A visitor story from the Story of the Day exhibit at the American Writers Museum in Chicago, Illinois. The exhibit features typewriters, but this story declares "I prefer a pencil and paper!"

AWM Story of the Week

“If you use a typewriter you better have strong fingers and little perfectionism. And a waste paper basket.” See more from visitors on Hemingway, typewriters, and writing with pencil instead!

Q&A with Jasmine Guillory, author of The Wedding Party

In Their Own Words: Jasmine Guillory

Jasmine Guillory is the bestselling author of The Wedding Date and The Proposal and her newest novel The Wedding Party is available now. She will be right here in Chicago at the American Writers Museum July 24 to chat about the new book, which Bustle called “the perfect summer book.” Real Simple also says, “If you want a juicy, modern […]

Close-up of Hemingway's Underwood typewriter platen

Typewriter Tuesday: Ernest Hemingway

Welcome to Typewriter Tuesday, a series from the American Writers Museum that aims to shed light on the typewriters and other tools behind some of your favorite works of literature. Check back every Tuesday to learn more about these trusty machines and the writers who used them. Our newest special exhibit Tools of the Trade opened June […]

Summer reading recommendations

Spooky Summer Reads

By Frankie Paar The days are sunny and the air is warm. It’s that time of the year: summer! And nothing says summer like secrets and suspense, mysteries and murder. Take some time to cool off this summer with these 10 chilling tales. And visit our Book Club Reading Recommendations page for more recommended summer […]

Elliot Ackerman: Places and Names

In Their Own Words: Elliot Ackerman

Join us this July 17 in welcoming Marine veteran and accomplished writer Elliot Ackerman to the American Writers Museum. Ackerman served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart. Following that, he has gone on to have a stellar writing […]

Mildred Benson, the author of Nancy Drew, has her typewriter on display at the American Writers Museum in Chicago

Typewriter Tuesday: Mildred Benson

Welcome to Typewriter Tuesday, a series from the American Writers Museum that aims to shed light on the typewriters and other tools behind some of your favorite works of literature. Check back every Tuesday to learn more about these trusty machines and the writers who used them. Our newest special exhibit Tools of the Trade opened June […]

Jack London's typewriter on display at the American Writers Museum

Typewriter Tuesday: Jack London

Welcome to Typewriter Tuesday, a series from the American Writers Museum that aims to shed light on the typewriters and other tools behind some of your favorite works of literature. Check back every Tuesday to learn more about these trusty machines and the writers who used them. Our newest special exhibit Tools of the Trade opened June […]

A Royal typewriter on the Story of the Day table

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! Thanks Lula! We’d love to see more of your poetry! You will see her as all […]

Panorama of the Tools of the Trade exhibit now on display at the American Writers in Chicago this summer

Typewriter Tuesday: Tools of the Trade

Welcome to Typewriter Tuesday, a series from the American Writers Museum that aims to shed light on the typewriters and other tools behind some of your favorite works of literature. Check back every Tuesday to learn more about these trusty machines and the writers who used them. Our newest special exhibit Tools of the Trade opened […]