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The Writer’s Studio

The Writer’s Studio at University of Chicago is a creative home to writers of all genres and ambitions. We offer open-enrollment, noncredit classes designed to inspire and challenge as well as manuscript consultations and free community events. Whether you are dabbling in creative or professional writing or honing your craft, we strive to offer engaging classes and community that serve your needs.

About the Program

Ranging from introductory to advanced, the Writer’s Studio offers one-day, four-week and eight-week classes held at the Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago. Many of our classes are workshop-based, focusing on creation of new or revised work alongside discussion of student and published writing.

While there is no need to apply for admission to our classes (you can simply register), we encourage students to choose courses based on their level of experience. 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.

About Our Community

Writer’s Studio faculty and students create powerful work in and out of the classroom. We are proud of the literary and creative accomplishments of students, alumni and instructors (see our growing list of publications and awards). To strengthen relationships and writing, we hold regular events on and off campus, including open mics and readings, as well as our free annual Business of Writing Seminar and programs at Chicago literary institutions such as Printers Row Lit Fest. Above all, we endeavor to help our students live the writing lives that they envision within a vibrant, supportive community, whether those visions include publishing, performing or simply pushing the bounds of their creative expression.

Your writing matters. Get to work on it.

Click a course title to read the course description and register for the course.

Courses

Writer's Studio Dramatic Writing: Shadows & Light
03/27/2017 to 05/22/2017

WRIT 22803 | Dramatic Writing: Shadows & Light

So much of what moves and compels us in story can be understood in terms of shadows and light. The protagonist fights against the dark forces of psychology and environment to reach the light of the hero they were meant to be, moving from ignorance to knowledge, from chaos to order – or not. In this class, we’ll examine the forces of darkness in your character’s world and map pathways for them to find their way to the light. We'll also address how to use recurring motifs in your story’s physical and relationship landscapes to provide key signposts on your character’s journey and deepen audience experience of theme.

No class April 10.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Susan Hubbard

Susan Hubbard

Susan Hubbard

Susan Hubbard is an award-winning screenwriter whose work has screened internationally. She co-wrote feature film Realization, and has pitched to Hollywood executives. She holds an MFA in cinema art & science. Her play, Thundersnow, was produced in Chicago in 2015.

20 PD/CPDU
Course Code: WRIT 22803
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
Mar 27 to May 22
Tuition: $575.00
Days/Times: Mon
6:00 PM–8:30 PM



Online Registration Close Date:
March 24, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Writer's Studio Basic Creative Writing
03/27/2017 to 05/22/2017

WRIT 51800 | Basic Creative Writing

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. You will also study canonical and contemporary models drawn from fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, and you will be encouraged to try your hand at each of these genres.

No class April 10.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Sarah Terez Rosenblum

Sarah Terez Rosenblum

Sarah Terez Rosenblum

Sarah Terez Rosenblum’s debut novel, Herself When She's Missing, was called “poetic and heartrending” by Booklist. She writes for publications and sites including Salon, The Chicago Sun Times, Curve Magazine, and Pop Matters. She was a 2011 recipient of Carve Magazine's Esoteric Fiction Award, 1st runner up for Midwestern Gothic's 2015 Lake Prize, and a finalist for Washington Square Review’s 2016 Flash Fiction Award. In addition, she was shortlisted for Zoetrope All Story’s 2016 Short Fiction Contest, receiving an honorable mention. In 2014, she founded the Truth or Lie Live Lit Series.

20 PD/CPDU
Course Code: WRIT 51800
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
Mar 27 to May 22
Tuition: $575.00
Days/Times: Mon
2:00 PM–4:30 PM



Online Registration Close Date:
March 24, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Writer's Studio CANCELED: Advanced Prose Workshop
03/27/2017 to 05/22/2017

WRIT 53899 | CANCELED: Advanced Prose Workshop

This repeatable workshop is designed for advanced fiction and nonfiction writers working to develop and hone their work. As a mixed-genre class, writers will have the opportunity to learn from a wide range of styles, techniques, and voices.

No class April 10.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Sarah Terez Rosenblum

Sarah Terez Rosenblum

Sarah Terez Rosenblum

Sarah Terez Rosenblum’s debut novel, Herself When She's Missing, was called “poetic and heartrending” by Booklist. She writes for publications and sites including Salon, The Chicago Sun Times, Curve Magazine, and Pop Matters. She was a 2011 recipient of Carve Magazine's Esoteric Fiction Award, 1st runner up for Midwestern Gothic's 2015 Lake Prize, and a finalist for Washington Square Review’s 2016 Flash Fiction Award. In addition, she was shortlisted for Zoetrope All Story’s 2016 Short Fiction Contest, receiving an honorable mention. In 2014, she founded the Truth or Lie Live Lit Series.

