Everybody has stories.
No matter what your prior experience is, no matter if you intend to submit a story to us or craft it for your own creative satisfaction, we’ve got a class or workshop sure to shake up your imaginative process.
Upcoming Classes & Workshops
Page to the Stage Fall 2017
When: Wednesdays, October 11 - November 15, 2017 from 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructors: 2nd Story Company Members Liz Gottmann and Earliana McLaurin
Age group: Adult
This six-week class leads participants through the entire 2nd Story process, from story conception to fully realized performance. It is focused on building the skills necessary for crafting a first person story, and will culminate in a simply produced 2nd Story style performance of stories in our studio space, to which participants can invite friends and family. Great for writers at all levels who want to dig deep into a single story and aren't afraid of a deadline.
Comedy Writing for StoryTellers
When: Friday, October 27 from 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: 2nd Story Company Member Scott Woldman
Age group: Adult
There are lots of places in Chicago to study comedy, but very few with a focus on story-writing and performance. In this three-hour writing intensive, 2nd Story Company Member Scott Woldman will share the story-specific tools and philosophies that he has developed (i.e. stolen) during his 25+ years of writing and performing comedy. Whether you are looking to write comedic stories or add moments of laughter to more dramatic writing, this class will help you learn to use your/social awkwardness/terrible luck/horrifying parents/humiliating break-ups/infuriating coworker/and that embarrassing thing you did that you hoped nobody would notice to enhance your story writing and performing.
Single Day Story Intensive
When: Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 10:00am - 4:00pm
Instructor: 2nd Story Artistic Director Amanda Delheimer
Age group: Adult
Now, by “intensive” we don’t mean advanced or exclusive. Imagine a day of nothing but writing, renewal, and immersion in the first person narrative storytelling form. We'll start off with brainstorming exercises designed to help you mine your own life for story possibilities, and then spend time bringing a brand new piece of work to life through writing, feedback, and performance techniques designed to bring dimension and theatricality to your story. You’ll get one-on-one feedback from the instructor, group response from the workshop ensemble, and you’ll leave with a start on a new story. Lunch provided.
Accessing Stories through the Sensory Details of Baking
When: Saturday, December 16, 2017 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Instructor: 2nd Story Company Member Vince Pagan
Age group: 12 and up
Remember that candy cane cookie you decorated with your grandmother during the holidays? Or maybe it was the rugeleh you made with Bubbie, or the empanadas you stuffed and folded with Abuelo? Food has a way of riding the waves of our memories and creating a lasting effect over generations. Some turn into traditions, recipes passed down from grandmother to father to daughter, and some locked into our memories, their secrets lost when a loved one becomes an ancestor.
Join 2nd Story company member and baker Vince Pagán to craft the stories of these edible memories and share in some sweet treats.
About the Process.
We don’t just sit at our computers and churn this stuff out, and we don’t expect anybody else to create stories that way either. Our creative process involves group collaboration, feedback, and exploration. Collaboration is integral to our process not just because it feels good (which it does!) but also because it works.
Our classes draw upon the various backgrounds and skill sets that are present in the room. It’s important to us that we meet each student where they are at, and we honor the expertise in the room. Each individual brings a different set of experiences to the room, and each viewpoint brings a different voice to the table.
We specialize in creative non-fiction and personal narrative, crafting intimate stories that are close to our hearts. We realize that everyone in the room has a different reason for being there, and we do our best to create an atmosphere where people feel safe enough to dig deep, and achieve their own writing goals.