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The club returns this spring!
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.
Need trusted readers and useful feedback? Have a story or novel ready to share with a welcoming audience?
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.
Who or what is your muse?
Since the time of the ancient Greeks, people have been turning to paintings and sculpture for writing inspiration. In this single-session class, we’ll follow in their footsteps and use art to inspire our poetry.
In today’s market, selling yourself as an author, expert, or educator is just as important as selling your words.
Whether you’re a self-published novelist, an author with a contract, or finishing up a nonfiction book, every writer needs a platform.
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.
How much distance do you need from an event before writing about it? Is it better to place your characters in the moment or have them looking back on the story? How does changing point of view increase the impact of a story?
Writing a turn-of-the-century mystery? A Victorian romance? Or looking to add authenticity to your literary fiction? Whatever you write, learn how to make your story true to its time!
In this single-session class, we’ll explore some of the key challenges in writing historical fiction: How do we balance accuracy and authenticity?
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.
Whether you’re an artist, a non-profit, or a business, learning how to leverage the power of the media is an essential tool for success. Public relations is one of the core tactics used to enhance your visibility and establish a strategic position in the marketplace.
Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at a literary magazine? How do editors decide which pieces to publish? What really happens to your story or essay after you send it in?
Join us for this free panel discussion with three editors from Chicago’s thriving independent publishing scene: Brian Solem of Graze, Sarah Dodson from MAKE Magazine, and Victor David Giron from Curbside Splendor.
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.
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!
Attention all writers interested in writing for children or young adult audiences!We’re pleased to host a special opportunity for you to attend a workshop session and have lunch with faculty and the director of the acclaimed Hamline University low-residency MFAin Writing for Children and Young Adults Program (MFAC).
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.
Calling all writers of young adult, middle grade, and picture books. This is the year for your KidLit project!
KidLit in a Year is a unique opportunity to join a writing cohort, study story craft, workshop scenes, measure your progress, meet goals and deadlines, and give and get support for the journey from composition to revision to submitting for publication.
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.
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.
This is the year to write your memoir!
It takes hard work and courage to record your experiences on the page, and a book-length manuscript poses extra challenges to the memoirist.
The New York Times thinks it’s important. Jeffrey Eugenides, Jane Austen, and Leo Tolstoy do, too.
Love and relationships are crucial components of novels, short stories, and memoirs. They can drive a protagonist, create obstacles, or spark off conflict for your characters.
Whodunnit? You! Join this fun evening of wine, mingling, and writing to collaboratively create a murder mystery — and solve it!
Each participant assumes the role of a character (don’t worry: no acting necessary!) and the host sets the scene: a party, a murder, and the culprit still at large.
Tap into your personal experience and unlock your inner creative genius!
This 4-week class is for nonfiction writers who want to generate new content but find themselves stymied by their inner critic. You’ll learn how to turn off your critic and turn up your creative juices.
The Novelists Roundtable is for novelists currently working their way through a novel or are contemplating beginning one.
Spring has arrived, and with it, StoryStudio’s next FREE class and Open House!
Join us for coffee, tea, and conversation with other writers, and then stay for True or False, a fun, all-levels free class that will have you experimenting with fiction and nonfiction.
Connect your stories to the world!
Write about the issues and places that matter to you in this four-week class. Each session will challenge students to tackle cultural, political, and urban issues — and how to use stories and essays to express an opinion or change a mind.
How low can you go? (Low wordcount, that is.)
Challenge yourself to discover just how short your story can be by exploring Quick Stories.
The popularity of very short stories (called flash fiction) and essays is growing.
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.
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?
Discover the keys to comic writing with Chicago comedian Kelsie Huff!
Wish you could write like David Sedaris or Sarah Vowell? Or want to sharpen the humor in your fiction? This 8-week class will help you unlock the comic potential in your stories.
Want to write a crime drama set in the 1950′s, or a literary love story in turn-of-the-century Chicago? Want to capture the bungalow of your youth, or the cabin where you spent summers? Whatever story you’re writing: place matters.
From Ishmael to Jane Eyre, no story is complete without a strong, compelling protagonist. Whether you’re writing a novel, short story, or personal essay, the hero (or heroine) is one of the most important elements. But what makes a truly great hero?
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.
Robert Frost wrote “no tears for the writer, no tears for the reader,” but what are a prose writers’ tools for bringing emotionally difficult material to the page and moving through trauma to create powerful work?
In this 1-day only workshop with visiting author Jessica Handler, students will examine leading examples of grief writing and undertake writing exercises to learn ways to confront tears and find joy.
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.