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.
Go beyond merely editing your work and re-envision it! In this class, you’ll learn how to find the most crucial bits of living matter within your stories and provide them with the light and space they need to grow, allowing your work-in-progress to become a fully developed piece of fiction.
Whether you've been struggling to write or you are simply ready to start something new, this two-day class is designed to get creative writers of all genres moving with writing activities, games, and prompts. Come ready to try new things, freewrite, and discover new ways to begin.
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.
Story-driving scenes leap off the page or screen with color and drama. In this workshop, we will fine-tune the process of writing the well-made scene that delights and spellbinds while also moving the story forward.
Want to find a way to make writing for business and the professions even more effective? Simple: tell your story. In this eight-week class, you will learn to create an authentic, compelling story that clarifies your mission, vision, and value proposition.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There is no finer way to bind readers to your story than through characters readers admire, understand, and root for, even with all their flaws. Compelling characters in all types of media help put the writer on the map.
Joan Didion’s essays have been absorbed, dissected, and studied by generations of writers. For good reason. Few writers better illustrate the power of the “I," of the importance of crafting that “right” first-person narrator who can excavate a private personal truth to illuminate a shared universal one.
Forget the dry, boring grammar lessons of your youth. Take this class and enter an enchanting world of punctuation unlike any you have ever considered. Do commas trip you up? Unsure about semi-colons? Come explore their usage and untapped power.
Have work but unsure how to get it out there? In this class we will study and demystify the ever-changing landscape of online and print publications. You will learn how to evaluate and characterize journals, and you will research one or two literary markets.
Improve your writing for greater clarity, organization, and persuasiveness. The University of Chicago’s Writer’s Studio invites you to take our Effective Writing for Business and the Professions course for better communication in business and beyond.