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Creative Writing Essentials with Sarah Terez Rosenblum

$550.00 · April 1

Discover the elements at the heart of all good fiction and nonfiction in this eight-session introduction to creative writing. It’s your first step on the path to writing the stories or essays you’ve always wanted to tell.

Start Date

April 1

Class Times

6:00pm – 8:30pm CT

Day(s) of the Week





Zoom (online)




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Learn the essentials for telling a good story!

Discover the elements at the heart of all good fiction and nonfiction in this eight-session introduction to creative writing. It’s your first step on the path to writing the stories or essays you’ve always wanted to tell.

Start at the Beginning
Where do ideas come from, anyway? (And are mine any good?)

Creative Writing Essentials begins with strategies for generating and developing ideas. Fun and imaginative prompts will help you tap into your creativity and overcome the blank page. You’ll discover the potential for good stories that our characters and experiences, real or imagined, can offer.

Foundations of Craft
Each week we’ll explore a different foundational craft element. Consider them the building blocks of all strong stories. Lessons will focus on:

  • detail and descriptive language
  • character development
  • basics of plot
  • point of view
  • capturing dialogue
  • setting

We’ll read published examples of fiction and nonfiction to see how each element works, and then put the principles into practice with in-class writing exercises and lively discussion. Students will also complete take-home exercises each week to further build their skills, and have the opportunity for informal sharing and feedback.

New Pages, New People
You’ll leave the class with an understanding of basic storytelling craft, along with several beginnings that can serve as the jumping off point for future stories or essays. Best of all, you’ll connect with other writers and begin to build a writing network (because who wants to write alone?).

Whether you want to write fiction or creative nonfiction—or are not yet sure—Creative Writing Essentials will give you the guidance and practical tools you need to begin telling your stories.

Students do not need any prepared work before the course begins. The only requirements are a pen, paper, and an open imagination!

Reviews from previous attendees:

“This class gave me a baseline to start a writing practice and the confidence to discuss my writing as well as breakdown another classmate’s in a constructive way. We embraced the fact that we are all starting somewhere and just figuring out our own paths.”

“I learned to quiet the inner critic and just write. I learned not to be so fearful of the process. I thought Sarah provided a safe environment to take risks.”

“Sarah seemed to recognize that writing and feedback on writing is a scary business and she deftly mixed the compliments with the criticism, so it all went down easier.”

“Sarah’s class helped me with goalsetting, experimenting with a wide variety of exercises, and brought new focus and attention to my writing. My main takeaway was that writing can happen in a lot of ways, doesn’t always look or feel the same day-to-day, that I can follow my own interests and set my own guidelines. It was very empowering.”

“I received feedback from Sarah and the rest of the class when it was my turn to submit writing for critique. I’ve never done that before and it was an extremely constructive experience. Sarah’s private feedback on my Word document was concise and very helpful–I could see exactly where she was commenting and about what particular content throughout the story. It was just enough–not too much, but enough to digest and apply the changes.”

“I would definitely recommend Sarah as an instructor. She was thoughtful and prepared, clearly spoke from experience as a writer and an editor, she was inclusive of everyone in the class, but didn’t force anyone to participate if they weren’t ready. I was so scared to take this class, my first writing class since probably high school, and Sarah quickly made us all feel safe.”


About Sarah Terez Rosenblum

Sarah Terez Rosenblum’s work has appeared in literary magazines such as The Normal School, Prairie Schooner (Shortlisted for Prairie Schooner’s Summer 2020 Creative Nonfiction Prize), DiagramBrevity, Carve and Third Coast. In 2022, she was shortlisted for StoryQuarterly’s annual fiction contest. Sarah has written for sites including Salon, The Chicago Sun Times, The Satirist, and Pop Matters. Pushcart Prize nominated, Sarah holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Sarah is a Creative Coach and Developmental Editor, and teaches creative writing at Story Studio where she was voted 2022 Teacher of the Year, and at The University of Chicago Writer’s Studio where she was the 2022 winner of Innovation in Teaching Award. Sarah’s novel, Herself When She's Missing, was called “poetic and heartrending" by Booklist.