Bios of the 2014 Writers' Week Workshop Leaders

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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.

Currently, he is co-producing a weekly segment for WFMT Radio, The Whitman Project, in which all 52 stanzas of Walt Whitman's Song of Myself are being read by Chicagoans of all stripes and patterns. He also produces and directs Films For The Ear, an acting ensemble which presents both fully staged readings and radio-style readings of classic films.

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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 the 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 is currently host of “After Hours with Rick Kogan” 9-11 p.m. Sundays on WGN-720AM and was previously the host of the “Afternoon Shift" 2-4 p.m. on WBEZ-91.5FM, after 13 years as the creator/host of WGN radio's "Sunday Papers with Rick 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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Dawn Turner Trice is a columnist and specialist reporter at 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), and An Eighth of August (Random House). She is the recipient of the Studs Terkel Media award, two Illinois Arts Council awards, an American Library Association Alex award and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. In the fall, she will begin a year of study as a Nieman Foundation Journalism Fellow at Harvard University. She lives outside Chicago.

         Tom Montgomery Fate  

Tom Montgomery Fate is the author of five books of nonfiction, including Beyond the White Noise, a collection of essays, Steady and Trembling, a spiritual memoir, and Cabin Fever (Beacon Press, 2012), a critically acclaimed nature memoir. His essays have appeared in The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, The Baltimore Sun, Orion, Iowa Review, Fourth Genre, Riverteeth, Sojourners, Christian Century, and many other journals and anthologies; and they have often aired on National Public Radio and Chicago Public Radio.  A graduate of the Writing Program at the University of Iowa, and of Chicago Theological Seminary, he is currently a professor of English at College of DuPage in suburban Chicago, where he also lives.

Marjie Killeen    

Marjie Killeen is the author of the award-winning column “Sex & the Suburbs” for Make It Better, the largest magazine on Chicago’s North Shore. The column’s popularity has spurred a series of live panel shows by the same name which Marjie hosts and produces, and she regularly presents to groups of both men and women about building intimacy in relationships. Marjie has a MS in Written Communication from National Louis University and a BBA in Marketing from the University of Michigan. She lives in Wilmette with her hunky Irish husband, Liam, and their two children.


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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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