FAW Chicago, IL Est. 1922
FAW Chicago

FAW Meetings

Holiday Tea

Welcome to Friends of American Writers 93rd year.

Our next meeting is December 9th, 2015.
The December program will feature music by John Mahady and a holiday Tea. John Mahady is a popular Chicago cabaret singer and recording artist. In December, he will bring his wide repertoire of holiday tunes and seasonal music to delight FAW members and guests. Join us for this inspirational program.

Read more about the FAW Scholarship & Foundation Fund and how to contribute.

FAW NOVEMBER 2015 Newsletter

December 9 th Program -John Mahady - Chicago cabaret singer and recording artist

Join us for the FAW luncheon on December 9th, 12:00 noon at the Fortnightly Club of Chicago
Click here for a map to the Fortnightly ClubMaps to Places

Luncheon reservations and cancellations are due no later than 6:00 PM Sunday December 6.
(Sorry - no reservations by email!)
• Pat Adelberg - (847) 588-0911 or
Lorraine Campione - (773) 275-5118

• Pay by check ($40) payable to FAW at the door.
• Vegetarian meals may be requested at the time you make your reservation.
• You must call to cancel your reservation, otherwise you will still be charged.
• Discounted parking is available two doors west of the Fortnightly at 100 Bellevue Place
• Group reservations - please only have one person make the group request to avoid confusion.

Seating Arrangements

Please mention any special seating arrangements when you make your reservation.
--Seated with a Friend or group
--Disability seating
Every effort will be made to honor your request.


FAW membership
Do you enjoy reading, writing, or supporting new writers who are starting their career? Join Friends of American Writers for one of our excellent programs at The Fortnightly Club. Membership is an excellent price at only $45.00 . Download the membership application and send it in today.

For further information about membership in Friends of American Writers, please contact Membership Chairman
Sandy Weiss at membership@fawchicago.org

Membership form (PDF file)
Membership PDF file

FAW Officers

2015 - 2016 Officers

PresidentRoberta Gates
Vice PresidentChristine Spatara
SecretaryVivian Mortensen
Co-TreasurersDoris Roskin & Eileen McNulty

Committee Chairs

Awards Luncheon ChairMarion Sherlock
Newsletter EditorShirley Baugher
Foundation FundCorene Anderson
Literature AwardsTammie Bob & Freyda Libman
Young People's AwardsMarti Daniel
Luncheon - SocialCarol Eshaghy
MembershipSandie Weiss
ProgramsChristine Spatara
RevisionsDiana Adams
Sustaining ClubsIda Hagman
Yearbook - Awards ProgramPat Adelberg
Website ManagerKaren Baker

Board meetings are held at The Fortnightly at 10:30 a.m. the mornings of the luncheons.

Sustaining Clubs

Flossmoor Book Club
Ogden Dunes Book Club
The Woman's Reading Club of Riverside

FAW History

Our mission shall be to study American literature, to encourage high standards and to promote literary ideals among American writers.

Friends of American Writers (FAW) was established in 1922 to study American literature, to encourage high standards, and to promote literary ideals among American writers. Members are invited to attend the luncheons, serve on committees that help run the organization or participate in the selection of the award-winning authors.

Over the years, after an annual lengthy screening process, FAW has honored Midwestern authors or those whose novels or non-fiction are set in the Midwest, by recognition and monetary awards. Those honored are invited to address the FAW membership at the Awards Luncheon.

Among the many emerging adult authors recognized over the years are Sara Paretsky, Jane Smiley, Toni Morrison, Harry Mark Petrakis and Carl Sandburg, Kevin Fenton, Chad Harbach, Gillian Flynn, and Sara Gruen. 2014-2015 award winners include Celeste Ng, Stuart Rojstaczer and Rebecca Rotert.

In 1960, FAW introduced awards for Juvenile Literary authors. Clifford Hicks won the first award for "First Boy on the Moon". Recent winners include Brynne Barnes delightful picture book and Delia Ray's book for young readers.

Additionally, through the FAW Foundation Fund, students at local universities, recommended by their writing professors, are given recognition and cash awards to offset tuition.

Dorothy Gwynn has published a short booklet, "Friends of American Writers: Encouraging Writing and Thoughtful Reading", which describes in more detail the formation and proceedings of FAW.