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What is StoryStudio Chicago?
StoryStudio Chicago is a writing center offering a wide variety of creative writing and business writing classes for adults of all levels. At StoryStudio, we believe stories matter, and we strive to teach the art and craft of writing in a positive, open, and encouraging setting where students can discover their unique voices.

We’re laid-back and fun, but also serious about writing. We’re run by working writers who understand the value of a place to connect with and learn from other writers.

As one of the premier writing centers in the Chicagoland area, StoryStudio welcomes more than 1,200 writers each year. StoryStudio Chicago is a certified B-Corp, a WBE Woman-Owned business, and a proud member of the Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and the Ideaction Corps. (links)

What kind of writing do you teach?
Our creative writing classes cover a wide range of topics within fiction and creative nonfiction. We offer classes on character, plot, setting, scene, and other craft topics, as well as classes in novel writing, memoir, personal essays, short stories, speculative fiction, flash fiction, and more. One-day workshops cover topics as diverse as grammar, blogging, and meditation for writers.

Our Words for Work business writing classes and trainings focus on using storytelling techniques to write clear and compelling communication at work. Find out more about our offerings here.

Where are you located?
We have a wonderful loft space with three classrooms in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago.

Do you offer online classes?
Yes! Check out our Online Class Page and email us to be added to a mailing list for future online classes.

Do you offer classes for children or teens?
Our popular Youth Creative Writing Summer Camps are open to young writers in grades 6 through 10, and we offer special Saturday workshops for this age group a few times a year. Email us to be added to a mailing list for these classes!

My child’s teacher has said s/he needs to write better at school. Can you help?
StoryStudio doesn’t currently offer youth writing coaching.

My friend/family member/significant other/neighbor always talks about writing. Can I buy a class or a gift certificate for them?
Yes! A gift certificate to StoryStudio is the perfect gift for a writer or for someone who wants to give it a try. You can purchase one here, or call us at 773.477.7710 to order a custom amount.

I don’t want a class but I want someone to read my story. Do you do that?
We offer a Manuscript Review package for writers seeking one-on-one feedback on a complete draft. You can pre-purchase a review package and work with one of our instructors to receive comments and suggestions on your work.

How did StoryStudio start?
StoryStudio Chicago began when our founder, Jill Pollack, decided she wanted to spend more time in the company of other writers and focus on her fiction. While teaching at another institution, Jill got the idea for StoryStudio and opened the doors in 2003 with just four students.

Today, StoryStudio is one of the premier writing centers in the Chicagoland area, with more than 1,200 writers coming to the studio each year.