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.
The Next Write! Chicago writing workshop is Saturday, August 4, at the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, 220 Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst. The museum has a unique collection of gemstones, jade carvings, and cameos, and a temporary exhibit about Italian shell cameos and Chakra Stones.
The group will meet at 10 a.m. in the lobby of the museum. We are scheduled to have a free tour and a video about the museum until 10:45 a.m. Then we will disperse to independently view the collections for an hour. Finally, we will meet up again to write. Depending on the weather, we could sit outdoors in nearby Wilder Park, or stay in the museum to write. Those who wish to may go out to lunch at a nearby restaurant in downtown Elmhurst. Please RSVP to Caroline Johnson at email@example.com by Wed., Aug. 1, to let us know if you are planning to attend. General Admission to the museum is $5 for Adults; $4 for Seniors; $3 for Students and Teens.
Following are examples of some past Write Chicago workshops.
We are always seeking new venues for our Write! Chicago trips. Please e-mail us if you have any suggestions.
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!