Christine Sneed

When Christine Sneed begins a story, she never knows where her characters will take it.

"Usually I'm about halfway through and I still won't know what's going to happen at the end," Sneed says, "but I have some sense of where I'm going."

The award-winning author has the experience to avoid early-draft pitfalls, and shares this knowledge with her students at Northwestern University and Regis University.

Pick up WNIJ's book bag and turn it over. What falls out?

Two novels, one book of poems, and a story collection -- all by northern Illinois writers.

Each will share her insights into the craft of storytelling during interviews that air during Morning Edition on 89.5 FM and

WNIJ invites you to read the following selections before the series airs Feb. 20 - 23.

We Must Remember All Who Died

Nov 16, 2015

Like many of us, I have a deep attachment to Paris.  It is both a geographical location and a luminous state of mind – a two thousand-year-old city permeated by myth and the traces of a complex, sometimes-violent history. 

When I first heard about the shootings that happened in Paris on Friday night, I felt something akin to panic, then disbelief.  After that came anger and, on its heels, helplessness and sorrow. 

Christine Sneed

Nov 16, 2015

Christine Sneed is a novelist, poet and short-story writer.

Her first book -- the story collection Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry -- won the 2009 Grace Paley Prize and Ploughshares' John C. Zacharis prize, and was chosen the traditionally published fiction Book of the Year by the Chicago Writers Association.