One of our missions here at Creative Coworking is to provide a space where art and culture can thrive in Evanston. We already have a long-standing tradition of promoting the visual arts through our bimonthly Art & Wine Night, but more recently we have begun to establish ourselves as a central hub for literary events as well. We have served as the proud host for several wonderful literary events, ranging from readings to interview panels to receptions for literary festivals.

Author readings are one of the most fundamental forms of the literary gathering, and this year we were lucky enough to attract several authors to our space. In March we served as the venue for the launch of Jerusalem Singleton’s latest effort, The Little Black Book of Fill-in-the-Blank Wedding Speeches, and in April we hosted readings and career discussions for three novelists—Patricia Skalka, Lynn Sloan, and Joyce Burns Zeiss—as part of the Evanston Literary Festival. General festivities and informational events are also a core aspect of the literary scene, and we have been host to several, including “An Irish Evening of Poetry & Song” in conjunction with Literature for All of Us, and the Evanston Literary Festival’s closing reception.

Some of our members are professional writers, and they have been a great help in attracting and organizing events for our space. Member Deborah Siegel, for example, is a co-founder of She Writes Press, an online resource and community for women writers, and she has been instrumental in helping establish us as a center for literary gatherings. On June 6th She Writes Press will be hosting an event in our space where authors Michelle Cox and Sheila Grinell will participate in a moderated discussion and read from their latest works.

We hope very much to continue serving as a venue for literary events in the future. It’s been a phenomenal experience getting to host talented people and help them promote their work, and in turn, they’ve helped us make our space even more CREATIVE! Please tune in to our website and Facebook page to see what exciting happenings we have in store. If you’re not on our email list for our monthly newsletter and would like to be, please email intern@creativecoworking.com.