A Smith-Corona typewriter at the American Writers Museum

AWM Story of the Week

Every week, the AWM is excited to bring you stories written by our visitors in our Story of the Day exhibit. Check back weekly for new stories, and visit the Museum to try out our typewriters and possibly be featured here!

We celebrated our 1st anniversary this week, so we chose a few stories that people wrote about the Museum. Thanks for visiting and helping us make it this far!

KUDOS to all the visionary souls who created and organized this wonderful museum of American Writers. It is marvelous to see how many people have discovered it so soon after its opening!

Something about this feels more real than tablets and touch screens and keyboards, voice texting and recordings. No wonder so many of the writers on these walls were so precise, thoughtful, yet whimsical. Their craft was art in the physical sense and the intellectual.

Congrats to this museum on your thought-provoking work.


Ah August Wilson and Langford Hughes and glad to see Lorraine Hansberry’s great play on display. It makes students cry more than fifty years later. I celebrate you.

25 July 2017

A trip to Chicago saw me coming here

to the American Writers Museum, never thought I’d come near.

A place that ended up being fascinating,

a place no one should be hating.


O Chicago, city by the lake,

with rivers, bridges, and skyscrapers,

your beauty is not a mistake.


Only here ’til week’s end,

O Chicago, my fascination with you keeps growing,

though I might be far, my love I will send.

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