OnWord2023, the American Writers Museum's annual gala, logo featuring a pencil topped with an open book that has colorful trees growing out of it.

OnWord 2023

The American Writers Museum annual benefit will take place in-person on September 11, 2023 at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago.

We hope to see you there!

Inspiring writer award

Photo of Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Literary Critic, Historian, and Host of Finding Your Roots on PBS

Beyond the Page Honoree

Dominique Raccah

Dominique Raccah

CEO, Sourcebooks

Event Co-Chairs

Joan E. Clifford

Roger Baskes

Donna Van Eekeren


Program Highlights

  • INSPIRATION AWARD: Presented by Comedian and Writer¬†Karen Chee
  • STUDENT WRITING COMPETITION: Recognition of Winners
  • CHECK BACK SOON: More to be announced!
Learn more about the 2023 John Estey Student Writing Competition

OnWord2023 Sponsorship Levels

$25,000 | Patron

  • Premier seating for ten
  • Special recognition in program materials

$10,000 | Benefactor

  • Priority seating for ten
  • Special recognition in program materials

$5,000 | Sponsor

  • Preferred seating for ten
  • Recognition in program materials

$500 | Individual Reservation

Host Committee (in development)

  • Accent Charitable Fund/The Cabay Family
  • Anonymous
  • Marie Arana
  • Roger and Julie Baskes
  • Bennett/Raccah Family Foundation
  • Gail C. Bent
  • BMO
  • Scott and Beth Brady
  • Marion A. Cameron-Gray and J. Douglas Gray
  • CIBC
  • Ellen and Don Clark
  • Joan E. and Robert A. Clifford
  • Clifford Law Offices PC
  • S. Leigh Pierson Conant and Douglas R. Conant
  • Carey Cranston and Ellen Tritschler
  • Carolyn Curiel and Mark Van Fleet
  • Dr. Scholl Foundation
  • Elissa Efroymson and Adnaan Hamid
  • Esbrook P.C.
  • John and Cathie Estey
  • Edith and Gerald Falk¬†
  • Jay and Robin Hammer
  • Hill and Cheryl Hammock
  • Werner and Marleen Hein
  • Jane Irwin
  • Jastromb Family Philanthropic Fund
  • Ivan and Kathy Kane
  • Glenn and Christine Kelly
  • Kevin Matzke and Jacqueline Griesdorn
  • Catherine Mouly and Ted Carlson
  • Grove Mower
  • Linda S. Nagarkatti
  • Malcolm and Virginia O’Hagan
  • Patrick O’Hagan and Paula Llaneza
  • Penguin Random House
  • ReaderLink LLC
  • Roberta Rubin
  • Amanda and John Rutledge
  • S&C Electric Company
  • Michael and Tracey Scodro
  • Larry Shulman and Rhonda Rochambeau
  • Sonya Olds Som/Diversified Search Group
  • Sourcebooks
  • Robin and Sandy Stuart Family Foundation
  • Donna Van Eekeren Foundation
  • Dr. Ivy Wilson
  • Wintrust Financial Corporation
  • Sally Wood
  • Carol and Iriving Yoskowitz

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