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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 here). 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 Online Writing Group
01/23/2017 to 03/19/2017

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 6000 words of prose or ten 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.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Gina DiPonio

Gina DiPonio

Gina DiPonio

Gina DiPonio is Program Manager of the Writer’s Studio, Senior Writing Advisor for the Master of Liberal Arts Program, winner of the 2011 David Friedman Memorial Award for an excerpt of her memoir in progress, and a long-time writing instructor. Her work, including fiction and nonfiction, appears in Hair Trigger, Contrary, The Sun, and elsewhere.

20 PD/CPDU
Course Code: WRIT 52850
Section: 07
Location: Online
Dates:
Jan 23 to Mar 19
Tuition: $575.00
Days/Times:



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
January 20, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Writer's Studio Story-A-Day: A Generative Workshop in Fiction
02/7/2017 to 02/28/2017

WRIT 32425 | Story-A-Day: A Generative Workshop in Fiction

In this generative workshop, you will receive a daily email with a prompt that you will use to write a new short short story (under 1000 words), except on the days when we meet in class. Every week, we will explore how to develop your own writing practice as well as your craft knowledge through reading and workshop discussion. Once the course is over, you will have experienced the discipline of writing every day and also have a pile of stories that you can revisit and revise in the months to come. While beginners are welcome, previous experience in fiction writing is recommended.

 

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Stephanie Friedman

Stephanie Friedman

Stephanie Friedman

Stephanie Friedman has had work published in Michigan Quarterly Review, among other venues. She holds an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and an MA in English from the University of Chicago.

10 PD/CPDU
Course Code: WRIT 32425
Section: 01
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
Feb 07 to Feb 28
Tuition: $295.00
Days/Times: Tue
6:00 PM–8:30 PM



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

Writer's Studio Placing Your Novel: Agents, Small Presses, and Self-Publishing
02/13/2017 to 03/6/2017

WRIT 82405 | Placing Your Novel: Agents, Small Presses, and Self-Publishing

How do you target the right agent or press to make sure all of your hard work pays off? This class is designed to shepherd you through that process. Over four weeks, we will craft elevator speeches; draft and workshop query letters; and discuss the pros and cons of various agents versus small presses versus self-publishing. You’ll have a chance to polish your novel’s intro, get insight into the way agents view manuscripts, and empower yourself to help your novel explode onto the scene.

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 Salon, The Chicago Sun Times, XOJane, and AfterEllen.com. Her fiction has appeared in literary magazines including kill author and Underground Voices. Connect with her at facebook.com/SarahTerez and twitter.com/SarahTerez.  

10 PD/CPDU
Course Code: WRIT 82405
Section: 01
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
Feb 13 to Mar 06
Tuition: $295.00
Days/Times: Mon
10:00 AM–12:30 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
February 10, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Writer's Studio Jumpstart Session: Creating Breakout Characters for Page, Stage, and Screen 03/11/2017

WRIT 22101 | Jumpstart Session: Creating Breakout Characters for Page, Stage, and Screen

Indelible, passionate, strong, single-minded characters allow us to see ourselves not just as we are but as we might be at our heroic or anti-heroic best. Because audiences thrill to identify with these higher versions of themselves overcoming extraordinary obstacles, breakout characters help sell stories and put the writer on the map. Using examples from contemporary media, we will unlock the mysteries of these larger-than-life icons and, using in-class exercises, discover ways to bring the characters we write into high definition, breakout focus.

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.

3 PD/CPDU
Course Code: WRIT 22101
Section: 01
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates: Mar 11
Tuition: $85.00
Days/Times: Sat
1:30 PM–4:30 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
March 10, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.