In Their Own Words: Ana Simo

Ana Simo is the author of a dozen plays, a short feature film, and countless articles. A New Yorker most of her life, she was born and raised in Cuba. Forced to leave the island during the political/homophobic witch-hunts of the late 1960s, she first immigrated to France, where she studied with Roland Barthes and participated […]

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 […]

Looking Back on Our First Year

It’s been one year since we opened our doors and what a great year it has been. We welcomed people from all 50 states and 24 countries. We hosted 83 Chicagoland schools for field trips. We had more than 50 current writers spend time and share their stories with us. We were even voted Best […]

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! This week, we’re featuring stories about Moms. You can bring your Mom to the AWM for […]

Write In: Who Put the Writer in Typewriter? by Traci Mitchell

Ms. Mitchell’s class visited the AWM in April and participated in the Write In program for middle and high school students. Write In combines the unique experience of a museum visit with specially-designed curricula that aims to increase students’ knowledge about American writers as well as boost their confidence as writers. Since the museum opened in May, […]

AWM Stories of the Week: Revenge of the Fifth

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! Due to the rebellious uprising yesterday, the Empire reminds you of the true power of the […]

AWM Story of the Week: Star Wars Day

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! In this special edition, we are featuring stories of balance and light. May the 4th be […]

The top half of the tree mural at the AWM

The Who, Why and What of Those AWM Squirrels

Writers are Readers, yes? So those 32 squirrels reading away inside the AWM’s Children’s Literature Gallery’s north wall mural are right at home, especially since each is reading a landmark American children’s book. The museum’s founder, Malcolm O’Hagan, earnestly believed the American Writers Museum must honor and thus include American children’s literature. The preeminent children’s […]

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! Congratulations to all soon-to-be graduates! Hang in there… As I sit at this typewriter, I realize […]

The American Writers Museum: A Home for Writers and Their Readers

Fatimah Al-Sharif is an AWM member who lives in Saudi Arabia. While spending the winter in Chicago, she discovered the museum by chance. This is her story. In my travels through America, I have noticed and appreciated how this country celebrates its heroes and keeps their legacies alive. The idea of “the only major museum […]