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Advanced Fiction Workshop

Meets monthly on Tuesdays beginning January 13, 2015 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 critiques to improve their work. Community Read the Rest»

Blogging 101

Thursday, January 15, 2015 Blogging is a great vehicle for creativity, self-expression, freelancing – and building a writing career. But where to begin? This single-session workshop will introduce participants to the “blogosphere” and explore different ways to create interesting, accessible, and fun content for blogs. What we’ll cover: An overview of different systems, including Blogger, Read the Rest»

Blogging 201 – Winter 2015

Thursday, January 22, 2015 Take your blog to the next level! If you’re a writer, journalist, or communicator interested in “going pro” and stepping up what your blog can do for you, then don’t miss this single-session workshop. Dig deeper into your material and learn how to use content marketing strategies to expand your audience Read the Rest»

Creative Writing Essentials

Two sections: Mondays beginning January 12, 2015 Thursdays beginning January 29, 2015 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 Read the Rest»

Cut-Ups & Cross-Outs: Experimental Writing

Thursday, November 13, 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 types of writing that consist of rearranging pre-existing things (words, phrases, or sentences) rather Read the Rest»

Get Published: Writing for Children & YA

Saturday, February 7, 2015 Have you written, or are you planning to write, a fabulous children’s, middle-grade, or young adult story, but have no idea how to get it published? This single-session class provides students with hands-on techniques to get your work out there and build your career as a children’s or young adult writer. 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»

Great Writers, Great Writing: Learning From the Pros

Begins on February 9, 2015 As Ray Bradbury said: “Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens.” Most of our classes teach writing, but how can reading make you a better writer? In this class you’ll learn to read closely for inspiration and instruction from accomplished writers like Eula Biss Read the Rest»

How Close Is Too Close: The Nonfiction Narrator

Begins Monday, January 19, 2015 We write about our lives to get perspective on the events and people that have shaped us. But how much distance do we need, and how do we balance what we experienced then with what we know now? In this 6-week creative nonfiction class, we’ll use different lenses to make Read the Rest»

Instant Essays

Begins Wednesday, January 21, 2015 Want to write essays but have trouble coming up with ideas? Or making sense of them on page? Try your hand at writing an essay — or six! The personal essay is a great format for those who want to write about personal experience in an engaging and intelligent way. Read the Rest»

Junk Drawer Workshop

Begins Wednesday, January 21, 2015 All writers have them: half-finished, forgotten, and rejected stories and essays sitting in a junk drawer. Join us this winter and breathe new life into those orphaned drafts! The Junk Drawer Workshop is designed for intermediate writers of fiction and non-fiction who want to give and get feedback on their Read the Rest»

Just Get Me Started!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 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»

Live Lit for the Boring Life

 Begins Thursday, January 22, 2015 You do have stories to tell! Let us help you tell them. The Live Lit scene is exploding in Chicago and every night of the week you can participate in a performance series — and you can be a part of it! Bring your stories to the stage in this Read the Rest»

Memoir(ish): Telling True Stories

Begins Tuesday, January 20, 2015 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? Memoir(ish) will show you how to identify the stories that mean the most to you and make them 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»

Monsters, Murder, & Martians: Genre Sampler

Begins on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Immerse yourself in the worlds of sci-fi, horror, mystery, and fantasy in this fun introduction to genres! A phantom in the hall… The clue that solves a crime… Whether you’re a fan of genre writing or are attempting it for the first time, join us for this four-session class. 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 This class is sold out! Please email us to be added to a waitlist.   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 Read the Rest»

NaNoWriMo Write-In!

Saturday, November 15, 2014 Join us for a day of writing, supportive company, and snacks to celebrate National Novel Writing Month! From 10am to 4pm, the studio will be open for a day of writing. You may come and go as you like. Bring your laptop or notebook and settle in at one of the Read the Rest»

Novel in a Year

Meets monthly beginning Wednesday, February 4, 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 goals and deadlines, give and get support for the long slog from plotting to composition to revision Read the Rest»

Open House & Free Class

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 Before the holiday rush, get inspired and set your New Years’ writing goals at StoryStudio’s next FREE class and Open House! Join us for coffee, tea, and conversation with other writers, and then stay for Finding Your Voice, a fun, all-levels free class where you’ll learn how to channel your own unique Read the Rest»

Picture Book Writing Bootcamp

Saturday, January 24, 2015 Want to write a picture book but feel like there are insider secrets to writing a successful story? Have questions about how the business side of picture book publishing works? This is the class for you! Study with an expert in the picture book genre for this single-session class. You’ll explore Read the Rest»

Plot & Structure Intensive

Begins Thursday, January 22, 2015 Whether your fiction is long or short, genre or literary, creating a compelling plot is crucial. In this 6-week class, we’ll study the creation of a narrative from the initial spark to revision and put this theory into practice by writing and sharing our own scenes. Students will practice how 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»

Short Stories: Beginning, Middle, & End

 Begins on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 Construct a story piece-by-piece in this 8-week course! Short Stories: Beginning, Middle, & End 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»

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 the City

Begins Tuesday, January 20, 2015 In a city, something is always happening, whether it’s down the block, across the bus aisle, or on the other side of your apartment wall. As writers, we can make good use of this exciting, ever-present noise and motion. This class will help you figure out how. In Writing the City, Read the Rest»