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Creative Writing Classes Chicago

Explore the vibrant literary scene of Chicago through creative writing classes, where participants can learn to craft compelling stories, develop their unique writing style, and receive constructive feedback from fellow writers.

1 class in-person in Chicago has spots left, and 19 classes live online are available.

Poetry & Art (Ages 16+)

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Unleash your creativity at the Evanston Art Center as you dive into the enchanting world of poetry and art. Discover the beauty of haiga, cherita, and ekphrastic poetry while exploring various forms of poetic expression. Let your imagination soar in this unique fusion of words and visuals.

Saturday, Feb 24th, 9:30am–12:30pm Central Time

 (3 sessions)

Creative Writing Weekly via Zoom

The Writing Studio @ Live Online via Zoom

Unleash your creativity and find your unique voice through the power of writing. Join a supportive community of writers as you explore the art of storytelling and unlock your hidden potential. Whether you're a seasoned writer or new to the craft, this class will guide you on an inspiring journey of self-expression and literary discovery.

Wednesday, Feb 21st, 10am–1pm Pacific Time

 (4 sessions)

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Creative Writing Workshop - All Genre

Los Angeles Writers Group

Unleash your creativity and explore new genres in an online writing workshop. Unlock your potential with surprising prompts, craft discussions, and positive reinforcement from fellow writers. Join us from anywhere and start crafting pages you never thought possible.

Saturday, Feb 24th, 10am–12:30pm Pacific Time

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Creative Writing 101: 6 Weeks

Gotham Writers Workshop

Unleash your creativity and explore the world of creative writing with confidence in this immersive course. Dive into the power of observation, imagination, and language as you learn to craft compelling fiction and nonfiction narratives. Discover your unique voice and embark on a journey that will ignite your passion for storytelling.

Tuesday, Mar 5th, 12am–11:45pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)

Creative Nonfiction 101 Level 1: 6 Weeks

Gotham Writers Workshop

Discover the endless possibilities of nonfiction writing in this immersive course. From memoir to travel writing, you'll explore diverse styles and topics, honing your skills through writing exercises and assignments. Join us for a guided tour into the exciting world of creative nonfiction.

Tuesday, Mar 12th, 12am–11:45pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)

Saturday Creative Writing Workshop

The Writing Studio @ Live Online via Zoom

Unleash your creative potential and embark on a transformative writing journey in the peaceful atmosphere of The Writing Studio's inspiring workshop. Through meditation and constructive feedback, this Zoom-based class invites both experienced and beginning writers to explore the realms of memoir and fiction, while surprising themselves with the extraordinary material they produce.

Saturday, Feb 24th, 9:30am–6:30pm Pacific Time

Songwriting Level 1: 10 Week Workshop

Gotham Writers Workshop @ Zoom Conference

Unleash the power of your music with Gotham Writers Workshop's Songwriting Level 1. Learn the time-tested elements of songwriting craft and how to market your work. Whether you love pop, rock, hip-hop, R&B, or country, this workshop will show you how to write unique, personal songs.

Tuesday, Apr 9th, 7–10pm Eastern Time

 (10 sessions)

$464

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Fiction Writing Level 1: 10-Week Workshop

Gotham Writers Workshop

Unlock your imagination and learn the art of crafting captivating fiction stories in this immersive workshop. Discover the secrets of effective storytelling and gain valuable insights into the human experience. Join us and embark on a journey to bring your stories to life.

Tuesday, Mar 5th, 12am–11:45pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)

Mystery Writing Level 1: 10-Week Workshop

Gotham Writers Workshop

Unleash your inner detective and learn the art of crafting captivating mysteries. Join us at Gotham Writers Workshop and uncover the secrets behind creating suspenseful plots, intriguing characters, and thrilling twists that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Develop your skills in the mystery genre and master the techniques needed to captivate any audience.

Tuesday, Apr 9th, 12am–11:45pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)

Podcasting 1: Start Your Podcast

Writing Pad

Learn from podcasting expert John Fecile (99% Invisible, Snap Judgment) and discover the secrets to creating engaging podcasts. Develop an idea, learn interviewing techniques, and get hands-on training in audio editing and recording techniques. Fulfill your dream of starting your own podcast with this five-week online course.

Tuesday, Feb 27th, 5–8pm Pacific Time

 (5 sessions)

Finish that Novel!

