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 and craft discussions come together in this once-a-month workshop.

Facilitated by Kim Brooks, each session focuses on workshopping student manuscripts to highlight what’s working and where the opportunities are to delve deeper. Specific comments will be offered for writers at early or later stages of developing short stories or a novel.

What You’ll Learn:

  • How to give useful feedback on drafts and how this skill will enhance your own writing.
  • How and receive comments on your work and apply them (or not).
  • How to sharpen your skills. The group will discuss the creative process and core storytelling elements such as voice, character, narrative arc, and more.

What Happens in Each Session:

  • We’ll meet once a month, leaving writers lots of time to read and write.
  • Each three-hour session will start with a discussion on the creative process and how you can apply new ideas to your writing.
  • Three to four manuscripts will be workshopped each session.
  • During the break, we’ll share a light meal together.

What You’ll Get:

  • Each student will be expected to read manuscript drafts and prepare comprehensive comments. You’ll receive an informative class discussion on your story as well as thoughtful, written comments from your peers.
  • For every draft you workshop, you will also receive detailed comments from the instructor.

Want to Join This Workshop?

This course is limited to 12 students. Participants should have previous workshop experience. To assure that students are in the class that will be most beneficial to them, we ask that prospective students contact us to send in up to 10 pages of a working draft. StoryStudio will then contact you to determine if the Advanced Fiction Workshop, or a different class, would be the best fit.

The application deadline is Monday, December 8, 2014.

Please email or call us to see if this workshop is right for you: or 773.477.7710.

Who should attend?

  • Adults 18 and over
  • Advanced writers

About the Instructor

Kim Brooks received her MFA in fiction writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa where she was a Michener-Copernicus Fellow. Her fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train, Five Chapters, One Story, New Stories from the Midwest, The Missouri Review, Epoch, and other journals, and has been awarded honorable mentions in Best American Short Stories and the Pushcart Prize anthology. Her personal essays appear frequently on She has been teaching creative writing and composition for ten years.

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    At A Glance

    Dates: Meets monthly on Tuesdays: January 13, February 10, March 10, April 14, May 12, June 9, 2015

    # of Sessions6

    Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm

    Level: Advanced

    Location: Chicago Studio

    Course Fee: $385

    The deadline to apply for this class has passed and we are no longer taking applications. Email us with questions or if you would like to be added to a waitlist.