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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.

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Writer's Studio Jumpstart Session: Mastering Detail 08/14/2017

WRIT 52103 | Jumpstart Session: Mastering Detail

How do writers create that sense of a “vivid, continuous dream”? Explore how language can be used as an artistic medium with which to evoke sensory and emotional experience so that, as E.L. Doctorow said, you will not tell your readers that it is raining, but give them the feeling that they are being rained upon. Examples from fiction, nonfiction, and poetry will reveal techniques that we will then experiment with through in-class writing so that we can come to understand both the theory and practice of making worlds come to life on the page.

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.

Course Code: WRIT 52103
Section: 17U1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates: Aug 14
Tuition: $85.00
Days/Times: Mon
6:00 PM–9:00 PM

Unlimited slots available

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