Santa Monica College

Unlock your inner author and bring your unfinished manuscript or story idea to life in a supportive and professional environment. Get expert feedback, personal critiques, and a winning strategy for completing your novel to your satisfaction at Santa Monica College. Don't miss your chance to make your writing dreams a reality.

Tuesday, Apr 16th, 6:30–7:30pm Pacific Time

 (6 sessions)

Resistance Smackdown: A Creative Writing Restoration

Writing Pad

Join author and essayist Erika Schickel in conquering your inner critic and finding your writing groove in this empowering workshop at Writing Pad. Discover concrete tools and strategies to overcome resistance and establish a daily writing routine, while building a supportive network of fellow writers. Don't miss this opportunity to transform your writing life and show up on the page with confidence.

Saturday, Mar 23rd, 10am–1pm Pacific Time

How to Write Your Life Story

Mt. San Antonio College

Discover the power of your personal narrative in this inspiring course. Uncover vivid memories, analyze life-changing events, and bring your story to life in an autobiography that will leave a lasting legacy for your loved ones and beyond. Join us at Mt. San Antonio College and learn how to create an inspirational memoir step-by-step.

Saturday, Mar 2nd, 8–11am Pacific Time

Fiction with Emily Adrian

92nd Street Y

Unlock the secrets of creating compelling characters, crafting gripping plots, and developing a unique voice in this fiction workshop at the renowned 92nd Street Y. Dive into the essential elements of storytelling and learn from published authors such as Curtis Sittenfeld and Kazuo Ishiguro. Discover how to breathe life into your narratives and captivate readers with your words.

Thursday, Mar 7th, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

Poetry with Molly Peacock

92nd Street Y

Explore the intersection of poetry and visual art in this inspiring online seminar workshop with an in-person museum visit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art American Wing. Immerse yourself in the works of American women poets like Phillis Wheatley, Emily Dickinson, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Gwendolyn Brooks, while also discovering the art of their contemporaries. This course is perfect for anyone interested in poetry and art, from beginners to experienced artists.

Sunday, Mar 10th, 2–5pm Eastern Time

 (5 sessions)

Novel II: Intermediate Novel Writing Workshop

Writing Pad

Take your novel to the next level with Gretchen McNeil, bestselling author of 13 Novels and Get Even (Netflix), in this exclusive online workshop. Get personalized feedback and custom exercises while being part of a tight-knit writing group. Make a significant dent in your novel and bring in your work for expert feedback.

Saturday, Mar 23rd, 2:30–5:30pm Pacific Time

 (5 sessions)

Science Fiction & Fantasy Writing Level I: 10 weeks

Gotham Writers Workshop @ Zoom Conference

Unlock your imagination and explore the realms of science fiction, fantasy, and horror in this immersive writing course. From creating captivating characters to building vibrant worlds, you'll learn the essential techniques to craft your speculative fiction masterpiece. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned writer, this course will ignite your creativity and set you on the path to becoming a skilled author in the world of speculative fiction.

Thursday, Apr 11th, 7–10pm Eastern Time

 (10 sessions)

$464

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Online Level 1 Intro to Fiction and Poetry

The Writers Studio @ Google Meet

Unlock your most intimate and private stories through personal writing in this online workshop. Develop narrative and lyric voices to turn even the most difficult subject matter into inspiration for your fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. Broaden your sense of what is possible in your own work and receive constructive critiques from teachers and fellow students.

Wednesday, Mar 27th, 7–8pm Eastern Time

 (8 sessions)

Children’s Book Writing Level 1: 10-Week Workshop

Gotham Writers Workshop

Embark on a magical journey through the world of children's books in this immersive workshop. Learn the secrets of captivating young readers and balancing imagination with professionalism. From picture books to YA novels, discover how to write stories that will enchant and inspire.

Tuesday, Apr 9th, 12am–11:45pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)

Digital Picture Book (8-11 yrs)

Young Gates @ Interactive Live Online

Unleash your creativity and embark on an imaginative journey as you learn the art of designing and creating your interactive picture book. Young Gates presents a captivating workshop where you will master the process of concept designing, digital illustrations, book layouts, and more. Join us now and let your imagination run wild!

Monday, Feb 26th, 9:30–11am Pacific Time

 (5 sessions)

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