The Live Lit scene is exploding in Chicago and every night of the week you can participate in a performance series featuring fiction, flash fiction, personal narrative, essays, poetry, and writing we don’t even know how to categorize. Dozens of shows have sprung up in taverns, bookstores, and theaters that enable writers and performers of all skill levels to explore every style of performed original writing.
Want to be a part of it? Want to interact with your audience and see the immediate affects of your words? Want to feel the electricity of your words bringing energy to the crowd?
Here’s how to get started:
1.Take a class. Scroll down to find the class that speaks to you. Choose from:
2. Check out a show. See our instructors and students in action!
- Guts & Glory (Hosted by Keith Ecker and Samantha Irby)
- the kates (Hosted by Kelsie Huff)
- Story Club (Hosted by Dana Norris)
- Write Club (Hosted by Ian Belknap)
3. Submit your stories! Check out submission tips from our instructors.
1. Sign up for Open Mic. 2. Send a piece you’d like to perform in a featured performer slot to email@example.com.– Dana Norris (Story Club-How it works.)
Curators of well-run shows are extraordinarily busy. So if it’s the choice between somebody who’s seen the show/knows the drill and somebody – however well-meaning and enthused they might be – who requires an explanation of the show they’ve not been to, well that’s no choice at all. –Ian Belknap (Write Club- Want to Be in the Show?)
See a kates show. Laugh and have fun. Then ask me how to get on the kates booking list. I’ll send you this link and capture your email. The kates is an all female comedy show. If you are male ask me about other comedy shows I co-produce. Kelsie Huff (the kates)
Begins Thursday, September 19, 2013
Find Your Spotlight runs for six sessions: five at StoryStudio and one behind-the-scenes class at the popular Story Club reading series. Also, students will be encouraged to attend two additional live lit shows. Each student will have a chance to move a story from the draft stage to a performance-ready piece of electrifying theater. In class we’ll discuss the fundamentals of Live Lit and workshop students’ stories. Outside of class we’ll attend two Live Lit shows and discover techniques we can use to enhance our own writing and performances.
Begins Monday, September 23, 2013
The Lab is for writers/performers who have taken introductory Live Lit classes or have performing experience but wish to take their work to the next level.
In this six-session course, students will:
- Sharpen skills they’ve acquired as a live lit performer
- Meet for intensive sessions that will alternate between performance and writing exercises
- Receive individual feedback and guidance on their writing and performance by the instructor
- Complete and perform an original 12-minute piece
Begins Monday, October 14, 2013
Keep ‘Em Laughin’ is an intermediate course for writers and performers who have taken the Live Lit: Make ‘Em Laugh introductory class or for individuals who have some experience but wish to take their work to the next hilarious level.
Students will receive individual feedback on their writing and performance, sharpen joke writing skills, and hone different forms of comic writing. This course will also explore how to combine character development, oral history, and non-fiction research into a cohesive, comic performance piece. Keep ‘Em Laughin’ will conclude with a graduation show, where each student will create a 12-minute comic story and have the opportunity to perform.
Begins Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Great writing isn’t safe. Great writers take risks and reveal themselves through their most vulnerable experiences. For creative non-fiction 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.
This class will help students find the courage and skills to stop self-censorship and craft compelling literature. Through a combination of readings, in-class exercises, and workshopping students will leave with a completed draft of a piece that embodies risky and rewarding creative non-fiction.
Who should attend?
- Adults 18 and over
- All levels welcome