Advanced Fiction Workshop

This class is SOLD OUT and will open for registration again in summer. Please email us to be added to the wait list or to discuss other class options.

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 Abby Geni, 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.

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


Who should attend?

  • Adults 18 and over
  • Advanced writers

About the Instructor

Abby Geni is the author of the short story collection The Last Animal, published by Counterpoint Press. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a recipient of the Iowa Fellowship. Her stories have won first place in the Glimmer Train Fiction Open and the Chautauqua Contest. Additionally, her pieces have appeared in Glimmer Train, The Indiana Review, New Stories from the Midwest, Iron Horse Literary Review, The Fourth River, Camera Obscura, and Crab Orchard Review, among others. Over the years, Abby has taught writing in many forms to students of all ages and abilities, most recently at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently hard at work on a novel about loss, adulthood, and great white sharks.

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    At A Glance

    Dates: Meets monthly on Wednesdays: January 15, February 19, March 19, April 23, May 21, and June 18, 2014

    # of Sessions6

    Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm

    Level: Advanced

    Location: Chicago Studio

    Course Fee: $385

    This class is sold out. Please email us to be added to a waiting list, or for more information and suggestions.