FAW Chicago, IL Est. 1922
FAW Chicago

FAW Meetings

Summer Break

FAW is on Summer break. Meetings will resume September 2015 with new programs. 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)

Renew your membership

Attention Current Members

Dear Members, it is time to send in your membership dues for the 2015 - 2016 year. The FAW board members have been busy and have the new programs ready for the upcoming meetings. Send in your membership renewal form with your dues to ensure you are included in the FAW directory. Send your dues to:
Sandie Weiss
161 E. Chicago Ave., #35G
Chicago, IL 60611

Membership Renewal (PDF file)

  FAW 2014 - 2015 Award Winners

Literature Awards
Celeste Ng for Everything I Never Told You, (Penguin Press, 2014)
Tie 2nd
Rebecca Rotert for Last Night at the Blue Angel, (William Morrow, 2014)
Stuart Rojstaczer for The Mathematician's Shiva, (Penguin Books, 2014)

Young People’s Literature Awards
Eleanor Glewwe for Sparkers, (Viking Books for Young Readers, 2014)
Adriana Brad Schanen for Quinny & Hopper, (Disney-Hyperion, 2014)


About the FAW Awards

Friends of American Writers has been awarding prizes to new and promising authors from the Midwest since 1928. Winners have included: Carl Sandburg, William Maxwell, John Gardner, Toni Morrison, John Casey, Jane Smiley, Mona Simpson, Deborah Eisenberg, Larry Watson, Richard Yates, Sara Gruen, Gillian Flynn and Chad Harbach. The juvenile awards were initiated in 1960, and have grown exponentially in popularity.

FAW Literature Awards Committees are reviewing books for the 2015 - 2016 Literature Awards. Books are eligible for review based on the following criteria.

  • The author must be a resident (or previously have been a resident for approximately five years) of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota or Wisconsin; or the locale of the book must be in a region identified above.
  • The books can be fiction or non-fiction of literary quality (not poetry).
  • Self-published and e-Books are not eligible.
  • The book must be published in the calendar year prior to the awards year. Currently we are evaluating books published during the 2015 year.
  • The author must not have published more than three books under his/her own pen name, the third book being eligible for consideration. If an author has more than one book published during that year, we will consider all of them.
  • Books nominated for the award must be submitted to the FAW Awards Committees by December 10, 2015.

2015 - 2016 Programs

Join us for the FAW luncheon. Our first meeting is September 9th, 2015, 12:00 noon at the Fortnightly Club of Chicago
Click here for a map to the Fortnightly ClubMaps to Places

September reservations (and cancellations) must be made by Sun. September 6th before 6:00 pm. Call:
(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 ClubsTBA
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
Renaissance Art Club
The Woman's Reading 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 and Chad Harbach won awards for the 2011 year.

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.