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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: Saturday, June 6, 2015
Saturdays, June 6 – August 8 (class will not meet July 4 or July 25)
The Sonnet: Not Just a Love Song
Led by Debra Bruce

Seminar Description

The sonnet keeps showing up—in classrooms, on websites, and at weddings. Contemporary sonnets are colloquial, and their subjects include love (of course), dysfunctional families, racial violence, and many other topics. This writing workshop will explore the sonnet’s history through readings, and participants will learn how to pack their own...

Starting: Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Tuesdays, June 9 – July 14
Me Write Funny One Day
Led by Julie Benesh

Seminar Description

Must short stories be tragic and humorless to be moving? We restrict our writing if we think we can only achieve emotional resonance by being serious. You, too, can learn to “write funny” and your readers will thank you for it. The seminar format includes assigned readings, in- and out-of-class writing exercises, and...

Starting: Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Wednesdays, June 10 – July 15
Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
The Write Place: A Facilitated Children’s Book Writers Group
Led by Esther Hershenhorn

Seminar Description

Writers will have the opportunity to share their stories in a supportive, focused, and instructive environment. Facilitated discussions of participants’ manuscripts will highlight the writing process, story components, elements of narrative, revision, and a story’s marketability within today’s children’s...

Starting: Thursday, June 11, 2015
Thursdays, June 11 – August 6 (class will not meet July 16)
Writing for the Theater
Led by Douglas Post

Seminar Description

Designed for beginning playwrights as well as writers working in other forms, this seminar emphasizes what makes a scene successful, how to develop characters through dialogue and action, and how to think in theatrical terms. Weekly assignments will focus on points of attack, conflict, resolution, text and subtext. At the conclusion of the...

Starting: Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Tuesdays, June 16 – August 4
Writing Poetry: The Visual and the Poetic
Led by Kate Ingold

Seminar Description

In this poetry-writing workshop, we will explore the visual aspect of poetry and the use of found texts and images to create new work. Each week, we will discuss a specific concept or idea and write new poems based on writing exercises. In a supportive, encouraging atmosphere, we will discuss and share our...