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 Saturdays Aug-Apr)

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

Tuition: Early Bird: $500 (until May 31) Full Price: $550 (June 1-June 15) Need-based scholarships available. To apply, COMPLETE THIS FORM.

How to Apply: Complete the registration form below. You will be prompted to a payment link at the completion of the form. If you plan on applying for a scholarship, please complete the scholarship form first – no later than May 12th.

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!

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

See the published novels and order copies!