American Writers Festival, May 15, 2022

Join us for the inaugural American Writers Festival on May 15, 2022! More than 70 writers will converge in Chicago to celebrate the breadth and impact of American writing.


Dive into a world of discovery! The American Writers Museum’s permanent exhibits take visitors on a journey through the American story, from the perspective of the writers. They introduce you to great writing in all genres, illustrating how writing influences our history and culture, and spotlighting the beauty and visceral impact of great writing. 

The American Writers Museum is open 10 AM – 5 PM Thursday – Monday

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Black Writers Matter. Black Voices Matter.

Black Lives Matter.

Watch a reading of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave on YouTube

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A National Museum Celebrating American Writers