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, 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 has been scheduled for the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 25, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the birthplace of Ernest Hemingway, located at 339 N. Oak Park Avenue in Oak Park, which is just south of Chicago Avenue and 2 blocks north of Lake Street.
A guide will take us on a private group tour of the home for about an hour, and answer any questions we may have. The group is encouraged to take photographs, and once the tour has been completed, they can wander around a bit to get familiar with the surroundings. The guided tour usually lasts about an hour, and focuses on the early influences on Ernest Hemingway. He had a very interesting family and early life, and was born in the house in 1899.
After the tour, those who wish may want to gather together at a nearby coffee shop or lunch place to write and share their poetry.
The standard admission is $15 for adults and $13 for seniors. If we have 10 people or more, the rate is $13. People can pay by cash or credit card when they arrive.
Since we are trying to get at least 10 people in order to get the discounted group rate, please RSVP your attendance to email@example.com, by Nov. 18, if possible. As always, the writing workshop is free and you just have to pay the museum admission price.
Parking is usually readily available on Oak Park Avenue. In addition, the Hemingway House is conveniently located near public transportation.
The tour is sponsored by the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park, which recently voted to close the nearby Hemingway Museum on Oct. 15 in order to expand the Hemingway House. The Foundation plans to build a writing and research center on the property.
Write! Chicago is sponsored by Poets and Patrons of Chicago. To see more information about past events at the Hemingway House, go to their website at http://ehfop.org/.
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.