StoryStudio Chicago presents:
Pub Crawl: Learn, Pitch, Publish
at our Online Month-Long Publishing Intensive
Feb. 1-29, 2024

Pub Crawl features classes, panels, and events centered on the publishing world all month long. This will lead up to our Pitch Week for a chance to virtually meet with (and pitch to!) agents and editors.

Regular Registration is now open! One ticket costs $265.


One ticket will get you access to the entire month of events. Recorded sessions will be available to ticket-holders to watch for a limited time after each live event.
All Add-On sessions (agent, editor, and query letter meetings) must be purchased separately.

Here’s what you can expect for our 2024 Pub Crawl:

  • Kick-off Party 
  • Bi-weekly classes
  • Panels featuring agents, editors, and authors
  • Genre Lunches: Join us at noon for a short class & discussion around your favorite genres
  • Slack channel to connect with fellow writers
  • Access to Zoom recordings of Pub Crawl sessions
  • Write-In Social
  • Free Friday panels 
  • Office Hours to ask all your publishing questions
  • And don’t forget about Pitch Week! We’ll be hosting one-on-one agent, editor, and query letter meetings. (All add-on meetings must be purchased separately).


Sold Out Agents
Lisa Grubka
Eloy Bleifuss
Jade Wong-Baxter
Reiko Davis
Marcy Posner

Jennifer Chen-Tran
Nora Gonzalez

Jennifer Mattson
Eric Smith
(Email to be added to the waitlist)


This info session is from the 2022 Pub Crawl, some details/dates may vary.


Thursday, February 1st: Kick-Off Panel 6-7p CT
Friday, February 2nd: Free Friday Panel 6-7pm CT


Week 1, February 5 – 9: Publishing 101 (and 102!)

MONDAY: From Idea to Book: Everything You Need to Know About the Publishing Process with Jon Michael Darga (6:00pm – 7:30pm)
TUESDAY: Rejections: How to Handle No’s and How to Secure Yes’s with Tara Stringfellow (6:00pm – 7:30pm)
WEDNESDAY: Genre Lunch: Mystery with Jennifer Collins Moore (12:30pm – 1:30pm)
WEDNESDAY: Behind the Book with Eskor David Johnson (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
THURSDAY: Revision for Publication with Mike Zapata (6:00pm – 7:30pm)
FRIDAY: Genre Lunch: YA/MG with James Klise (12:30pm – 1:30pm)
FRIDAY: Pub Crawl Social (6:00pm – 7:00pm)

Week 2, February 12 – 16: All About Agents

MONDAY: Ask an Agent! with Renee Zuckerbrot (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
TUESDAY: Behind the Pitch: Agent Panel with Lisa Grubka, Eloy Bleifuss, Jade Wong-Baxter (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
WEDNESDAY: Genre Lunch: Picture Book Writing with Lisa Katzenburger (12:30pm – 1:30pm)
WEDNESDAY: How To Be Your Own DIY Valentine with Steve Almond (6:00pm – 7:30pm)
THURSDAY: Editor Panel: Inside the World of Small Press & Literary Mags (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
FRIDAY: Genre Lunch: Nonfiction Book Proposal with Courtney Maum (12:30pm – 1:30pm)
FRIDAY: Pub Crawl Social IN PERSON (7:00pm – 8pm at the Studio)

Week 3, February 19 – 23: Discover the Small Press

MONDAY: Keynote Conversation with Masie Cochran. Moderated by Rebecca Makkai (6:00pm – 7:30pm)
TUESDAY: Author Conversation with Megan Stielstra and Samantha Irby (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
WEDNESDAY: Genre Lunch: Short Story with Cyn Vargas (12:30pm – 1:30pm)
WEDNESDAY: Let Others Carry It: Publishing as Practice with Megan Stielstra (6:00pm – 7:30pm)
THURSDAY: Before You Submit: Behind the Curtain at Literary Magazines with Joe Scapellato (6:00pm – 7:30pm)
FRIDAY: Genre Lunch: Horror with Juan Martinez (12:30pm – 1:30pm)
FRIDAY: Free Friday Reading (6:00pm)

Week 4, February 26 – 29: Preparing Your Work for Publication

MONDAY: Surviving Submissions with Sheree L. Greer (6:00pm – 7:30pm)
TUESDAY: Behind the Book with Toya Wolfe (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
WEDNESDAY: Genre Lunch: Genre Lunch: Flash Fiction with Jasmine Sawers (12:30pm – 1:30pm)
WEDNESDAY: Behind the Book with Samira Ahmed and Joanna Volpe (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
THURSDAY: Office Hours (3:00pm – 4:00pm)
THURSDAY: Final Alumni Panel (6:00pm – 7:00pm)

Pitch Weekend: February 22nd-25th (all agent/editor meetings)
Query Letter Meetings: January 25th- 28th

Note: All sessions and meetings will take place via zoom. We will send you a link and instructions before your class begins. After registration you’ll receive a follow-up email confirming your place at Pub Crawl and any add-on sessions you have requested. Please note that registration and add-on sessions will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Refunds: Registration and add-on sessions are fully refundable, minus a 25% cancellation fee through January 31, 2024. After January 31, tickets cannot be refunded. Charitable contributions cannot be refunded.