20 PD/CPDU
Course Code: WRIT 53899
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
Mar 27 to May 22
Tuition: $575.00
Days/Times: Mon
6:00 PM–8:30 PM



Online Registration Close Date:
March 24, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Writer's Studio Poetry as Resistance
03/28/2017 to 04/25/2017

WRIT 12401 | Poetry as Resistance

Throughout history, people have responded to war, oppression, and personal demons with poetry. There are the shouts of Allen Ginsburg, Amiri Bakara, Muriel Rukeyser, and countless others. The very act of writing poetry is a protest against silence, against oppression, against corruption, against the status quo. We will discuss poets who have used their voices, music, metaphor, and imaginations to resist different forms of oppression. Using them as inspiration, we will write our own resistance poetry.

No class April 11.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Dina Elenbogen

Dina Elenbogen

Dina Elenbogen

Dina Elenbogen has published a memoir, Drawn from Water: an American Poet, an Ethiopian Family, an Israeli Story; a poetry collection, Apples of the Earth; as well as award-winning nonfiction pieces and poems. She is the recipient of the 2012 Graham School Excellence in Teaching Award for the Humanities, Arts, and Sciences.

10 PD/CPDU
Course Code: WRIT 12401
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
Mar 28 to Apr 25
Tuition: $295.00
Days/Times: Tue
2:00 PM–4:30 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
March 27, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Writer's Studio Narrative Voice in Fiction
03/28/2017 to 04/25/2017

WRIT 32401 | Narrative Voice in Fiction

We will explore the fundamental principles of fictive prose and the means by which those storytelling devices give both life and voice to narration. The course will also consider the degrees to which the composition of plot informs and invigorates narration in both short and long fiction. Exercises, workshop readings, and craft discussions will guide our considerations of the craft of storytelling.

No class April 11.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Bayo Ojikutu

Bayo Ojikutu

Bayo Ojikutu

Bayo Ojikutu won the Great American Book Award for his first novel, 47th Street Black. His second novel, Free Burning, is forthcoming. He was included in the “New City Lit 50,” a list of Chicago’s most renowned writers and literati.

10 PD/CPDU
Course Code: WRIT 32401
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
Mar 28 to Apr 25
Tuition: $295.00
Days/Times: Tue
6:00 PM–8:30 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
March 27, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Writer's Studio Facilitated Children’s Book Writer’s Group for Novelists
03/29/2017 to 05/3/2017

WRIT 62601 | Facilitated Children’s Book Writer’s Group for Novelists

Unsure how to move forward with your current middle grade or young adult novel-in-progress? Joining a facilitated writer’s group offers you a supportive professional community, positive constructive criticism, and opportunities to learn and hone your craft. Facilitated discussions of each group member’s manuscript highlight story structure, the writing process, comparable literature, and a story’s marketability. Suggested writing exercises, reading assignments, and professional connections offer guidance, focus, insights, and encouragement to writers of all levels.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Esther Hershenhorn

Esther Hershenhorn

Esther Hershenhorn

Esther Hershenhorn serves on the board of advisors of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Her publications include Chicken Soup by Heart (winner of the Sydney Taylor Award) and The Confe$$ion$ and $ecret$ of Howard J. Fingerhut.

15 PD/CPDU
Course Code: WRIT 62601
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
Mar 29 to May 03
Tuition: $445.00
Days/Times: Wed
2:00 PM–4:30 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
March 28, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Writer's Studio, Writing and Speaking for Business Effective Writing for Business & the Professions
03/29/2017 to 05/17/2017

WRIT 91800 | Effective Writing for Business & the Professions

This spring, 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.

In the workplace, writing succeeds when it is easy to read, efficient, and valuable. The more you know, the more difficult it can be to communicate your expertise clearly and persuasively. To share your expertise with others, you must organize your material, structure your ideas, and frame your concepts in language that is both precise enough to be accurate and direct enough to be clear to your reader. This course introduces techniques you can use to diagnose and revise your writing so that it will succeed with any readers, from colleagues to clients to the general public. Tuition includes course materials.

About the Writer’s Studio
Ranging from introductory to advanced and creative to academic, the Writer’s Studio offers one-day to eight-week open-enrollment classes at the Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago. Visit the Writer's Studio page to learn more.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Linda Smith-Brecheisen, Tracy Weiner

Linda Smith-Brecheisen

Linda Smith-Brecheisen

Linda Smith-Brecheisen is associate director of the University Writing Program at the University of Chicago, where she teaches academic and professional writing and supervises and trains a staff of writing instructors in the humanities and professional schools.

