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Upcoming Writing Workshops

This list is of upcoming seminars only. Since most seminars meet more than once in a term, if a class has already met at least once, it will no longer show up on this list. To find a seminar that has already started or has finished, use the calendar and set the date range to include the seminar’s starting date.

Starting: Thursday, September 25, 2014
Thursdays, September 25 - November 13
The Beat Goes On: Writing Poetry in Meter and Form
Led by Debra Bruce

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? This workshop combines readings and exercises to explore the basics of meter and poetic...


Starting: Thursday, September 25, 2014
Thursdays, September 25 - November 6 (class will not meet October 16)
Writing the City
Led by Carol LaChapelle

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. New...


Saturday, September 27, 2014
This class has been cancelled.
Finding Your Voice, Telling Your Stories
Led by Carol LaChapelle

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. We will also discuss how in telling our stories we come to better...


Starting: Saturday, September 27, 2014
Saturdays, September 27 – November 15
This class is full and registration has closed.
The Elements of Creative Writing

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. Lively class discussions...


Starting: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Wednesdays, October 1 - November 5
Picture This: Writing Picture Books for Children
Led by Esther Hershenhorn

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. Writers of all levels will be offered a...


Starting: Thursday, October 2, 2014
October 2 - December 4 (class will not meet November 27)
Start Your Screenplay
Led by Colleen Delegan

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. All participants...