Our Instructors

StoryStudio Chicago is blessed with a talented, creative and encouraging faculty of instructors and a helpful staff. We have many visiting teaching artists join us for single-session classes and retreats, as well as many of the stars of Chicago’s literary and Live Lit communities.

Scroll through instructor bios for our Creative Writing Classes, or see the Words for Work business writing team. (Interested in teaching at StoryStudio? Review our directions for Proposing a Class.)

 

jillJill Pollack is the Founder and Director of StoryStudio Chicago. Since founding the studio in 2003, Jill has focused her attention on teaching creative and business writing courses…

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bw belknapIan Belknap is a Chicago writer/performer and founder/curator/host of WRITE CLUB, the nation’s premiere competitive philanthropic readings series.…

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annettegendlerAnnette Gendler is a creative nonfiction writer. Her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Tablet Magazine

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sarahrosenblum.jpgSarah Terez Rosenblum is a novelist with an MFA inCreative Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sarah Terez Rosenblum freelances for publication…

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Scott OnakScott Onak holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Idaho and has published stories in Mid-American Review

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kelsiehuff Kelsie Huff is the producer and host of the kates, has created three one woman shows and continues to tell stories and perform stand-up across the nation…

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AbbyGeniAbby Geni is the author of the short story collection The Last Animal, published by Counterpoint Press. She is a graduate…

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Rebecca Makkai is a Chicago-based writer whose first novel, The Borrower (Viking, 2011), was a Booklist Top Ten Debut…

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keith ecker squareKeith Ecker has been active in Chicago’s thriving arts community as a performer and writer. He is a creator of the popular reading series Essay Fiesta and Guts & Glory,…

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Emily headshot Pushback FilmsEmily Gray Tedrowe is the author of the forthcoming novel Blue Stars (St. Martin’s Press) and Commuters: A Novel (Harper Perennial)…
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StoryStudio Instructor Dana NorrisDana Norris is the founder and host of Story Club, a monthly Live Lit show for stories. She performs…

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StoryStudio Instructor Sarah HollanbechSarah Michael Hollenbeck has published personal essays in TriQuarterly, The CAF, Review, and the In Our Words blog…

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StoryStudio Instructor Steve TrumpeterSteve Trumpeter’s short story “Sky Boys” won the Chicago Reader‘s 2012 Pure Fiction contest…

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StoryStudio Instructor Jennifer CoffeenJennifer Ann Coffeen is a romance novelist and freelance writer. Her regency short story Five Golden Suitors

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StoryStudio Instructor Kim BrooksKim Brooks received her MFA in fiction writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa where she was a Michener-Copernicus Fellow….

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Luvvie Ajayi is a writer, social media strategist and trainer. She’s been blogging for 9 years, 6 of which have been at her humor blog, AwesomelyLuvvie.…

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 julietbondJuliet Bond is a writer and professor at Columbia College in Chicago. Her first picture book, Sam’s Sister, was published in 2005 and has sold over 50,000 copies! …

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Anna ScottAnna Scott holds a degree in literary journalism from Boston University and a master’s in humanities and creative writing from the University of Chicago…

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StoryStudio instructor Jack HelbigJack Helbig is a theater critic, arts writer, and essayist for various publications. He regularly writes for the Chicago Reader and the Daily Herald. He is also a playwright…

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Beth Nyland, StoryStudio instructorBeth Nyland is a communications consultant and founder of Spencer Grace LLC. Her employer/client list includes Accenture, Lands’ End, Motorola, PepsiCo Inc…

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baird harperBaird Harper’s fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Tin House, Mid-American Review, CutBank, Best New American Voices 2009 and 2010, and The Chicago Tribune.…

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StoryStudio Staff

Jill Pollack

Founder and Director
jill@storystudiochicago.com

Maria Hlohowskyj

Creative Programs Manager
maria@storystudiochicago.com

Scott Onak

Program Curator
scott@storystudiochicago.com

Jen Coffeen

Marketing Assistant
jen@storystudiochicago.com

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