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Upcoming Classes

  • Building Your Own World with Susanna Calkins

    Building Your Own World with Susanna Calkins

    In this interactive session, writers will explore key aspects of world-building and scene-setting, reflecting on how sensory details, language, dialogue and history (real or imagined) help authors create their own unique worlds.

  • Character Workout with Joseph Scapellato

    Character Workout with Joseph Scapellato

    This one-session course will take you through a rigorous but playful back-to-the-basics study of character in fiction. You’ll leave this class with practical and immediately applicable ideas for character in your current fiction projects, no matter where you are in the process.

  • Collecting, Organizing, and Transforming Ideas into Fiction with Chaitali Sen

    Collecting, Organizing, and Transforming Ideas into Fiction with Chaitali Sen

    In this single-session class, we’ll tap into our curiosity to generate story ideas. The aim is to accelerate the process from first spark to finished draft.

  • StoryBall

    StoryBall Fundraiser The Stories Matter Foundation Board of Directors invites you to celebrate2023 StoryBall: Turning 20 in the 20s Join us for a Literary Carnival as we celebrate StoryStudio Chicago’s…

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StoryStudio Chicago

We offer classes for writers to hone their craft, express their creativity, and communicate with confidence.

Stories Matter Foundation

StoryStudio is part of this 501(c)3 charitable nonprofit and community of storytellers. We aim to change worlds using the power of story.

Our Community

One of our main goals is building a community where writers and literary folks can come together to learn, share, and grow in the creative arts.

Read a bit from our blog…

  • 20 Stories: (#1) Ericka Carmona-Vega

    Ultimately, StoryStudio Chicago’s teachings and empowering methods of inquiry led me to finish my first novel of the Rise series.

  • 20 Stories: (#2) Scott Onak

    No one chooses a project like this — in writing, work, life — knowing exactly what it will demand. And even if we did, for the ones worth doing, we’d do it anyway.

  • 20 Stories: (#3) Dionna Griffin-Irons

    I am connected to some of the most prolific & talented writers in this community who have helped shape my own craft as student and instructor.