Racism and hate have no place in our community. We stand in solidarity with victims of police brutality and systematic racism, especially the Black community.

As writers, we understand the importance of centering the narrative of those who have too often been silenced. We aim to amplify Black voices and organizations, and would direct you to educate, donate, and take action. A great place to start is Black Lives Matter Chicago. They can direct you to additional resources.


All of our classes will be ONLINE through the end of 2020, and our physical doors will be closed. Keep your creative mind at work by participating in stimulating writing classes from the comfort of your home. Please email us with any specific questions about classes.

While you’re at home, check out our special series offering: The Pajama Seminars; our multi-week online courses are always a hit; or, all of our NEW fall term courses will be streamed on Zoom as long as the virus keeps us home. Don’t let this pandemic stop your creativity.


PJ SEMINAR: writing through the apocalypse

Learn to better focus and even integrate current events into your fiction during difficult times.


No experience is necessary for this class which will seek to ground both newbies and old salts in the tradition of writing into unknowing our own life experiences and finding ways to write about them newly.


Each week will include one physical yoga practice and one meditation practice to try, as well a week’s worth of writing prompts based on formal poetry.

See what we’ve been up to…

Attendees sign in the morning of the StoryStudio Writers Festival.
Founder Jill Pollack addresses attendees at the first annual StoryStudio Writers Festival cocktail party.
Attendees enjoy the cocktail hour before the 2019 CHIRBy Awards
Rebecca Makkai and Garth Greenwell sign books after their public conversation at Harold Washington Library
Some of our Yoga + Writing Workshop participants

The Stories Matter Foundation is committed to making every story matter. Learn more about our Foundation, and the
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what do we do?

At StoryStudio Chicago, we help writers hone their craft, express their creativity, and communicate with confidence. Our mission is simple: We build communities of storytellers trained to question, explore, celebrate, and change their worlds using the power of story. With classes covering a wide variety of topics, genres, and levels, there is truly something for everyone at StoryStudio. No matter the class you choose, you’ll find stimulating discussion, a creative space where your writing life can flourish, and committed and talented instructors who bring their expertise and experience as working writers to the classroom.



Novel in a Year provided a constructive space to explore my first novel. It felt tailored especially for me: a post-MFA writer with a full-time job in need of a supportive community and structure… By the time we reached the full manuscript review, I’d already discovered the strengths and weaknesses in my work-in-progress.

Sahar Mustafah / The Beauty of Your Face, forthingcoming 2020 (W.W. Norton)

StoryStudio is such a wonderful community, and all the classes and workshops have really helped push me to try new things and put myself out there.

Maddie Reynolds / Of Love and Illusions (Entangled Teen, 2018)

I pitched my debut novel to its eventual publisher at StoryStudio’s Writers Fest. Pitching is incredibly daunting, but the camaraderie I felt at the Fest comforted me, supported me, and absolutely allowed the best version of myself to represent the book I’d worked so hard to write.

Adam Shafer / debut novel forthcoming 2020 (Allium Press)

Novel in a Year is both how I became a writer and where I developed a writing community. Every time I see the call for applications, I am tempted to do it all over again because it was one of the best decisions of my life.

Amelia Brunskill / The Window (Delacorte Press, 2018)

Coming soon

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