven (Random House, 1997) and An Eighth of August (Random House, 2000). She is the recipient of the 2008 Studs Terkel Media award, two Illinois Arts Council awards, an American Library Association Alex award and a 2006 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. She lives outside Chicago.

                   
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Nate Herman teaches the Comedy Writing Program at Chicago’s i.O. Theater, where he created the sketch show, Next Week In Review. He is a writer, director, composer, musician, and actor who has been active in Chicago and around the country since 1967, when he started his long association with The Second City (as cast member and Jeff Award winning director). Officialy proclaimed “one of the funniest people in Chicago” by the Chicago Tribune, Nate has been a regular contributor to National Public Radio, a writer and performer on The National Lampoon Radio Show and staff writer for four years on Saturday Night Live.

Nate and his material have appeared in numerous Second City revues, on National Public Radio broadcasts (including All Things Considered), on The National Lampoon Radio Show, in National Lampoon’s revue Lemmings (at the Village Gate in NYC), on Saturday Night Live, and on/in stages, concert halls and clubs across the country. His current video on YouTube is Guns In The Schools, no relation to his previous video Friday, The Byrds Version or the classic Chicago’s Little Known Neighborhoods.

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Born and raised and still living in Chicago, Rick Kogan has worked for the Chicago Daily News, Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune, where he is currently a senior writer and columnist. Named Chicago's Best Reporter in 1999 and inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame in 2003, he was the creator/host of WGN radio's Sunday Papers with Rick Kogan and is currently host of The Afternoon Shift on WBEZ. Kogan has been an on-air reporter/critic for WBBM TV and radio, and an Emmy Award-winning contributor for WFLD-TV; and the author of a dozen books, including Everybody Pays: Two Men, One Murder and the Price of Truth (with Maurice Possley), America's Mom: The Life, Lesson and Legacy of Ann Landers, A Chicago Tavern, the history of the Billy Goat, and Sidewalks I and Sidewalks II, collections of his columns embellished by the work of photographer Charles Osgood.

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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

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    Established in 1988 and located in one of the city's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to six classrooms, this location features a conference room, a computer lab with high-speed Internet access, an extensive research library and comfortable student lounges.

     

     

    5110 Eisenhower Boulevard Suite 102
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    12000 West Park Place, Suite 100
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