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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, February 21, 2015
Saturdays, February 21 - March 28 (class will not meet on April 4)
This course is full. Call (312) 255-3700 for the waitlist.
Reach Across the Truth to Find Her: Poetry Workshop
Led by Valerie Wallace

Seminar Description

From Li Po to Patricia Smith, from werewolves to Jesus to George Wallace to Janis Joplin, persona poetry (which inhabits a dramatic voice other than that of the writer) provides a means for expressing the unspoken, finding new corners of history, and retelling a tale. In this workshop we will read examples of persona poetry, explore our...

Starting: Saturday, February 21, 2015
Saturdays, February 21 – April 25 (class will not meet on March 7 or April 4)
This course is full. Call (312) 255-3700 for the waitlist.
The Elements of Creative Writing: A Workshop
Led by Brooke Bergan

Seminar Description

Painters have colors. Musicians have sounds. Writers have words, which create colors, sounds, figures of speech, images, suspense, characters, conflicts, ideas, plots. This workshop will explore the elements, methods, and skills of creative writing in three ways: the workshop leader will provide detailed...

Starting: Saturday, February 28, 2015
Saturdays, February 28 – April 18 (class will not meet on April 4)
Writing for the Theater
Led by Douglas Post

Seminar Description

Designed for beginning playwrights as well as for 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. At the conclusion of the class, students will have a better understanding of how to write a dramatic, engaging...

Saturday, March 7, 2015
Oh, the Possibilities: Writing for Children in Today's Children's Book World
Led by Esther Hershenhorn

Seminar Description

Still wanting to realize your dream of writing a children’s book someday? Anxious to learn what to do once you write it? This seminar introduces newcomers to today’s world of children’s book publishing—the markets, the genres, the formats, the audience niches, the publishing venues—and offers a few rules of the road for navigating the craft...

Starting: Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Tuesdays, March 31 – April 21
Writing the Hero’s Journey
Led by Colleen Delegan

Seminar Description

Good stories resonate deeply within our psyche: they make us laugh, cry, shriek, blush, or howl. But how do writers successfully develop the unforgettable characters that elicit these responses? One way is by learning how to construct character arcs and the hero’s journey through the plot. Using excerpts from Joseph Campbell,...

Starting: Thursday, April 2, 2015
Thursdays, April 2 - May 7
The Elusive Muse: Journaling Your Way To Better Writing
Led by Beatriz Badikian-Gartler

Seminar Description

There are days when we are confounded by writer’s block, but that does not mean that we must submit to it. Practice leads to proficiency: the more we write, the better our writing becomes. One easy and creative way to commit to writing and produce better work is to keep a journal. This class will show you how to use journaling...