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Accountability Club Deluxe

Begins Monday, September 15, 2014 Join the club this fall! 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.  At Read the Rest»


Advanced Fiction Workshop

This class will return this winter! Meets monthly on Wednesdays beginning July 16, 2014 Need trusted readers and useful feedback? Have a story or novel ready to share with a welcoming audience? Struggling with a piece and needing some direction? StoryStudio offers this ongoing workshop for intermediate and advanced writers who need clear and structured Read the Rest»


Advanced Memoir Workshop

This class will return this winter! This monthly class begins Thursday, July 24, 2014 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. We’ll look at how memory is transformed into compelling writing and discuss the writing process Read the Rest»


Being Yourself on the Page

Begins Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Your friends think you’re funny, but does your personality come through in your writing? Does it translate to a wider audience? Can strangers connect and relate to your work? Turning yourself into a character in your creative nonfiction work is harder than it sounds. You need to make specific choices Read the Rest»


Business Writing Fundamentals – ONLINE

Online course materials available beginning: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 First live chat: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 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 Read the Rest»


Creating a Storytelling Community

Saturday, October 11, 2014 Do you love live lit, but wish you could be behind the scenes? Want to create dynamic storytelling and writing opportunities for your community? Join Jill Howe, co-producer of the popular live storytelling and music series Story Sessions, for a seminar on Creating a Storytelling Community. You’ll spend the first part Read the Rest»


Creative Cohort

Meets monthly beginning Thursday, August 21, 2014 Something completely new is coming to the studio! Got a draft of a novel or memoir? Graduated from one of our In a Year programs or Advanced Workshops? Great! Now’s your chance to join the Creative Cohort, a community of advanced writers exclusive to StoryStudio students, the first Read the Rest»


Creative Plagiarism

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 You were taught in school never to steal someone else’s words. But in this single-session class, throw out the rules and transform old language into new writing with creative and experimental writing! In this class we’ll explore the idea of writing as a form of sculpture — an art form that Read the Rest»


Creative Writing Essentials

Begins on Monday, September 15, 2014 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 looking to write fiction (short stories, Read the Rest»


Dysfunctional Families

Begins Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Tolstoy famously wrote that “all happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Perhaps this difference is why dysfunctional families make such great fodder for creative writing. In this class, we’ll talk about the many ways writers transform challenging family dynamics into compelling stories. How Read the Rest»


Fictional Fights

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Is an argument is ever really about what you think it’s about? A fight over walking the dog might really be about a forgotten birthday or problem with in-laws. A squabble over the trash might really be about your partner’s obsession with an ex. These are the shape real-life altercations take, Read the Rest»


Foundations of Fiction

Begins Wednesday, September 17, 2014 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. It’s a great place Read the Rest»


Foundations of Fiction – ONLINE

Online course materials available beginning: Friday, September 26, 2014 First live chat: Thursday, October 2, 2014 This eight-session online 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, Read the Rest»


Four Ways to a True Story

Begins Thursday, October 2, 2014 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 Read the Rest»


Ghost Stories

Thursday, October 30, 2014 Halloween is coming! Got a spooky story to tell? This 1-night class will explore how to “haunt” a story. You’ll learn how to make use of a strong setting, build believable characters, and employ elements of suspense. We’ll take a closer look at the work of some prominent ghost story writers Read the Rest»


Gift Certificates

Give the Gift of Creativity! 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 Read the Rest»


How to Build a Poem – ONLINE

Online course materials available beginning: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 First live chat: Monday, October 6, 2014 Do you want to write poetry, but not sure where to start? Or maybe you’ve written poetry on your own, but want to take a class and learn new skills? The word “stanza” literally means “room,” “station,” or “stopping Read the Rest»


How to Write a Novel

Begins Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Thinking about writing a novel? Have some ideas but not sure how to get started? You’re not alone — and now’s the time to put your thoughts into action! This class will use exercises and discussion to map out our novels, including how to develop outlines, flesh out character, and Read the Rest»


Journey to a New Story: Travel Writing

Begins on Monday, September 15, 2014 You’ve roamed other countries (or other neighborhoods) this summer. You’ve lost your luggage, found new shores, or explored your own town as a tourist. Now what? Learn how to turn your travel experiences into stories and essays in this 4-week class. Bring notes, journals, or souvenirs as the starting Read the Rest»


Just Get Me Started!

