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Accountability Club: Summer Edition

Begins Wednesday, June 11, 2014» Read More

The club returns for a summer edition!
Need someone to hold you accountable for your writing?
Accountability Club Deluxe isn’t a workshop and it isn’t a class. It’s a cross between a support group and a study hall, where fellow writers will help you to increase your productivity and actually write. 

Advanced Fiction Workshop

This class is SOLD OUT and will open for registration again in summer. Please email us to be added to the wait list or to discuss other class options.
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Need trusted readers and useful feedback? Have a story or novel ready to share with a welcoming audience?

Advanced Memoir Workshop

This class is now full. Please email us to be notified when registration opens again in summer.
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This class continues an exploration of memoir for returning students, and is open as well to those who have completed Writing Your Memoir or comparable courses.

Business Writing Fundamentals – ONLINE

Online course materials available beginning: Wednesday, May 28, 2014
First live chat: Tuesday, June 3, 2014
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Improve your communication in the workplace, regardless of where you are on your career continuum, with a class that fits your busy schedule.
Unlike any other business writing training, we use the unique lessons of fiction to help you tell your corporate story, prepare your marketing materials, and write proposals, fundraising appeals, or inner-office emails.

Creative Writing Essentials

Begins Monday, June 9, 2014» Read More

Learn the essentials for telling a good story!
Basic storytelling craft is at the heart of fiction and creative nonfiction. This introductory eight-session course covers the elements that make up a good story, including character development, plot, scene building, and language.

Creative Writing Now: Getting Started

Begins Monday, April 21, 2014» Read More

Want to write stories but not sure where to begin?
Creative Writing Now is the perfect place to start! This 4-week class is designed to introduce you to some of the basic elements of good storytelling — and give you tips for how to make writing a regular part of your life.

Foundations of Fiction

Begins Wednesday, June 11, 2014» Read More

This eight-session course is perfect for newer writers—or those returning to the craft—who want to learn the basics of storycraft and begin to understand how to write a piece of fiction.
We’ll talk about it all: character development, scene building, plot and tension, dialogue, and language.

Four Ways to a True Story

Begins Monday, June 16, 2014» Read More

One story, four essays.
How we understand the defining experiences of our lives depends on the way we tell them. The same event — a birth, death, marriage, crime, triumph, mistake — can have a totally different flavor and resonance for your reader or listener depending upon the choices you make, the details you reveal, and the tone you strike.

Gift Certificates

Give the Gift of Creativity!» Read More

StoryStudio Chicago gift certificates are the perfect present for the writer in your life.
Encourage Grandpa to finally write those memoirs, send cousin Sally to class to finish that novel of hers, help your BFF turn her hilarious emails into Live Lit, and while you’re at it, get a little something for yourself, too!

How to Write a Funny Story

Thursday, May 22, 2014
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What makes a story gut-bustingly funny versus merely clever? And how do you ride that delicate line between hilarity and going too far?
Join visiting author Johanna Stein for this fun and interactive single-session class that tackles the age-old problem of blending story and humor in a brief amount of space.

Introduction to Live Lit

Begins Tuesday, June 10, 2014» Read More

The Live Lit scene is exploding in Chicago and every night of the week you can participate in a performance series. Want to be a part of it?
Bring your stories to the stage in this 8-session course with writer and performer Ian Belknap.

Just Get Me Started!

Monday, June 2, 2014» Read More

Having trouble staring down the blank page? This workshop will give you exercises to help you get the first words out. We’ll write story beginnings and learn to enjoy the process of starting from a word, image or idea.

Mastering the Mental Game for Writers

 Thursday, April 17, 2014
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The Secret? It’s 80% mental!
Athletes have known this for decades–how to visualize success and reach their competitive dreams. The same is true for writers!
In this one-night class, author and life coach Sara Connell will help aspiring and established writers move past mental blocks, clarify goals, and find new joy in their work.

Novelists Roundtable

It’s not a workshop. It’s not a class. It’s something completely different!

This class is full! Please email us to join a wait list or discuss other options.

Meets monthly on Mondays.
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The Novelists Roundtable is for novelists currently working their way through a novel or are contemplating beginning one.

Professionals on the Page

Begins Tuesday, June 17, 2014» Read More

You have the knowledge. You have the idea. Now it’s time to write your book!
Professionals on the Page is a six-month program that will give you the direction, feedback, and accountability to turn your professional experience into the nonfiction book you’ve been meaning to write.The nonfiction publishing world has its own rules.

Revision with Purpose

Saturday, April 26, 2014» Read More

You have a draft of a story or essay. Now what?
Writing classes often focus on the production of new writing. After all, it’s easier to work with writing in draft form. But in this single-session class, we’ll reexamine writing that we think is finished and address the real problems of revision, from the macro to the micro, and discuss strategies for taking your fiction or nonfiction from first draft to finished.

Summer Creative Writing Camp

Two sessions: June 23-27 and July 14-18, 2014
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Do you love to write? Do you spend your free time scribbling in notebooks, scratching poems in the margins of your math homework, and thinking up stories and characters? Do you dream of writing a best-selling novel some day?

Summer Workshop

Begins Tuesday, June 10, 2014
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Keep your writing momentum going this summer!
The Summer Workshop is designed for writers of fiction and non-fiction who are interested in giving and getting feedback on their work in a supportive and productive atmosphere. In addition to comments from your peers, you will also receive written comments from the instructor.

Visual Storytelling

Begins Thursday, May 1, 2014» Read More

Explore ways to combine your writing with visual art.
In this 4-week class, students will undertake short experimental exercises to create hybrid work that blends the visual with pieces of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.  We will look at models from established writers such as Lynda Barry and Claudia Rankine who use images in their own work.

Weird Tales

Begins Tuesday, June 10, 2014» Read More

“The true weird tale has something more than secret murder, bloody bones or a sheeted form clanking chains… There must be instead a certain atmosphere of breathlessness and unexplainable dread.” – H.P. Lovecraft
What is the weird tale?

Writing the End of the World

Begins Monday, June 23, 2014» Read More

Contemporary stories seem flooded with planet-eating fires and unseen alien viruses galloping to end life as we know it. But humans have been obsessed with these same scenarios for centuries. These stories say everything about who we are and what it means to live as humans.

Writing the Landscape: Summer Retreat at Ragdale

Friday, July 18- Sunday, July 20, 2104» Read More

Ragdale and StoryStudio Chicago are pleased to announce an exceptional writing retreat with author Abby Geni. Join us July 18-20, 2014, at The Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, Illinois, a spectacular setting that offers the best of nature and architecture. 

Yoga & Writing Retreat

Saturday, Summer 2014– Date TBA
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Clear your mind, stretch your muscles, and get new ideas on the page this summer!
Join this day-long workshop and learn how yoga can help writers dismantle creative blocks, write more productively and enjoyably, give and receive feedback more mindfully, and move effectively through the submission process to get their work out into the world.