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Welcome to Friends of American Writers 93rd year.

Our next meeting is October 14th, 2015.
The October program will feature Joe Meno, a Chicago based novelist, writer of short stories, and music journalist. His short fiction has appeared in numerous literary magazines. His comic strip Iceberg Town is featured in Punk Planet magazine. Meno’s work is distinguished by his use of natural language and realistic dialogue. He teaches fiction writing at Columbia College Chicago. He is the winner of the Nelson Algren Literary Award, a Pushcart Prize, the Great Lakes Book Award, and a finalist for the Story Prize. Joe will be reading from his work and discussing writing and contemporary literature. Join us for this wonderful Fall program.
Extra Reading: Publishers Weekly talks with Joe Meno.

A major goal of FAW is to support a deserving M.F.A. (Master of Fine Arts in writing) student with a scholarship. Help grow our scholarship fund by making a contribution of $100 or more. In return, your name will be listed in our yearbook for as long as FAW is in existence. Donating to the Foundation is easy. Read more about the Foundation Fund and how to contribute.

Do you enjoy reading, writing, or supporting new writers who are starting their career? Join Friends of American Writers for one of our excellent programs at The Fortnightly Club. Membership is an excellent price at only $45.00 . Download the membership application and send it in today.

Membership form (PDF file)

FAW OCTOBER 2015 Newsletter

    Highlights of the OCTOBER FAW Newsletter
  • President's Message from President Roberta Gates
  • Program - Chicago author Joe Meno
  • Remembering British whodunit author, Ruth Rendell
  • Reading Corner book reviews

October 14th Program -Joe Meno, Chicago author.

Join us for the FAW luncheon on October 14th, 12:00 noon at the Fortnightly Club of Chicago
Click here for a map to the Fortnightly ClubMaps to Places

Luncheon reservations and cancellations are due no later than 6:00 PM Sunday October 11.
(Sorry - no reservations by email!)
• Pat Adelberg - (847) 588-0911 or
Lorraine Campione - (773) 275-5118

• Pay by cash or check ($40) payable to FAW at the door.
• Vegetarian meals may be requested at the time you make your reservation.
• You must call to cancel your reservation, otherwise you will still be charged.
• Discounted parking is available two doors west of the Fortnightly at 100 Bellevue Place
• Group reservations - please only have one person make the group request to avoid confusion.

Seating Arrangements

Please mention any special seating arrangements when you make your reservation.
--Seated with a Friend or group
--Disability seating
Every effort will be made to honor your request.


FAW membership dues are currently forty-five ($45.00) dollars a year. For further information about membership in Friends of American Writers, please contact Membership Chairman
Sandy Weiss at membership@fawchicago.org
Membership form (PDF file) Membership PDF file

FAW Officers

2015 - 2016 Officers

PresidentRoberta Gates
Vice PresidentChristine Spatara
SecretaryVivian Mortensen
Co-TreasurersDoris Roskin & Eileen McNulty

Committee Chairs

Awards Luncheon ChairMarion Sherlock
Newsletter EditorShirley Baugher
Foundation FundCorene Anderson
Literature AwardsTammie Bob & Freyda Libman
Young People's AwardsMarti Daniel
Luncheon - SocialCarol Eshaghy
MembershipSandie Weiss
ProgramsChristine Spatara
RevisionsDiana Adams
Sustaining ClubsIda Hagman
Yearbook - Awards ProgramPat Adelberg
Website ManagerKaren Baker

Board meetings are held at The Fortnightly at 10:30 a.m. the mornings of the luncheons.

Sustaining Clubs

Flossmoor Book Club
Ogden Dunes Book Club
The Woman's Reading Club of Riverside

FAW History

Our mission shall be to study American literature, to encourage high standards and to promote literary ideals among American writers.

Friends of American Writers (FAW) was established in 1922 to study American literature, to encourage high standards, and to promote literary ideals among American writers. Members are invited to attend the luncheons, serve on committees that help run the organization or participate in the selection of the award-winning authors.

Over the years, after an annual lengthy screening process, FAW has honored Midwestern authors or those whose novels or non-fiction are set in the Midwest, by recognition and monetary awards. Those honored are invited to address the FAW membership at the Awards Luncheon.

Among the many emerging adult authors recognized over the years are Sara Paretsky, Jane Smiley, Toni Morrison, Harry Mark Petrakis and Carl Sandburg, Kevin Fenton, Chad Harbach, Gillian Flynn, and Sara Gruen. 2014-2015 award winners include Celeste Ng, Stuart Rojstaczer and Rebecca Rotert.

In 1960, FAW introduced awards for Juvenile Literary authors. Clifford Hicks won the first award for "First Boy on the Moon". Recent winners include Brynne Barnes delightful picture book and Delia Ray's book for young readers.

Additionally, through the FAW Foundation Fund, students at local universities, recommended by their writing professors, are given recognition and cash awards to offset tuition.

Dorothy Gwynn has published a short booklet, "Friends of American Writers: Encouraging Writing and Thoughtful Reading", which describes in more detail the formation and proceedings of FAW.