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Discover the art of storytelling and refine your writing skills in Chicago with a range of classes, including fiction writing, creative nonfiction, and screenwriting, taught by experienced instructors.

4 classes in-person in Chicago have spots left, and 16 classes live online are available.

Proofreading & Editing

Discovery Center @ 4318 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL

Master the art of perfecting written content and avoiding embarrassing mistakes in the digital age. Enhance your skills with personalized instruction and hands-on exercises to ensure error-free final products. Join the industry experts at The Discovery Center for a comprehensive course on proofreading and editing.

(279) All levels 16 and older

Journaling for Creativity

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Uncover the transformative power of journaling with Alyson Lyon in this immersive workshop! Whether you're an artist or not, delve into the depths of creativity through reflection and mindfulness. Explore various journaling styles, receive practical tips, and leave inspired with a bounty of prompts to fuel your daily practice.

(83) All levels 18 and older

Poetry & Art

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.

(83) All levels 16 and older
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Playwrights as Actors: Applying Piven Acting Techniques to Writing Effective, Playable Scenes

Piven Theatre Workshop @ 927 Noyes St, Illinois City, IL

Explore the art of crafting dynamic scenes that come alive on stage through the fusion of playwrighting and acting techniques. Dive into character connections and dialogue dynamics, honing your skills in creating scenes that resonate with authenticity and dramatic tension.

All levels 18 and older
$250

6 sessions

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Lunchtime Writing Sprint

Los Angeles Writers Group

Whether you're a seasoned writer or just starting out, come sprint toward your writing goals with engaging prompts and a supportive community. Don't miss out on this opportunity to connect, create, and conquer your writing projects!

(43) All levels 18 and older

Effective Technical Writing

American Management Association

Enhance your technical writing skills to effectively communicate complex information with clarity and precision. Learn practical strategies and techniques from industry experts at the American Management Association. Perfect for engineers, scientists, and IT professionals.

(5) All levels 21 and older
$2,495

2 sessions

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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.

(55) All levels 17 and older
$200

4 sessions

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Intro to Memoir

Writing Pad

Unearth your untold stories with Laura Cathcart Robbins, acclaimed memoirist and educator, in this transformative five-week course at Writing Pad. Uncover the roots of your personal narratives, refine your creative nonfiction craft, and discover the art of captivating storytelling. Don't miss out on the chance to become the writer you've always aspired to be.

(60) Beginner 16 and older
$425

5 sessions

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How to Write an Artist Statement

Penumbra Foundation @ Virtual Classroom

Learn to effectively communicate the concepts and processes behind your artwork through the power of words. This course at Penumbra Foundation will equip you with the skills to craft a compelling artist statement, ensuring that your work is contextualized and understood by funders, galleries, and the public. Say goodbye to writer's block and share your artistic vision with the world.

(8) Beginner 18 and older
$365

2 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.

(43) All levels 18 and older

Video Game Writing I: Conception (Self-Paced)

Gotham Writers Workshop

Unlock the secrets of crafting captivating narratives for video games in this immersive course. Learn to develop compelling characters and create immersive worlds that will keep players engaged for hours. Whether you're a seasoned writer or a gaming enthusiast looking to turn your passion into a career, this course is your ticket to unlocking the power of storytelling in the gaming industry.

(745) Beginner 18 and older
$200

2 sessions

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Character Development Level 1 (Self-Paced)

Gotham Writers Workshop

Discover the secrets of creating unforgettable characters in this cross-genre course at Gotham Writers Workshop. From Sherlock to Katniss, learn how to bring your characters to life with vivid dimensions and captivating traits. Unlock the magic of character development and leave a lasting impression on your readers or audience.

(745) All levels 18 and older
$200

2 sessions

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TV Writers’ Assistant

Writing Pad

Gain insider knowledge and practical skills in the world of television writing with this course designed for aspiring writers looking to break into the industry.

(60) All levels 16 and older
$330

3 sessions

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AMA's 2-Day Business Writing Workshop

American Management Association

Improve your business writing skills and learn techniques for composing effective and organized documents in AMA's comprehensive workshop. Streamline your writing process and save time by focusing on what to write rather than how to write it. Get personalized feedback and bring in your writing projects for expert guidance.

(5) All levels 21 and older
$2,295

2 sessions

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Screenplay Writing 101 (Private - 2 Hours)

Script School @ Online Classroom

Transform your movie or TV idea into a fully structured and captivating story with the guidance of experienced screenwriters at Script School's exclusive Story Development course. Gain valuable insights on theme selection, character development, and storyline design, equipping you with the essential tools to bring your story to life through a treatment and eventually a screenplay.

(5) All levels 13 and older

Write Your TV Series

Jacob Krueger Studio

Unleash your creativity and learn the art of crafting a compelling TV series in this immersive course with Jacob Krueger Studio. From developing a unique structure and series engine to creating captivating characters, you'll gain the tools to bring your ideas to life. Take the first step towards becoming a successful TV writer and schedule your one-on-one consultation today.

(43) All levels 18 and older
$375

4 sessions

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Dialogue Writing Level 1: 3-Week Intensive (Self-Paced)

Gotham Writers Workshop

Master the art of crafting lifelike and impactful dialogue with this intensive online course. Learn to write dialogue that resonates with readers, whether you're working on fiction, nonfiction, or scripts. Discover the secrets to creating dialogue that brings your characters to life and propels your story forward.

(745) All levels 18 and older
$200

2 sessions

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Effective Business Writing

Noble Desktop - Virtually Online

Hone your business writing skills with practical strategies that will take your communication from idea to final draft. Learn how to effectively write digital communication, office memos, and formal documents in this comprehensive course. Elevate your business writing with Noble Desktop.

