StoryStudio Chicago Blog Posts

  • 20 Stories: (#10) Rowan Beaird

    The first time I went to StoryStudio was for a write-in. I loved that the space felt like an apartment—the creak of the wood floors, the ambient bubbling of a kettle, deep couches, warm lights. Though it attracts talented, accomplished writers, there’s nothing intimidating about the space, and that sense of warmth and community is embodied by Rebecca. 

  • 20 Stories: (#9) Alan Kercinik

    We had what we needed, just the same. Chairs arranged in a circle. Writing to share. And that nervous alchemy of belief and hope. The belief that writing mattered. The hope that our writing, one day, might.

  • 20 Stories: (#8) Suchitra Gururaj

    I knew when I saw [Jill’s plan] that she’d created something indispensable in a city that had all the talent of literary Brooklyn but not quite the same scaffolds.

  • 20 Stories: (#7) Carol Ludwick

    The sense of community was palpable as was the camaraderie of working side by side with others who had the same goal, to be the best storytellers they could be. And some of those storytellers became cherished friends. 

  • 20 Stories: (#6) Dan Finnen

    For me, StoryStudio is more than classes. it’s a place where I found people who lived to write, who wanted to talk about it, and who continued being some of my best friends years after our classes ended.

  • 20 Stories: (#5) Sahar Mustafah

    And more than a book, the program produced a more permanent effect on my writing: a newfound community of other like-minded writers

  • 20 Stories: (#4) Addison

    StoryStudio was there for me during all the uncertainty of 2020. They were there when I grew into my capabilities a little more. And they were ready to accept where I was.

  • 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.

  • 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: (#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.

  • The Importance of a Writing Practice

    by Denise Santomauro Prior to writing, I was in the performing arts. Auditioning, rehearsals, and performances were a regular part of my life. There’s another aspect of being a performing…

  • Q&A with “Creative Writing Essentials” instructor Aram Mrjoian

    Aram Mrjoian is a writer, editor, critic, and educator. He is teaching an upcoming multi-week class called “Creative Writing Essentials” which starts on October 6. Aram shared some of this thoughts around…

  • Q&A with Jeremy Owens on why JUNE IS NOT ENOUGH

    Jeremy Owens is a writer, performer, and teacher of an upcoming multi-week class called “June is Not Enough: Queer Nonfiction Writing” which starts next week, August 17. We were lucky…

  • Writers Festival: Interview with Meghan Lamb (Open Genre)

    At October’s Writers Festival, writer Meghan Lamb will be teaching a session in the Open-Genre cohort titled “Narrative Lists.” We love this idea for a session and recently caught up with Meghan to ask her about why writers…

  • Writers Festival: Interview with Dionna Griffin-Irons (Nonfiction Cohort)

    At October’s Writers Festival, StoryStudio instructor and all-around amazing human Dionna Griffin-Irons will be teaching a session in the Nonfiction cohort titled “Cracking the Truth Code in our Personal Stories.” We recently talked with…