Our Story Began In 2003 . . .

. . . when our founder, Jill Pollack, decided that she wanted to spend more time in the company of other writers and focus on her fiction. While teaching at another institution, Jill got the idea for StoryStudio and opened the doors in 2003 with just four students.

In 2007, we moved to our current home, a unique loft space in the vibrant business corridor on North Ravenswood Avenue.

Today, StoryStudio . . .

now operates as a 501c3 public charity through our parent organization Stories Matter Foundation, which was established in 2015 by StoryStudio Founder Jill Pollack. Stories Matter Foundation now includes StoryStudio Chicago, the Chicago Review of Books, the Chicago Stories Project, and a variety of ongoing events, festivals, and initiatives. StoryStudio welcomes more than 1,200 writers each year.

In 2023, we’re celebrating our 20th Anniversary! Follow along to see how we’re honoring all the years past, and planning for all that’s ahead.

Who we are . . .

From talented, published teaching authors, to dedicated and serious writing students, to volunteer teams and work/study positions, there’s a place for everyone at the Studio. At StoryStudio, we believe in the power of story, and that stories matter. We strive to teach the art, craft, and business of writing in a positive, open, and encouraging setting where students can discover their unique voices. Ready to join our vibrant, growing community of writers? Take a class with us, learn about other ways to Get Involved, or visit our FAQs page. We can’t wait to see you in the studio!

Our Mission

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.