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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 feature open-enrollment, noncredit writing classes in Chicago designed to inspire and challenge, and offer manuscript consultations and free community events. Whether you are dabbling in creative writing, 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 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.

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.

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