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Slaying Dragons and Subject-Verb Agreement

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Meet Sherry Welch, StoryStudio Chicago’s new Marketing and Community Manager! Cooler By The Lake talks with her about her role at StoryStudio, her favorite books, and the best writing advice she’s gotten. Tell us about yourself. I’m joining the StoryStudio team after working a variety of jobs, including selling Harley motorclothes and B2B customer service for cat Read More…

Memoir Writing: You Don't Have to Go It AloneRead More>>

Memoir Writing: You Don’t Have To Go It Alone

Memoir Writing: You Don't Have to Go It AloneRead More>>

Today we wanted to highlight one of our favorite StoryStudio classes, Memoir In A Year. The experience of writing a book-length memoir with the help of a year-long class and a cohort of fellow memoirists is a unique one to be sure, which is why we thought instructor Nadine Kenney Johnstone and her students could Read More…

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Extraordinary Ordinary Stories

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Last night I saw the revival of Pippin, a Broadway musical Tony winner from 1973 that has been a favorite among high schools and community theatres, but not so much with larger venues, at the Cadillac Palace Theater. It has some issues. The main character, Pippin, is roughly inspired by Charlemagne’s eldest son, a hunchback Read More…

Writing The Unlikeable CharacterRead More>>

Writing the Unlikable Narrator

Writing The Unlikeable CharacterRead More>>

I’ve seen a lot of chatter over the last couple of years—let’s call them the Gone Girl years—about what it means for a character to be likable or unlikable. Most of the argument is about whether characters have to be likable for the book to be successful and worth reading. Let’s skip that part. We’ve Read More…

What I Learned About Writing From Middle-SchoolersRead More>>

What I Learned About Writing from Middle-Schoolers

What I Learned About Writing From Middle-SchoolersRead More>>

For a few weeks each summer, StoryStudio’s typically quiet mornings turn into something different as twenty-some middle-schoolers burst through the doors for Summer Creative Writing Camp. Over the course of five days, they learn craft, participate (quite loudly) in activities, and write– a lot. On the last day of camp, family members join us and Read More…

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Home is Where The ‘Hood Is

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StoryStudio’s Secret Door You wouldn’t know it unless someone told you, but there’s a secret door in our building here at 4043 N. Ravenswood. It’s heavy. It creaks. It sits atop a mountain of stairs. It goes out to the roof. That door—though far removed from the office hustle down below—gets a lot of use this Read More…

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Notice Anything Different?

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Here at StoryStudio, we love to wax poetic about our lovely loft space on N. Ravenswood Avenue. But just as important as our brick-and-mortar home is our virtual home, storystudiochicago.com, where you–our community–register for classes, keep up with what’s new, and join us from around the globe (literally!) for our growing number of online classes. Read More…

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StoryStudio Chicago: A Space for Writers

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I covet the artist’s studio. All the colorful paints and glues and fabric and canvas and brushes, all the early drafts tacked to the wall. The energy in an artist’s studio floats from surface to surface, landing in the imagination to be reborn as the artist shapes it into a picture. Writers are artists, too. Read More…

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What Can I Get from SSC That I Can’t Find Elsewhere?

What Can I Get From SSC? Read this post>>

To enroll, or not to enroll, that is the question— And it’s a good one, too. If you’re thinking about taking your very first writing class, it’s only fair to wonder if the whole process will be worth your while. Who could blame you? Writing takes time. Classes cost money. Plus, there’s always the chance that you could learn this stuff on Read More…

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Horse of a Different Color

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When I started StoryStudio in 2003 we had a whopping four students. Those first classes were held in a small room in the Coyote Building in Wicker Park that I sub-rented from a dear friend and an amazing artist, Lynn Anderson. Fast forward 11 years and StoryStudio is well situated in our own space; but Read More…