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Join StoryStudio for an Open House!

An Open House at StoryStudio is exactly what it sounds like: a chance for you to come by our space, get a feel for the Studio, and ask questions about our classes and programming. Each Open House will also feature a free 30-minute sampler class taught by one of our esteemed faculty members.

In-person space will be limited to 30 attendees due to space constraints. This is free, but an RSVP is required for entry. If you sign up and are no longer able to attend, please let us know as soon as possible, as these often have waitlisted folks wishing to attend.


4043 N. Ravenswood
Chicago, IL 60613

SAMPLER CLASS: From Idea to Story

You have an idea for a story, but what now? In this short workshop, we’ll explore how to begin the process of turning that idea into a fully formed story. Using two big places story ideas usually start–setting and character–we’ll discuss how to begin developing both and using each to inform the story you’re building. Using targeted questions as writing prompts, we’ll dig deeper into your idea and brainstorm how that idea can expand and grow!

Denise Santomauro is a writer, editor, author coach, and teaching artist. She has worked with writers across genres and styles of writing, everything from secret society mysteries to coming of age young adult romance to heart-wrenching short stories and personal essays. As an educator, she has taught fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and playwriting classes, and explores the performing arts with young people as a way to help them tell their stories. She has contributed content to many blogs, been published in the Dear Sister anthology, developed plays and scenes for young people, and written middle grade and young adult novels. In addition to performing in theatrical productions, she has performed her own personal essays in live lit shows around Chicago. She holds a BA in Theatre from Christopher Newport University and an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.