Creator Camp Chicago

Creator Camp is a half-day long event focused on creativity, new ideas, and sharing knowledge.

Our first-ever Creator Camp Chicago took place on May 14, 2011.

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Meet our keynote speaker: Robert K. Elder: Author, Journalist, and Editor

Chicago Author Robert K. Elder will be presenting this year’s keynote speech: Blackmailing Yourself Into Success: 7 Ways to Make Your Ideas Reality.
Join us at Creator Camp Chicago and hear about Rob’s journey from work to unemployment to published author.

Robert K. Elder is a journalist, author, film columnist and a regional editor of AOL’s Patch.com in Chicago.

Studs Terkel called Elder “a journalist in the noblest tradition” in his introduction to Elder’s book, Last Words of the Executed.  The New Yorker called it, “…A harrowing portrait of our justice system.”


Praise for Elder’s 2011 book The Film That Changed My Life came from the Chicago Tribune’s Michael Phillips, who called the book, “A great and provocative read…it’s addictive.”

Elder’s work has appeared in The New York Times, MSNBC.com, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Salon.com, The Oregonian and many other publications. For more than a decade, he served as a staff writer at the Chicago Tribune.


In June of 2009, Elder founded the Web 2.0 company Odd Hours Media LLC, which launched the user-generated sites ItWasOverWhen.com: Tales of Romantic Dead Ends and ItWasLoveWhen.com: Tales from the Beginning of Love. Both sites went viral very quickly, attracting more than 1 million hits within a few months. In late 2009, Sourcebooks signed the sites to a two-book deal.

 A former member of the Chicago Film Critics Association, Elder has taught film classes at Facets Film School. He currently teaches journalism at Northwestern University’s Medill School. He lives in Chicagoland.

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Meet a panelist: Jill Pollack of StoryStudio Chicago

We’re thrilled to have Jill Pollack as one of our panelists. Jill will be one of the experts discussing “Creativity and Prosperity During an Economic Downturn.”

Jill is a serial entrepreneur and the founder and director of StoryStudio Chicago and StoryStudio North Shore. Since founding the studio in 2003, Jill has focused her attention on teaching both fiction and creative non-fiction courses, and providing a wide variety of experiences in writing and publishing for StoryStudio writers. She is the also the founder of the Chicago Literary Alliance and has published three books for young adults: Shirley Chisholm, named a Best Book by Science and Film Magazine; Lesbian and Gay Families: Redefining Parenting in America; and Women on the Hill, a history of women in Congress. 

Jill brings lots of business cred, too! She’s a Past President of Women in Communications, Inc. (Chicago chapter), and has been a member of the Association of Multimedia Communications, DigitalEve, ChicWIT, JUF High Tech division, National Writers Union, Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and a Business Volunteer for the Arts with the Arts & Business Council of Chicago. She is the recipient of a Silver Trumpet Award from the Publicity Club of Chicago, a Silver Quill Award from the International Association of Business Communicators, and a Clarion award from Women in Communications (national).

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