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Star-Studded Writers' Week Workshops!

July 18 and July 25, 2015

National Louis University
122 S. Michigan Ave.

Sponsored by the Master of Science in Written Communication Program of the College of Professional Studies and Advancement

2015 Writers' Week Syllabus

Writers Week 2015

Bios of the 2015 Writers' Week Workshop Leaders

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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” 9-11pm Sundays on WGN 720AM and was previously the host of the “Afternoon Shift" 2-4pm 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.

 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 Killeen hosts and produces. She regularly presents to groups of both men and women about building intimacy in relationships. Marjie has an M.S. in Written Communication from National Louis University and a B.B.A. 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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Nate Herman teaches the Comedy Writing Program at Chicago’s iO 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). Officially 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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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.

 Rick Perlstein, Writers' Week  

Rick Perlstein is the author of "The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan," a New York Times bestseller and a “best book” selection in publications including the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times. Before that, he authored "Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus," winner of the 2001 Los Angeles Times Book Award for history, and "Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America" (2008), a New York Times best-seller picked as one of the best nonfiction books of the year by over a dozen publications. A contributing writer at In These Times, former chief national correspondent for the Village Voice, and a former online columnist for The Nation, New Republic, and Rolling Stone, his journalism and essays have appeared in Newsweek, the New York Times, and many other publications. Politico called him the "chronicler extraordinaire of American conservatism," who "offers a hint of how interesting the political and intellectual dialogue might be if he could attract some mimics." The Nation called him the "hypercaffeinated Herodotus of the American century." Born in 1969 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he lives in Chicago. In his spare time, he performs jazz piano and vocals and practices yoga.


    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
    (888) 658.8632
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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.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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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.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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