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Tracy Weiner

Tracy Weiner

Tracy Weiner is senior associate director of the University Writing Program at the University of Chicago, where she teaches academic and professional writing and supervises and trains a staff of writing instructors in the humanities and professional schools. Weiner received the 2009 Graham School Excellence in Teaching Award.

20 PD/CPDU
Course Code: WRIT 91800
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
Mar 29 to May 17
Tuition: $625.00
Days/Times: Wed
5:30 PM–8:00 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
March 28, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

WRIT 91800 | Effective Writing for Business & the Professions

This spring, 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.

In the workplace, writing succeeds when it is easy to read, efficient, and valuable. The more you know, the more difficult it can be to communicate your expertise clearly and persuasively. To share your expertise with others, you must organize your material, structure your ideas, and frame your concepts in language that is both precise enough to be accurate and direct enough to be clear to your reader. This course introduces techniques you can use to diagnose and revise your writing so that it will succeed with any readers, from colleagues to clients to the general public. Tuition includes course materials.

About the Writer’s Studio
Ranging from introductory to advanced and creative to academic, the Writer’s Studio offers one-day to eight-week open-enrollment classes at the Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago. Visit the Writer's Studio page to learn more.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Linda Smith-Brecheisen, Tracy Weiner

Linda Smith-Brecheisen

Linda Smith-Brecheisen

Linda Smith-Brecheisen is associate director of the University Writing Program at the University of Chicago, where she teaches academic and professional writing and supervises and trains a staff of writing instructors in the humanities and professional schools.

,

Tracy Weiner

Tracy Weiner

Tracy Weiner is senior associate director of the University Writing Program at the University of Chicago, where she teaches academic and professional writing and supervises and trains a staff of writing instructors in the humanities and professional schools. Weiner received the 2009 Graham School Excellence in Teaching Award.

20 PD/CPDU
Course Code: WRIT 91800
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
Mar 29 to May 17
Tuition: $625.00
Days/Times: Wed
5:30 PM–8:00 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
March 28, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Writer's Studio Online Writing Group
04/3/2017 to 06/5/2017

WRIT 52850 | Online Writing Group

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. As a member, you will generate and revise your creative work (up to 4000 words of prose or eight pages of poetry at a time) alongside a supportive, dedicated cohort of writers. Regardless of location and schedule, this group can help you find motivation, inspiration, and creative breakthroughs under the guidance of a professional writer.

No class over Memorial Day Weekend.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Hannah Gamble

Hannah Gamble

Hannah Gamble

Hannah Gamble is a poet, essayist, editor, and educator. Her first book, Your Invitation to a Modest Breakfast, won the National Poetry Series in 2011. You can find her writing on the Poetry Foundation website and in magazines such as The Believer, jubilat, Fanzine, and the American Poetry Review.

20 PD/CPDU
Course Code: WRIT 52850
Section: 17S7
Location: Online
Dates:
Apr 03 to Jun 05
Tuition: $575.00
Days/Times:



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
March 27, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Writer's Studio Intermediate Creative Nonfiction
05/2/2017 to 06/6/2017

WRIT 42633 | Intermediate Creative Nonfiction

How do we enhance our work into polished, powerful prose? In this six-week course, we'll combine writing workshops with reading assignments that illustrate a variety of creative nonfiction techniques. We will focus on structure, revision, and adding depth to your work. Students in this course are required to bring a work in progress or a section of a work in progress (5,000 words or less) to the first class session.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Kevin Davis

Kevin Davis

Kevin Davis

Kevin Davis is an award-winning journalist who has written for Utne Reader, Chicago magazine, The Rumpus, Writer’s Digest, and Crain’s Chicago Business among others. He is also the author of the nonfiction books Defending the Damned and The Wrong Man.

15 PD/CPDU
Course Code: WRIT 42633
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
May 02 to Jun 06
Tuition: $445.00
Days/Times: Tue
6:00 PM–8:30 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
May 1, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Writer's Studio Flash Form
05/2/2017 to 05/23/2017

WRIT 52401 | Flash Form

The flash form challenges the writer to get to the heart of a story and to render, in dynamic fashion, something that feels spacious and whole and still comes in at less than 1,000 words. This four-week course will include reading multiple examples of the form and essays on the subject as well as writing time. This is a great opportunity for any writer to hone skills such as constructing scene, identifying conflict, and creating strong images that work to tell a whole story concisely.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Cecilia Pinto

Cecilia Pinto

Cecilia Pinto

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 has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize for poetry and has won the Esquire short fiction contest. She is a 2009 CAAP grant recipient.

