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The club returns this winter in a bigger, better, deluxe format!
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? 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.
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 and the decisions we make along the way.
What’s the one thing that almost all great works of fiction, nonfiction, genre writing, and film have in common? Well-crafted, compelling scenes. But what exactly is a scene, and what makes one great?
Whether you’re writing a memoir, a short story, or a YA sci-fi thriller, this intensive six-week course will teach you the skills you need to create scenes that enrapture the reader and keep your plot moving.
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.
Strike out toward new writing frontiers!
Mine the depths of your imagination in order to create alternate realities that feel as familiar to readers as their own. Learn how to write and adhere to a “rule-book” for your worlds and learn the skill of rooting aspects of your creations in reality.
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.
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.
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 keeps our ideas and energy locked away.
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.
So. You’ve started your novel. Maybe you’re 100 pages in or are closing in on a draft (or second draft). Your plot doesn’t make sense to you. Your characters are strangers. Your will to keep working is gone.
The publishing world is in a state of constant flux. The increase in publishing options has helped a great many writers bring their novels to the world, but the scene can be difficult to navigate. The roads are many, but Getting Your Novel Published will give you a map!
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!
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.
Ever wanted to write a children’s book? Have one started but looking for the next steps?
Join children’s book author Juliet C. Bond and prepare yourself for the world of KidLit! Whether you’re writing young adult novels, middle grade books, or picture books, you won’t want to miss this intensive, one-day workshop.
Do you have great ideas for children’s books about the real world?
The publishing industry for KidLit is challenging to break into, but the field with the most opportunities is nonfiction!
Join StoryStudio’s Juliet Bond for an intensive one-day class that focuses on nonfiction writing for all age groups within the KidLit audience.
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?
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.
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 and beyond.
The Novelists Roundtable is for novelists currently working their way through a novel or are contemplating beginning one.
Celebrate the new year and treat yourself to StoryStudio’s FREE class and Open House!
Join us for coffee, tea, and conversation with other writers, and then stay for Perfect Pitch, our free class on how to pitch your story to agents and publishers.
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.
If you’re ready for a fun and productive challenge, then Short Stories: Start to Finish is for you. This class offers the best of fiction craft, delving deep into what makes a story sing and the tricks you can use to find your way to the finish.
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?
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 Kelsie Huff.
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?
While the words “creative” and “nonfiction” might seem an odd pairing, the combination is rooted in a long tradition of telling stories, making personal observations and employing a variety of literary techniques to communicate facts. Whether you’re interested in personal essay, memoir or literary nonfiction writing, this course will help you to tell true stories creatively and interestingly.
Every family has a story. If you’ve always wanted to document your family history, this is your chance. Don’t just gather the facts– tell a great story.
In this eight-week class, you will begin by conducting an interview with a family member and researching the story you want to tell.
Great writing isn’t safe. Great writers take risks and reveal themselves through their most vulnerable experiences. For creative nonfiction writers looking to take their personal narratives to a deeper level, it’s important to tackle the tough topics and give words to the unspeakable parts of the human experience.