Workshops are free for students in grades 1-12. Sign up for our Parents email list to receive advance information about registration. 

For detailed information about some of the particulars of attending and registering for Workshops please click here.

Please note: Priority enrollment for Workshops will be reserved for students who live in the City of Chicago and are from low-income families and/or are English Language Learners. We ask that parents who enroll their children in the Workshops self-identify as low-income and/or have children who are ELL's.

Story Hour

In these one-session Workshops, experienced 826CHI volunteers and interns will host storytime for your little ones! We will read a beautiful and amazing picture book, discuss the story, then create a fun craft related to the book.

Please note: Story Hour takes place two SEPARATE times this fall.

Please mark on the registration form which date(s) your child will be attending. Apply here >>

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Two Sessions:
Saturdays, October 14th and November 11th

Time: 1:00pm — 2:00pm

Taught by: Ashley Kolpak

Limited to: 15 students in grades K—2

Please Note: Students DO NOT need to register for both...but they are certainly welcome to!

Be Your Own Boss! Writing for Entrepreneurs

Do you have a great idea to share with the world? Did you invent the next fidget spinner or hoverboard? Are you ready to take your lemonade stand to the next level? Join us for a writing workshop all about entrepreneurship!

In this workshop, we’ll learn how to sell a product or idea with memorable ads and creative commercials. Later, we’ll present the product/idea to a panel of judges! We’ll practice writing for different mediums (magazines, social media, live presentations), learn how to connect with an audience, and conquer the client pitch!

Students must be able to attend all sessions. 

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Three Sessions:
Saturdays, October 21st, 28th; and November 4th

Time: 1:00 pm-3:00pm

Taught by: Allison Bobman

Limited to: 15 students in grades 3-5

Animation Station

Learn the techniques of stop motion animation to tell short stories by using a computer and camera to make inanimate objects (such as Legos, clay, etc) appear to move.  We will also create flip books and learn about early animation techniques.  Final pieces will be posted on YouTube. 

Students must be able to attend all sessions. 

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Three Sessions:
Saturdays, October 14th, 21st, and 28th

Time: 10:00am-12:00pm

Taught by: David Miller

Limited to: 15 students in grades 4-6

Mapping Our System

Mapping Our System is a workshop that focuses on how writing can be used as a way of mapping and documenting our experiences and surroundings, from the stories behind the sickle-shaped scar on your left elbow, to navigating our neighborhoods, and even larger systems that move and shape time! Students will have the opportunity to share, revise, and critique their work for our culminating chapbook.

Students must be able to attend all sessions. 

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Three Sessions:
Saturdays, October 14th, 21st, and 28th

Time: 3:30pm-5:30pm

Taught by: Catalina Bode

Limited to: 15 students in grades 5-8

Ghosts, Monsters and Taboos: Horror Writing

Do you like listening for bumps in the night? Then look no further! Using short stories and novel excerpts by authors such as Mary Wollenscraft Shelley, Edgar Allen Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, and Neil Gaiman as examples, in this workshop we will learn about what scares us and why as we study the themes, structure and tropes of horror writing. You will get the chance to scare us all silly when you write your own short horror story and read it aloud to us at the end of this class.

Students must be able to attend all sessions. 

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Four Sessions:
Saturdays, November 4th, 11th, 18th; and December 2nd

Time: 10:00am-12:00pm

Taught by: Clara Wendland

Limited to: 15 students in grades 5-8

Book As Body

Explore poetry of the body through the body of poetry: the book! This workshop will have students read and write poetry and short stories that discuss our own bodies. Students will be able to create their own books as well as a collaborative book at the end of the session. 

Students must be able to attend all sessions. 

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Three Sessions:
December 2nd, 9th, and 16th

Time: 3:30pm-5:30pm

Taught by: Natasha Mijares

Limited to: 15 students in grades 5-8

Telling Stories, Telling Ourselves with Tarot

When you hear the phrase "tarot cards" or "tarot reader," do you think of someone (maybe someone a bit scary) trying to tell the future? No such thing! Tarot is not scary or weird!  It's been used for hundreds of years to help people all over the world tap into their intuition and creativity, and look at difficult situations from new perspectives using powerful imagery and symbols. Let's spend a couple hours looking for fun and lessons in these time-honored cards. We'll tell stories, learn more about ourselves and each other, and end the course with a tool that you can return to whenever you want to refresh and change your point of view.  

Students must be able to attend all sessions. 

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Three Sessions:
Saturdays, November 4th, 11th, and 18th

Time: 3:30pm-5:30pm

Taught by: Lauren Lowe

Limited to: 15 students in grades 7-12

Print Journalism Is Dead

All good articles start with an idea. What issues do you care about? Is there a question you want answered? An opinion you want to share? We will have the opportunity to brainstorm, draft, edit, layout and publish a bunch of awesome content together.  Come curious!

Students must be able to attend all sessions. 

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Four Sessions:
Saturdays, November 18th; December 2nd, 9th, and 16th

Time: 1:00 pm-3:00pm

Taught by: Robin Osborne

Limited to: 15 students in grades 7-12