Communication & Language

Address
P.O. Box 1750 Evanston, IL
60204
Contact Person
Eileen Walvoord, President
Contact Email
Description

Monthly lectures and conversation held at the Wilmette Public Library’s Auditorium. Members may also attend a French class, enjoy French movies and participate in book discussion and café-conversation groups at different locations on the North Shore.

Website – http://www.afnorthshore.org/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/AFduNS2/?fref=ts
Meetup – http://www.meetup.com/afnorthshore/

Organization Name
Address
Potbelly Sandwich Works
630 Davis St. (in the Chandler’s Bldg.) Evanston, IL
60201
Description

Meets second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. to discuss books and exchange free books. Bring books to give away, but not required for attendance.

Organization Name
Address
P.O. Box 6322, Evanston, IL
60204
Phone Number
224-999-0201
Description

Diverse mix of writers from beginners to experienced professionals who publish in a variety of genres. Mission is to “help writers achieve their goals through education, support and friendship.” Meetings are held at Barnes & Noble, Evanston.

Website Address
Address
28 East Jackson Building, Suite 1020 #W686, Chicago, IL
60604
Phone Number
800-804-4962
Description

IWOC is a nonprofit professional association of freelance writers and editors who work primarily throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. It provides educational and social programs, Writers’ Line (a job-posting service), a monthly newsletter, networking opportunities, and many other benefits to meet the needs of its members.

Organization Name
Address
5940 N. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL
60660
Contact Person
Karen Thomson
Phone Number
847-869-7323
Fax
847-869-7325
Description

Non-profit promotes literacy among young people through reading and poetry writing. Weekly book groups led by professionals provide a safe place where young people can develop literacy, communication, and critical thinking skills. Family Literacy programs inspire young parents to read to their children.

Sponsors training programs for schools, libraries, and agencies interested in developing book groups for young people.

Website Address
Contact Person
Heather E. Ash, President
Contact Email
Parent Organization
Description

Our chapter encompasses thirteen states and is dedicated to the continuing support, promotion, and education of those interested in the mystery/crime genres. Chapter meetings and events are held September – May throughout Chicagoland and in other cities within our membership regions. Nonmembers are welcome to attend chapter meetings, and writers of all genres can find a community of authors from aspiring to best-selling among our ranks.

Website Address
Address
633 Forest Avenue, Wilmette, IL
60091
Contact Person
Joan Smutney
Contact Email
Phone Number
847-256-1220
Fax
847-256-7605
Parent Organization
Description

Assists and encourages talented young people in creative and performing arts. Offers awards in art, dance, drama, literature and music.

Contact Person
Mark Kater
Phone Number
847-530-6361
Description

We meet at the North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N Pulaski, Chicago on the 3rd Wednesday of every month. We meet at 7:30 and tell at 8 pm.

For more information on storytelling organizations in Illinois, visit http://www.storytelling.org

Organization Name
Contact Person
Barry Kafka
Description

Friendly, informal social reading group with a diverse membership. Reads contemporary literary fiction, usually literary prize winners, in the 300-page range. Normally, meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month at Panera Bread, 1700 Sherman Avenue in Evanston. New members arre welcome and can RSVP by email.

Organization Name
Address
The Poetry Forum, Inc. P.O. Box 591, Evanston, IL
60204
Contact Person
Helen Degen Cohen, Coordinator
Description

Poetry Forum for working poets and serious beginners who are ready to hear feedback on a specific poem. Hosts community poetry readings and workshops.
RHINO Poetry is an award-winning literary annual journal which invites traditional or experimental work for submission.

Meets on the fourth Sunday of every month (except August and December) at Evanston Public Library from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. It is free to the public, though a donation is encouraged. Bring 17 copies of a poem to be critiqued.
Monthly Open Mike readings at The Brothers K, 500 Main Street, 847-328-7940.

Organization Name
Address
Celtic Knot Public House, 626 Church St.; Evanston IL
60201
Contact Person
Remy Briam
Phone Number
727-455-4245
Parent Organization
Description

Meets the first and third Mondays of every month at the Celtic Knot in downtown Evanston. Meetings generally consist of prepared speeches and Table Topics (opportunities to practice impromptu speaking). The goal of the organization is to help individuals improve their communication and leadership skills.

Organization Name
Address
1 Calvin Cir, Evanston, IL, (Small Lounge)
60201-1940
Contact Person
Carol Tatarowicz
Phone Number
847-866-1615 or 847-492-4800
Parent Organization
Description

The mission of a Toastmaster Club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth.
Toastmasters meets on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Parking is available outside of the McGaw Care Center building.
The group, sponsored by Westminster Place, is open to the community.
Westminster Place Toastmasters (No. 2137437) meets on the second and fourth Mondays of the month from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at 3200 Grant St, Evanston, IL 60201. (MURDOUGH PAVILION – Milligan Room)

Public Notes

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Our membership is 313,000 strong. Members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 14,650 clubs in 126 countries that make up our global network of meeting locations.

Address
Bonnie Kustner, P.O, Box 6075 Evanston, IL
60204
Contact Person
Bonnie Kustner
Contact Email
Phone Number
847-962-4770
Description

One-on-one writing classes and coaching for fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, screenplays, travel writing, journaling and corporate communications. Also offers seminars and series.

Organization Name
Address
Annenberg Hall, 2120 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL
60208
Contact Person
Dr. Jian Cao, Principal
Phone Number
(847) 251- 4368
Parent Organization
Description

Sunday Chinese School that offers classes in Chinese, and Chinese culture, arts and crafts, dance Kungfu, and TaiChi, for children age five and up, and for adults. Also offers enrichment classes in Math, SAT/ACT preparation.

Public Notes

Summer session 2008

There are many Xilin Chinese Schools in the Chicago area but so far as I can tell none at NU (PLW 6/10/2015)

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.

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