We’re taking our classes on the road!

StoryArc, part of our community engagement initiative, Chicago Stories Project, offers a wide variety of writing workshops for children, teens, and adults of all skill levels. These classes include creative writing, live storytelling, therapeutic writing, bilingual writing skills, or a custom-designed program – all brought to neighborhoods and communities throughout Chicagoland. Workshops are held at your location, over Zoom, or at our Ravenswood studio, or over Zoom.

Funding options are available.

What Classes Are Available?

You can book a class already created, or you can work with us to create something specific just for you.

  1. Check out our menu of a la carte class options. 
  2. Let us know how we can design a class just for your needs. 

How to book and pay?

If your group or organization is able to pay our standard fee, please visit our classes page to find and book a class. Your payment will not only support our teaching artists, it will also help us provide free writing education for community organizations around the city. 

If you represent a nonprofit organization or another group that might qualify for funding, please contact us about options. We’re excited to form ongoing partnerships (including collaborating on grant writing), or simply provide individual free or partly-funded classes to your constituents. 


If you’re simply looking for a manuscript review rather than a class, please check out our Manuscript Review page, where you can book editorial services with one of our instructors. 


Visit the page below to either select a pre-made class, or design your own.


StoryArc and StoryStudio are part of the Stories Matter Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable non-profit whose mission is to build communities of storytellers trained to question, explore, celebrate, and change their worlds using the power of story. 

Donations to StoryArc help us bring free classes – including creative writing, live storytelling, therapeutic writing, and bilingual writing skills – to neighborhoods and communities throughout Chicagoland.


What kind of group will you visit?

We’re happy to work with libraries, schools, writing groups, homeschool collectives, community centers, bilingual education centers, clubs, nursing homes, women’s shelters, ad hoc groups, and other nonprofit organizations supporting their communities. 

How far can instructors travel?

This depends on the individual instructor. When you put in your class request, you’ll be able to tell us where you’re located, and we’ll look into that instructor’s travel capacity. Remember that Zoom classes are always an option, as is use of our Ravenswood studio (capacity 30) for an additional rental fee. For a nonprofit partner, that fee may be waived. 

Who are your instructors?

StoryArc instructors are brilliant writers and teachers. Selected from our roster of regular StoryStudio Chicago instructors, they are experts in their own genres and practiced in encouraging and challenging students of all levels.

What else does StoryStudio Chicago offer?

At our Ravenswood studio, we have writing classes for adults and teens, and summer camps for middle school and high school students. Check out our classes here, and our scholarship opportunities here

We’re also home to the Geek-Out book club series, the StoryStudio Writers Festival, the StoryBoard intensive conference, the Chicago Review of Books, and many community readings and events.