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Gina DiPonio Named One of Newcity’s Lit 50

Gina DiPonio

Our very own Gina DiPonio was selected as one of Newcity's Lit 50 for making the Writer's Studio thrive! Since she came aboard as program manager in February of 2016, she’s spearheaded new programs, classes, and community events, and the larger Chicago literary community has taken notice. The cornerstone of the program's recent success has been the many free events that have helped to grow and support the Writer's Studio community. These events include a Writer's Studio Showcase Reading at last year's Printers Row Lit Fest; fun and raucous Open House/Open Mics; Writer's Studio Readings featuring students and faculty at bookstores and cafés; the annual Business of Writing Seminar that connects writers with publishing professionals; and day-long, inspiration-filled Write-Ins. Several new classes have also been launched, such as Beyond Slam: Poetry on its Feet; Creative Play: The Pleasure of Writing; the Master Series of classes where students learn writing techniques of master writers and master works; and many, many more. Also, the Writer's Studio has initiated exciting collaborations with local literary nonprofits including 826CHI, Open Books, and the American Writers Museum.

Congratulations to Gina and the Writer's Studio for being featured in Newcity's local who's who of the Chicago literary community. Be sure to stay tuned to see future programming, classes, and writing from our one-of-a-kind Writer's Studio.

Join the Writer's Studio at one of our upcoming events:
Open House/Open Mic at City Lit Books, Wednesday, June 7, 6–8:30 p.m.
Business of Writing Seminar, Saturday, July 15, 1–4:30 p.m.

Explore our creative and professional writing classes here.

For more information on the Writer's Studio, contact Gina DiPonio at or 773.795.1426.