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 will be meeting again on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen to view the Day of the Dead exhibit, among others.

We will meet at 11 a.m. in the lobby, disperse to view the exhibits, then convene to write. If there is enough interest, some of us may want to have lunch at a nearby restaurant. The museum is located at 1852 W. 19thSt., Chicago, 60608.

Please RSVP to Caroline Johnson at poetsandpatrons@gmail.com to let us know you will be joining us. Admission to the museum is free.

Dia de Muertos: A Spiritual Legacy

The Day of the Dead celebration is deeply rooted in the ancient Pre-Cuauhtémoc cultures that believed in life after death and a spiritual existence in the cosmos. After the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century, the remembrance of the faithful departed was primarily observed on All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days (November 1 & 2) throughout Colonial Mexico. Today, many Mexican communities north of the US/Mexico border participate in the traditions of Day of the Dead by gathering in cultural spaces to honor and remember their loved ones.

Come see the one-of-a-kind displays of traditional and contemporary works of art, and join us in celebrating life by remembering the dearly departed members of your community. Among the many installations this year will also be an ofrenda from the Parkland, Florida community that underwent a horrific loss of 17 lives this year at the Stoneman Douglas High School. 

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.

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!