Ranging from introductory to advanced, the Writer’s Studio offers one-day, four-week and eight-week open-to-all writing classes in downtown Chicago's Gleacher Center.
Many of our classes are workshop-based, focusing on the creation of new or revised work alongside discussion of student and published writing. For beginners, we suggest starting with introductory courses such as Basic Creative Writing, Introduction to Creative Nonfiction, Introduction to Dramatic Writing, etc. For writers with more experience, we invite you to sign up for our advanced courses, including Advanced Prose Workshop, Advanced Short Story Writing, etc. Classes that are not clearly distinguished as beginner or advanced are generally intermediate.
Take your fiction or nonfiction to the next level in this critique-focused workshop. Bring a hard copy of your story or chapter to the first class session, and throughout this six-week course you'll be guided to a deeper and more cohesive work.
In this course, you will receive daily writing prompts (either via email or in person) as you develop your own writing practice and craft knowledge through reading and workshop discussion.
This course will introduce you to creative writing, from generating ideas to revising drafts. Find your voice and develop your craft through in-class and at-home writing exercises, and through discussions of your own and your fellow students’ written work.
Few forms beckon like the personal essay. There is its whisper-in-your-ear intimacy, the mining of an "I" (and eye), the signature movement of mind as a drive for understanding that is highly individual manages to tap and thrum with what connects us, with the universal. For the writer, the potential for ideas is unlimited.
The Writer's Studio Monthly Writing Group is designed for students working in creative nonfiction or fiction. Focused on monthly workshops, the group also provides writers a sense of community as well as an outlet for discussion of both practice and form.
In this introductory course, we will explore the art and craft of writing memoir. Students will draw upon their life experiences to create works that will explore both individual lives and the human condition in general. In-class writing exercises will be aimed at beginning larger pieces of writing.
Stay motivated while writing your novel! This online class will offer craft discussions, intensive study of a mentor text, instructor feedback on a synopsis and eighty pages of work, and opportunities for revision.
Where does your writing come from? How can you access the deeper realms? In this class, we will experiment with different forms of meditation and visualization, in service of our writing. Meditation can help to calm anxieties and remove obstacles.
Do you need structure, deadlines, insight, and a creative community to produce your best work? This eight-week, multi-genre (fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry) online writing group is designed to provide that and more.
Audiences love to see heroes who are thrown into tailspins then manage to snatch surprising victories. Learn how to test your character’s noble cause, their beliefs, and their very identity with story-driving twists that keep audiences riveted.
Want to find a way to make writing for business and the professions even more effective? Simple: tell your story. In this six-week class, you will learn to create an authentic, compelling story that clarifies your mission, vision, and value proposition.
It’s easy to get lost when revising your manuscript for publishing consideration, but there’s good news: the synopsis, pitch, and query letter that accompany your submission can also serve as your GPS through the revision process! Fine-tune these tools in this hands-on workshop to take control and fine-tune your manuscript.
Just as in real life, characters are defined by their internal conflicts and their most crucial relationships. In this class, we’ll deploy internal character contradictions and shape-shifting antagonists to enrich your characters, theme, and story.
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