(372) All levels 18 and older

Memoir 101: Memoir Essentials with Laura Cathcart Robbins

Writing Pad

Unlock the art of memoir writing with acclaimed author Laura Cathcart Robbins. Delve into the secrets of transforming life experiences into captivating narratives, whether you're a seasoned storyteller or just starting your literary journey. Join a community where 34 students have achieved publication success.

(60) Beginner 18 and older

Action: Teen Scriptwriting Level I (Online)

Gotham Writers Workshop @ Zoom Conference

Unleash your creativity and bring your stories to life in the exciting realm of teen scriptwriting. Dive into dynamic plots, captivating characters, and thrilling dialogue as you develop your skills under expert guidance. Get ready to transform your ideas into compelling scripts that will leave audiences on the edge of their seats.

(745) Beginner 18 and older
$354

4 sessions

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Reviews for Writing Classes in Chicago

Writing Classes in Chicago are rated 4.5 stars based on 1,698 verified reviews from actual CourseHorse.com purchasers.

  • Creative Writing Workshop - All Genre

    Reviewed by Colinda G. on 3/6/2023
    It was my first time ever trying to write. The exercises given where nice and fun to do even though English isn’t my first language. The host created a very positive and safe space to explore your own writing. I learned a lot and feel like exploring writing further.
  • Creative Writing Workshop - All Genre

    Reviewed by Stacey C. on 1/9/2022
    Very enjoyable, inspiring, and helpful class with a wonderful instructor and great people!
  • Creative Writing Workshop - All Genre

    Reviewed by Jane W. on 10/31/2021
    This class was so much fun. Nicole is an insightful and encouraging coach. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone commencing a fiction project.
  • Creative Writing Weekly via Zoom

    Reviewed by RICK CHERTOFF on 9/23/2021
    Beyond learning skills I needed somebody who "gets" what I write, what I'm interested in, and Then gives the kind of feedback that "feeds" my desire to write. I have a life of my own stories I want to tell and Elana at the Writing Studio consistently, actually without fail, is ready to help me birth those stories.
  • Creative Writing Weekly via Zoom

    Reviewed by Sina on 9/16/2021
    I have been taking creative writing class with Elana for the past two years, both in person and on Zoom. I especially like that the class is on Zoom, because I can still benefit from receiving invaluable writing instructions and writing experiences that Elana provides, in the comfort of my own home. I highly recommend this class for those who are looking for a small class setting with personalized instruction and feedback, and looking to transform stories into works of art.
  • Creative Writing Weekly via Zoom

    Reviewed by Heather Sioux on 9/13/2021
    I came to Elana's class through a gift certificate my cousin had given me for my Birthday and I must say this is the most serendipitous birthday gift yet! I initially attended a one day workshop where I was able to begin cultivating my ability and discover my voice, and I enjoyed it so much I've continued with weekly sessions. It's been ten months now! Elana leads the classes with intention, kindness and mutual respect, throughout the course of our time tougher so far I feel I've been able to further hone my creativity and expression. I attend class via zoom from the east coast and although I have never met Elana or any of my writing cohort in person they have all become an important community to me during this pandemic. I'm so grateful to have met Elana and for my experiences in our weekly sessions! Elana thank you so much for your wisdom, commitment and light. I truly hope we can meet in person one day.
  • Creative Writing Weekly via Zoom

    Reviewed by Rochelle Caplan on 9/10/2021
    I have been taking creative writing lessons with Elana Golden from January 2020. Prior to the COVID epidemic I attended in-person classes and since the onset of the epidemic I have participated in weekly classes via Zoom. Irrespective of the venue, whether in-person or virtual, Elana's classes are excellent. The feedback she provides on my writing samples and on those of other students has helped me to begin to understand the nuts and bolts and do's and don'ts of writing a novel. Elana is devoted to her students' work and often comes up with additional thoughts and insights about their writing during the week after class and before the next lesson. I highly recommend these classes to anyone who wants to learn creative writing.
  • Creative Writing Weekly via Zoom

    Reviewed by Deborah Myers on 9/10/2021
    I have been participating in Elana’s classes, at first in person, now on zoom, for over a year and a half. To say I enjoy them is an understatement. She creates an environment that allows and encourages you to write deeply from your heart. The three hours each week I spend with Elana and the others in the group are a time of exploration and self-knowing I would not experience were I writing on my own. She teaches technique organically, and gives you the insight to see your writing more deeply as it and you evolve. Classes with Elana have become a priority activity in my week that I cherish.
  • Creative Writing Weekly via Zoom

    Anonymous review on 9/10/2021
    I have been attending Elana's class now for two years. I started in her cozy living room and since the pandemic have been attending via Zoom. Elana is a great instructor. She is nurturing yet knows how to gently push her students to put their best work on paper. The weekly sessions are both relaxing and rejuvenating. Elana addresses each student with helpful constructive feedback and encourages positivity from the rest of the group. I've stuck around as long as I have because Elana makes my work feel worth it.
  • Creative Writing Weekly via Zoom

    Reviewed by Gwen Hummel on 9/10/2021
    I've taken classes with Elana Golden both in her home (pre-pandemic) and on Zoom during the pandemic - she is definitely a teacher of substance and never fails to have substantial and valuable things to say - she is equally good in person and on Zoom - I've been doing her three-hour classes weekly for about two years now and I consider this to be one of the best things I do each week. She never disappoints. I would mourn terribly if she ever went away.

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