We offer free poetry writing workshops, Write! Chicago, held at area museums throughout the city.
"You can cut all the flowers, but you cannot keep spring from coming."
About five years ago we decided we needed a writing workshop in addition to the bimonthly critiquing sessions. Hence, Write! Chicago was born. We normally hold 4 or 5 workshops a year and have met in such venues as the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen, Garfield Park Conservatory, the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Field Museum, the Chicago History Museum, the Hemingway House in Oak Park, and many more.
Generally, interested poets meet at a museum, disperse to view the art or exhibits, then gather once again to write together and share their poetry (only if they wish!). If you would like more information, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or stay tuned to our website for the latest poetry outing.
Hemingway House, 339 N. Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park
About 15 of us met at the Hemingway House at 339 N. Oak Park Avenue in Oak Park on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017. The Hemingway House is the birthplace of Ernest Hemingway. He was born in the house in 1899 and lived there until he was 6 years old. A guide gave us a private tour of the home, then afterwards we gathered for lunch at a nearby restaurant. Some of us drafted a poem or prose piece and shared it with the group.
American Writers Museum, 180 N. Michigan Ave., Second Floor, Chicago
About 10 of us met at the newly constructed American Writers Museum on Saturday, June 10, 2017, the same weekend as Printers Row Lit Fest. Entrance fee to the museum is $12 Adults, $8 Seniors and Students, and free to children 12 and younger. The museum was educational and sports permanent and temporary exhibits, including one about poet M.S. Merwin. It's definitely worth a trip if you haven't done so already!
We are always seeking new venues for our Write! Chicago trips. Please e-mail us if you have any suggestions.