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.