Big Idea

In our colorful classrooms, students experience a literary field trip like no other! After some interactive readings and icebreaking exercises, they go on to write their own prose and poetry, then perform their work for the group and visit our award-winning store to choose books to take home. A few weeks after the trip, they receive printed copies of the whole class’s anthology to keep and share.

Creative Writing Field Trips program badge

At A Glance

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

Where: Open Books West Loop.

When: Tuesdays–Fridays, 10am–12:30pm, year-round.

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

Price: $8 per student.

Plus: Each student receives a printed copy of the class’s anthology and a coupon to use in the award-winning Open Books store at the end of the trip (good for one free used book priced at $10 or less).