Our annual Writers Festival has been going strong for 3 years now (with the 3rd year in 2020 being completely virtual with a focus on the publishing world). Each year, the Festival focuses on exploring and developing the craft of writing along with key information on the publishing world. For those ready to take their work to the next level the Festival offers agent and editor meetings tailored to both our advanced and ongoing writers. We round it all out with evening activities, roundtable lunch conversations, and gatherings over coffee.

We’re always working to bring writers together and help them introduce their work to the world. This year we might all be at home, but our stories have places to go – and we’re thrilled to be bringing more agents and editors to Chicago than ever, albeit virtually. Please join us for fellowship with other writers, advice from published authors, and wisdom from publishing professionals.

– StoryStudio Artistic Director, Rebecca Makkai


2020 Ticket Details

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Festival Pricing

Festival Pass – $140

Full access to all Festival class sessions
Saturday & Sunday Lunch Roundtables
Slack channel to connect with fellow Fest writers
Daily write-ins
Saturday Trivia & Cocktails

Festival Add – Ons

Add-ons available only with the purchase of a Festival Pass

Agent Pitch – $55
Agent PLUS – $70
Pitch an Editor – $55
Editor PLUS – $70
Manuscript Review – $80


StoryStudio Writers Festival is an ideal venue for honing your craft of writing by learning from writers who have achieved a level of success. It is a well-orchestrated compilation of professionals, educators, and peers who share new and proven insights and provide case studies on the best ways to move your work forward.


Kudos to StoryStudio for creating a casual yet extremely informative event where all kinds of writers can hang out together while learning how to improve our craft and better manage the affliction of being a writer!

Loved every bit

This year’s StoryStudio Writers Festival was worth every minute and every penny. The sessions offered were useful for writers at any stage in their career–from beginning to advanced. I am definitely going next year! 

See photos from our 2019 Festival below…