Creative Writing Workshops are unforgettable 2-hour experiences where 3rd-12th graders develop their writing skills in meaningful and creative ways. At our colorful literacy center, students and their enthusiastic volunteer writing coaches read sample work, discuss it as a group, and write their own prose or poetry. At the end of the session, they perform their writing on our special stages and bask in enthusiastic applause. (Just ask any past participant about the joy of wearing The Pencil Costume!) Students go home with a book of their choice from the award-winning Open Books store, and in about a month they receive published copies of the entire class’s work to keep and share.


What: Creative nonfiction writing and performance workshops for 3rd-12th graders.

Where: Open Books in the West Loop (651 W. Lake).

When: Tuesday-Friday mornings, year-round.

Who: 3rd-12th grade students, Open Books staff, and volunteer writing coaches.

Price: $10 per student. Each student receives a copy of the class’s anthology, a trip to the Open Books store, and a coupon to use there (good for one free used book priced at $10 or less).

Prospective writing coaches: join us as a volunteer!

We are now booking for the 2016-17 school year!

Reserve your dates now!