Graham School Events

Writer’s Studio Open House/Open Mic

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Open Mic

Online reader signup is now full. If you would like to read at the open mic, please register for the event and come early to sign up in person. There will be three or more in-person reader slots available.

The next Writer’s Studio Open House/Open Mic will be part of this year’s Evanston Literary Festival! Join our community at Creative Coworking for instructor Cecilia Pinto's FREE craft mini-lesson on The End in Sight, looking at the connection between story beginnings and endings. 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. 

To learn more about the University of Chicago Writer’s Studio and our upcoming downtown and online classes, please visit our website.

To read at the open mic, 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 below, 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.

We hope to see you there!

Instructor Bio

Cecilia Pinto has had her poetry and prose published in a variety of journals including Quarter After Eight, Fence, The Seneca Review, Triquarterly, and RHINO. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for poetry and an Illinois Arts Council award and won the Esquire short fiction contest. She is also a CAAP grant recipient. In 2015, she was voted a writer to watch by The Guild Literary Society.

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