StoryStudio Chicago is part of the Stories Matter Foundation, a 501c3 charitable non-profit whose mission is to build communities of storytellers trained to question, explore, celebrate, and change their worlds using the power of story. Learn more about our Foundation and how you can donate to make sure stories matter.

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COVID-19 UPDATE

All of our classes will be ONLINE through the end of March 2021, 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 winter term courses will be streamed on Zoom as long as the virus keeps us home. Don’t let this pandemic stop your creativity.

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vision & the line: ekphrastic poetry

Tara Betts will lead participants on a journey that explores the dimensions and depths of writing about an artist’s work. Explore poetry as well as essays and lyrical prose.
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Creative Writing Essentials

Discover the elements at the heart of all good fiction and nonfiction in this eight-session introduction to creative writing.
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GETTING OVER THE HUMP

talk about the common struggles novelists face while working through a draft, and use a mix of workshopping, writing prompts, and craft conversation to get through them. 
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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

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.

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MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS

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)