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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

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»

Business Writing Fundamentals – ONLINE

Online course materials available: Monday, February 16, 2015 First live chat: Monday, February 23, 2015 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 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»

Fiction Workshop – ONLINE

Online course materials available beginning: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 First live chat: Wednesday, February 4, 2015 Got a few story drafts that are ready for a second opinion? Good, critical feedback is one of the writer’s best tools. The online fiction workshop is designed for writers who are interested in giving and getting feedback on 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»

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, and help your BFF turn her hilarious emails into Live Lit. After all, everyone deserves the time and 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»

Meditation & Writing

Saturday, March 7, 2015 Clear your mind and get new ideas on the page! Discover the connection between meditation and writing in this single-session class. When writers feel blocked or frustrated, negative thoughts take over and destroy creativity. Meditation frees the mind to move away from the criticism and negative self-talk that keeps our ideas and 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»

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»

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, January 7, 2015 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 a fun, all-levels free class– topic TBA. Plus, register and pay for a class during the Open 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»

Professionals on the Page – ONLINE

Online materials available: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 First live chat: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 Turn Your Expertise into a Great Story Let’s face it: you’re busy. You’re a leader in your field—a business owner, executive, doctor or mental health professional, an industry expert. You have insights to share but need the time, tools, and structure Read the Rest»


Three sessions to choose from on Saturdays: January 24, February 28, and March 28, 2015 Boost your creativity and strengthen your writing muscles with an energetic morning of prompts, prompts, and more prompts! The goal is simple: to stretch your imagination and give your writing muscles a workout — and have fun doing it. You’ll Read the Rest»

Real World Grammar

Thursday, March 5, 2015 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»

Writing From the Senses

Monday, January 26, 2015 Every writer has heard it: “Show, don’t tell.” What they mean is: “Convey the scene to me, don’t explain it.” And since humans learn everything we know about the world through our five senses, figuring out how to write from those senses can help writers “show” their story–without being heavy-handed or 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»

Writing the YA and Middle Grade Novel – ONLINE

Online course materials available beginning: Saturday, February 21, 2015 First live chat: Saturday, February 28, 2015 Start the new year right by tackling that young adult or middle grade novel you’ve wanted to write! This online course is a unique opportunity to join a writing cohort, study story craft, workshop scenes, measure your progress, meet Read the Rest»

Writing Your Novel: The Next Chapter

 Begins Tuesday, January 27, 2015 You’ve started to write your novel. You have some chapters or a pile of rough pages. Congratulations! Beginnings are hard enough. Now it’s time for the next phase of writing your novel — shaping the material you have into a draft and continuing to build your story. That’s where Writing Read the Rest»