10 PD/CPDU
Course Code: WRIT 52401
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
May 02 to May 23
Tuition: $295.00
Days/Times: Tue
2:00 PM–4:30 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
May 1, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Writer's Studio On Revising Well
05/10/2017 to 05/31/2017

WRIT 52402 | On Revising Well

Only through revision do we see what we have written. In this craft workshop for writers of fiction and nonfiction, we will explore techniques for reading closely and amplifying the impact of your prose. Exercises and readings on structure, word choice, ambiguity, punctuation, the art of trimming, and other topics will help you refine the tone, clarity, and rhythm of your work. Students should come to the first class with a completed draft of a story, essay, chapter, or other short piece ready to be subjected to an editor’s gaze.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Jennifer McDonald

Jennifer McDonald

Jennifer McDonald

Jennifer McDonald, a freelance editor and writer, was formerly an editor for The New York Times Book Review, the national desk of The Times, and The Washington Post; and a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism, at Harvard University. Connect with her at jenbmcdonald.com.

10 PD/CPDU
Course Code: WRIT 52402
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
May 10 to May 31
Tuition: $295.00
Days/Times: Wed
2:00 PM–4:30 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
May 9, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Writer's Studio Writing a Novel Synopsis
05/24/2017 to 05/31/2017

WRIT 32201 | Writing a Novel Synopsis

In this two-day course, we'll work on drafts of synopses so they’re ready to go to an agent. Even if you're not ready to shop your novel around, this course will help you figure out major themes, plot lines, and how to compress your ideas into a winning description of your book. Students should bring a draft (three pages or less) to the first class, which we'll review in the second class for final polish.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Eileen Favorite

Eileen Favorite

Eileen Favorite

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. Connect with her at eileenfavorite.com.

6 PD/CPDU
Course Code: WRIT 32201
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
May 24 to May 31
Tuition: $170.00
Days/Times: Wed
6:00 PM–9:00 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
May 23, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Writer's Studio Jumpstart Session: Harnessing Your Emotions on the Page 06/3/2017

WRIT 52101 | Jumpstart Session: Harnessing Your Emotions on the Page

As writers, our emotions are the key to our unique voice and vision. Through a combination of discussion, readings, and in-class writing, this one-day seminar will inspire students to dig deep and access their creativity.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Sarah Terez Rosenblum

Sarah Terez Rosenblum

Sarah Terez Rosenblum

Sarah Terez Rosenblum’s debut novel, Herself When She's Missing, was called “poetic and heartrending” by Booklist. She writes for publications and sites including Salon, The Chicago Sun Times, Curve Magazine, and Pop Matters. She was a 2011 recipient of Carve Magazine's Esoteric Fiction Award, 1st runner up for Midwestern Gothic's 2015 Lake Prize, and a finalist for Washington Square Review’s 2016 Flash Fiction Award. In addition, she was shortlisted for Zoetrope All Story’s 2016 Short Fiction Contest, receiving an honorable mention. In 2014, she founded the Truth or Lie Live Lit Series.

3 PD/CPDU
Course Code: WRIT 52101
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates: Jun 03
Tuition: $85.00
Days/Times: Sat
9:30 AM–12:30 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
June 2, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Writer's Studio Jumpstart Session: Cover Letter Clinic 06/5/2017

WRIT 82101 | Jumpstart Session: Cover Letter Clinic

A sparkling cover letter opens the door to interviews, scholarships, grant funding, and so much more. Tragically, this prized real estate in the application process is overlooked or treated as simply a formality. On the contrary, your cover letter may make the difference between a “yes” or a “pass.” In this jumpstart session, we'll examine amazing cover letters and work on yours until it's electric. Writer’s Studio instructor Mary Fons has written many successful cover letters (for grants, jobs, graduate school, and more!) and will show you her tried-and-true methods for writing fantastic cover letters every time.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Mary Fons

Mary Fons

Mary Fons

Mary Fons is a nationally-ranked slam poet; proud Neo-Futurist; founding editor of Quilty; and co-host of Love of Quilting. Mary’s publications include Make + Love Quilts: Scrap Quilts for the 21st Century; and essays in the Write Club Anthology and Madonna & Me. See more at MaryFons.com.

3 PD/CPDU
Course Code: WRIT 82101
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates: Jun 05
Tuition: $85.00
Days/Times: Mon
6:00 PM–9:00 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
June 2, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

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