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 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,, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe,, 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 Tales of Romantic Dead Ends and 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.


Meet a panelist: Lauren Levato, Artist and Writer

Please say hello to Lauren Levato, draughtswoman, writer, and arts marketing/PR gal Friday. A successful creative type, she will be one of the experts discussing “Creativity and Prosperity During an Economic Downturn.”

Lauren  is an artist and writer whose obsessions include insects, odd creatures (like humans), myths, fables, and tall tales. You see, her grandfather was quite the storyteller. Plus she’s Irish and you know they never stop making things up. You can find evidence of all this in her artwork, which includes drawing, painting, and sculpture.

She was trained at The School of Representational Art in Chicago and studied privately with Steven Assael. She earned her degrees in Professional Writing and Women’s Studies from Purdue, and in Political Journalism from Georgetown University.  She worked as a journalist for 13 years and, also during that time, worked as a sales and public relations expert for some of the leading galleries and artists in the field, including Ferrin Gallery, Packer/Schopf, and Tony Fitzpatrick.

Lauren was born with a little red Mohawk and grew up in Indiana, both which explain a lot.