StoryStudio is proud to offer multiple week-long writing workshops for the young scribes of Chicago. With our talented instructors, young writers can expect to learn elements of writing, build friendships and community with fellow peers, and get feedback on their creative works. Check out our different sessions, ranging from 5th grade to 12th grade, and a special session for our genre writers.

5th – 8th Graders

June 22 – 26th / 9:30am – 12pm daily

For 2020, we’re pleased to welcome back instructor Zac Ginsburg for this week-long creative writing camp.
Early-bird: $295
Regular: $315

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9th – 12 Graders

June 29 – July 3 / 9:30am – 12pm daily

For 2020, we’re excited to introduce Sahar Mustafah to the Studio for this week-long creative writing camp.
Early-bird: $295
Regular: $315

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7th – 11th Graders: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

July 6 – 10 / 9:30am – 12pm daily

Instructor Zac Ginsburg returns for this genre-specific camp for writers who are looking to build their own worlds.
Early-bird: $295
Regular: $315

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GENERAL CAMPS

Do you love to write? Do you spend your free time scribbling in notebooks, scratching poems in the margins of your math homework, and thinking up stories and characters? Then this workshop is for you—guaranteed to inspire you and keep you writing all summer long!

In this week-long Creative Writing Camp, campers will write without worrying about grades or deadlines, create new work and polish existing pages, and work closely with professional writers who will help to guide their process and answer any questions about writing, publishing, living the writing life, and more.

At the end of the week, the writers will present their stories and leave with a poem, short story, monologue, essay, or even a graphic novel. Best of all, campers get to meet other teenage writers like who are serious and excited about their stories!

The week will have several components:

  • Writing: Writing prompts will spark imagination, help break through blocks, and encourage new heights of creativity.
  • Workshopping: Sharing work and giving feedback on what’s working well and what opportunities we can find in each piece (whether it’s fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or theater). We’ll talk about where we can extend scenes and dialogue to push the narrative, how word choice can affect the piece as a whole, how to spice up language and how writers can find—and trust—their own amazing original voice.
  • Performance: Campers will have the opportunity to rehearse and perform their written work! At 11am during the Friday session, families are welcome to join us for pizza and a performance to hear what these young writers have created.

SCI-FI/FANTASY CAMP

Do you want to create your own magical world similar to The Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter? Does the futuristic technology in Ender’s Game inspire you to write your own sci-fi novel? If so, this creative writing summer camp is for you!

Over the course of one week, students will generate their own science fiction and fantasy pieces and workshop them with the help of their peers. They will learn the differences between the genres and read the works of notable authors. Our adventure will culminate in a party where students will have the opportunity to read their works aloud.

Authors the course will reference may include: Orson Scott Card, Philip K. Dick, Ursula K. Le Guin, Octavia Butler, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heilein, Arthur C. Clarke, Malka Older, J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Christopher Paolini, J. K. Rowling, Neil Gaiman, and George R. R. Martin.

Structure of the course:

  • Writing: The first part of the course will include learning the histories and differences between the genres, reading science fiction and fantasy stories and excerpts, and generating material through fun writing exercises.
  • Workshopping: Sharing work and giving feedback on what’s working well and what opportunities we can find in each piece (whether it’s fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or theater). We’ll talk about where we can extend scenes and dialogue to push the narrative, how word choice can affect the piece as a whole, how to spice up language and how writers can find—and trust—their own amazing original voice.
  • Performance: Campers will have the opportunity to rehearse and perform their written work! At 11am during the Friday session, families are welcome to join us for pizza and a performance to hear what these young writers have created.

CHECK OUT SOME OF OUR PAST CAMP PHOTOS

Youth Creative Writing class