We offer free poetry writing workshops, Write! Chicago, held at area museums throughout the city.

Linda Wallin © 2017

Linda Wallin © 2017

Wilda Morris © 2017

Wilda Morris © 2017

“You can cut all the flowers, but you cannot keep spring from coming.” 
Pablo Neruda

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 poetsandpatrons@gmail.com. Or stay tuned to our website for the latest poetry outing.

Write! Chicago

Linda Wallin © 2017

Linda Wallin © 2017

Write! Chicago is planning another outing for Saturday, March 30, at the Chicago Maritime Museum in Bridgeport. The museum showcases exhibits about the waterways and transportation connections in the windy city. The museum’s mission is to foster learning about the impact of the region’s waterways on Chicago’s evolution. According to the website, http://www.chicagomaritimemuseum.org

“At varying times, Chicago has been the busiest port or one of the busiest ports in the world. It is a tall order to tell the story of Chicago’s waterways and their emotional and prosperous impact on 19th, 20th and 21st century American growth… 

Since 1982, the Chicago Maritime Museum has collected items that commemorate Chicago’s maritime history.  More than 6,000 items have accumulated, including watercraft, models, articles, books, displays, art, images and artifacts.   Seldom does a week pass without an addition to the collection that contributes to understanding Chicago’s maritime history.  The collection makes historic materials accessible to scholars or anyone seeking to understand Chicago’s unique historical connections. 

What other institution would seek out, accept and preserve anchors weighing tons, early Native American watercraft, life-saving rescue craft, or images of early schooners?  Chicago’s maritime context is so essential, so much a part of what we are as a city.  There is an obvious urgent need to salvage as much evidence of Chicago’s maritime history as possible and, without a central repository, items and records would be lost with the passing of each generation.” 

We plan to meet at 11 a.m. view the exhibits, then convene to write and possibly lunch nearby, if there is enough interest. The museum entrance fee is $10, free for senior citizens 65 and older.  

Please RSVP to Caroline Johnson at poetsandpatrons@gmail.comno later than March 25.

 The museum is located on the River Level of the Bridgeport Art Center, 1200 W. 35thStreet, Ste 0E-5010, Chicago, IL 60609. Parking is available on the south side of the building. There is also free parking in a north lot at 34thand Racine.  
CTA Directions:Closest train stops are Orange and Red Line; closest bus stops are 35th and Racine (Bus #35) and Ashland and 35th (Bus #9)
Red Line– Get off at 35th-Sox stop, take Bus #35 9 stops, get off at 35th and Racine, walk 1 minute to 1200 west 35th st
Orange Line– Get off at Ashland stop, take Bus #9 3 stops, get off at Ashland and 35th, walk 10 minutes to 1200 west 35th st

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.

National Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen to view the Day of the Dead exhibit, among others.

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.

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!