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Who I am:
Valya Dudycz Lupescu is a writer and the founding editor of Conclave: A Journal of Character. Her novel. The Silence of Trees (Wolfsword Press, 2010) was selected as a Semifinalist in the 2008 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award and since being published (both in print and ebook), has been a Kindle Bestseller, breaking into the Top 100. Valya holds an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has taught at several Chicago-area universities. She is currently an Artist-in-Residence at the historic Cliff Dwellers Club and is on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Writers Association. Valya teaches workshops around the city and online and helps to facilitate a monthly gathering of writers and artists called the Chicago Creative Coop.
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
The Silence of Trees (Fall 2010)
Conclave: A Journal of Character (2008, 2009-2010)
Sticks and Bones: Issue 1 Home Is Where the Hearth Is (Coming June 2012)
My writing is:
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Blog Posts
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
The Chicago Creative Coop, Chicago Writers Association
My professional associations:
Board of Directors for Chicago Writers Association
American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS)
The American Association for Ukrainian Studies (AAUS)
Slavic and East European Folklore Association (SEEFA)
Associated Writing Programs (AWP)
Chicago Women In Publishing (CWIP)
Friends of Lulu
International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture.
I found out about She Writes from:
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A Writer's Apology

Posted on March 30, 2012 at 8:30am 1 Comment

For all the friends and family in my life (especially Mark):


A Writer’s Apologia 


Although I love you, I may not see you for hours or days or weeks, even if we live or work together.


When writing, my inbox and voice messages pile up around me until I forget that they are there. My intention is to get to them, but in all probability, they will be lost. I appreciate your efforts to send me repeated messages. I…


The Silence of Trees is Available As an Audiobook!

Posted on March 30, 2012 at 8:00am 0 Comments

You may recall a few months ago, when I posted a Storify link to Xe Sands' live-tweeting of my novel, THE SILENCE OF TREES.  You can see the story here.

I love audiobooks, and it really is a dream-come-true to have THE SILENCE OF TREES in this form. I always heard the protagonist Nadya's voice in my ear as I was…


In the Company of Wolves

Posted on March 21, 2012 at 6:30am 0 Comments

I became involved with the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame because I believe that Chicago has an important literary legacy deserving of attention. After two induction ceremonies where we celebrated historical writers, it was time to look at the contribution of writers living and working in Chicago.

Fuller Award…

Leap Day Promotion - The Silence of Trees FREE for Kindle until March 1st

Posted on February 27, 2012 at 10:30am 0 Comments

As a special 2012 Leap Year promotion, my novel The Silence of Trees is available for FREE on Kindle Monday, February 27 until the end of Leap Day. After 11:59pm on February 29th, the price will go up to $4.99.…


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At 5:14pm on December 11, 2011, Elaine Stock said…

Valya, thanks for having me as a friend. Although I'm not too active on SW, I do drop by every now & then. Congratulations on your writing accomplishments. Seems as if you're Friends with Jill Starishevsky? She was just my guest on my blog last week. I'd love for you to visit at

At 10:36pm on December 3, 2011, Pamela DuMond said…

Hi Valya! Thanks for the add. I write comedic mystery as well as YA. I'm not active on the list yet, but will submit to the contest. Thanks!

At 11:12am on December 2, 2011, Emily Suess said…

Hi, Valya! Thanks for adding me as a friend here on She Writes. I look forward to connecting with you.


At 8:19pm on October 27, 2010, Phoebe Wilcox said…
Thank you, I am nervous about being on the air but someone told me that host is very "non-threatening" and that I'll probably forget it's being broadcast! Let's hope it goes down like that. . . .
At 6:37am on July 31, 2010, Meg Waite Clayton said…
Valya, Adding my voice to the welcome. If you’re looking for a place to jump in, we’d love to have you join us in the Novelists – Struggling or Not group.

Hope you enjoy the site!

Meg Waite Clayton
Moderator, Novelist Group
Author of the national bestseller, The Wednesday Sisters

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