Ask a question, get an answer. Read on for Frequently Asked Questions about creative writing classes at StoryStudio Chicago.
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What kind of writing do you teach?
Our creative writing classes cover a wide range of topics within fiction and creative nonfiction. We offer classes on character, plot, setting, scene, and other craft topics, as well as classes in novel-writing, memoir, personal essays, short stories, speculative fiction, flash fiction, and more. One-day workshops cover topics as diverse as grammar, blogging, and meditation for writers.
What are your students like?
The diversity of our students is one of StoryStudio’s greatest strengths. Our students come from all walks of life, all ages, and all kinds of writing experience. In one class, you might meet a recent college graduate, a young professional, a working parent, and a retiree, who all have one thing in common: the desire to write.
How are the classes structured? Is there much reading or homework?
StoryStudio Chicago offers 4-week, 6-week, and 8-week classes that meet weekly on weeknights from 6:30 to 9pm. We also have a range of single-session classes on weeknights and Saturdays. Advanced workshops meet monthly and run for 6 months to a year.
You can expect to do some reading and writing outside of class in most multi-session classes, but the amount varies. An introductory class will have a strong emphasis on writing, reading, and discussion, while a workshop class will spend most of its time giving feedback on student manuscripts. Check the class descriptions for details!
I’ve never written anything before. Will I fit in?
Absolutely! We love writers who are just starting out, and we offer plenty of fun and welcoming beginner-level classes to choose from.
I’ve been writing a long time/have my MFA/am a published author. Does StoryStudio have anything for me?
Of course! Our Advanced Workshops, Novel In A Year, and Memoir In A Year programs offer accountability and a committed cohort, and focus on craft issues for advanced writers. We also have a rotating lineup of craft-focused weekly and single-session classes which many of our experienced writers find valuable and inspiring.
How do I decide what class is right for me?
Each class description includes objectives and a suggested level to help you decide if a class is right for you. If you still have questions, give us a call at 773.477.7710 or send us an email – we’re always happy to chat!
Who are the instructors?
Our committed and talented instructors are all working, published writers who bring their experience and expertise to the classroom. You can read more about them on our Instructors page.
How big are classes?
We cap most of our classes at 15 students to foster great discussion and provide lots of individual feedback.
Life interfered and I now can’t come to class. Can I get a refund?
Alas, sometimes unexpected commitments arise, and we understand that. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer refunds, pro-rated fees, or credits once the class has begun. Please see our full cancellation policy for more information.
Do you offer scholarships or sliding scale fees?
StoryStudio is entirely funded by student tuition, so unfortunately we can’t offer a sliding scale or scholarships. We work hard to keep our tuition affordable while still paying the bills and compensating our instructors (thereby helping to support working writers!).
Can I sit in on a class before I sign up for one?
Our classes are small and the workshop process requires trust and community, so we don’t allow observers. Get in touch to find out about our next Open House & Free Class or join us for a single-session workshop, both great ways to dip your toes in the water and get a sense of what StoryStudio offers.
I don’t want a class but I want someone to read my story. Do you do that?
We offer a Manuscript Review package for writers seeking one-on-one feedback on a complete draft. You can pre-purchase a review package and receive comments and suggestions from one of our instructors.