So you want to be a writer…but you don’t know how to get there?

Being a published author takes discipline, risk, and the occasional demonstration in sword fighting. Open Books Publishing Academy is the perfect place to take you from aspiring writer to published author. In our new year-long model, writers will join us for a 3-week intensive in July, followed by monthly workshops on the second Saturday of the month, from August through April. Through this process, you will write a full-length novel with the guidance of teachers and volunteer writing coaches, consult industry professionals about the design and publication of your novel, hear first-hand advice from other published authors, and foster peer relationships with other writers.

At the end of this journey, your novel will be debuted at a Publishing Academy book launch, where we will roll out the red carpet in the Open Books store, toast to our accomplishments, and sign autographs.

Secure your spot and become the next great author!

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What: An intensive writing workshop experience that takes students from blank page to finished – and published – novel.

Where: Open Books West Loop (651 W. Lake St. Chicago, IL 60661) Near Clinton Green Line and Ogilvie Transportation Center

When: July 10 – 28th from 9 to 12:30, Monday through Thursday with an option write-in session on Fridays followed by monthly workshops:

Second Saturday of every month


Aug 12
Sept 9
Oct 14
Nov 11
Dec 9
Jan 13
Feb 10
Mar 10
Apr 14

Who: Aspiring writers in 7th through 12th grade.

Tuition: $550 (June 1-June 15)

How to Apply: Complete the registration form below. You will be prompted to a payment link at the completion of the form.

Plus: Each session culminates in a gala Author Launch at the award-winning Open Books store. Friends and family gather to hear excerpts from the newly published novels, join in a toast to their authors’ achievements, and celebrate the hanging of a commemorative poster in the store.

Prospective writing coaches: Join us as a volunteer!

Registration for the 2017-2018 cohort of Publishing Academy is now closed. To be notified of the 2018-2019 Publishing Academy Program, email [email protected]

Want your own copies of the brilliant works produced by Publishing Academy novelists?

See the published novels and order copies!