For a little over a year now, we’ve been including online classes in our catalog of creative writing courses, and this fall, these classes are stronger than ever.
Our beloved Chicago studio isn’t going anywhere. So why are we adding online classes?
Actually, there are a lot of reasons. Read on to hear what each staff member has to say about why we love online classes– and why you will, too:
Sherry Welch, Community Manager
Some people hesitate to take online classes because they are worried that online system will be hard to use. StoryStudio understands this, and we want the focus of our students to be on the classes they take, not fighting with technology. Our online system, WetInk, is designed specifically for writers and to be easy to use. With a built-in critique system, including the ability to write in-line comments, it’s easy to give and get feedback on drafts.
Throughout the classes and on SSC360, our online curated community, there are easy opportunities to connect with other writers, including participating in writing challenges, posting on discussion boards, and even messaging each other. StoryStudio wants you to have the same great class experience, online or in-person, and WetInk makes online classes easier than ever to enjoy.
Scott Onak, Programs Curator
Chicago is full of great writers and instructors, and we’re proud of the talent and experience they bring to our classrooms. But online classes stretch our boundaries to include teachers outside of the Chicago area. Memoir writer Jessica Handler is based in Atlanta and teaches our online Memoir(ish) course. Novelist Adam McOmber is leading the upcoming Speculative Fiction course from his home in L.A. (sure, he gets palm trees, but we get…. oh, never mind). Now students can take the same motivating, challenging classes from experts around the country (or world!). Who knows where your next great instructor will be found?
Maria Hlohowskyj, Creative Programs Manager
Taking a writing class is one of the best ways for a writer of any level to develop their skills, get some guidance and accountability, and find fellow writers who will encourage and inspire them along the way. Our classes have helped a lot of writers along the way, but inevitably, there are some writers who just can’t make it into our Chicago studio for a class.
Maybe you’re one of them. Maybe you live in the far Chicago suburbs, or halfway across the country. Maybe you travel for work, or your shift overlaps with class time. Maybe you want to stay home to be with your family, or maybe you just want to stay home in your pajamas. Because our online class discussions and assignments are all asynchronous, you don’t have to log on at any particular time or be in any particular place. You can watch your instructor’s videos and chat with your classmates at any time during the week, in any location with an internet connection. One of our online students took a class while teaching in Mongolia! Online classes open the door for more writers in more places, which means that you, yes you, can finally take a class with us. Plus– you may make some new writing friends from around the world.
Jill Pollack, Founder and Director…and Story Workout instructor
I love teaching online. Why? I’m a technology geek from way back and always thought that if I wasn’t a writer, I would be one of those coders in the basement who never sees the light of day and just hammers out beautiful lines of secret instructions.
Oh wait, I digress.
It’s not that I love teaching online, it’s that I love teaching online using StoryStudio’s unique classroom software.
It’s easy, intuitive, and keeps all the focus on student stories. As the instructor I get to chat privately and publicly with each student. And as a group, the class leads thoughtful discussions on the readings, the questions of craft, and of course the writing. Last time I taught Story Workout I got so excited that I found myself logging in several times each to see where the discussion was going and what new story drafts had been posted. My fingers flew across the keyboard as I answered questions, challenged writers, and shared wisdom from the pantheon of authors who have come before us. Our system’s greatest benefit? there’s two: interactive discussions at every stage, and the ability to share feedback on stories as a whole, or their very very specific parts.
Ready to join us for an online writing class? Check out our offerings and register today!