Calendar

E.g., 09/03/2014
E.g., 09/03/2014
Saturday, September 20, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
The Source Of Stories: Writing From Your Experience and Imagination

10 am – Noon

Writing begins with you. In this workshop we will learn how to organize our lives and our writing as well as reach into our own experiences and imaginations to produce stories of any length. Through a step-by-step process, we will explore where stories come from, how to begin them, and how to tell them.

Thursday, September 25, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Writing the City

5:45 - 7:45 pm

This workshop will give Chicagoans the chance to capture the essence of their city in words. Using personal essays, blog posts, opinion pieces, and short memoirs, we will write about those aspects of urban living that most captivate us: the rich and varied cultural offerings; the architecture, community gardens, and green spaces; our vast network of vibrant and struggling neighborhoods.

Thursday, September 25, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
The Beat Goes On: Writing Poetry in Meter and Form

2 - 4 pm

Have you ever wanted to write iambic meter after reading Shakespeare? Has a poem in Poetry magazine surprised you by being formal and colloquial? Maybe you are already writing in meter and rhyme but want to know more about how today’s poets use forms such as iambs, trochees, and dactyls?

Saturday, September 27, 2014
Finding Your Voice, Telling Your Stories

10 am - 4 pm

This workshop is designed for journal writers, people writing family stories, and creative writers who want to record their life stories–those significant tales of transition, adventure, loss, and triumph. We will use a series of writing exercises to retrieve and record the important people, places, and events in our lives.

Saturday, September 27, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
The Elements of Creative Writing

1 – 3 pm

Suspense and conflict, figures of speech and points of view, setting and scene, history and invention, diction and dialogue, plot and theme, line breaks and stanzas: these are just some of the elements of creative writing. This supportive yet challenging workshop will provide weekly assignments to help writers at all levels and in every genre master these principles.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Picture This: Writing Picture Books for Children

5:45 - 7:45 pm

This workshop will focus on how to successfully create and write a children’s picture book that connects with both young readers and today’s ever-changing marketplace. Participants’ manuscripts will be shared and discussed to highlight the variety of structures, crafts, writing processes, and publishing opportunities available for picture books.

Thursday, October 2, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Start Your Screenplay

5:45 - 7:45 pm

Have you ever said, “I have the perfect idea for a movie”? Well, it’s time to stop talking and start writing. Over the course of this seminar, participants will develop a first draft based on the industry-accepted blueprint for the 120-page screenplay. We will explore act breaks, character arcs, story, and plot points to put your brilliant idea into a sizzling story.