Monday, September 8, 2014 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. It’s a great way to dip your toe in the pool of Read the Rest»


Memoir in a Year

Meets monthly beginning Monday, October 20, 2014 Application deadline is Friday, September 19, 2014 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. How do you structure a longer work? How do you Read the Rest»


Memoir(ish): Telling True Stories – ONLINE

Online course materials available beginning: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 First live chat: Monday, November 3, 2014 Tap into your creativity with autobiographical writing while you capture, recall, and re-tell key events in your life. Whether your interests lie in personal essay, memoir, journal writing or even fiction, “Memoir(ish)” will help you take your memories and Read the Rest»


Mystery Writing Bootcamp

Saturday, October 18, 2014 Design the crime and sleuth for solutions! Mystery novels sell big. Why? Because they deliver some of the most intricate plots and satisfying reads on the shelf—and mystery readers are insatiable, avid readers. In this class, you’ll learn tips and tricks for engaging readers in any manuscript to keep them turning Read the Rest»


NaNoWriMo Jumpstart

Monday, October 27, 2014 November is National Novel Writing Month, where people across the world set out to tackle a seemingly impossible challenge: Write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days! To kick off StoryStudio’s NaNoWriMo festivities, we’re offering this special one-night class to help you develop your characters, work through your plot, and get all Read the Rest»


Novel in a Year

This class is sold out! Please email us to be notified of when the next session begins. Meets monthly beginning Monday, August 11, 2014 This is the year to write your novel! Novel in a Year is a unique opportunity to join a writing cohort, study novel craft, workshop key scenes, measure your progress, meet Read the Rest»


Open House & Free Class

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Cap off your summer at StoryStudio’s next FREE class and Open House! Join us for coffee, tea, and conversation with other writers, and then stay for Your Life as Fiction, a fun, all-levels free class that will explore what happens when you combine personal experience with your imagination. Plus, register and pay Read the Rest»


Practical Grammar

Saturday, November 1, 2014 Can’t remember when to use “me” or “I”? Wondering when to use commas? Whether you’ve forgotten the basic rules, never learned them, or just want to make your writing more clear and effective, this hands-on workshop is for you. In this single-session class, we’ll tackle the day-to-day grammar questions that come Read the Rest»


Quick Stories

Begins Tuesday, September 16, 2014 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 (also called flash fiction) and essays is growing. Learn the skills required to create these tiny masterpieces, which are often Read the Rest»


Speak Up: Reading Your Work Aloud

Begins Wednesday, October 22, 2014 It’s one thing to write a piece, but another to read it aloud! Hearing your words can help you sharpen your prose, refine rhythm, and decide where to focus your revisions. But if you’re a Live Lit performer, want to participate in open mics, or an author wanting to read Read the Rest»


Speculative Fiction Workshop

Begins Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Strike out toward new writing frontiers, and then bring your vision to the workshop table! Sci-fi, fantasy, dystopian, post-apocalyptic, alternate history — these stories pose particular challenges to a writer. Now there’s a class that will help writers of speculative fiction create alternate realities that feel as familiar to readers Read the Rest»


Tales from the Office

Thursday, September 25, 2014 Work: it’s where you spend the majority of your days. Essayists like David Sedaris got their start by making fun of it. Others, like Anthony Bourdain, have sold thousands of memoir copies about it. Meanwhile, reality TV shows about bizarre jobs have exploded. Why not transform that day-to-day material into something read-worthy? Read the Rest»


Thriller Writing Bootcamp

Saturday, November 1, 2014 Thrillers–heart-racing stories of action and suspense that are as fun to write as they are to read! Check out the New York Times bestseller list and you’re likely to see more than a few high-octane stories that pit the protagonist against impossible odds and a ticking clock. But stories in any Read the Rest»


Writing Sex

Begins Monday, November 3, 2014 It’s part of life, so shouldn’t it be part of your fiction? If your characters eat, shower, and grocery shop, then they probably have sex, too. Sex has a place in literary fiction, but often writers shrink from including it. Sometimes fear of judgment stops us, sometimes a lack of Read the Rest»


Writing Your Life

Begins Thursday, September 18, 2014 You have favorite stories to tell about your friends and family, and journals full of stories about yourself. Now you’d like to write about these people and experiences. But where to begin? Writing Your Life will show you how to identify the stories that mean the most to you and Read the Rest»


Yoga & Writing

Saturday, September 27, 2014 Clear your mind and get new ideas on the page! Discover the connection between yoga and writing in this single-session class. When writers feel blocked or frustrated, negative thoughts take over and destroy creativity. Yoga frees the body and the mind to move away from the criticism and negative self-talk that Read the Rest»


Youth Creative Writing Workshop

Two sessions: Saturday, October 4, 2014 Saturday, October 25, 2014 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? Then this workshop is for you! Read the Rest»