J. Michael Straczynski: How to Have a Career in Writing

For four decades, J. Michael Straczynski has been telling stories in a variety of formats — from television to comics to film and more. But there is one story he has never told — until now: his own life story. In his new memoir, Becoming Superman, Straczynski does just that, detailing how the power of […]

In Their Own Words: R.O. Kwon

R.O. Kwon’s debut novel The Incendiaries was named one of the best books of the year by more than 40 publications including NPR, The Atlantic, LitHub, PBS Books, and more. The Incendiaries is a powerful, darkly glittering novel about violence, love, faith, and loss, as a young Korean American woman at an elite American university is […]

Typewriter Tuesday: Helen Keller

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 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 […]