Graham School Events

Writer’s Studio Open House/Open Mic

Open Mic

For the next Writer’s Studio Open House/Open Mic, join us at The Book Cellar in Lincoln Square! We'll kick off the evening with Writer's Studio instructor Eileen Favorite's FREE craft mini-lesson on Pacing in Prose. Next up, we'll hear a reading from Trevor Lisa, the first-place winner of the 2019 Writer's Studio Student Prize. After that, it's time for our always-inspiring, often-instructive creative writing open mic! 

This signature event is an opportunity to foster your writing, hear the ideas and work of others, and, if you’re so inclined, add your voice and stories to the mix. Learn more about the University of Chicago Writer’s Studio and our upcoming downtown and online classes.

We hope to see you there!


Please prepare up to two double-spaced pages in twelve-point, Times New Roman font. You can hold an open mic spot in two ways: online through the event registration link or in person. When you register for the event, this question will allow you to sign up to read as well: Will you be reading/performing at the open mic? If you answer yes to that question, you will receive a personalized email confirming your open mic spot. If you do not see that question, the online reader signup has closed, so you will need to sign up in person. Three or more spots will be held for in-person signup at the event. Please arrive early to be added to that list.


Pacing is often a tricky business—when to speed up, when to slow down. Often, in our first drafts, we speed through the most important moments, just to get them down. On second read, however, we need to return and expand these crucial moments to highlight our greater themes. In this mini-lesson, Eileen Favorite will provide examples of when a writer slows down time to build suspense, extend a moment of revelation, or capture how the mind works in real time. 


Eileen Favorite is the author of the novel The Heroines, which has been translated into Finnish, Italian, Russian, and Korean. Her poetry and prose has appeared in many publications, including The Toast, Triquarterly, Folio, the Chicago Reader, Poetry East, and Diagram. Starting in January 2020, Eileen will teach Deep Revision: Developing Your Prose downtown at the Gleacher Center.

Trevor Lisa is the author of the chapbook “Make The Pure Products of America Go Crazy Again.” His fiction, which has appeared in Stillpoint Literary Magazine and Mandala Journal, explores the intersection of fascism, college sports, and multilevel marketing organizations. Trevor studied creative writing at the University of Georgia and is currently an MFA candidate at Columbia College Chicago. 

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